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October 6, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Acclaimed jazz journeymen Lovano and Douglas grace Earshot jazz fest

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.

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October 6, 2014 at 4:07 PM

17 highlights of the four weeks of Earshot jazz fest

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.

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September 30, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Hilary Gardner ready to fly on musical love letter to NYC | New recordings

Hilary Gardner, ‘The Great City’ (Anzic)

Hilary Gardner, who lived briefly in Seattle a decade ago and has been in New York ever since, has released her first album on Anzic (the label that brought us the wonderful reed player Anat Cohen, among others) and is given an able assist on a few cuts by another Seattleite-turned-New Yorker, trumpeter Tatum Greenblatt. It’s a fine debut.

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September 25, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Jovino Santos Neto tops Eastside Jazz Extravaganza | Concert preview

Jovino Santos Neto performs at the Eastside Jazz Club Extravaganza Saturday. (Dan Sheehan)

Jovino Santos Neto performs at the Eastside Jazz Club Extravaganza Saturday. (Dan Sheehan)

The Earshot Jazz Festival will be upon us shortly, but you might consider taking in the Eastside Jazz Club “Extravaganza” Saturday as an appetizer to the main course. The intrepid club presents regional jazz artists every month, striving to keep jazz alive at the other end of Highway 520, and puts its all into this annual Bellevue celebration.

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September 22, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Even at 57, Monterey Jazz Festival still finding new levels of groove

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.

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Comments | More in Festivals, General news, Jazz, R & B/Hip-hop | Topics: Herbie Hancock, Monterey Jazz Festival, The Roots

August 21, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Dafnis Prieto to join world musicians in special quartet | Concert preview

(Courtesy of Maya Illusion)

Maya Illusion: Osam Ezzeldin, Ganesh Rajagopalan, Dafnis Prieto and Jayanthi Raman (Courtesy of the artists)

An unusual world-jazz collaboration featuring one of the most exciting drummers in jazz and an Indian master violinist is afoot Friday, Aug. 22, in Seattle, thanks to the Seattle chapter of the Association for India’s Development (AID).

The concert features the newly formed quartet Maya Illusion, which features Cuban drummer, composer and MacArthur “genius” fellow Dafnis Prieto, who has played with Roy Hargrove, Claudia Acuña and Chucho Valdés and performed last year at the Earshot Jazz Festival. Maya Illusion also showcases renowned Indian violinist Ganesh Rajagopalan, who recently has been serving as honorary artistic director of Rasika, an arts and cultural school in Hillsboro, Ore.

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