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March 2020

Livestream Only: Alex Dugdale Quartet

March 28, 2020 @ 7:30 pm9:00 pm
Alex Dugdale playing saxophone

Alex Dugdale by Daniel Sheehan Go to Livestream A stay-at-home order is in place for all individuals, with the exception of essential workforce. The full description of essential workforce includes allowances for “artists and musicians providing services through streaming,”provided the guidelines are followed. In light of that allowance, we are pleased to present this livestreamed event. Town Hall and Earshot Jazz present Seattle’s favorite tap-dancing saxophonist Alex Dugdale—backed by a hard-swinging trio of piano, bass, and drums.  Free! Donations welcome.…

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April 2020

Livestream Only: Marina Albero Group plus the Golden Ear Awards Announcement!

April 4, 2020 @ 7:30 pm9:00 pm
Marina Albero sitting at a piano smiling

Marina Albero by Daniel Sheehan A stay-at-home order is in place for all individuals, with the exception of essential workforce. The full description of essential workforce includes allowances for “artists and musicians providing services through streaming,”provided the guidelines are followed. In light of that allowance, we are pleased to present this livestream event. Stream the Concert Thanks for joining us for this free concert! Everyone in this production has been paid for their time and talent. You can help us…

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Livestream Only: Jacqueline Tabor

April 11, 2020 @ 7:30 pm9:00 pm
Jacqueline Tabor sings at the Seattle Jazz Showcase. part of the 2019 Earshot Jazz Festival at the Town Hall Forum

Jacqueline Tabor by Daniel Sheehan A stay-at-home order is in place for all individuals, with the exception of essential workforce. The full description of essential workforce includes allowances for “artists and musicians providing services through streaming,”provided the guidelines are followed. In light of that allowance, we are pleased to present this livestreamed event. Stream the Event Thanks for joining us for this free concert! Everyone in this production has been paid for their time and talent. You can help us…

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Livestream Only: KO Ensemble

April 18, 2020 @ 7:30 pm9:00 pm
Kate Olson playing a saxophone

Kate Olson by Daniel Sheehan A stay-at-home order is in place for all individuals, with the exception of essential workforce. The full description of essential workforce includes allowances for “artists and musicians providing services through streaming,”provided the guidelines are followed. In light of that allowance, we are pleased to present this livestreamed event. Stream the Event Thanks for joining us for this free concert! Everyone in this production has been paid for their time and talent. You can help us…

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Livestream Only: Tarik Abouzied with Erskine, Tindall, and Heyer

April 25, 2020 @ 7:30 pm9:00 pm
Tarik Abouzied sitting with a bass guitar

Tarik Abouzied by Daniel Sheehan A stay-at-home order is in place for all individuals, with the exception of essential workforce. The full description of essential workforce includes allowances for “artists and musicians providing services through streaming,”provided the guidelines are followed. In light of that allowance, we are pleased to present this livestreamed event. Stream the Performance Thanks for joining us for this free concert! Everyone in this production has been paid for their time and talent. You can help us…

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May 2020

Livestream Only: Remembering Lee Konitz

May 2, 2020 @ 7:30 pm9:00 pm
Lee Konitz with saxophone around his neck and arms extended in an open gesture

A stay-at-home order is in place for all individuals, with the exception of essential workforce. The full description of essential workforce includes allowances for “artists and musicians providing services through streaming,”provided the guidelines are followed. In light of that allowance, we are pleased to present this livestreamed event. https://youtu.be/kaOuUFo2chw   Thanks for joining us for this free concert! Everyone in this production has been paid for their time and talent. You can help us produce future events like this with…

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Livestream Only: Bill Anschell Standards Trio

May 9, 2020 @ 7:30 pm9:00 pm
Bill Anschell playing the piano

A stay-at-home order is in place for all individuals, with the exception of essential workforce. The full description of essential workforce includes allowances for “artists and musicians providing services through streaming,”provided the guidelines are followed. In light of that allowance, we are pleased to present this livestreamed event. https://youtu.be/l1pJVv8z908 Thank you for joining us for this free livestream concert! Everyone in this production has been paid for their time and talent. You can help us offset costs and produce future…

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Livestream Only: Folks Project

May 16, 2020 @ 7:30 pm9:00 pm
The Folks Project playing an Earshot concert

A stay-at-home order is in place for all individuals, with the exception of essential workforce. The full description of essential workforce includes allowances for “artists and musicians providing services through streaming,”provided the guidelines are followed. In light of that allowance, we are pleased to present this livestreamed event. https://youtu.be/hdR8ty8wO90 Thank you for joining us for this free livestream concert! Everyone in this production has been paid for their time and talent. You can help us offset costs and produce future…

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Livestream Only: Kareem Kandi Quartet

