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Category: Jazz
January 23, 2015 at 10:50 AM

Cafe Racer celebrates five years of far-out jazz | Concert preview

Neil Welch (Nathan Vass)

Neil Welch (Nathan Vass)

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.


Comments | More in Festivals, Jazz | Topics: Cafe Racer, Cry & Roar, Heatwarmer

January 15, 2015 at 11:47 AM

Jazz Connect & Winter Jazzfest – a New York state of mind | Festival review

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“Lighten up,” said Christian McBride during his keynote address at the Jazz Connect conference in New York. (Jeff Tamarkin / JazzTimes)

When bassist Christian McBride, host of the new National Public Radio show “Jazz Night in America,” was 9, his father played him the musically challenging John Coltrane album “Live in Seattle,” recorded in 1965 at the Penthouse, a long-gone Pioneer Square jazz club.

“Did I like it?” McBride asked rhetorically during his keynote address at the Jazz Connect conference in New York last week. “No. But when I was 11, I went back to listen again. By the time I was 14, I was in.”


Comments | More in Jazz | Topics: 'Jazz Night in America', Christian McBride, Jazz at Lincoln Center

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, Jazz | Topics: Everett High School, Newport High School, Savannah Music Festival

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

November 24, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Record Store Day Selections include Woody Guthrie | New recordings

Woody Guthrie, ‘My Name Is New York: Ramblin’ Around Woody Guthrie’s Town’ (Woody Guthrie Publications)

The Black Friday edition of Record Store Day is upon us — that’s the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, in case you forgot — and there’s some good stuff out there, though much of the list, as has become customary, is comprised of limited-edition special-release singles.


Comments | More in Folk, Jazz, Rock/Pop, The Bonus Track | Topics: Echosmith, J Mascis, New Recordings

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