Bainbridge Island Museum of Art is proud to announce its second annual Within Earshot Jazz Festival - a month filled to the brim with world-renowned jazz concerts, lectures, exhibitions, films and special events. This Festival is honored to work with Seattle’s Earshot Jazz to curate this month-long celebration dedicated to the celebration and exploration of jazz – the uniquely American art form described by Wynton Marsalis “America's past and its potential, summed up and sanctified and accessible to anybody who learns to listen to, feel, and understand it” and by Dave Brubeck as “the voice of freedom.”
Within Earshot kicks off in early October, takes place at BIMA’s Buxton Auditorium and galleries, spilling out to the plaza and downtown. The Festival is made possible by Realogics Sotheby’s and HomeStreet Bank of Bainbridge Island, with additional support from private supporters, The City of Bainbridge Island, Classic Piano, and KNKX Radio. Within Earshot delivers a half-dozen concerts from acclaimed jazz musicians, a four-part Jazz History lecture series, documentary screening, a special jazz-themed exhibition, free pop-up gallery performances and high school jazz ensemble performances.
“Within Earshot is an exciting way for us to light up the museum in new, tasty ways,” explains Executive Director Sheila Hughes. “After the strong public response last year, we focused on creating new, more accessible opportunities for music-lovers to immerse themselves in this historically and emotionally rich genre – one more way BIMA can be a cultural destination that serves this region.”
Concerts, lectures and films will be take place at the Frank Buxton Auditorium at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, a 100-seat jewel box theater with excellent sight lines and acoustics. Wine, beer and other refreshments are available at the theater. BIMA Members get first chance to purchase cost-saving passes to the Festival. Tickets and more information at biartmuseum.org.
Jazz Festival Schedule:
● Gail Pettis Quartet / Sunday, October 7 / 7:30pm
Two time winner of “Vocalist of the Year” by EarShot Jazz Society is pre-eminent jazz vocalist, Gail Pettis. Singing classic jazz standards with rich vocals in a retro air, she performs with vulnerability and a deep engagement with the audience.
● Tom Collier Quartet / Sunday, October 14 / 7:30pm
Internationally reputed in jazz, classical and pop circles is legendary master vibraphonist, marimbist & percussionist Tom Collier, who leads this top tier quartet. This performance features Bill Anschell on piano, Dan Dean on bass and Steve Korn on drums.
● McTuff feat. Skerik / Saturday, October 20 / 7:30pm
Hammond B 3 organist Joe Doria brings together some of the best of the northwest music scene to create a powerful and jaw dropping funk and jazz sound. This performance features Skerik, well-known saxist known for his unconventional, bold style and D’Vonne Lewis on drums.
● Wayne Horvitz The Snowghost Sessions / Saturday, October 27 / 7:30pm
Keyboardist Wayne Horvitz, a tireless musical seeker essential to Seattle jazz, leads his Snowghost Trio (Geoff Harper, bass; Eric Eagle, drums) in These Hills of Glory (For String Quartet and Improvising Soloist)
● !WEPA! / Saturday, November 2 / 7:30pm
Malo Castro brings infectious, danceable sounds from this Latin music quartet, who move with ease through Brazilian, Salsa, Swing, Blues, Cuban and Puerto Rican melodies.
● Jenny Maybee / Sunday, October 21 / 3:00pm (free)
This San Francisco classically trained jazz pianist and vocalist combines sensitivity and boldness for a rhythmically intense listening experience. Special guest and Artist in Residence at the Bloedel Reserve.
FILM, LECTURES, EXHIBITION & SPECIAL EVENTS - see website