May 23, 2020 @ 7:30 pm9:00 pm
Kareem Kandi playing saxophone

A stay-at-home order is in place for all individuals, with the exception of essential workforce. The full description of essential workforce includes allowances for “artists and musicians providing services through streaming,”provided the guidelines are followed. In light of that allowance, we are pleased to present this livestreamed event. https://youtu.be/Jtn2IgWUjas Thank you for joining us for this free livestream concert! Everyone in this production has been paid for their time and talent. You can help us offset costs and produce future…

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CANCELLED :: Livestream Only: Johnaye Kendrick :: CANCELLED

May 30, 2020 @ 7:30 pm8:30 pm
Johnaye Kendrick singing with left arm extended

Johnaye Kendrick by Daniel Sheehan Tonight's concert has been cancelled. A stay-at-home order is in place for all individuals, with the exception of essential workforce. The full description of essential workforce includes allowances for “artists and musicians providing services through streaming,”provided the guidelines are followed. In light of that allowance, we are pleased to present this livestreamed event. https://youtu.be/dhcAWpIjp14 Thank you for joining us for this free livestream concert! Everyone in this production has been paid for their time and…

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June 2020

POSTPONED—Livestream Only: Francesco Crosara Trio

June 6, 2020 @ 7:30 pm8:30 pm
Francesco Crosara playing a piano

Earshot Jazz Live at the Forum...Presses Pause Recognizing that Jazz was born from the Black American experience and can be a presence in our struggles for Racial Equity and Justice, the artists scheduled for this Saturday's concert, along with Town Hall Seattle and Earshot Jazz, have decided to postpone this event in order to honor the space to mourn and to make space to amplify the voices and experiences of Black people.   Earshot Jazz stands in solidarity with the…

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Livestream Only: Thomas Marriott Quartet

June 13, 2020 @ 7:30 pm8:30 pm
Free
Thomas Marriott playing the piano wearing a hat and red tinted glasses

Due to health concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19, this event is being presented in a livestream-only format, to be broadcast on this page. Streaming link here! Thank you for joining us for this free livestream concert! Everyone in this production has been paid for their time and talent. You can help us offset costs and produce future events like this with a donation. Make a Donation Earshot Jazz continues our partnership with Town Hall, presenting powerhouse jazz musicians in one-night-only…

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Livestream Only: SRJO Smalltet

June 20, 2020 @ 7:30 pm9:00 pm
Michael Brockman playing saxophone

Due to health concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19, this event is being presented in a livestream-only format, to be broadcast on this page. The stream of this event will play one time only and will not be available after the concert concludes. Video Link! Thank you for joining us for this free livestream concert! Everyone in this production has been paid for their time and talent. You can help us offset costs and produce future events like this with…

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Livestream Only: Duende Libre Trio

June 27, 2020 @ 7:30 pm8:30 pm
Free

Due to health concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19, this event is being presented in a livestream-only format, to be broadcast on this page. Stream the Video Here Earshot Jazz continues our partnership with Town Hall, presenting powerhouse jazz musicians in one-night-only livestreams.   In solidarity with the worldwide movement for justice for George Floyd, his family, and Black people everywhere, proceeds from this benefit concert will go to Creative Justice NW, a Seattle-based organization that uses art as a vehicle to…

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September 2020

A Celebration of The High Holidays: The Music of John Zorn’s Masada

September 26, 2020 @ 7:30 pm

James Falzone photo by Marc Perlish. Joining together for a High Holiday celebration are Seattle musicians James Falzone, Wayne Horvitz, Darren Loucas, Keith Lowe, and Evan Woodle. They will combine to play John Zorn’s repertoire of radical Jewish music, a project entitled Masada. This music conjoins elements of 1960’s Ornette Coleman with sacred Jewish music. In the late 90’s Masada was considered one of the most important jazz bands of the decade. By taking inspiration from traditional klezmer ensembles while…

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October 2020

Ravi Coltrane & Friends

October 16, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Ravi Coltrane holding a saxphone

RAVI COLTRANE & friends FEATURING BRANDEE YOUNGER with Rashaan Carter and Allan Mednard. From Birdland in New York City, and in the spirit of John and Alice Coltrane, their celebrated saxophonist son leads a riveting quartet that features Brandee Younger, a harpist inspired by Alice Coltrane, bassist Rashaan Carter, and drummer Allan Mednard.

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Community Panel: Impact of the Coronavirus on Black Jazz & Blues Musicians

October 17, 2020 @ 2:00 pm
Lady A smiling.

This panel discussion—moderated by Tony Benton, founder and station manager of Rainier Avenue Radio— will take a look at how the coronavirus specifically impacted Black musicians. Systemic racism was already a constant. The coronavirus and the additional focus on race related issues exacerbated the challenges and obstacles faced by Black musicians in the entertainment industry and in life in general. This panel discussion will take a look at these issues through the eyes of Wadie Ervin, Eugenie Jones, Anita “Lady A” White, Delvon Lamarr, and Michael Powers.

