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SAVE THE DATE! KNKX and Jazz24 invite you to join us on November 10—this year’s Public Radio Music Day—when we celebrate the role public media plays in supporting the national and regional music ecosystem, which includes venues and artists. We’re partnering with a much-loved regional venue, the Royal Room in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood, and one of the region’s top jazz artists, composers, and producers, trumpeter Thomas Marriott. Attend the show in person or watch it online at LoudSwell.com. The free show, hosted by KNKX’s Abe Beeson, starts at 7 p.m. PT. Thomas Marriott will be joined by a stellar crew: pianist Bill Anschell, bassist Jeff Johnson, drummer Stefan Schatz, and tenor saxophonist (and Philadelphia native) Darryl Yokley. Registration to attend in person will be available soon.
Throughout her six-decade career, Seattle jazz and blues treasure Ernestine Anderson recorded more than 30 albums, received four Grammy nominations, and performed on the world's most prestigious stages, including the United States White House, Carnegie Hall, and the first Monterey Jazz Festival. Join us for a celebration of Ernestine’s music and legacy. Events sponsored by KNKX include a virtual panel discussion moderated by Eugenie Jones including KNKX’s Jim Wilke and Kay D. Ray’s film, There Will Never Be Another You on November 2; City of Seattle proclamation designating November 11 (Ernestine’s birthday) as Ernestine Anderson Day to be read at the panel discussion on November 2, and a musical tribute featuring Eugenie Jones, Stix Hooper, Gail Pettis, Darrius Willrich, Paul Gabrielson, and Jamael Nance on November 13 at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, which also includes Earshot Jazz Executive Director John Gilbreath interviewing Black Heritage Society of Washington State President Stephanie Johnson Toliver. Get more information and donate here. Join the Facebook event here. Event proceeds and donations benefit the Rotary Boys & Girls Club of Central Seattle.
KNKX welcomes the 33rd Annual Earshot Jazz Festival, October 13 through November 7, with 30 concerts at several Northwest venues, some also with live stream options. The Festival presents jazz greats from around the world as well as top regional artists (including Festival Resident Artist Marina Albero). Plus the Jazz on Film Series, the Within/Earshot Festival at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (see below), and more. See the complete schedule and get tickets here.
Within/Earshot Jazz Festival is BIMA’s annual festival celebrating all things jazz in October, sponsored by KNKX. With four concerts, four films, and two lectures, this festival is sure to have something for every jazz cat out there! The festival kicks off October 1 with German Boogie Woogie pianist Frank Muschall, in partnership with Goethe Pop-Up, the German consulate that is doing a year of cultural celebrations in the region. The lineup includes Josh Rawlings, D’Vonne Lewis, Ahamefule J. Oluo, and Marina Christopher performing as a new, daring supergroup on October 9; Elnah Jordan and the Eric Verlinde Duo perform on October 15. Carlos Cascante y Tumbao perform October 29.
KNKX presents the Piano Starts Here series at the Royal Room, highlighting the work of some of the most prolific and talented composers and pianists to have ever tackled the instrument. Each of the performances brings together Seattle’s finest pianists to perform the works of the artist selected for that evening on the Royal Room’s Steinway B grand piano. Coming up on November 17 at 7:30 p.m.: Marc Seales has been a hero of Jazz piano in Seattle for many, many years. Piano Starts Here is proud to feature him, and some of his former students, in a program of his music that honors his great and important contribution to the musical life of our city and beyond.
KNKX presents The Rumba Kings featuring Arcobaleno Strings and special guests at the Triple Door, November 19 and 20 at 8 p.m. Get dressed-up ready for two nights of the most passionate Mediterranean-inspired music imaginable. The show features mostly instrumental nylon-guitar driven music, influenced by such artists as the Gipsy Kings and Yanni. For this special performance, The Rumba Kings will be accompanied by a string quartet on several songs, elevating this concert to an entirely different level than previous concerts. The band is thrilled to have one of the most respected string quartets in the Northwest performing with them, Arcobaleno Strings.
