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October 14, 2010, 10:28 am
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The Earshot Jazz Festival begins this weekend (October 15-November 7). With a festival lasting that long, it’s hard not to get lost in the many possibilities. But fear not! Seattle Weekly has released its list of top picks for the fest (including free samples of their tunes!). From Bill Frisell’ s “Beautiful Dreamer” of the album of the same name to The Kora Band’s “Ngoni System” off their new album Cascades, the list represents the variations of jazz music and the local scene. Check out the full listing at the link above.

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August 16, 2010, 11:25 am
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Seattle’s 22nd annual Earshot Jazz Festival returns October 15 and continues through November 7 with more than 50 distinctive concert events in venues all around the city. Known for “adventurous, spot-on programming” (Jazz Times) and praised as “one of the best festivals in America” (Seattle Times) the Earshot Jazz Festival brings jazz greats from around the world into creative collaboration with area artists and audiences. Earshot also celebrates Seattle’s place in the world of jazz, with concerts by our award-winning high-school jazz programs and our own renowned resident artists. The announced lineup feature performances by the Garfield High School Jazz Band, poet Robert Pinsky with Seattle pianist Marc Seales and bassist Evan Flory-Barnes and Seattle artists Mark Taylor, Thomas Marriott, Matt Jorgenson, Ziggurat and the David Haney/Julian Priester Duo in concert performances of new, original work. For more information, including additional performers and venues, check the link.

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August 6, 2010, 11:07 am
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Artist Trust
The Earshot Jazz Festival is seeking Production Interns and a Production Assistant for the annual Earshot Jazz Festival, October 15 through November 7. Now in its 22nd year, the Earshot Jazz Festival presents local, national, and international musicians in venues throughout Seattle. With hundreds of artists performing in more than 60 events during the three-week festival, this is an opportunity for musicians, students of music or the music industry, or current production staffers to contribute to this outstanding community event. Scheduling flexibility is possible, but production team members will be expected to work some long hours, including weekends, early mornings, and late nights. Applicants should be comfortable handling routine production phone calls and errands; communicating clearly with production members, festival management, artists, and artist management; completing administrative tasks as requested; lifting up to 50-70 lbs.; and driving a passenger van. Previous stage production experience is a plus. To start a conversation about helping with the annual Earshot Jazz Festival, please send a summary of your qualifications in an email to

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Ray Charles and Quincy Jones were teenagers when they met in a Seattle nightclub, one of dozens clustered around Jackson Street in the 1940s. They were both aspiring jazz musicians, Charles a pianist, Jones a trumpeter. They were among many now- familiar names who got their start in Seattle: Buddy Catlett, Ernestine Anderson, Gerald Wiggins, Floyd Standifer. Jones and Charles eventually achieved the most fame, moving beyond their original genre, becoming stars of pop and R&B. The pair collaborated on the seminal 1961 album “Genius + Soul = Jazz,” which featured Charles on the Hammond B3 organ, with members of the Count Basie band, performing big-band arrangements by Jones. The scores that came out of that collaboration will be performed by Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra in two shows this weekend as part of the Earshot Jazz Festival, which ends Sunday.


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The 2009 Earshot Jazz Festival, one of the nation’s most eclectic and protracted festivals of its kind, begins and ends its three-week run with reminders of what qualifies Seattle as a great jazz city. Assiduously engineered by Earshot director John Gilbreath, the event, which is more of concentrated series than a festival, aims to challenge and educate as much as entertain. It brings in musicians American audiences (let alone Seattle audiences) seldom get to see — somewhat unfamiliar names who are doing much of the work of innovating and redefining of jazz. Earshot features more than 50 concerts and also makes generous use of local talent. It opens Friday night at the Triple Door with the Garfield High School Jazz Band, which won this year’s prestigious Essentially Ellington competition in New York.