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Lakecia Benjamin: Pursuance, plus Jade Solomon Curtis

October 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Lakecia Benjamin sitting holding a saxophone.

The charismatic New York saxophonist, steeped in jazz, hip-hop, and soul, presents the music of her recent, very personal tribute to the Coltrane legacy, with her quartet. The evening also includes Benjamin, performing in New York, in duo with the riveting Jade Solomon Curtis, dancing in Seattle.

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Ahamefule J. Oluo: The Music from Susan

October 18, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Ahamefule J. Oluo sitting holding a trumpet

The first of three festival performances featuring this year's Resident Artist. His Susan intersperses jazz with soul-baring stand-up to evoke his mother's astonishing life. Filmed at On The Boards, his large ensemble includes vocalists okanomode and Tiffany Wilson, saxophonist Skerik, and pianist Marina Albero.

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Jazz: The Second Century — Night One — Watch Party

October 21, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Night 1 will feature resident artists Leanna Keith, Josh Hou, Melanie Smith, Sarah Yates, and Francesco Crosara.

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Amy Denio & Tarik Abouzied

October 22, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
A diptych of Tarik Abouzied playing drums and looking right at Amy Denio

Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame multi-instrumentalist Amy Denio has a limitless creative spirit. Her duos with drum funk phenom Tarik Abouzied reveal fresh magic every time.

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Ayesha Brooks, Wayne Horvitz, Ha Yang Kim

October 22, 2020 @ 8:30 pm
Wayne Horvitz performing

In their New American Standard, Wayne Horvitz (acoustic and processed piano), vocalist Ayesha Brooks, and cellist Ha Yang Kim reflect on American music, culture, virtue, tragedy, travesty, and traditions through improvisations, compositions, and conductions.

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Johnaye Kendrick Quartet

October 23, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Johnaye Kendrick singing into a microphone

A DownBeat-acclaimed vocalist with her first-rate Seattle band: John Hansen (piano), D’Vonne Lewis (drums), Chris Symer (bass). Kendrick, a Thelonious Monk Institute graduate, worked with trumpeter Nicholas Payton and now is a Cornish professor.

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Tarbaby with special guest Oliver Lake

October 23, 2020 @ 8:30 pm
Orrin Evans playing piano at the Town Hall Forum during the 2019 Earshot Jazz Festival

Three of the strongest players in today’s jazz: Orrin Evans (piano), Eric Revis (bass), and Nasheet Waits (drums) bring considerable power and guile to this provocative trio, swinging the music of Monk, Mingus, Coltrane, Ornette, Don Cherry, and many more solidly into the 21st century. Tonight they are joined by special guest Oliver Lake (saxophone).

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Community Panel: Seattle JazzED Anti-Racist Study Group

October 24, 2020 @ 2:00 pm
Kelly Clingan in her JazzED classroom smiling at students

On the date of their final class, youth facilitators Jahnvi Madan and Alexis Kim, along with Education Director Kelly Clingan, discuss the first ever Seattle JazzED Anti-racist Study Group.

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Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto

October 24, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Jovino Santos performs at the 2017 Earshot Jazz Festival

The brilliant pianist Jovino Santos Neto combines jazz and the stylings of his native Brazil with his Seattle all-star band: Ben Thomas (vibes), Chuck Deardorf (bass), Mark Ivester (drums), Jeff Busch (percussion).

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John Hollenbeck: Epigraphs

October 24, 2020 @ 8:30 pm
John Hollenbeck playing the drums

In a new work entitled Epigraphs,  the acclaimed, utterly distinctive percussionist (Claudia Quintet) joins Montreal guitarist Roman Munoz and epigraph-chanting vocalists Sarah Rossy and Jeanne Laforest to create mysterious, surprising, shape-shifting music.

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Triple Solo: Marina Albero

October 25, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Marina Albero sitting playing the piano at the Royal Room

Albero will be featured on all three instruments—piano, psalterium, and vibraphone—playing music that has risen out of the experience of living in Seattle during the worldwide pandemic.

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Eugenie Jones

October 25, 2020 @ 8:30 pm

The engaging Seattle resident sings with locked-in emotional resonance, within and beyond standard jazz expectations, on originals and songs by the likes of Nina Simone. Eugenie Jones is an award-winning jazz artist who has been included in Jazz Week's Top Fifty among other honors.

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Jazz: The Second Century — Night Two — Watch Party

October 28, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Night two features resident artists CHA (Carol J. Levin, Heather Bentley, and Amelia Love Clearheart), Ray Larsen, EarthtoneSkytone (Kelsey Mines and Carlos Snaider), and Rae (Abbey Blackwell, Ronan Delisle, and Evan Woodle).

