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EARSHOT JAZZ FESTIVAL
Earshot – Supporting Jazz in Seattle for Over 30 Years.
“Jazz is an art form based on invention through creative adaptation; that focus on creative progression has always driven our programming philosophy. We remain true to our mission by honoring the refined masters, fiery journeymen, and bold emerging artists who create the music new every day, here in Seattle and around the world.”
The 27th Earshot Jazz Festival kicked off October 9 and includes more than 50 distinctive concerts and events in venues all around the city. 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. A complete schedule and highlights can be found on the Earshot link below.
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AVERAGE WHITE BAND – JAZZ ALLEY
AWB are widely regarded as one of the best soul and funk bands in the history of music. Though best known for their timeless instrumental mega-hit ‘Pick Up the Pieces’ the band’s strength actually lay in their consistently accomplished song-writing, stretching across several gold albums and multi- Grammy nominations.
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A MUSICAL FIRST
Over 20 YEARS IN THE MAKING. For 25 years, keyboardist Bob James and bassist Nathan East have been musical collaborators. Whether it’s been side by side in the quartet, Fourplay, or studio sessions playing on others releases these two musical masters have literally spent thousands of hours playing music together. The experience and empathy of knowing each others musical language, dialect and vocabulary makes these artists as fluid as any two artists can be together.
The outcome of The New Cool is nothing short of gorgeous. In the tradition of other piano and bass recordings, James and East deliver an organic and richly complex yet simple album that makes you hit the repeat button. It glides by with ease and feels like one cohesive piece. If you have ever heard these two play live together, it will not surprise you to hear them sound as one in this recording. For those who know the music of pianist and arranger Bob James, you know the complex harmonics are executed matter of fact, as if we all know his special language the way bassist Nathan East does. A special nod to track nine called Seattle Sunrise, but personal favorites include “All Will Be Revealed”, “Waltz For Judy” and “Ghost of a Chance” and “Turbulence”.