Kiki Valera: Adventures in Clave Cubana

Kiki Valera: Adventures in Clave Cubana

Kiki Valera photo by Daniel Sheehan. By Paul Rauch Son Cubano, the tradi­tional music and dance from the hill country of eastern Cuba may well be but a distant tributary to the jazz tradition that came to life in New Orleans. Yet the unmistakable Son clave rhythm that...
Jacqueline Tabor: Listen and Hear the Truth

Jacqueline Tabor: Listen and Hear the Truth

Jacqueline Tabor photo by Daniel Sheehan. By Paul Rauch In the jazz world, 4:15am is more likely the time a musician goes to bed than the time a musician rises and starts their day. For Seattle jazz vocalist Jacqueline Tabor, rising hours beforethe sun is a matter of...
Jay Thomas: Festival Resident Artist

Jay Thomas: Festival Resident Artist

Jay Thomas photo by Daniel Sheehan. By Paul de Barros It’s hard to name a musician who might more aptly fill the role of “artist in residence” at this year’s Earshot Jazz Festival than multi-instrumentalist Jay Thomas. One of the few remaining links between our city’s...
Roxy Coss: The Time Is Now

Roxy Coss: The Time Is Now

Roxy Coss Photo by Desmond White. By Paul Rauch Being a Seattle jazz musician, and spending some serious time in New York City has become a rite of passage in many ways. Those who venture east seem to gain an edge, not only in terms of experience, but in the...
Clarence Acox: Committed to Community

Clarence Acox: Committed to Community

Clarence Acox photo by Daniel Sheehan. By Paul de Barros “We had a good year,” says Clarence Acox, director of the Garfield High School Jazz Band, sitting in the piano lab at the school where he has built a jazz program admired across the nation. Sure, Garfield’s...