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EMP Gets Jazzed in January

A sort of musical Mecca exists in the upper reaches of the American Northwest. Seattle’s Experience Music Project (EMP) is a museum/concert hall/restaurant where visitors can learn about their favorite artists and admire important, historical artifacts like Jimi Hendrix’s old jeans. It’s true that most of EMP’s exhibits and performances are pretty rock and roll, but come January, EMP will focus its lens on jazz and present a slew of concerts, films and lectures-all jazz-centric.

The most notable of the concert dates are those when EMP hosts Christian McBride and Bobby Watson with the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet (Jan. 17), Bill Frisell (pictured)(Jan. 18) and singer Nnenna Freelon (Jan. 31). Another standout event on the EMP calendar is the “oral history” interview with Maynard Ferguson by EMP Curatorial Producer Jasen Emmons on Jan. 6, detailing Ferguson’s successful career as a jazz trumpeter. Also on the month’s agenda are a screening of the Thelonious Monk biopic Straight No Chaser (Jan. 8), workshops for aspiring musicians and events for children. For a full list of events and ticket information, visit

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