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Elnah Jordan & Eric Verlinde

October 29, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Eric Verlinde playing piano and Elnah Jordan singing

The Seattle-based vocalist Elnah Jordan soulfully delivers gospel, jazz, blues, and R&B songs with keyboardist Eric Verlinde. Jordan’s experience includes a long stint portraying Bessie Smith in Jon Hendricks’s theater production Evolution of the Blues.

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Ahamefule J. Oluo Jazz Quartet

October 29, 2020 @ 8:30 pm
Ahamefule J. Oluo playing a trumpet on stage

The Resident Artist of this year’s festival presents his driving new quartet from the jazz-friendly vibe of the Royal Room. Tim Kennedy (piano), Geoff Harper (bass), and D’Vonne Lewis (drums) accompany the outstanding trumpeter.

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Charles Lloyd: Red Waters, Black Sky—Film

October 30, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Charles Lloyd playing the saxophone

A concert film of the sax titan’s remarkable multimedia work about his great-grandmother Sallie Sunflower Whitecloud’s refusal to walk the “Trail of Tears.” Performed with strings, chorus, and an ensemble that includes guitarist Bill Frisell.

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Bill Frisell

October 30, 2020 @ 8:30 pm
Bill Frisell sitting in a living room playing a guitar

From Brooklyn, the cherished jazz guitarist, arguably the key exponent of the last 30 years, performs solo, highlighting his boundlessly expressive innovations.

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Community Panel: The Toll of Online Jazz Education: Equity, Practical Challenges, and Teacher Burnout in a Digital Age

October 31, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

As almost everything moves online, jazz educators (many of whom are also performers) are tasked with taking instruction into the virtual world. This panel, moderated by saxophonist and educator Kate Olson, will discuss the experiences of multiple educators with Leanna Keith and Dmitri Matheny.

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November 2020

Gerald Clayton & John Clayton

November 1, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Embodying the jazz continuum, the son-and-father duo of ever-expansive pianist Gerald and renowned bassist John, longtime director of Jazz Port Townsend.

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Reggie Goings Quartet

November 1, 2020 @ 8:30 pm
Reggie Goings singing on stage in a white tuxedo

Vocalist Reggie Goings, a beloved fixture of the Seattle jazz and blues continuum for years, performs standards, blues, bebop, and originals with home-town heroes Randy Halberstadt (piano), Phil Sparks (bass), and Jamael Nance (drums).

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Thomas Marriott’s Trumpet Ship

November 5, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Thomas Marriott playing the piano wearing a hat and red tinted glasses

From poignant balladry to propulsive post post-bop expansion, the acclaimed trumpeter Thomas Marriott leads a polished quartet of some of the city’s best: Marc Seales (piano), Jeff Johnson (bass), and John Bishop (drums).

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Ab Baars

November 5, 2020 @ 8:30 pm
Ab Baars playing a saxophone in front of a green curtain

Dutch master Ab Baars performs solo on tenor saxophone, clarinet, and shakuhachi. Baars’ music is characterized as joyfully obstinate and is as colorful as it is astonishing.

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Benjamin Hunter Quintet

November 6, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Benjamin Hunter playing a violin

The much-loved Hillman City violinist — and guitarist, mandolinist, singer, and teller of tales of slavery, reconstruction, reconciliation, and still-broken promises — blends musical disciplines to stirring, compassionate effect. Hunter, with Camilo Estrada on bass, Darrius Willrich on keys, Ricardo Guity on percussion, and Chris Patin on drums, will play original music exploring the Black diaspora—from West African to the blues; jazz to Motown.

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Film–Uprooted: The Journey of Jazz Dance

November 6, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Jazz dance’s history and artistic roots in the expression of enslaved peoples strengthen the art form, turning its practice into a metaphor for resistance and a struggle for acceptance. The film is directed by Khadifa Wong, based on an original idea by Zack Nemorin. The films stars Debbie Allen, Joshua Bergasse, Jason Samuel Smith, Mandy Moore and others.

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Fred Hersch

November 6, 2020 @ 8:30 pm
Fred Hersch playing a piano

With this solo performance, the brilliant pianist, a master improviser with more than 30 albums and 14 Grammy nominations, celebrates his new album, released this very day! “A living legend” - New Yorker.

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Community Panel: The Beth and Kelly Show

November 7, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

Dubbed “the Beth and Kelly Show” by colleagues, we’re teaching soulmates who love to talk shop and laugh along the way. We don’t have all the answers, but we do have a ton of experience and are willing to ask questions and make mistakes.

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SRJO Nonet: Birth of the Cool

November 7, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra performing on stage

Streaming live from Nordstrom Recital Hall, the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra’s Nonet performs Miles Davis’s classic 1949 Birth of the Cool, a landmark in post-bebop jazz.

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Ravi Coltrane Quartet

November 8, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Ravi Coltrane sitting on a couch with a saxophone resting on a table in front of him.

From Birdland in New York City, and in the spirit of John and Alice Coltrane, their celebrated saxophonist son leads a riveting quartet that features Brandee Younger, a harpist inspired by Alice Coltrane, bassist Rashaan Carter, and drummer Allan Mednard.

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Ahamefule J. Oluo House Party

November 8, 2020 @ 8:30 pm
Industrial Revelation performinng in a darkly lit room

The last of three performances featuring the festival’s Resident Artist. Oluo’s virtual reality house party includes the raucous and renowned Industrial Revelation quaking the living room of a house jam-packed with music lovers, cognoscenti, friends, and an abundance of Nigerian food.

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Swingin’ in the Rain 2020: Jazz Night School

November 14, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Swingin' in the Rain 2020 A Jazz Night School virtual fundraising event. Register now!  Covid-19 may prevent us from gathering for our annual Swingin’ in the Rain fundraising gala, but it can’t stop us from celebrating (and donating) virtually! Join us on Saturday, November 14th, 2020 from 7:00 until 8:00 PM, as Jazz Night School presents our first (and hopefully last) online Swingin’ in the Rain 2020. Your donations are more important than ever to our mission as we navigate COVID-19 challenges.  To attend,…

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December 2020

32nd Anniversary Concert of Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music

December 26, 2020 @ 7:00 pm10:00 pm

Get Tickets Event Notes: Concert times are in PST This is a pre-recorded concert with a mix of archive content (video, photos, recordings) and 2 new (solo and duo) performances. Ticket-holders will be able to access the concert with the same link, once the initial concert has aired, until January 3, 2021. Duke Ellington's wonderful “Sacred Music” is both serious and swinging. It is a reverent and hip body of jazz composition, written late in his career, for jazz big band,…

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March 2021

RAE

March 26 @ 7:30 pm
Free
Abbey Blackwell wearing a colorful patchwork jacket, standing in front of wild grass.

Abbey Blackwell photo by Melissa Kagerer. Friday March 26 7:30pm PDT Livestream—Royal Room, Seattle Free YouTube Concert Link Bassist Abbey Rae Blackwell has been a bright, emerging force on Seattle’s creative jazz scene for several years. Working here with drummer Evan Woodle and keyboardist, Matt Williams, her music seamlessly combines lyrical melody with unexpected harmonies, creating an avant-garde undercurrent that is focused yet laid back. This event will be livestreamed from the Royal Room, Seattle. To access the stream visit…

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Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto

March 27 @ 7:30 pm
Jovino Santos Neto wearing a blue shirt playing the piano with evident enthusiasm

Jovino Santos Neto photo by Daniel Sheehan. Saturday March 27 7:30pm PDT Livestream—Town Hall, Seattle $0-$15 Buy Tickets Jovino Santos Neto, the brilliant pianist and composer combines jazz and the stylings of his native Brazil with his Seattle all-star band: bassist Chuck Deardorf, drummer Mark Ivester, percussionist Jeff Busch, and vibist Ben Thomas. This long-standing Seattle ensemble locks in musical mastery, marvelous chemistry, and palpable joy with each performance. This event will be livestreamed from the Town Hall Forum, Seattle. To…

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April 2021

Benjamin Hunter

April 2 @ 7:30 pm
Free
Benjamin Hunter with a red guitar, seated in front of a blue door.

Benjamin Hunter photo by Daniel Sheehan. Friday April 2 7:30pm PDT Livestream—Royal Room, Seattle Free YouTube Concert Link The extraordinary multi-instrumentalist, Benjamin Hunter joins us tonight in a solo performance. Adept as a violinist, mandolinist, vocalist, and songwriter, Hunter seamlessly brings together many musical traditions including jazz, blues, folk, West African and Caribbean. Hunter’s keen interest in history and storytelling and his dedication to creating a more inclusive, vibrant, and compassionate community, informs and enriches his musical artistry. This event…

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Xavier Lecouturier Quartet

April 9 @ 7:30 pm
Free
Xavier Lecouturier playing drums at the Seattle Art Museum.

Xavier Lecouturier photo by Lisa Hagen Glynn. Friday April 9 7:30pm PDT Livestream—Royal Room, Seattle Free YouTube Concert Link The rising-star drummer, bandleader, and composer, Xavier Lecouturier has forged a solid reputation for himself on the Seattle scene. As well as performing in many local collectives, Lecouturier co-leads an octet, DX-Tet and is part of the ensemble Meridian Odyssey whose debut album is titled Second Wave. Joining Lecouturier are talented creatives—vibist Matt Williams, pianist Dylan Hayes, and guitarist Martin Budde.…

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Clinton Fearon & Boogie Brown Band

April 10 @ 7:30 pm
Clinton Fearon smiling playing a guitar.

