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Earshot Jazz Festival -- October 12 through November 4 -- Full Schedule Announced
(Published: September 15, 2012)

The Earshot Jazz Festival -"Seattle's most important annual jazz event" (Down Beat) - Runs OCTOBER 12 to NOVEMBER 4, 2012

The 24th edition of the Earshot Jazz Festival runs October 12 to November 4, 2012, with more than 50 distinctive concert events in venues all around the city. Featured artists include the Vijay Iyer Trio, Bettye LaVette, Matthew Shipp Trio, Robert Glasper Experiment, Evan Flory-Barnes, and Danilo Perez Trio. In addition to concert performances, the festival includes educational programs and panels, a film series, and other outreach events yet to be announced. More information available at www.earshot.org.

Known for "adventurous, spot-on programming" (Jazz Times) and praised as "one of the best festivals in America" (Seattle Times) the Earshot Jazz Festival brings jazz greats from around the world into creative collaboration with area artists and audiences. Earshot also celebrates Seattle's place in the world of jazz, from our award-winning high-school jazz programs to our renowned resident jazz musicians.

2012 Earshot Jazz Festival Schedule

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, NORDSTROM RECITAL HALL AT BENAROYA HALL, 7:30PM
Tribute to Clarence Acox w/ Garfield High School Band & special guests
The new Garfield High jazz band and special guests pay tribute to the man who sets the gold standard for Seattle's nationally prominent jazz-education system. $18 general/$16 Earshot members & seniors/$9 students (Presented with support from Benaroya Hall Music Center)

FRIDAY & SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12 & 13, TULA'S, 7:30PM
Lorraine Feather & Russell Ferrante
"Deliciously savvy" (Down Beat) is this Grammy- and Emmy-nominated vocalist and much-covered songwriter. With frequent collaborator, pianist Russell Ferrante, a founding member of the Yellowjackets. $15 general/$13 Earshot members & seniors/$7 students

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, NORDSTROM RECITAL HALL AT BENAROYA HALL, 8PM
Danilo Perez Trio
Andy Clausen's Wishbone
The sizzling Panamanian pianist, noted educator, and Wayne Shorter bandmember, with his dazzling trio of Adam Cruz and Ben Street. Opening: the ensemble of emerging Seattle star trombonist/composer Andy Clausen, a Roosevelt graduate now at Juilliard. $24 general/$22 Earshot members & seniors/$12 students (Presented with support from Benaroya Hall Music Center)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, CHAPEL PERFORMANCE SPACE, 7:30PM
Ab Baars & Ig Henneman
From Holland, the 13-year improvising duo of a thrilling horn player and a versatile violist who work at the heights of musical exploration and expression. Their music "trembles on the edge of revelation" (Signal to Noise). $16 general/$14 Earshot members & seniors/$8 students (Support provided by the Consulate General of The Netherlands)

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, TRIPLE DOOR, 7PM
Luciana Souza Duo
Dave Peck Trio
The transcendent Brazilian singer, a four-time Grammy nominee collaborating with noted guitarist Larry Koonse. Opening: a nuanced, acclaimed Seattle pianist with Hall of Fame bassist Jeff Johnson and L.A. drum standout Joe LaBarbera. $22 general/$20 Earshot members & seniors/$10 students

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, SEATTLE ART MUSEUM PLESTCHEEFF AUDITORIUM, 7:30PM
Matthew Shipp Trio
Trio X
An evening of progressive jazz giants: Tectonic pianist Matthew Shipp, with Seattle bass ace Michael Bisio, and torrential drummer Whit Dickey, perform music from their recent Elastic Aspects. Their Art of the Improviser was on Allmusic's list of the best jazz albums in 20 years. Also on the bill: New York Is Now: one-of-a-kind multihornman Joe McPhee with two of the out-jazz best, bassist Dominic Duval and percussionist Jay Rosen, honor Ornette Coleman's early work. $22 general/$20 Earshot members & seniors/$10 students

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, TULA'S, 7:30PM
Jon Hamar Quintet
The top-flight Seattle bassist explores new music with tenor-sax titan Rich Perry and virtuoso multi-reedist Todd DelGiudice plus an ace rhythm section of pianist John Hansen and drummer Julian MacDonough. $13 general/$11 Earshot members & seniors/$7 students