Here are things happening in the way of live music streaming, in-person music events, music conversations, music films and other music events.
Seattle Jazz Fellowship announces “Fellowship Wednesdays” beginning October 20 at Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar on Capitol Hill. Every Fellowship Wednesday will start with a 4 p.m. listening session hosted by our newly named Artist-In-Residence Julian Priester. Mr. Priester will play albums that he appears on and share his recollections about the music and the people. He has recorded with luminaries like Duke Ellington, Max Roach, Sun Ra, John Coltrane, and Herbie Hancock among many others and this session is an opportunity to hear the history of the music first-hand. At 7 p.m. we’ll host “Fellowship Hour” where we listen to albums, hang, and socialize. At 8 p.m. we’ll feature two bands each Wednesday. The first Wednesday (October 20) features sets by Xavier Lecouturier Quartet and Marc Seales Quintet. The listening session is free, and the shows are all $20. All tickets are available at the door. Seating is first come first served. All events are all-ages. Proof of vaccination is required, as are masks.
The South Hudson Music Project is pleased to welcome you back in person to the Royal Room for a fundraiser to support the resumption of our role in the historic Columbia City neighborhood on November 5 at 8 p.m. Join us for an evening of music with The Royal We, featuring Wayne Horvitz (piano and keyboards), Skerik (saxophone), Alex Guy (violin), Iván Galvez (percussion), D'Vonne Lewis (drums), Geoff Harper (bass), and special guests Julian Priester (trombone) and Ben Hunter (violin). This event will also be livestreamed on LoudSwell.com for those that are not yet ready to join us in person.
Rain City Relief, a benefit collab of businesses and The Seattle World Tour nonprofit, has launched a vinyl compilation campaign to provide financial support to the top 10 emerging Seattle artists who continue to experience hardship as the Covid-19 pandemic rages on. This project has two main components – a vinyl compilation record and ten live performance sessions filmed one year to the day concert venues were forced to shut down to be released via YouTube and social media. The goal is to help offset some of the financial losses Seattle’s rising artists are experiencing. Performance videos will be released every 14 days starting in October. The vinyl record will be available for presale on September 28, 2021 and for sale in December or early January. Seventy-five percent of album sales directly support the musicians on the record. Twenty-five percent will directly support local non-profit – Seattle World Tour’s Artist Relief Fund. This is a permanent fund established by Seattle World Tour Foundation. Participating artists: Chong the Nomad, Parisalexa, The Black Tones, Smokey Brights, Shaina Shepherd, Perry Porter, Ariana DeBoo, High Pulp, Beverly Crusher, and All Star Opera.
Brent Jensen is hosting a Jazz Jam at the Anchor Pub in Everett with Snohomish County jazz students, Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. (September 29, October 27, November 24, and December 29).
Canadian singer, songwriter, and guitarist Bruce Cockburn’s 50th Anniversary Tour stops at the Neptune Theatre on December 19. Tickets are available at stgpresents.org. Cockburn’s styles range from folk to jazz-influenced rock.
PDX Jazz’s fall season 2021 is on sale. Get tickets here. Events include Mike Dillon’s Punkadelick ft. Nikki Glaspie & Brian Haas on November 27 at Jack London Revue, Merry Christmas from José James on December 2 at The Old Church, and Jazzmeia Horn on December 8 at The Old Church. PDX Jazz follows all COVID-19 health and safety guidelines issued by public authorities and the venues that host our events. Mandatory mask wearing, proof of vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test and seating limitations may apply to performances.
The Royal Room is very excited to present a screening of the 1920 classic film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari on October 31 at 6 p.m. This will feature a live performance by the Wayne Horvitz Ensemble, with a score by Mr. Horvitz. The score was originally commissioned in 2015 by Seattle Theater Group as part of their Trader Joe's Silent Movie Mondays. Considered the quintessential work of German Expressionist cinema, Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari tells the story of an insane hypnotist (Werner Krauss) who uses a somnambulist (Conrad Veidt) to commit murders. Written by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer with direction by Robert Wiene, this classic horror film features a dark and twisted visual style, with sharp-pointed forms, oblique and curving lines, structures and landscapes that lean and twist in unusual angles, and shadows and streaks of light painted directly onto the sets. Featuring live performance by: Ray Larsen-Trumpet; Alex Guy-Violin, voice; Rachel Yoder-Clarinet, Bass Clarinet; Neil Welch- Baritone Sax and Bass Clarinet; Wayne Horvitz-Piano; Geoff Harper-Bass; Eric Eagle-Percussion.
