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December 18, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Stephen Newby spreads Duke Ellington’s sacred message | Concert preview

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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

July 29, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Earshot Jazz Festival makes early announcement

Pharaoh Sanders. (Photo by Edward Casati) Saxophonists Pharaoh Sanders, Joe Lovano and Miguel Zenon, trumpeter Dave Douglas and pianist Jacky Terrasson are some of the headliners announced this week by Seattle jazz non-profit Earshot Jazz for its annual festival, which runs Oct. 10 through Nov. 11 at various venues around the city. Other shows feature bassist Linda…


Comments | More in General news, Jazz | Topics: Dave Douglas, Earshot Jazz, Pharaoh Sanders

March 11, 2014 at 12:01 AM

Earshot Jazz picks 2013 award winners

Bert Wilson was inducted into the Earshot Jazz Hall of Fame. (Courtesy of Nancy Curtis) 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…


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

November 2, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Dropping in on the Earshot Jazz Festival | Concert review

(Courtesy of the artist)

(Courtesy of the artist)

Manhattan Transfer

Friday, Manhattan Transfer opened a three-night stand to a packed house at the Triple Door and while they were down a man — Tim Hauser’s out, having back surgery — Trist Curless, whom you may remember from the group m-pact, which got its start in Seattle — did a stellar job filling in.

From the sizzling quartet’s first “Ooo-bop!” on “Tuxedo Junction,” I was reminded that despite a kneejerk aversion to the glitz of this group, the luxuriousness of its shimmering blend and its crisp delivery of scat solos are hard to resist. So why try?

It was pretty much a “greatest hits” night, from “The Duke of  Dubuque,” featuring Curless on an athletic bass scat solo, and the retro-swing of “Java Jive” to a stunningly fast “Air Mail Special” (complete with Charlie Christian solo), Bird’s “Billie’s Bounce” and the megahit “Birdland.”


Comments | More in Festivals, Jazz | Topics: Concert Review, Darcy James Argue, Earshot Jazz