MONDAY, OCTOBER 15, CHAPEL PERFORMANCE SPACE, 7:30PM
Tatsuya Nakatani
The intuitive, versatile Japanese percussionist uses drums, gongs, cymbals, singing bowls, and much else to create organic, intense music. $13 general/$11 Earshot members & seniors/$7 students

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, TRIPLE DOOR, 7:30PM
Bettye LaVette
The R&B vocal legend celebrates her 50-year career with a triumphant, mesmerizing release, Thankful n' Thoughtful, as well as her no-holds-barred autobiography, A Woman Like Me. Signed copies will be on sale. $28 general/$26 Earshot members & seniors/$14 students

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16 & 17, TULA'S, 7:30PM
Human Spirit
Longtime bandleaders Thomas Marriott (trumpet), Mark Taylor (sax), and Matt Jorgensen (drums), who have defined the spirited, high-wire "New West Coast Jazz" of Seattle's Origin Records, appear with their top-flight East Coast collaborators, pianist Orrin Evans and bassist Essiet Essiet. A CD release event celebrating a recording from last year's festival. $14 general/$12 Earshot members & seniors/$7 students

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, NORDSTROM RECITAL HALL AT BENAROYA HALL, 7:30PM
Vijay Iyer Trio
Cuong Vu's Triggerfish
Pianist Vijay Iyer, "the most daringly original jazz artist of this generation" (Chicago Tribune), recently became the first musician in 60 years to head five categories in a Down Beat critics poll. He joins bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Marcus Gilmore in "the great new jazz piano trio" (NYT). Opening: Expressive trumpet innovator Cuong Vu, who has lit up the UW and local scenes since moving to Seattle a few years ago, appears with a new trio of drummer Ted Poor and in-demand NYC bassist Eric Revis (Branford Marsalis Quartet). $22 general/$20 Earshot members & seniors/$11 students (Presented with support from Benaroya Hall Music Center)

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, CHAPEL PERFORMANCE SPACE, 7:30PM
Evan Flory-Barnes 2+2
The featured artist of this year's festival is one of the Puget Sound's most expansive jazz creators. Here the bassist and composer explores new musical possibilities with stellar bassist Jeff Johnson and the expressive pianist Dawn Clement. $14 general/$12 Earshot members & seniors/$7 students

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, PONCHO CONCERT HALL, CORNISH COLLEGE, 8PM
Nik Bärtsch's Ronin
The Swiss ECM pianist leads his polished ensemble in complex explorations of tone and rhythm: progressive jazz at its most engaging. With Kaspar Rast (drums), Thomy Jordi (bass), Andi Pupato (percussion), and Sha (bass & contrabass clarinet). $16 general/$14 Earshot members & seniors/$8 students, Cornish alums (This tour is supported by Pro Helvetia & town of Zurich)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, CHAPEL PERFORMANCE SPACE, 7:30PM
Phil Dadson Ensemble
The New Zealand home-made-instrument innovator performs with three Seattle soundscapers: Bill Horist, Paul Kikuchi, & Steve Barsotti. Free masterclass, PONCHO Concert Hall, Cornish College, noon. $12 general/$10 Earshot members & seniors/$6 students

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, ELLIOTT BAY BOOKS, 7:30PM
Paul de Barros
Seattle Times writer and Earshot co-founder presents his just-published Shall We Play That One Together': The Life and Art of Jazz Piano Legend Marian McPartland. Free

FRIDAY & SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19 & 20, TULA'S, 7:30PM
George Colligan Organ Trio
"One of the best kept secrets in jazz" (All About Jazz), the brilliant New York organist, also adept on piano, drums, and trumpet, thrills with Portland guitarist Dan Balmer and peerless Seattle drummer John Bishop. $14 general/$12 Earshot members & seniors/$7 students

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, SEATTLE ART MUSEUM PLESTCHEEFF AUDITORIUM, 7:30PM
Buster Williams Quartet
Ernie Watts w/ Marc Seales Trio
The acclaimed veteran bassist drives ahead with prodigious pianist Patrice Rushen, swinging saxophonist Mark Gross, and in-the-groove drummer Ndugu Chancler. Opening: Melodic hornman Ernie Watts joins one of the Puget Sound's most lyrical pianists and his sterling trio. $24 general/$22 Earshot members & seniors/$12 students

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21, SEATTLE ASIAN ART MUSEUM, 7:30PM
Arga Bileg
All the way from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, comes this uncanny blend of jazz and Mongolian folk music created with traditional and western musical instruments. A sure-fire transporting evening, with piano and horse-head fiddles and zithers. $14 general/$12 Earshot members & seniors/$7 students (Arga Bileg's national tour is made possible through the Arts Council of Mongolia-US with major funding from the Trust for Mutual Understanding.)

