Sound Prints, the collaboration between saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas, is only one of many highlights on this year’s Earshot Jazz Festival, a marathon that runs more than four weeks. Though it’s difficult to keep up a festive spirit that long, so it’s better to think of it as a concert series with peaks and valleys. The players are not exactly household names, but they are right in the wheelhouse of today’s jazz scene. Here are some highlights.
The festival begins Friday, Oct. 10, the 97th anniversary of Thelonious Monk’s birth. Fittingly, Earshot presents 10 Seattle pianists at Town Hall playing one solo Monk piece each, plus a “10-tet” organized by pianist Wayne Horvitz, which will play transcriptions of Monk’s 1959 “Live at Town Hall” concert.
Speaking of pianists, bluesy former Seattle keyboard man Larry Fuller, who has gone on to a stellar international career, performs the same night, at Tula’s.
Taylor McFerrin (Bobby’s son), also a pianist (and DJ), plays Monday, Oct. 13, at the Triple Door and the underappreciated but excellent vocalist Carmen Lundy hits the same venue the following night.
Earshot has long promoted “New Dutch Swing,” and trumpeter Eric Vloeimans represents that tradition Wednesday, Oct. 13.
French pianist Jackie Terrasson plays Cornish College Wednesday, Oct. 20, and saxophonist Greg Osby is there the next evening.
The great drummer Barry Altschul, who played on one of the greatest jazz records of all time, Dave Holland’s “Conference of the Birds,” is at Cornish Saturday, Oct. 25, followed on Thursday, Oct. 30, by saxophonist Dave Liebman.
The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra offers a tribute to the music of ex-Seattleites Quincy Jones and Ray Charles on Saturday, Nov. 1, at Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, and on Sunday, Nov. 2, at the Kirkland Performance Center.
University of Washington faculty members Cuong Vu (trumpet) and Ted Poor (drums) share the stage with Industrial Revelation at EMP Sunday, Nov. 2.
Jazz elder and saxophonist extraordinaire Pharoah Sanders is at Town Hall Friday, Nov. 7, and the brilliant Puerto Rican alto sax man Miguel Zenón plays Cornish Monday, Nov. 10.
The festival also features films about saxophonists Frank Morgan and Rahsaan Roland Kirk and bassist/composer Charles Mingus.
Have fun out there!
8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10-Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle (206-838-4333 or thetripledoor.net), Poncho Concert Hall, Cornish College of the Arts, 710 E. Roy St. (206-726-5151 or cornish.edu) and various other venues; individual concerts, free-$34, festival pass, $300-$350 (206-547-6763 or earshot.org).
Paul de Barros (206-464-3247 or email@example.com) covers music at blogs.seattletimes.com/soundposts/ or follow him on Twitter @pdebarros