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,…More
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.More
The Earshot Jazz Festival has served up a panorama of wildly divergent styles the past four weeks, from big band and Afro-pop to ethno-punk and Latin jazz. Its concluding week features two saxophonists who ought not to be missed — Pharaoh Sanders and Miguel Zenón.More
Effervescent New York chanteuse Karrin Allyson opened a four-night stand to a full house at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley Thursday in a relaxed, bluesy mood, mixing crowd favorites with some stimulating new material.More
There is a longstanding tradition of young Seattle area jazz musicians booking a hometown gig when they come home for the holidays.More
A retrieval by an important local jazz man, a reinterpretation of a Beatles classic and a new album by a ‘70s hero who’s had another name change are among the albums released today.
Jerry Heldman, ‘Revelation(s)’ (Origin)More
One of the great pleasures of jazz is its capacity for surprise.
The exquisite concert by Sound Prints Saturday at Town Hall — the centerpiece of the Earshot Jazz Festival, which started a week ago Friday and continues through Nov. 11 — was a delightful case in point.More
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.More
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.More
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.More