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21, SEATTLE ART MUSEUM PLESTCHEEFF AUDITORIUM, 7:30PM
Lionel Loueke Trio
Dos y Mas
New West African jazz from a former sideman of Terrence Blanchard and Herbie Hancock, who calls him "an amazing guitarist. He's like a musical painter." Opening: Cuba-reared maestros of piano, Elio Villafranca, and percussion, Arturo Stable, embrace their nation's spiritual, classical, and traditional legacies. $24 general/$22 Earshot members & seniors/$12 students

SUNDAY & MONDAY, OCTOBER 21 & 22, TULA'S, 7:30PM
Gregoire Maret
The jazz-harmonica great of this generation, the Swiss master who now resides in New York is a go-to accompanist for stars of many genres, including Cassandra Wilson and Herbie Hancock. $15 general/$13 Earshot members & seniors/$8 students

MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, TRIPLE DOOR, 7PM
Bobby Previte's Silent Way Project
The Royal Room Conduction Music Ensemble
Drummer, composer, arranger Bobby Previte presents his electric Miles Davis project, here packed with Seattle all-stars. Opening: Horvitz, who has galvanized Seattle jazz in his 20 years here, leads a large improvisational "conduction" ensemble. $14 general/$12 Earshot members & seniors/$7 students

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, ROYAL ROOM, 7:30PM
B'shnorkestra
Neil Welch
The outstanding trumpeter and emerging composer Samantha Boshnack presents her riveting work with a large ensemble. Opening: rising regional sax star, Neil Welch, a driving performer in the tradition of Coltrane and other adventurers, performs solo. $14 general/$12 Earshot members & seniors/$7 students

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, PONCHO CONCERT HALL, CORNISH COLLEGE, 8PM
Elina Duni w/ Colin Vallon Trio
The Albanian vocalist, now part of the European vanguard, joins with fellow ECM recording artist Colin Vallon to interpret Balkan folk songs and jazz. Vallon's dynamically melodic trio is showing the way forward with percussionist Samuel Rohrer and bassist Patrice Moret. $14 general/$12 Earshot members & seniors/$7 students, Cornish alums

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, PONCHO CONCERT HALL, CORNISH COLLEGE, 8PM
Anat Cohen Ensemble
Conversant with modern and traditional jazz, classical music, Brazilian choro, and Argentine tango, the Israeli clarinetist has established herself as a fresh voice in jazz. $18 general/$16 Earshot members & seniors/$9 students, Cornish alums

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, BENAROYA HALL S. MARK TAPER FOUNDATION AUDITORIUM, 8PM
Jake Shimabukuro
The hugely compelling Hawaiian ukulele virtuoso in one of his tour-de-force performances. Tickets from $30 (Presented by Live @ Benaroya Hall)

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, ROYAL ROOM, 7:30PM
Tamarindo
Shuffleboil
Tamarindo is the sensational New York trio of Tony Malaby (tenor), the great William Parker (bass), and Mark Ferber (drums). Opening: In Shuffleboil, New York meets Seattle in cranked-up style: Bobby Previte (drums), Wayne Horvitz (keys), Joe Doria (Hammond B3), and Tim Young (guitar). $18 general/$16 Earshot members & seniors/$9 students

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, PONCHO CONCERT HALL, CORNISH COLLEGE, 8PM
Tamarindo
Tom Varner Quartet
See previous Tamarindo listing. Opening: Jazz French horn master Tom Varner and his Seattle quartet - Eric Barber, Phil Sparks, Byron Vannoy - celebrate the legacies of Steve Lacy and two masters he esteemed: Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk. $18 general/$16 Earshot members & seniors/$8 students

