The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) is proud to announce the third annual Within/Earshot Jazz Festival—an exciting October festival dedicated to celebrating and exploring the traditions and future of jazz. A collaboration with Seattle’s Earshot Jazz, the Within/Earshot Jazz Festival features live concerts from acclaimed jazz musicians, a two-part Jazz History lecture series, two documentary film screenings, a special jazz-themed photography exhibition, and the first-ever Best of the West Sound free mini-festival featuring top local talent in celebration of the Museum’s fall exhibition openings.
Ticketed concerts, lectures and films will 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 is honored to partner work with Seattle’s Earshot Jazz once again, and to participate in the most prestigious jazz music festival in the Pacific Northwest. Earshot Jazz is a non-profit that works year-round to cultivate a vibrant jazz community—taking risks, honoring artistic integrity and innovation, and connecting jazz artists to audiences through the Earshot Jazz Festival and over one hundred concerts each year.
Johnaye Kendrick Group / Saturday, October 5 / 7:30pm ($25 member/$30 non-member)
Johnaye performs original compositions as well as fresh interpretations of beloved jazz and pop compositions. She focuses on graceful renditions of jazz standards and composes music and lyrics where she often accompanies herself on harmonium, violin, viola and percussion. The legendary jazz musician Jimmy Heath said that “Johnaye is not just a vocalist. She is a complete musician with a beautiful instrument and open ears.”
Best of the West Sound Mini Festival / Saturday, October 12 / Noon-4pm (FREE)
BIMA presents a toe-tapping afternoon of free jazz concerts in celebration of the opening of the Museum’s fall exhibitions. This festival-within-a-festival brings together some of the area’s top talent playing a wide range of styles.
12:00pm - The Cuban Heels: A Bainbridge Island Latin Jazz band that combines music primarily from Brazil and other Latin American countries with original music, jazz standards, and sometimes other genres for an eclectic set of music that is best enjoyed by joining in on percussion or getting on the dance floor.
1:30pm - Sus 4: This quartet of Kitsap musicians plays music that occupies the space where electric jazz, progressive rock and subtle polyrhythms meet.
3:00pm - Chuck Easton/George Radebaugh Quartet: This group brings together four musicians from the Pt. Townsend area for a performance of standards, contemporary straight-ahead jazz, and original compositions.
Bill Anschell Trio / Friday, October 18 / 7:30pm ($25 member/$30 non-member)
Pianist Bill Anschell has performed in premiere venues throughout the U.S. and abroad. His concert credits include eight European tours with Nnenna Freelon and seven South American tours with his trio, including concerts in many of the leading international jazz festivals. Anschell was the creator, producer and theme music composer for JazzSouth, a syndicated radio program broadcast from 1990 – 2002 on more than 200 stations around the world. Anschell is highly regarded as a composer; his original pieces have been featured on many network and cable programs including NBC’s The West Wing, HBO’s acclaimed series The Wire, and the CBS show NCIS: Los Angeles. He received Earshot’s Golden Ear Award as the Northwest Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year in 2005, 2010 and 2011; his trio was named Northwest Acoustic Jazz Ensemble of the Year in 2006; his Figments CD was named Northwest Jazz Recording of the Year in 2011, and in 2016 he was inducted into the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame.