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May 9, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Live stream of area high school jazz bands in New York

High school jazz bands from the Seattle area — Garfield, Roosevelt and Edmonds-Woodway — are competing in New York this weekend at the Essentially Ellington competition. A live stream of the competition goes live here at 11 a.m. Friday. The stream continues at 8 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Sunday, culminating in the final concert at 4:30 p.m. Sunday,…

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May 1, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Seattle jazz musicians honored by Jazz Journalists Association

Two Seattle jazz musicians were honored today with awards from the Jazz Journalists Association, based in New York. Bill Frisell was named Guitarist of the Year and trombonist Julian Priester was chosen as one of 26 “Jazz Heroes” on regional scenes around the country. Priester, 77, received the award at a ceremony Tuesday night at Tula’s nightclub. Priester recently…

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April 30, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Eagles to land here in September

The Eagles, the iconic ’70s California country-rock band that on Tuesday released the excellent documentary, “History of the Eagles,” also announced  it was adding eight new cities to this year’s “History of the Eagles” tour. What the band didn’t say is that a Seattle date will be revealed soon. That’s right, folks, the Eagles play KeyArena on Sept. 4….

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April 11, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Seattle song answers ‘Accidental Racist’

The firestorm of controversy sparked by country superstar Brad Paisley’s collaboration with rapper LL Cool J, “Accidental Racist,” from Paisley’s new album “Wheelhouse” (reviewed in The Seattle Times Tuesday), has reached Seattle. Prometheus Brown, aka “Geo,” of local hip-hop group Blue Scholars, has posted an “answer song,” in which he raps over a slow-mo replay of Paisley crooning “I’m…

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April 8, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Paul McCartney to play Safeco Field

Live Nation has announced that Paul McCartney will play  at Safeco Field July 19.  The first major concert to be presented at the Mariners home field,  the show is part of the ex-Beatle’s 2013 “Out There” tour. McCartney, whose 2012 album “Kisses on the Bottom”  won a Grammy, has not performed in Seattle since 2005. The…

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March 21, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Got a banjo joke?

What is the difference between a banjo and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle? You can tune a Harley. The banjo, like the accordion, has been the butt of countless jokes over the years. Though we confess we love this five-string stepchild, we also love to hate it. We suspect you do, too. In honor of Town Hall’s Banj-O-Rama on Friday, March 22, featuring Abigail Washburn, we…

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March 7, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Ballard Jazz Festival and Bellevue Jazz Festival announce lineups

Saxophonist Gary Bartz, drummer Allison Miller, pianist Cyrus Chestnut and vibraphonist Stefon Harris (pictured here) are all headed this way, as the Seattle area’s two spring jazz festivals gear up for action. In Ballard the excitement takes place over four nights (April 17-20) in 15 venues in its namesake neighborhood. A popular highlight is the Ballard Jazz Walk, Friday,…

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February 27, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Silver Platters moving to SODO

Just months after Easy Street Records closed up shop in Lower Queen Anne, Silver Platters, Seattle’s largest retailer of compact discs and vinyl records, has announced that it is also leaving the neighborhood  — for a new location in SODO. “Commercial real estate is starting to get on the upswing again,” explained Silver Platters owner Mike Batt…

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February 20, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Garfield High School Jazz Band back in Essentially Ellington race

Three Seattle area high school jazz bands have been chosen as finalists for the 2013 Essentially Ellington competition. Ensembles from Garfield and Roosevelt, in Seattle, and Edmonds-Woodway, in Edmonds, are in the running. Since 1999, when the competition opened to bands west of the Mississippi, Garfield and Roosevelt have dominated Essentially Ellington. However, Garfield has not…

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