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Sara Gazarek’s Fresh Approach at Eastman School of Music

Sara Gazarek’s Fresh Approach at Eastman School of Music

Sara Gazarek photo by Lauren Desberg BY HENRY COBA Eastman School of Music has selected Sara Gazarek as associate professor of jazz voice within the Jazz and Contemporary Media department. Gazarek’s role will be to create, design, and recruit for the newly...
Pax Wallace: The He(art) of the Ballad

Pax Wallace: The He(art) of the Ballad

Pax Wallace photo courtesy of the artist BY MELANIE GRIMES Steve “Pax” Wallace is a composer, pianist, and an intrepid musical adventurer. Inspired by the likes of Wayne Shorter, Ralph Towner, Kenny Wheeler, Keith Jarrett, and Chick Corea, Wallace marries influence...
REPOSADO: Tequila Funk Odyssey

REPOSADO: Tequila Funk Odyssey

Jean-Paul Builes photo by Jake Hanson BY ERIC OLSON In 2021, as a reliably drab spring burst into summertime and newly vaccinated Seattleites eked free of winter’s many confinements, I found myself at a July Fourth celebration on the southern banks of the Duwamish...
Freddy Fuego: Destination Seattle

Freddy Fuego: Destination Seattle

Freddy Gonzalez photo by Daniel Sheehan BY PAUL RAUCH In the Seattle jazz community, we have often lamented the departure of our best young jazz musicians for New York and elsewhere — them not seeing the opportunity to advance their careers here. What is less...