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Category: Jazz
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 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

November 13, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Buddy Catlett: renowned Seattle jazz bassist

UPDATE: Full obituary for Buddy Catlett: George James “Buddy” Catlett, one of the most illustrious musicians to come up through Seattle’s Jackson Street jazz scene in the 1940s, died Wednesday, Nov. 12. Mr. Catlett was 81. He had been living at the Leon Sullivan Health Care Center in Seattle’s Central District and had not performed since 2011,…


Comments | More in General news, Jazz | Topics: Buddy Catlett, Count Basie, Garfield High School

November 7, 2014 at 5:01 AM

Herb Alpert at 79 still has that knack | Concert preview

Mention the Edgewater Hotel and the first image that comes to mind for Seattleites is the Beatles fishing out the window in 1964.

But something else also happened in pop music at that bayside auberge a year later. Trumpeter Herb Alpert, who plays Jazz Alley next week with his wife, vocalist Lani Hall, had an important epiphany.


Comments | More in Jazz, Rock/Pop | Topics: "In the Mood", Concert Preview, Dimitriou's Jazz Alley

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