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April 14, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Eckstein Middle School jazz kids hit Reno jackpot

Seattle's Eckstein Middle School Band

Seattle’s Eckstein Middle School Band

Those Seattle jazz kids did it again at the Reno Jazz Festival this past Thursday-Saturday, April 10-12, with Eckstein Middle School sweeping the major categories and picking up multiple individual awards. The Eckstein outfit is conducted by Cuauhtemoc “Moc” Escobedo.

Here are the Seattle-area winners:

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0 Comments | More in General news, Jazz | Topics: Eckstein Middle School, Reno Jazz Festival, Seattle Academy of the Arts and Sciences

April 11, 2014 at 7:10 AM

Jazz singer, pianist Diana Krall fulfills decades-old prophecy | Concert preview

(Photo by Mark Seliger)

(Photo by Mark Seliger)

When Diana Krall was 24 years old, the Canadian pianist /chanteuse was introduced to the great jazz keyboardist Cedar Walton one night at the old Manhattan jazz club Fat Tuesday’s.

“Cedar said, ‘I can see that name up in lights,’ ” recalled Krall, who performs Wednesday at the Paramount Theatre. “Just before he died (last year), we were all sitting around the table, and I said, ‘Cedar, do you remember 20 years ago, I met you in a bar you told me that?’

Walton answered, “Yeah, well, I say that to a lot of women. But you’re the only one it’s come true for.”

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0 Comments | More in Jazz | Topics: Diana Krall, The Paramount Theatre

April 11, 2014 at 6:31 AM

Sonny Fortune headlines Ballard Jazz Festival | Concert preview

After playing with John Coltrane, pianist McCoy Tyner faced a daunting challenge when he went looking for a saxophone player for his own group. But in the early 1970s, he solved that problem by hiring Sonny Fortune (pictured). The masterful sax man is not seen often in these parts, so it’s a nice surprise that the Ballard Jazz Festival has booked him to headline its Saturday, April 19, show.

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0 Comments | More in Festivals, Jazz | Topics: Ballard Jazz Festival, Concert Preview, Sonny Fortune

April 8, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Linda Ronstadt’s ‘Duets’ – happy, sad | New recordings

RonstadtLinda Ronstadt, ‘Duets’ (Rhino)

This excellent collection anticipates Linda Ronstadt’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this week — a happy occasion, to be sure — but it’s hard not to shed a tear, too, as you listen to these 14 glorious, mostly ballad tracks, not just because they’re mostly sad and slow, but because the famous Arizonan’s tangy, robust singing voice has been silenced forever by Parkinson’s.

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0 Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: "Duets", Bette Midler, Dolly Parton

April 4, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Jazz lives again on Jackson Street | Concert preview

(Courtesy of the artist)

Bernie Jacobs (Courtesy of the artist)

From the late 1930s through the early 1950s, Seattle’s Jackson Street was a thriving hub for jazz, where Quincy Jones, Ernestine Anderson and Ray Charles — among others — performed on a regular basis.

The jazz scene has long since migrated to other neighborhoods. But thanks to an enterprising neighborhood organization called Jackson Street Commons, jazz returns to Jackson Street Saturday, April 5, with the Jackson Street Jazz Walk, a free showcase along this fabled avenue.

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0 Comments | More in Jazz | Topics: Bembe Olele, Bernie Jacobs, Concert Preview

April 4, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Bryan Ferry celebrates ‘The Jazz Age’ | Concert preview

Stylish and sophisticated, English music icon Bryan Ferry has embarked on his first North American concert tour in three years, dubbed the “Can’t Let Go Tour.” The set list includes Ferry’s biggest hits and beloved cover tunes, as well as a few rarities from his more than 40 years in popular music. The sharply dressed singer…

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0 Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: "The Jazz Age", Bryan Ferry, Concert Preview

April 3, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Eckstein Middle School jazzers score in Monterey

Student jazz players from Eckstein Middle School, Seattle’s “feeder” school for the fabled Roosevelt High School Jazz Band, were recognized last weekend in California at the Next Generation Jazz Festival, an educational program of the Monterey Jazz Festival. The students are under the baton of Moc Escobedo. Outstanding soloist awards went to Elliot Halpern, tenor saxophone…

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0 Comments | More in General news, Jazz | Topics: Eckstein Middle School, Moc Escobedo, Next Generation Jazz Festival

April 1, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Chat with the world’s foremost Nirvana expert

Nirvana, the rock band that put Seattle on the rock map, will be inducted April 10 into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Coincidentally, the induction comes just five days after the 20th anniversary of the day Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain committed suicide. What are your thoughts about Nirvana and its legacy? Many readers…

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0 Comments | More in General news, Rock/Pop | Topics: Nirvana, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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