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, KIRKLAND PERFORMANCE CENTER, 7:30PM
Philip Glass w/ Foday Musa Suso & Adam Rudolph
One of the great living composers, the iconoclastic Philip Glass, appears with Gambian kora player Foday Musa Suso, who worked on Glass's score to Powaqqatsi, and stunning percussionist Adam Rudolph. $65 general (Presented by Kirkland Performance Center)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, PONCHO CONCERT HALL, CORNISH COLLEGE, 8PM
JD Allen Trio
Tenor-sax stylist JD Allen, his tone reminiscent of John Coltrane, with Gregg August (bass) and drum phenom Rudy Royston, perform pieces from recent recordings - "noisy but soothing, simple but dense" (NPR). Also: free daytime masterclass, PONCHO Hall, Cornish College. $20 general/$10 students, Cornish alums (Presented by Cornish College of the Arts)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, CHAPEL PERFORMANCE SPACE, 7:30PM
Jaap Blonk
The Dutch vocal improviser uses synthesized sounds, including samples of his own voice, in powerful, joyful performances structured by the mathematical algorithms that are his other expertise. $14 general/$12 Earshot members & seniors/$7 students

FRIDAY & SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26 & 27, TULA'S, 7:30PM
Susan Pascal's Soul Sauce
Pascal, a Seattle vibes treasure, tributes the legendary Cal Tjader accompanied by leading jazz and Latin players Fred Hoadley (piano), Chuck Deardorf (bass), Tom Bergerson (percussion), and Mark Ivester (drums). $16 general/$14 Earshot members & seniors/$8 students

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, KIRKLAND PERFORMANCE CENTER, 7:30PM
Rupa & The April Fishes
San Francisco's Rupa Marya, a doctor by day, mixes Argentinean tangos, Latin cumbia, Indian ragas, and Gypsy swing into a French café music with vintage cabaret vibe and arresting lyrics. $24 general (Presented by Kirkland Performance Center)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27, TOWN HALL SEATTLE, 8PM
Staff Benda Bilili
Led by Ricky Likabu and Coco Ngambali, this extraordinary band features four senior singer-guitarists from Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo) who play R&B - and reggae inflected rumba - and they do that from their customized tricycles due to childhood polio. Joining them is 21-year-old Randy Landu who plays an electrified one-stringed lute he fashioned from a lump of wood and a tin can. $22 advance tickets, $25 day of show (Presented by Town Hall Seattle)

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28, SEATTLE ART MUSEUM PLESTCHEEFF AUDITORIUM, 7:30PM
Chris Lightcap's Bigmouth
Kate Olson/Naomi Siegel: Syrinx Effect
The accomplished bassist, whose Deluxe was on the NYT's 2011 top-10 list, performs new compositions with a powerful NY outfit with Matt Mitchell (piano), Tony Malaby and Andrew Bishop (tenor sax), and Ches Smith (drums). Opening: emerging experimentalists Kate Olson and Naomi Siegel, with electronics. $16 general/$14 Earshot members & seniors/$8 students (Supported by Presenting Jazz, a program of Chamber Music America funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Q&A with Chris Lightcap follows.)

MONDAY, OCTOBER 29, CHAPEL PERFORMANCE SPACE, 7:30PM
Sumi Tonooka
A "fierce and fascinating composer and pianist" (Jazz Times), "continually inventive, original, surprising, and a total delight" (Cuadranos de Jazz, Madrid), performs solo. $13 general/$11 Earshot members & seniors/$7 students

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30, TRIPLE DOOR, 7:30PM
Christian Scott Band
The trumpeter whom Jazz Times calls "jazz's young style God" shows why he won the 2010 Edison Award for best international jazz artist. On Christian Atunde Adjua, he takes New Orleans tradition to new heights, with monster drummer Jamire Williams, Matt Stevens (guitar), and Kris Funn (bass). $18 general/$16 Earshot members & seniors/$9 students

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30, ROYAL ROOM, 7:30PM
Bandalabra
Punk-jazz iconoclast Skerik (sax), and his quartet of D'Vonne Lewis (drums), Andy Coe (guitar), and featured bassist Evan Flory-Barnes know only one way: They rip it up. $13 general/$11 Earshot members & seniors/$7 students

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31, ROYAL ROOM, 8PM
Halloween Party w/ Naomi & The ODAT Band v.2
Danceable, experimental, African-inspired music from trombonist Naomi Siegel with a seven-piece band including Senegalese drummer Thione Diop. Prizes for best Halloween costumes. $13 general/$11 Earshot members & seniors/$6 students

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, LANGSTON HUGHES PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, 8PM
Evan Flory-Barnes: Folks
The Evan Flory-Barnes Folks, a new project of our festival-featured bassist, with trumpeter Owour Arunga (Macklemore). Includes free, open, afternoon jazz-education workshop with the band at Langston Hughes at 5pm. Students who attend workshop get free admission to evening concert. $12 general/$10 Earshot members & seniors/$5 students

