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May 9, 2013 at 11:21 AM
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, including the announcement of the winners. (Note that times above are PST; times in the live stream schedule are EST).
May 1, 2013 at 11:26 AM
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 retired from his position as instructor at Cornish College for the Arts and is a veteran of the bands of Duke Ellington, Sun Ra, Herbie Hancock and Max Roach, among others.
(Courtesy of Julian Priester)
April 30, 2013 at 12:45 PM
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. Get ready for a trip to the “Hotel California.” Ticket prices and on-sale date have not yet been made public.
April 11, 2013 at 2:47 PM
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 just a white man…”
“Accidental Racist” is a story song about a white southern fan of Lynyrd Skynyrd, famous for wearing T-shirts featuring the Confederate flag, who apologizes for possibly offending a black server at Starbucks. Critics have suggested that Paisley’s narrator’s defense of himself as another victimized minority — white southern “good old boys” who really mean no harm — is a vacant exhibition of white privilege and false equivalence and that LL Cool J’s character’s “can’t we just all get along?” response shows poor judgment.
Paisley has found himself defending the song on a string of TV appearances, including ”Ellen” and “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” insisting he and Cool J meant to “open up a dialog” and that the song “came from a good place.”
What do you think?
April 8, 2013 at 1:49 PM
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 show will feature material from McCartney’s entire career — as a solo artist, a member of Wings and of the Beatles. McCartney performs with longtime sidemen Paul “Wix” Wickens (keyboards), Rusty Anderson (guitar), Abe Laboriel Jr. (drums) and Brian Ray (bass and guitar).
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday (800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com). American Express card members can purchase tickets from 10 a.m. Tuesday to 10 p.m. Thursday. Ticket prices have not been announced.
March 21, 2013 at 10:45 AM
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 humbly ask you to send us your best banjo jokes. Leave them in the comments thread. Don’t be shy, but keep it clean!
March 7, 2013 at 2:46 PM
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, April 19, when 12 clubs provide non-stop entertainment and the sidewalks overflow with fans, Mardi Gras style. The Ballard Festival also features a Swedish pancake jazz brunch Saturday, April 20, with David Marriott’s Triskadekaband.
Visiting headliners at Ballard this year include Bartz, Miller, trumpeter Lew Soloff, pianist George Colligan, guitarist John Stowell, drummer Sylvia Cuenca and saxophonist Vinny Golia. The festival also showcases the cream of the Seattle jazz scene, among them festival co-producer and drummer Matt Jorgensen, guitarist Dave Peterson, pianist Jovino Santos Neto, trombonist Andy Clausen and vocalist Gail Pettis.
Tickets and information: 206-219-3649 or http://ballardjazzfestival.com/
Over in Bellevue, the 2013 festival kicks off at Bake’s Place Thursday, May 30, with Seattle’s hot Latin jazz band, Cascante, led by Costa Rican vocalist Carlos Cascante. Visting headlineers include drummer Kendrick Scott and Oracle, with guest bassist Evan Flory-Barnes, Friday, May 31, at the Meydenbauer Theatre, and Chesnut and Harris Saturday, June 1, also at the Meydenbauer.
As in Ballard, downtown Bellevue comes alive during the fest, with 40 performances taking place at various bars and restaurants downtown.
Tickets and information: http://bellevuejazz.com.
February 27, 2013 at 11:35 AM
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 (pictured here), who has operated the Queen Anne Store (one of three Silver Platters) since 2007. “(Owners) who are sitting on a property with two floors on it are not looking after their investment.”
The neighboood’s redevelopment boom made it impossible for the store to get a lease longer than two years, said Batt. At the new location, he was able to negotiate a five-year lease, and at a significantly lower rate.
The move will take place June 10. Batt hopes to open the new store within “two or three days” after the move.
The address of the new Silver Platters in SODO is 2930 First Ave. S., across the street from Starbucks headquarters.
Though the new space is slightly smaller than the present one — down from 14,500 to 12,700 sq. ft. — Batt says the store will maintain its ”warehouse feeling,’ with concrete floors and high ceilings, and will continue to stock all kinds of music, from rock and pop to classical and jazz, as well as books. Murals like the ones on the walls at Queen Anne will be painted inside and out.
Despite the severe downturn nationally in sales of physical (as opposed to digital) music, Silver Platters has managed to do a robust business, largely due to the sale of used product. Batt said 2012 was the best year for the store since 2006.
He emphasized that he was sorry to leave Queen Anne.
“If I had the same deal here, I would stay,” he said.
February 20, 2013 at 10:00 AM
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 made the finals since 2010, when it took first place for the fourth time. Roosevelt (pictured below) has won first place three times. Edmonds-Woodway has made the finals four times.
The competition will be held May 10-12 at Frederick P. Rose Hall, in New York, and will be webcast live at jalc.org.
Ninety-six bands applied to Essentially Ellington; 15 finalists were chosen.
Essentially Ellington is a program of Jazz at Lincoln Center, a non-profit organization headed by trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis.
February 10, 2013 at 11:45 AM
Seattle Times readers joined music writers Paul de Barros and Gene Stout, plus editors Brian Gallagher and Lynn Jacobson, for an opinionated chat about the Grammy awards as the ceremony unfolded Sunday night. Relive all the Fun. (pictured) — plus Adele, Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, The Black Keys, Frank Ocean, LL Cool J, Carrie Underwood and more — below.
Here’s the rewind.
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