Jazz Combo III is October 5-27 (during the Within/Earshot Jazz Festival at BIMA). A selection of portraits of some of exhibiting artist Cory Bennett Anderson's jazz heroes will accompany his solo exhibition, Heroes. His combination of urban street style and use of mixed media evokes a sense of reverence mixed with nostalgia. Cory's work will be paired with a selection of vintage jazz album covers curated by Raymond Gendreau of Backstreet Beat.
SRJO's 2021-2022 Season includes “SRJO Plays Horace Silver,” a celebration of a legendary pianist, composer, and bandleader on November 6 (Nordstrom Recital Hall in Seattle) and November 7 (Kirkland Performance Center). The Ellington Sacred Concert is December 26 at Town Hall Seattle. Acclaimed alto saxophonist and star of the film Soul joins SRJO on February 5, 2022 (Nordstrom Recital Hall in Seattle) and February 6, 2022 (Kirkland Performance Center). The SRJO Gala is March 5, 2022 at the Sunset Club. SRJO Players’ Choice features 10 pieces selected, rehearsed, and directed by individual members of SRJO – concerts are April 9, 2022 (Nordstrom Recital Hall in Seattle) and April 10, 2022 (Kirkland Performance Center). Duke Ellington’s “Reminiscing in Tempo” is a rare performance of the historic 1935 masterwork, plus other famous pieces from the period, June 18, 2022 (Nordstrom Recital Hall in Seattle) and June 19, 2022 (Kirkland Performance Center). More details to come in mid-September 2021 regarding subscription renewals, single tickets, livestream and in-person options.
Coastal Jazz and Blues presents Polyrhythmics on November 13, 7:30 p.m. at the Rickshaw Theatre in Vancouver, B.C. The Seattle band presents a night rich with bold brass and hypnotic percussion. Polyrhythmics’ latest studio work continues to showcase the instrumental eight-piece’s impossibly tight grooves and virtuosic musicianship as they tear through a singular blend of funk, soul, psychedelic rock, R&B, progressive jazz, and Afrobeat. Their exploration across genre and stylistic lines shows no end and makes for a must see live performance.
Town Hall announces its 2021-2022 Town Hall Global Rhythms Series. Join in a celebration of music drawn from tradition and reflective of the struggles, triumphs, and stories of a new generation of musicians. Curator Jon Kertzer brings reimagined traditional sounds to the Great Hall stage through a lineup of musicians with roots in Mexico, Afghanistan, Cuba, Haiti, and South Korea. All concerts will be presented in-person and via livestream!
The WAR 50th Anniversary Tour hits the Pantages Theater on January 29, 2022. Multi-platinum-selling WAR, the original street band, has been sharing their message of brotherhood through harmony for over four decades. With 12 Billboard Top 40 Hits, 7 top 10 ten hits, over 50 million records sold to date, and countless samples and nods by artists such as Flo-Rida, Tupac, Dave Matthews, and countless others, WAR has secured their status as a household name and proven that their music is as relevant as ever.
JazzClubsNW presents Live at Boxley’s which you can attend in person as well as stream on their website, YouTube and Facebook. All shows are at 8; for in-person attendance, no reservations are required See the full calendar lineup here.
