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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.
RICK BRAUN – CAN YOU FEEL IT Now with his 16th release, Can You Feel It (Artistry Music, 2014), Rick Braun offers his fans his first contemporary jazz solo release in five years. Rick produced this total music experience, wrote or co-wrote 9 of the 11 songs and plays trumpet, flugelhorn, keyboards, and valve trombone. He employs an array of contemporary jazz stars to help bring his music to life including Brian Culbertson, Euge Groove, Dave Koz, Jeff Lorber, Philippe Saisse as well as several masterful sidemen who keep the rhythm logic happening. The music is joyful, fun, energetic and earthy and hits you in your tone center via Rick’s melodic trumpet, funky R&B grooves, harmonic wizardry, and emotional, expressive flugelhorn playing.
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GERALD ALBRIGHT – JAZZ ALLEY
For four decades, the million-selling, GRAMMY®-nominated saxophonist Gerald Albright has put his serpentine-fired, solo signature on many of the greatest hits of the latter half of the twentieth century; from Patrice Rushen’s “Forget Me Nots,” to Quincy Jones’ “Setembro.” And, he’s coming to Jazz Alley October 23rd. Gerald has been one of the most accomplished contemporary/traditional jazz artists on the scene, as evidenced by his fourteen records as a leader. With the 2014 release of Slam Dunk, Albright continues his reign supreme as the genre’s most compelling and consistent artist.
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