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2014 EARSHOT JAZZ FESTIVAL
The Earshot Jazz Festival swings into its 26th edition on October 10 and includes more than 50 distinctive concerts and events in venues all around the city through November 11.
The festival brings jazz greats from around the world into creative collaboration with area audiences and artists. Earshot celebrates Seattle’s place in the world of jazz with mainstage concerts by our award-winning student ensembles and a strong representation by our renowned resident artists.
This year, Earshot celebrates the “Masters, Monsters, and Mentors” of jazz. The festival opens October 10 at Town Hall with a very special birthday party for Thelonious Monk, whose distinctive musical direction has mentored almost every jazz musician since, and wraps up with a closing party at Triple Door’s Musicquarium. In between is a multitude of performances by international and local artists alike, celebrating this vibrant and ever-changing artform.
MICHAEL LINGTON-SOUL APPEAL With seven solo albums already to his name, Danish sax-man Michael Lington has been an ever present on the contemporary jazz scene for the past twenty-five years. His latest CD, ‘Soul Appeal’, finds him in the company of legendary writer and producer Barry Eastmond with whom he has discovered a vibe firmly rooted in 60’s and 70’s Memphis soul. Not only that, joining him in the venture is an all-star cast of performers including Kenny Lattimore, Ryan Shaw, Freddie Washington, Paul Jackson Jr., Ray Parker Jr., and Lenny Castro for a body of work that will be essential listening for all those who like their smooth jazz spiced with a modicum of soul.
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EUGE GROOVE – JAZZ ALLEY
Saxophonist Euge Groove is one of the best-selling Contemporary Jazz artists, scoring more than half a dozen #1 Smooth Jazz radio hits and selling over 250,000 albums. His last album, House Of Groove, hit #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, continuing his hit driven chart reign. Got 2 Be Groovin’ delivers Euge Groove’s trademark Funk/Jazz grooves on a wide-ranging set including radio hits.
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AVERAGE WHITE BAND – JAZZ ALLEY
The Average White Band, widely considered among the very best in R&B and soul history, returns to Jazz Alley for four nights of blistering funk. For the better part of the last forty years, the Average White Band has performed sold-out shows around the world, confirming the timeless appeal of their infectious flair.
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