Clinton Fearon photo courtesy of the artist. Saturday April 10 7:30pm PDT Livestream—Town Hall, Seattle $0-$25 Buy Tickets As part of Town Hall’s Global Rhythms series, Earshot Jazz co-presents the Jamaican-born, composer, vocalist, and instrumentalist Clinton Fearon. After more than a decade as a member of the legendary band the Gladiators, Fearon left Jamaica in 1987 and made his home in Seattle, where he formed the bands The Defenders and Boogie Brown Band. Fearon creates imaginative, poetic, music informed by…

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LaVon Hardison Group

April 16 @ 7:30 pm
Free
LaVon Hardison smiling and singing with her arm held in the air with enthusiasm.

LaVon Hardison photo by Lisa Hagen Glynn. Friday April 16 7:30pm PDT Livestream—Royal Room, Seattle Free YouTube Concert Link Vocalist and songwriter LaVon Hardison infuses jazz and pop standards, and her own original pieces with an irresistible warmth and power to draw her audience in. “She’s a multi-talented entertainer who simply lights up a room, raising the roof and bringing down the house” (Andrew Luthringer). Joining Hardison are local stalwarts—pianist Eric Verlinde, bassist Osama Afifi, and percussionist Jeff Busch. This…

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Duende Libre Trio

April 23 @ 7:30 pm
Free

Duende Libre photo courtesy of the artists. Friday April 23 7:30pm PDT Livestream—Royal Room Free YouTube Concert Link “Duende Libre” translates roughly as “free spirit,” and the dynamic Seattle trio’s music expresses that notion well. Golden Ear Award-winner for their brilliant new recording, The Dance She Spoke, they build on the jazz tradition, and weave in music from the Americas, Europe, and Africa to create a unique sound. The Duende Libre Trio includes the energizing talent of pianist Alex Chadsey…

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Wayne Horvitz, Ayesha Brooks, and Ha-Yang Kim

April 24 @ 7:30 pm
Collage photo of Wayne Horvitz, Ayesha Brooks, and Ha_Yang Kim.

Photo of Wayne Horvitz by Daniel Sheehan; Ayesha Brooks and Ha-Yang photos courtesy of the artists. Saturday April 24 7:30pm PDT Livestream—Town Hall, Seattle $0-$15 Buy Tickets World-renowned composer, pianist, and master of electronics, Wayne Horvitz takes the stage with guitarist and vocalist Ayesha Brooks, and cellist Ha-Yang Kim. Brooks, a contestant on The Voice, draws from varied inspiration from gospel and jazz, to hip-hop and rock. Kim draws from numerous traditions including Western classical, avant-improv, and East Asian music.…

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Ahamefule J. Oluo Quartet Live plus a reprise of “The Music From Susan”

April 30 @ 7:30 pm
Free
Ahamefule J. Oluo playing a trumpet on stage

Ahamefule J. Oluo photo by Daniel Sheehan. Friday April 30 7:30pm PDT Livestream—Royal Room, Seattle Free YouTube Concert Link Help us celebrate International Jazz Day, with two events steered by the highly acclaimed musician, composer, and writer Ahamefule J.Oluo. First up is a live set featuring the Ahamefule J. Oluo Quartet featuring pianist Marina Albero, bassist Marina Christopher, and drummer Sheridan Riley. Following the live set enjoy the reprise of the Music From Susan, concert which aired as part of…

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May 2021

Josh Hou Quartet

May 7 @ 7:30 pm
Free
Josh Hou playing an accoordion with a window to the right of him.

Josh Hou photo by Rosanna Sze. Friday May 7 7:30pm PDT Livestream—Royal Room, Seattle Free YouTube Concert Link Josh Hou is an accordionist, keyboardist, and composer who explores multiple musical genres including Chinese jazz, swing, and funk. A recent Golden Ear Award-winner as founder and co-host of the podcast series Jazztalk Seattle, Hou is adamant about amplifying the voices of fellow-local jazz artists. Joining Hou are talented musicians—bassist Kelsey Mines, trumpeter Ray Larsen, and drummer Tai Taitano—who accompanied him on…

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Kelley Johnson

May 14 @ 7:30 pm
Free
Kelley Johnson smiling at the camera.

