Singer LaVon Hardison had them dancing in the aisles and singing along during her concert at The Seattle Art Museum. The concert was part of the monthly Art of Jazz series presented by SAM and Earshot Jazz, John Gilbreath executive director, and recorded for this week’s episode of Jazz Northwest.
LaVon sang a collection of familiar jazz standards and showtunes from Fats Waller to Simon and Garfunkel, but many of them delivered with unusual twists and grooves in fresh arrangements. Joining the Olympia-based singer in this concert were Eric Verlinde, piano, Osama Afifi, electric bass, Jeff Busch, drums and percussion, and Jerome Smith on trombone and tuba. LaVon Hardison's latest CD is "There Will Be Trouble.”
The Art of Jazz is a monthly series of free concerts presented on the second Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Seattle Art Museum, curated by John Gilbreath and Earshot Jazz. The concerts January through June this year are featuring female composers and performers. The next concert, on June 13, will feature The Girls Ellington Project from Seattle JazzED.