Seattle's biggest jazz event of the year is the Earshot Jazz Festival, encompassing dozens of performances from Benaroya Hall to intimate jazz clubs such as Tula's. The Wayne Shorter Quartet (pictured) headlines this year's festival on October 11, but there are many outstanding jazz groups playing all around Seattle from October 9 through November 18. Earshot's Executive Director John Gilbreath joins Jim Wilke on Jazz Northwest (Sunday, 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 KPLU) to talk about and share music by some of the performers in the first weeks of the festival.
Among the artists sampled on this show are Wayne Shorter, Wayne Horvitz, The Westerlies, Julian Priester and Charles Lloyd. Complete details about the Earshot Festival can be found at earshot.org.Next week on Jazz Northwest, Bob Mintzer directs the Festival All-Star Big Band playing his music at last Summer's Jazz Port Townsend. Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke, exclusively for 88.5 KPLU and kplu.org. Previous programs are archived for streaming at jazznw.org. More info at Earshot Jazz Festival