Kelley Johnson photo by Ziggy Spiz. Friday May 14 7:30pm PDT Livestream—Royal Room, Seattle Free YouTube Concert Link Known for her lithe, velvety voice and her dynamic arrangements, Kelley Johnson is a sought-after vocalist both here and abroad. Keen to pass on her skills, Johnson served as a professor at Cornish College, and now teaches privately. An award-winning vocalist, Johnson will be joined by these stellar artists: pianist John Hansen, bassist Michael Glynn, and drummer Xavier Lecouturier. This event will…

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Thomas Marriott Quartet

May 15 @ 7:30 pm

Thomas Marriott Quartet photo featuring Chuck Deardorf, Thomas Marriott, and Marc Seales by Jim Levitt. Saturday May 15 7:30pm PDT Livestream—Town Hall, Seattle $0-$15 Buy Tickets Top-tier Seattle jazz at its finest. Trumpet sensation Thomas Marriott leads an all-star quartet featuring Marc Seales on piano, Chuck Deardorf on bass, and Stefan Schatz on drums. Marriott’s rise, from the Garfield High School and University of Washington jazz programs and on to national prominence, embodies the excellence of Seattle’s respected jazz eco-system.…

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Hans Teuber Trio

May 21 @ 7:30 pm8:30 pm
Free
Hans Teuber playing a flute very close to the microphone.

Hans Teuber photo by Daniel Sheehan. Friday May 21 7:30pm PDT Livestream—Royal Room, Seattle Free YouTube Concert Link A mainstay in the Seattle jazz scene for over 30 years, Hans Teuber, who was recently inducted into the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame, performs admirably and expertly across multiple jazz genres on numerous instruments including the alto and tenor saxophone, clarinet, and flute. “One of the things I have always admired most about Hans’ playing is that he always sounds like…

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True Loves

May 28 @ 7:00 pm8:00 pm
True Love, octet members standing in a line in Pioneer Square Seattle.

True Loves photo by Morgen Schuler. Friday May 28 7:00pm PDT Livestream—Royal Room, Seattle Free via LoudSwell Donations encouraged LoudSwell Concert Link Celebrating the release of their newest album Sunday Afternoon, the Seattle-based funk and soul octet, the True Loves will be delivering some hard funk and energetic grooves. The ensemble includes drummer David McGraw, bassist Bryant Moore, and guitarist Jimmy James, as well as percussionist Iván Galvez, along with trombonists Jason Cressey and Greg Kramer, and saxophonists Gordon Brown…

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Marina Albero Trio

May 29 @ 7:30 pm

Marina Albero photo by Daniel Sheehan. Saturday May 29 7:30pm PDT Livestream—Town Hall, Seattle $0-$15 Buy Tickets Raised in Barcelona, now a Seattle resident, the piano virtuoso Marina Albero navigates thrillingly among Spanish, flamenco, Cuban, and jazz styles in her inventive trio with bassist Jeff Johnson, and drummer D’Vonne Lewis. Endlessly creative as a composer and improviser, Albero is also a master of the hammered dulcimer. Committed to the local jazz community, Albero recently received a special Golden Ear, Community…

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Music for Paul: A Paul Taub Memorial Concert

May 30 @ 4:00 pm8:00 pm

Please join us for the memorial of flutist Paul Taub, who passed away on March 13. Watch at LoudSwell or the Royal Room Facebook page.  Paul Taub was one of today's leading interpreters of contemporary music. He was a long-time Professor of Music at Cornish College of the Arts and a presenter of innovative concerts with repertoire ranging from Bach to Takemitsu to Pēteris Vasks. He performed widely across North and Central America, Europe, and Asia, appearing in many storied venues on those…

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June 2021

Ann Reynolds’ Clave Gringa Quintet

June 4 @ 7:30 pm
Free
Ann Reynolds smiling and clapping at the piano.

Ann Reynolds photo by Daniel Sheehan. Friday June 4 7:30pm PDT Livestream—Royal Room, Seattle Free YouTube Concert Link Pianist and composer Ann Reynolds brings her love and deep knowledge of Cuban music to Seattle with her Clave Gringa Quintet. The success of Clave Gringa’s two albums—Para Cuba con Amor and Joy, attest to the ensemble’s true embrace of many musical genres. Seamlessly blending jazz with the diverse sounds of Cuban music, including Afro-Cuban forms such as “son cubano” and “danzón,”…

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Drew Gonsalves and Kobo Town

June 5 @ 7:30 pm
Drew Gonsalves with the band Kobo Band

Drew Gonsalves pictures with his ensemble Kobo Town. Photo courtesy of Near North Music. Saturday June 5 7:30pm PDT Livestream—Town Hall, Seattle $0-$25 Buy Tickets In 2004, émigré Trinidadian-Canadian songwriter Drew Gonsalves founded the roots-rock calypso group Kobo Town. His music for the band has been variously described as “an intoxicating blend of lilting calypsonian wit, dancehall reggae and trombone-heavy brass” (Guardian) and a “unique, transnational composite of rhythm, poetry and activist journalism,”(Exclaim!). Based in Toronto, the JUNO Award winning…

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Francesco Crosara Jazz

June 11 @ 7:30 pm
Free
A black and white image of Francesco Crosara, Farko Dosumov, and D'Vonne Lewis.

