Seattle’s Earshot Jazz Festival will celebrate its 30th anniversary this fall, presenting over 60 events across the city. The festival will launch on Oct. 7 with performances by Regina Carter, Marquis Hill’s Blacktet, and Logan Richardson blues PEOPLE, and will culminate on Nov. 4 with concerts by Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, Myra Melford, and 2019 NEA Jazz Master Maria Schneider with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra.
Also scheduled to perform at Earshot this fall are Circuit Rider (Ron Miles, Bill Frisell, and Brian Blade), David Sanborn, Jazzmeia Horn, Pat Metheny, Tia Fuller, Kamasi Washington, Ethan Iverson and Mark Turner, Helen Sung, and Madison McFerrin.
According to a press release, Earshot will continue “to demonstrate its commitment to Seattle’s resident artists, with a special spotlight on this year’s featured Festival Resident Artist, Jovino Santos Neto … a pianist, composer, and educator who, while a long-time fixture of Seattle jazz, has traveled the world with his singular talents and style.”
Other resident artists include Marina Albero, Johnaye Kendrick, Naomi Moon Seigel, Birch Pereira, Clave Gringa, Neil Welch, Deems Tsutakawa, SassyBlack, Ted Poor, Wayne Horvitz, Beth Fleenor, Afrocop, Alex Dugdale, and many more.
Earshot Jazz is partnering this year with the new Seattle non-profit, Langston, located in the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, “to offer a series that celebrates Langston’s mission of cultivating black brilliance.” Artists included as part of the series are harpist Brandee Younger, Harriet Tubman: The Band, Michael Powers, Thiefs w/ Guillermo E. Brown, James Brandon Lewis, Vernon Reid Band of Gypsys Revisited, and drummer D’Vonne Lewis in a special tribute to his grandfather, Seattle jazz pioneer Dave Lewis.
Honoring women in jazz, the festival will feature saxophonists Amy Denio, YolanDa Brown, Kate Olson, Caroline Davis, and Elena Maque; drummer Allison Miller; trumpeter Samantha Boshnack; pianist Clarice Assad; and performing artist Jen Shyu.
Beyond the 60-plus concerts, the festival will include a film series, workshops, educational programs, and special community engagement events. The complete festival schedule and ticket information can be found on the Earshot Jazz website (www.earshot.org).