THURSDAY & FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1 & 2, TULA'S, 7:30PM
Mundell Lowe/Mike Magnelli Quartet
Two of the world's great jazz guitarists: Lowe recorded early in his career with Lester Young, Charlie Parker, and Billie Holiday, and has led a long career distinguished by extensive film and TV composing and performance. Magnelli, on archtop guitar, has accompanied the likes of Joe Pass and Burt Bacharach. $14 general/$12 Earshot members & seniors/$7 students

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, ROYAL ROOM 7:30PM
Evan Flory-Barnes: Thrown Together with Love
Festival featured artist Evan Flory-Barnes debuts two new projects. The expansive jazz creator impressed at the last two Earshot festivals with his large-scale multimedia projects. Here he promises more excitement with his Thrown Together with Love featuring a string trio and vocalist MC, and a second new group with Jacques Willis (vibes), Andy Coe (guitar), and D'Vonne Lewis (drums). $14 general/$12 Earshot members & seniors/$7 students

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, TOWN HALL SEATTLE, 7PM
Roosevelt & Ballard High School Jazz Bands
Under Scott Brown, Roosevelt has been a perennial powerhouse at the national Essentially Ellington festival. It shares the stately Town Hall stage with its ever-strengthening Ballard counterpart, directed by Michael James. $14 general/$12 Earshot members & seniors/$7 students

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, TULA'S, 7:30PM
Murl Allen Sanders w/ Warren Rand
The pianist/accordionist can play in any style, including his own orchestral pieces. Here the much-admired teacher performs with his stylish combo with saxophonist Warren Rand, a Northwest stalwart. $14 general/$12 Earshot members & seniors/$7 students

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, NORDSTROM RECITAL HALL AT BENAROYA HALL, 7:30PM
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4, KIRKLAND PERFORMANCE CENTER, 3PM
Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra w/ Branford Marsalis
New Orleans Night Out: The NEA Jazz Master and three-Grammy winner joins the all-star big band on a tour of the music of his hometown: from early brass bands; to Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, and King Oliver; to modern boogaloo. $59-65 (Presented by Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra)

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4, TRIPLE DOOR, 7PM & 9:30PM
Robert Glasper Experiment
The Blue Note pianist welded jazz and hip-hop sensibilities with rappers Q-Tip and yasiin bey, neo-soul vocalist Bilal Oliver, and many others. Here, he appears with Derrick Hodge (bass), Chris Dave (drums), and Casey Benjamin (sax). Jazz, he suggested to Down Beat, "needs a big-ass slap." $24 general/$22 Earshot members & seniors/$12 students

Schedule subject to change. More information available at www.earshot.org and 206-547-9787.

FILMS:

Northwest Film Forum and the Earshot Jazz Festival present their annual film program celebrating the history, sounds, and spirit of jazz and their intersections with cinema.
Visit www.nwfilmforum.org for tickets and information.

OCTOBER 19-25, 7PM & 9:15PM
The Connection
A new 35mm print of Shirley Clarke's film, stunningly restored by UCLA's famed film-preservation lab. Banned by censors on its release, the provocative film features brilliant Beat dialogue and a propulsive jazz score as a group of heroin addicts await their dealer.

OCTOBER 20-21, 5PM
In Good Time: The Piano Jazz of Marian McPartland
The pianist Marian McPartland, a beloved pianist for several decades, is the host of a hit National Public Radio show. Paul de Barros, whose biography of McPartland has just appeared, introduces. Director James R. "Huey" Coleman Jr will attend.

OCTOBER 24, 7PM
Monktail Collective Improvised Music & Experimental Film Showcase
The collective's forward-thinking players accompany pioneering Northwest shorts.

OCTOBER 27-28, 5PM
FunkJazz Kafé: Diary of A Decade
Chuck D narrated this history of a multi-faceted arts and music festival in Atlanta that became an incubator for funk, jazz, and soul.

OCTOBER 27-28, 8PM
Deconstructing Dad
Features the prolific Raymond Scott, a key figure in 20th-century music.


Festival TICKETS and Information:
Contact Earshot Jazz 206-547-6763 and www.earshot.org

About Earshot Jazz
Earshot Jazz is a non-profit jazz-support and presenting organization. In addition to its concert presenting activities, which includes Seattle's major annual jazz festival, Earshot Jazz provides educational programs in jazz and publishes the monthly Earshot Jazz news magazine. More information available at www.earshot.org.

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