Seattle’s Earshot Jazz Festival Scheduled for Oct.-Nov.

Headliners include Pharoah Sanders, Dave Douglas/Joe Lovano

Dave Douglas and Joe Lovano, Newport Jazz Festival, August 2012
Wayne Horvitz

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The 26th edition of Seattle’s annual Earshot Jazz Festival will take place October 10 and will include more than 50 concerts and events in venues all around the city through November 11.

This year, according to a press release, Earshot celebrates the “Masters, Monsters, and Mentors” of jazz. Among the scheduled headline artists are saxophonist Pharoah Sanders with his quartet; the Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas Quintet: Sound Prints featuring Lawrence Fields, Linda Oh and Joey Baron; producer and composer Taylor McFerrin; vocalist Carmen Lundy; and True Blues with Alvin Youngblood Hart and Corey Harris.

The festival opens October 10 at Town Hall with a special birthday party for Thelonious Monk, “Monk, 10/10,” includes 10 of Seattle’s top jazz pianists performing one solo Monk piece each, followed by a 10-piece ensemble, conducted by Wayne Horvitz, reworking transcriptions of the 1959 Monk at Town Hall concert.

Appearing in festival concerts and mentoring programs at Cornish College of the Arts are ensembles of the French pianist Jacky Terrasson, saxophonist Greg Osby, drummer Barry Altschul, vocalist Johnaye Kendrick, saxophonist Miguel Zenón, and NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman. Also part of the Cornish series, young saxist Ben Flocks will share a bill with his mentor, Lew Tabackin.

International ensembles include the West African Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba at the Triple Door, Italian sextet OU at the Royal Room, and the Balkan brass band the Boban & Marko Markovic Orchestra at Town Hall.

A full schedule will be posted August 15 at Earshot. Tickets for the Earshot Jazz Festival go on sale September 1 at the same web URL. Complete concert information will be available as it develops at and 206-547-6763.