Photo of Francesco Crosara, Farko Dosumov, and D'Vonne Lewis courtesy of the artists. Friday June 11 7:30pm PDT Livestream—Royal Room, Seattle Free YouTube Concert Link Originally from Milan, Italy, pianist and composer Francesco Crosara’s music melds an impressive mix of jazz improvisation, a romantic vein from his classical training, along with Latin influences. Crosara who has performed with jazz greats such as Lionel Hampton, Roy Hargrove, and Ira Sullivan, is now based in the Northwest, and has collaborated with local…

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Greta Matassa Trio

June 18 @ 7:30 pm
Free
Greta Matassa wearing glasses and large round earrings, looking to the side at an angled profile.

Greta Matassa photo by Ziggy Spiz. Friday June 18 7:30pm PDT Livestream—Royal Room, Seattle Free YouTube Concert Link Jazz vocalist and educator Greta Matassa who has been a mainstay on the Seattle scene for decades, has secured her place as one of the best jazz vocalists in the Northwest. In 2014 Matassa was inducted into the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame and over the years, she’s been awarded the Golden Ear Award for Vocalist of the Year numerous times. KNKX…

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NU Trio w/ Phil Sparks, Nathan Breedlove, and Brian Kirk

June 25 @ 7:30 pm
Free
NU Trio with Phil Sparks, Nathan Breedlove, and Brian Kirk.

Phil Sparks and Nathan Breedlove photo by Daniel Sheehan, Brian Kirk photo by Lisa Hagen Glynn. Friday June 25 7:30pm PDT Livestream—Royal Room, Seattle Free YouTube Concert Link This well-honed trio is comprised of veteran jazz musicians who have played in this formation and others together for decades. Confident serving up jazz standards and their own originals with skill and verve, they’re not afraid to navigate uncharted musical territory. Each musician, is revered in their own right. Trumpeter and composer,…

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July 2021

Eric Hullander Presents Joe Doria feat. Luca Cartner

July 11 @ 11:00 am
Free

Eric Hullander Presents Joe Doria feat. Luca Cartner Seattle bassist and composer Eric Hullander plays live music with various artists from the Seattle music scene and discusses life on and off the band stand. NW raised Joe Doria has been composing and performing on Hammond Organ, piano, and varied vintage keys/synths since the 90’s. Steeped in Hammond tradition studying the giants of the instrument he also never limits himself to one style and can be seen working with new projects…

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Blood Moon Orchestra

July 23 @ 7:00 pm9:00 pm
Free

Watch and contribute at LoudSwell.com Blood Moon Orchestra @ Luke Held Happy Hour Blood Moon Orchestra is a rotating cast of top female musicians improvising songs with ideas from the audience on the full moon of every month. This iteration featuring: Kathy Moore, Katrina Kope, Michelle Searle, Melissa Montalto, Faith Stankevich, Marina Christopher   https://www.facebook.com/thebloodmoonorchestra https://www.instagram.com/bloodmoonorchestra ---------------------- Money to Artists, Music to Fans LoudSwell.com is a musician-made streaming platform built for artists and fans. Our goal is to make it…

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Eric Hullander / Tim Kennedy feat. Luca Cartner

July 24 @ 11:00 am1:00 pm
Free

Watch and contribute at LoudSwell.com Eric Hullander Presents Tim Kennedy Feat. Luca Cartner Seattle bassist and composer Eric Hullander plays live music with various artists from the Seattle music scene and discusses life on and off the band stand. Tim Kennedy is one of the shining stars of the current Northwest music scene. You’lll find him playing classic rock in the groups Hot Rod and Big Tooth, electric keys in the modern jazz trio Gravity, doing solo gigs as pianist,…

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An Evening of Blues with Kevin Burt

July 29 @ 7:30 pm

Kevin Burt is an award-winning blues troubadour with a powerful soul and presence. For more than 25 years he has been electrifying audiences with powerful, rich, expressive performances exploding with soul. Burt is self-taught musician (vocals, harmonica, and guitar) whose smooth, warm vocal presentation sets a mood of relaxed exhilaration, with a welcome mixture of serious music and infectious humor audiences of all ages can enjoy. ECA is delighted to present an unforgettable evening of blues streamed live from Burt’s home in Iowa.   This…

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August 2021

BrasilFest 2021

August 22 @ 2:00 pm4:00 pm

Seattle Center Festál presents BrasilFest in partnership with Brazil Center and Show Brazil Productions. BrasilFest invites the broader community to enjoy capoeira, food, music, dance, and more! This event is free. HISTORY BrasilFest was established in 1999 by Brazilian immigrants and husband and wife duo, Eduardo and Ana Paula Mendonca, to share Brazilian arts and traditions during the week of Brazilian Folklore Day. This is unique because the holiday is not celebrated outside of Brazil, yet is an important day…

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