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Ghost Note

Justin Steyer

As your humble New Cool host, I'm out and about catching live jazz on a regular schedule. In fact, when I miss a show I feel a little guilty. So, while I'm out of town for a couple weeks, do me and yourself a favor. Enjoy some of the fantastic modern jazz concerts, featuring a ton of heavy-hitting drummers, heating up mid-winter in the Northwest.

Ghost-Note drummer Robert "Sput" Searight at last summer's Victoria Jazz Festival.
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

They began as a side project of the band Snarky Puppy, but by now Ghost-Note have established themselves as an exciting group in their own right. The the double-drummer led band of Robert "Sput" Searight and Nate Werth are double-dipping in the Northwest with shows at Seattle's Nectar Lounge Aug. 7, and Olympia's Rhythm & Rye Aug. 8.

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Abe Beeson

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Apr 13, 2018
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April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and there are countless ways to celebrate around Puget Sound. Listen to jazz on KNKX, buy some jazz for Record Store Day, and take advantage of the plentiful opportunities to see and hear live jazz. This week on the New Cool we'll preview a few modern jazz shows in the coming weeks.