The Seattle Jazz Fellowship is an inclusive space that exists at the intersection of community, fellowship and learning as it pertains to jazz music, a creation of Black American culture and struggle. A registered 501(c)3 non-profit, the Seattle Jazz Fellowship will host workshops, jam sessions, rehearsals, album listening events, mentorship programs and public performances, engaging local master musicians, as well as touring bands and those new to the profession and experience of jazz. The mission of the Seattle Jazz Fellowship is to provide both aspiring young talent and experienced elders a place in the mentorship culture that has propelled jazz forward since its very inception. Their vision is that by investing in the jazz community and providing opportunities for mentorship, fellowship, and in-the-moment creation, we will ensure the richness, sustainability and growth of jazz artistry in our community. The aim is to open as Seattle’s first full-time “pop-up” jazz venue until they secure a permanent location. Northwest trumpeter/composer/educator Thomas Marriott founded the Seattle Jazz Fellowship, and says, “My hope is that everyone who loves jazz will feel welcome in our space.” The goal is to be 100% ready to open just as soon as the pandemic restrictions ease (hopefully this fall). What YOU can do now: watch the short video at their website, sign up to volunteer, make a donation or simply spread the news about the Seattle Jazz Fellowship.
Argentine Tango teacher Gabriela Condrea invites you to a weekly live streamed Tango Happy Hour featuring a series of solo performances by a group of talented musicians, Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Tune in here.
Twin brothers Peter (tenor sax and clarinet) and Will (alto sax, clarinet and flute) Anderson are performing live every Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 2 p.m. PT (3:00-5 p.m. ET) in front of Duke Ellington's historic brownstone apartment building. It's on West 106th Street (Duke Ellington Blvd.) and Riverside Drive in Manhattan, New York City. We're joined by Joe Boga on trumpet and Alex Raderman on drums and there's lots of seating available. They’ll be playing classic American repertoire from the songbooks of Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and more! Please subscribe to Peter and Will’s YouTube channel for two new videos a week and become a monthly supporter on Patreon for free CD's and concert tickets.
The Monterey Jazz Festival has a 63-year legacy of presenting and producing the biggest names in jazz. Since the beginning, many artists were commissioned to write music to be debuted at the Festival—both officially and unofficially—but the modern Commission Artist Program was inaugurated by Artistic Director Tim Jackson in 1994 and continues through today. Season one of Evolution of a Groove: The Monterey Commissions will include commissioned works from John Clayton, performed by the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra & the Gerald Clayton Trio; Maria Schneider, performed by the Maria Schneider Orchestra; Billy Childs, performed by the Billy Childs Quartet & the Kronos Quartet; Bill Frisell, performed by Bill Frisell’s Big Sur Quintet; and many other jazz legends. These commission pieces, most of which have not been seen since the original performances, will be available as a paid membership. This virtual video library card grants viewers access to 25 years of premiere Monterey Jazz Festival performances. The episodes can be purchased separately for $15 each or all twelve episodes for a yearly subscription fee of $150. Each video will be available to view from its release date throughout 2021. Evolution of a Groove is hosted by the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Artistic Director Tim Jackson and includes one-on-one interviews with the commissioned artist, discussing their inspiration for the piece, and their memories of the compositional process. The original debut of each piece will be included in its entirety – most of this archival footage has not been seen since the original performance at Monterey. Evolution of a Groove: The Monterey Commissions will take the viewer behind the scenes and into the archives of jazz history and the creative process.
The kitchen crew at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley has been preparing and distributing meals to feed those less fortunate in our community since the beginning of COVID. Jazz Alley has received numerous requests from people wanting to contribute and support their food donation program for those in need. If you’d like to help, you can donate here. Jazz Alley has been working in partnership to support those affiliated with Byrd Barr Place, Northwest Food Alliance, Jubilee Women's Center, Sacred Hearts, Mary's Place, Seattle Council of Churches, OPERATION: Sack Lunch, Mt. Zion Baptist Church and many others...with close to 100,000 meals prepared and delivered to date. All proceeds collected through the donation button will go directly to the food program and are not tax deductible.
