Thomas is another of my favorite local musicians. Here he is playing at Tula’s during the 2005 Earshot Jazz festival.
Seattle’s 20th annual Earshot Jazz Festival presents more than 50 one-of-a-kind events in concert halls, clubs, and community centers all around the city beginning October 18th and continuing through November 9th.
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 important artists from around the world into creative collaboration with area audiences and Seattle’s finest jazz musicians. It celebrates Seattle’s place in the world of jazz — from our award-winning high-school jazz programs to our renowned resident jazz masters — in a world-class festival setting that features many of today’s most important artists.
Some of the highlights planned for this 20th Earshot
NEA Jazz Master James Moody with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra in a 4-day residency that includes oral history interviews, educational programs, and two concerts
Pioneering avant-garde pianist and NEA Jazz Master Cecil Taylor in a solo concert at Seattle’s Town Hall
Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and hisquartet at the Triple Door
Pianist Marilyn Crispell in concert at the Chapel Performance Space
Vocalist Simone, daughter of Nina Simone, in concert in Bothell
A collaboration with the Langston Hughes Cultural center that includes concerts by violinist Billy Bang and Seattle jazz legends Julian Priester and Hadley Caliman.
A pre-election concert at Town Hall by bassist Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra featuring pianist/arranger Carla Bley.
A 20-year retrospective of internationally-known Seattle resident Wayne Horvitz featuring his groups, The President, New York Composer’s Orchestra West, Pigpen, and Zony Mashwith Horns
Seattle’s award-winning Garfield and Roosevelt High School jazz bands in main stage concerts with guests such as Wycliffe Gordon.
Eastern European prodigy Eldar with veteran singer Nancy King
Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii with Rova’s Larry Ochs
Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra accompaniment to three Laurel and Hardy films
And many, many more.