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Category: Jazz
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:


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.”


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.


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

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.


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


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

March 24, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Sam Boshnack’s ‘Exploding Syndrome’ sparkles | New recordings

Sam BoshnackSam Boshnack Quintet, ‘Exploding Syndrome’ (Shnak Music)

This sparkling debut by the Sam Boshnack Quintet showcases the Seattle trumpeter’s witty pen as well as the considerable instrumental skills of her band mates. Beth Fleenor, who just might be my favorite clarinetist these days, plays with brilliant clarity; Dawn Clement’s spare, sweet lines will surprise listeners who know her for a denser tumble; bassist Isaac Castillo’s matches a woody, warm tone with smart lines; and drummer Max Wood, whose rim-tickling is showcased throughout, plays with musical aplomb.


0 Comments | More in Jazz | Topics: "Exploding Syndrome", Beth Fleenor, Sam Boshnack

March 11, 2014 at 12:01 AM

Earshot Jazz picks 2013 award winners

At its annual awards ceremony Monday, held at the Royal Room, Earshot Jazz announced the winners of the Golden Ear awards, for achievement on the local jazz scene in 2013. The winners were: Recording of the Year: Eugenie Jones, “Black Lace Blue Tears” Acoustic Jazz Ensemble: Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble Alternative Jazz Group: The Westerlies Jazz…


0 Comments | More in General news, Jazz | Topics: Bert Wilson, Bill Frisell, D'Vonne Lewis

March 7, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Lake Street Dive jumping off | Concert preview

Named after a Minneapolis street dotted with dive bars, this ridiculously infectious boy-girl-boy-girl quartet toiled in obscurity for nearly a decade before pulling in more than a million views of its minimalist YouTube cover of the Jackson Five’s “I Want You Back.” A Manhattan show spun off from the Coen Brothers film, “Inside Llewyn Davis,” earned…


0 Comments | More in Folk, Jazz, R & B/Hip-hop, Rock/Pop | Topics: "Bad Self Portraits", Concert Preview, Lake Street Dive

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