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SassyBlack: Forging Ahead

SassyBlack: Forging Ahead

SassyBlack photo by Texas Isaiah. Jonathan Shipley “Doing anything,” SassyBlack says is what she’s most proud of lately. “Doing anything,” she says emphatically.The pandemic has wreaked havoc onall of us—SassyBlack included. This isn’t to say the hard-working artist...
Ahamefule Oluo: 2020 Festival Resident Artist

Ahamefule Oluo: 2020 Festival Resident Artist

Ahamefule Oluo by Naomi Ishisaka By Paul Rauch Seattle’s own Ahamefule J. Oluo is difficult to categorize as an artist. A musician, comedian, composer, director—and the Artist in Residence for the 2020 Earshot Jazz Festival. Oluo committed to the festival prior to the...
Renaissance Man in Our Midst: A Portrait of John Seman

Renaissance Man in Our Midst: A Portrait of John Seman

John Seman (bass) and Mark Ostrowski of Monktail. Photo by Cat Stulik. By Paul r. Harding There’s this kid from a suburb of Philadelphia, who walked to piano lessons with the ghost of Albert Ay­ler. Soon after those elementary years he’d spend a good deal of time in...
The 2019 Golden Ear & Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame Awards

The 2019 Golden Ear & Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame Awards

By Paul Rauch On the evening of April 4, Earshot Jazz presented the annual Golden Ear & Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame Awards, the annual event recognizing the achievements of the vibrant jazz com­munity in Seattle. This year however, the evening was presented under...

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