Female musicians have been an essential part of jazz since its beginnings in the late 19th century, and have contributed in countless important ways to the growth of this genre of music. While we celebrate many great female jazz vocalists, the works of female jazz composers, arrangers and instrumentalists are not as well-known as they should be. University of British Columbia Extended Learning is offering a wonderful online lecture series on Women in Jazz, Mondays from 10-11:30 a.m., taught by beloved Vancouver jazz veteran, Alan Matheson, and featuring many great local female musicians alongside names like Dolly Jones, Mary Lou Williams, and Barbara Carroll. In this six-part course, honour the music and the lives of some of the great female composers, arrangers, bandleaders and instrumentalists who helped shape the jazz language in its early years, along with contemporary artists who continue to develop and enrich jazz. Canadian jazz women featured in this series of classes include Sharon Minemoto (pianist/composer), Ingrid Jensen (trumpeter/composer), Bria Skonberg (trumpeter/composer) and Jen Hodge (bassist/composer). Get more info here.
Washington State’s beloved music venues and all other performing arts were among the first businesses to close due to COVID-19, and they will be the last businesses to re-open. Live music in Washington is in crisis, and our independent music venues need your help. Music lovers around the state have come together to create Keep Music Live, a COVID-19 relief fund for small, independently-owned venues across Washington state. Keep Music Live is a fundraising campaign to save hometown, community-based music venues, with the capacity of less than 1,000 guests. Together, Keep Music Live aspires to raise more than $10 million to provide venues with critical financial support. Closed since March 2020 due to COVID-19, it is not clear when music venues will be able to safely open. Without financial support, many will not make it to 2021. Independent venues bring people together to celebrate life through music. The permanent closing of these independent music venues will have a devastating effect on the greater local culture. For musicians, touring and live performances on stage are the primary source of income. For up-and-coming artists, small stages are where they get their start. Washingtonians need live music venues, so please join the effort to Keep Music Live. Find out more and how you can help here.
Jazz at Lincoln Center introduces two new digital shows: Diggin’ Deeper, a lively discussion with the Dizzy’s programming team and the featured artists of Dizzy’s Friday Rewind and Freedom's State of Mind with Camille Thurman which explores the intersections of jazz and activism. You can keep abreast of the wide variety of online programs and live webcasts here. Live webcasts are on the Dizzy’s Club Facebook page, Instagram and YouTube.
Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra present their Virtual Birdland concerts on the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance Facebook page, Sunday nights at 5:30 p.m. PT (8:30 p.m. ET).
The Village Vanguard--the world’s oldest continuously operated jazz club which marked its 85th year in the basement at 178 7th Avenue South in New York City—is presenting live streamed events. The shows will be approximately 75 minutes in length; $7 gets you in the portal. Bring your beverage of choice! Check the Village Vanguard’s website for updates.
The ladies of säje (Sara Gazarek, Johnaye Kendrick, Amanda Taylor and Erin Bentlage) are creating original music, covers of great songs and friendships for life. Become a member on Patreon for access to all music videos, demos, audio files and more; engage in hangouts and Q&A’s and lessons; and participate in the conversation. “Sundays with säje” are Q&A Zoom sessions at 5 p.m. Get more info here.
The DC Jazz Festival from Home series is a free video series available on the DCJF YouTube channel every Saturday at 4 p.m. PT (7 p.m. ET) featuring never-before-seen footage from years past as well as live streamed shows from DCJF artist alums. More info here.
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s blog has a list of free live streamed events with jazz greats for you to check out like Monty Alexander Saturdays at 1 p.m. PT (4 p.m. ET) and Tamir Hendelmen Saturdays at 6 p.m. PT (9 p.m. ET).
SFJAZZ presents "Fridays at Five" Digital Concerts (previously recorded), Fridays from 5-6 p.m. Free to SFJAZZ members; $5 for a digital one-month membership. More info here.
Pianist Yoko Miwa presents live streamed concerts from her Boston home, Friday and Saturday nights at 6 p.m. PST (9 p.m. EST). More info here.
Live Nation has launched Live from Home featuring daily streams from artists live from their homes as they share music, stories and more.
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KNKX's All Blues Fan Site
KNKX's The New Cool Facebook page
KNKX's Jazz Caliente Facebook page
Jazz Northwest with Jim Wilke
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