Seattle Office of Film + Music


“JAZZ NOW! SEATTLE” PREVIEWS THE EARSHOT JAZZ FESTIVAL
October 19, 2010, 11:40 am
Filed under: Digital Media, Music | Tags: , ,

Jazz Now! Seattle
Jazz Now! Seattle is a new podcast dedicated to shining the spotlight on the thriving Seattle jazz scene. Hosted by local musicians Jason Parker and David Marriott, Jr., Jazz Now! Seattle hopes to bring much-deserved attention to the world-class jazz musicians and bands in our area. Currently they are previewing all the Seattle artists featured at the Earshot Jazz Festival, going on now. This week’s episode includes Matt Jorgensen, Mark Taylor, The Teaching, Valerie Joyce, Roosevelt Jazz Band, Wellstone Conspiracy, Jay Clayton and Dawn Clement. Subscribe to the podcast at the link above and friend them on Facebook

Bookmark and Share


WINNERS OF THE GOLDEN EAR AWARDS
February 16, 2010, 1:32 pm
Filed under: Music | Tags: , ,

The Seattle Times
The Golden Ear Awards recognize and celebrate the outstanding achievements of the past year in Seattle jazz. This annual gathering presented by the Earshot Jazz organization is now in its 21st year. This year’s winners were announced last night at the Triple Door. Among the winners were trombonist and Roosevelt High School senior Andy Clausen and his electronic quintet Sjenka who was named the emerging artist of 2009. The duo of Neil Welch (sax) and Chris Icasiano (drums) was named the outstanding alternative jazz group. Welch and Icasiano are among several musicians who studied music at the University of Washington, whose jazz studies program is gaining in influence and reputation as the engine for the local avant garde jazz movement. And pianist Marc Seales and trombonist Stuart Dempster were inducted into Earshot’s Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame. To read more about the winners, follow the above link.



LONGTIME SAX BUDDIES REKINDLE DAYS OF SOULFUL CLUB GIGS

Seattle Times
Tenor saxophonists Pete Christlieb and Hadley Caliman first played together as part of the legendary jazz club, Marty’s, house band. Now, at age 77 they are the last surviving members of that hallowed group. Tonight, the two will play together again, something they rarely manage to do, at the New York Fashion Academy as part of the annual Ballard Jazz Walk. The show is a testament to two durable careers and a lasting friendship. The two also spent this week recording their first album together.”This is really a milestone for us to be together,” said Caliman.



SEATTLE REPERTORY JAZZ ORCHESTRA PLAYS TRIBUTE TO RAY CHARLES AND QUINCY JONES

Seattle Timesray quincy earshot
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.



SEATTLE’S EARSHOT JAZZ FESTIVAL LOOKS BEYOND TRADITION

Seattle Timesearshot-claudiaacuna
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.