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Category: Jazz
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

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.


Comments | Topics: Dave Douglas, Earshot Jazz Festival, Joe Lovano

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.


Comments | More in Jazz | Topics: Earshot Jazz Festival

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.


Comments | Topics: Hilary Garnder, New Recordings, The Great City

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