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BALLARD JAZZ FESTIVAL
Various Locations Ballard
The 14th Annual, 2016 Ballard Jazz Festival is quickly coming together and we’re excited to be able to continue our decade-long relationship with Seattle businesses and civic groups in producing one of the Northwest’s truly unique cultural events.
Started in 2003 to highlight the thriving neighborhood of old town Ballard and Seattle’s world-class jazz musicians, the Ballard Jazz Festival quickly grew into an internationally recognized festival featured worldwide in print and web publications. Our program for this season promises to continue on that path with more music than ever as we further our relationship with two uniquely Ballard institutions – the Nordic Heritage Museum and the Leif Erikson Hall.
DON CHEADLE in MILES AHEAD
Don Cheadle won the role of Miles Davis before he even knew he was being considered. In 2006, when Davis was posthumously being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Davis’s nephew, Vince Wilburn, told reporters that Cheadle was the guy to play the jazz genius. ”I had not been reaching out for this role in any way, shape or form,” says Cheadle. “There was a pronouncement made, I guess — a proclamation — that I was going to play his uncle in a movie.”
Ten years later, Miles Ahead is ready to open in theaters, and Cheadle not only stars as the raspy-voiced trumpet master, he also made his directorial debut. The film premiered at the 2015 New York Film Festival and will open in theaters on April 1. Rather than a conventional cradle-to-grave music biopic, Cheadle built the narrative around Davis in 1979, a period of artistic paralysis. Ewan McGregor plays a persistent journalist who intrudes on Davis’s privacy, but becomes his reluctant partner in crime when they have to retrieve a missing tape of valuable session music. Like Davis’s music, their adventure knows no boundaries, and the film flirts with the surreal. In flashbacks, Davis courts and obsesses over dancer Frances Taylor (Emayatzy Corinealdi), and their romance has a major impact on his music.
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SPYRO GYRA – JAZZ ALLEY
Saxophonist Jay Beckenstein describes Spyro Gyra’s 2013 recording project. “As I thought about doing another record, I asked myself, what is it that makes Spyro Gyra special? I decided that it was the fact that we have been together so long that the communication between us has become almost mystical. Our ability to improvise on the fly has become so strong because we have played together so much. Enter to win some tickets to hear the bands creativity and improvisational explorations continue.