The late baritone saxophonist Andrew Carrico, who died tragically young in 2012, used to describe his sound as “somewhere between a cry and a roar.” The musicians who gathered with him at the University District hangout Cafe Racer appropriately adopted those words as the title of their festival, which celebrates the kind of unpredictable, elbows-out jazz (and beyond) played at the cafe’s Racer Sessions. The fifth edition of the festival is this weekend.More
The 2015 Sasquatch! Music Festival line-up will be announced at a launch party beginning at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3 with a free show featuring Ty Segal, Tacocat, the Young Evils and comedian Chris Gethard at the Neptune Theatre.
Tickets for the all-ages show are free and will be available at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31 at the Paramount Theatre box office. Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis with a maximum of two tickets per person.More
One Reel, which presents Seattle’s annual arts festival, Bumbershoot, announced Friday that it has entered into a partnership with Showbox Presents/AEG Live, promoters of music at the Showbox, KeyArena and other venues around the country. The new partnership will offer nonprofit One Reel sorely needed financial support, as the organization has suffered severe losses the past…More
The Earshot Jazz Festival has served up a panorama of wildly divergent styles the past four weeks, from big band and Afro-pop to ethno-punk and Latin jazz. Its concluding week features two saxophonists who ought not to be missed — Pharaoh Sanders and Miguel Zenón.More
Only a handful of journeymen jazz players consistently win magazine polls of both critics and readers. Saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas are longtime members of that club.
Both are coming to the Earshot Jazz Festival in the rarely-seen collaborative group Sound Prints, on Saturday, Oct. 18. It should the highlight of the four-week annual spree.
Lovano and Douglas have carved out a territory that could arguably be called a new mainstream — between roots revivalism and head-exploding experimentalism. No matter how far out they go — into dissonance, free-improvisation, tangential forms or extended instrumental techniques — their music is still blues-drenched, swinging jazz.More
A bastion of live-music tradition in a gentrifying city, Seattle’s tight-knit Ballard neighborhood is like a big house with different artists making different work in different rooms.
Fitting, then, that this weekend’s Macefield Music Festival honors the late Edith Macefield, a local musician and folk hero for refusing high-rise developers’ millions to stay put in her 100-year-old cottage. (Think the house in the 2009 Pixar film “Up.”)More
MONTEREY, Calif. — When Tim Jackson took over the programming of the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1992, he assured its somewhat conservative patrons that he would introduce artistic changes gradually at the parklike Monterey Fairgrounds.
Jackson has kept his word, but the festival’s 57th edition this past weekend felt like a watershed. Saturday night’s arena headliner was a jazz-influenced hip-hop act, The Roots, which topped a thematic through-line of contemporary African-American music that placed the festival firmly in the present. It was a meaty, satisfying lineup.More
If you think no state fair is complete without elephant ears, corn dogs and country music, you’re in luck. Some of the brightest stars in the country-music constellation are set to shine on the Washington State Fair grandstand stage over the next two weeks, including Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban and Toby Keith. Clay Walker gets…More
Bumbershoot 2014 closed on a sunny note on Monday. For dozens of photos by Seattle Times photographers from the weekend, click here. For reviews from opening day, click here. Video and some social-media moments are here. And finally, here’s a Monday wrap-up from arts writer Misha Berson: After a weekend of patchy clouds and intermittent rain…More
The Comedy Mystery Mutants took Sunday’s Bumbershoot audience on a tour of Seattle’s weird underbelly of comedy with a mix of sketch, video, music and stand-up comedy at the Leo K. Theatre. Led by MC Albert Kirchner the show’s highlights included a display of gravity-defying jumps and twists from Extreme Gene (played by…More