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July 12, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Keith Jarrett tops Earshot Jazz Festival

Pianist Keith Jarrett, who released his best solo album in a decade last year, “Rio,” is on tap with his trio for the 25th Earshot Jazz Festival this fall. Earshot just announced the headliners for the six-week-long, marathon spree, which runs from Oct. 1 – November 17.

Jarrett’s trio, with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette, opens the festivities Oct. 1 and closes Nov. 17 with saxophonist Charles Lloyd.

Other concerts feature Seattle guitarist Bill Frisell; a solo piano recital by composer Philip Glass; vocal quartet Manhattan Transfer; jazz-rock trio The Bad Plus; pianists Patricia Barber, Brad Mehldau and John Medeski; guitarist John Scofield’s Uberjam; trumpeter Dave Douglas’ quintet; saxophonists Miguel Zenon and Ken Vandermark; drummer Dafnis Prieto; flutist Nicole Mitchell and drummer/composer John Hollenbeck.

Keith Jarrett, Jack DeJohnette, Gary Peacock (Rose Anne Colavito)

Keith Jarrett, Jack DeJohnette, Gary Peacock (Rose Anne Colavito)

Also on the bill are former Seattle reed man Chris Speed; Canadian trumpeter Ingrid Jensen; the group Kneebody; explosive German saxophonist Peter Brotzmann; heralded young composer and band leader Darcy James Argue; the NEXT Collective; and experimental violinist Mat Maneri, with pianist Lucian Ban.

The festival features a world music component: Armenia’s Tigran Hamasayn; DakhaBrakha, from the Ukraine; Brazil’s Vinicius Cantuaria; Paal Nilssen-Love, from Norway; and, in the Cuban tradition, Omar Sosa, Yosvany Terry and masters of son, La Familiar Valera Mirana.

Northwast artists include trumpet Cuong Vu, vocalist Robin Holcomb, drummer Ted Poor, bassist Luke Bergman, violist Eyvind Kang, high school jazz bands from RooseveltGarfield and Edmonds-Woodway, clarinetist Beth Fleenor, trumpeter Samantha Boshnack, saxophonist Steve Treseler, the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra and the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra.

Tickets for the Earshot Jazz Festival go on sale in August (206-547-6763 or  www.earshot.org).

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