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December 18, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Stephen Newby spreads Duke Ellington’s sacred message | Concert preview

Stephen Michael Newby (2)

Stephen Newby (courtesy of Seattle Pacific University)

Are you a Sounders fan?

If so, you are already familiar with the resonant baritone of Seattle Pacific University composer and professor Stephen Newby, who sings the national anthem at the matches.

On Saturday, Newby applies his talents at a different “pitch,” when he debuts as a soloist for the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra’s annual concert of Duke Ellington’s sacred music.


Comments | More in Jazz | Topics: Concert Preview, Duke Ellington, Earshot Jazz

December 15, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Everett and Newport High School jazz bands selected as finalists

Two high school jazz bands from the Seattle area have been chosen as finalists in the Swing Central Jazz High School Jazz Band Competition & Workshop, which takes place in Savannah, Georgia. The local finalists are the Everett High School Jazz Band, directed by Megan Vinther, and the Newport High School Jazz I, from Bellevue, directed…


Comments | More in General news | Topics: Everett High School, Newport High School, Savannah Music Festival

December 15, 2014 at 12:04 PM

‘Sucker’ confirms birth of new girl-pop star | New recordings

Charli XCX, ‘Sucker’ (Neon Gold/Atlantic)

What do you get when you poke the bashing beats and sweet soaring synths of dance music with the punked-up, 8-on-the-floor snarl of the Ramones? Charli XCX is what — a crazy-talented, 22-year-old “bad girl” from London who’s clearly on her way to the top.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: 'Break the Rules', 'Fancy', 'Sucker'

December 11, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Big staff switch, guest artist announcements at Cornish College

Tom Baker will step in as interim chair of the music department at Cornish. (Tim Summers0

Tom Baker will step in as interim chair of the music department at Cornish. (Tim Summers)

Word on the street is that Cornish music department head Kent Devereaux is leaving in January for a new post as president of the New Hampshire Institute of Art, in Manchester, N. H. Composer and guitarist Tom Baker, currently on the Cornish faculty, will step in as interim chair.


Comments | More in General news, Jazz | Topics: Cornish College of the Arts, Kent Devereaux, Mary Halvorson

December 8, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Roosevelt High School sends student to Grammy Band — again

(Courtesy of Roosevelt High School Jazz Band)

(Courtesy of Roosevelt High School Jazz Band)

Santosh Sharma, a junior in the Roosevelt High School Jazz Band, has been selected to perform in the 2015 Grammy Band. This marks the second year a Roosevelt student has been chosen for this exclusive group. Last year, trumpeter John Otten made the cut.


Comments | More in Jazz | Topics: Grammy Awards, Roosevelt High School Jazz Band, Santosh Sharma

December 4, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Portland Cello Project does Bach and…Elliott Smith | Concert preview

The Portland Cello Project brings its holiday show to Seattle on Sunday, Dec. 7, but don’t expect roasting chestnuts and a winter wonderland. This nontraditional Santa has everyone from Bach to Britten in his sleigh and this year, he has another little something up his scarlet sleeve — new arrangements of songs by the late More

Comments | More in Americana, Folk, Rock/Pop | Topics: "to e.s.", Concert Preview, Elliott Smith

December 4, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Bluegrass and country alert — Hot Rize, Frankie Ballard play Neptune | Concert preview

The Neptune Theatre hosts all kinds of music, but bluegrass and country fans get twice their share next week, with the much-anticipated reunion of progressive bluegrassers Hot Rize (Wednesday, Dec. 10) and a close-up view of Nashville rising star Frankie Ballard (Saturday, Dec. 6).


Comments | More in Country, Folk | Topics: Concert Preview, Frankie Ballard, Hot Rize

December 4, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Stevie Wonder brings it all back home | Concert review

Stevie Wonder at KeyArena, Wednesday, Dec. 3. (David Conger)

Stevie Wonder at KeyArena, Wednesday, Dec. 3. (David Conger)

America may have created Ferguson, but it also created Stevie Wonder.

In a cathartic, nearly four-hour marathon with one short intermission, Wonder offered the packed house at KeyArena a sanctified celebration Wednesday, while also spreading balm on the nation’s racial wounds, opened by this month’s grand jury decisions in Missouri and New York.


Comments | More in R & B/Hip-hop, Rock/Pop | Topics: "Songs in the Key of Life", Concert Review, KeyArena

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