Seattle’s Earshot Jazz Festival Set for Oct. 12-Nov. 4

24th annual event will feature Vijay Iyer, Robert Glasper, Matthew Shipp, more

Matthew Shipp
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The 24th annual Earshot Jazz Festival will take place in Seattle from Oct. 12 to Nov 4. Scheduled to perform are the Vijay Iyer Trio, Bettye LaVette, Matthew Shipp Trio, Robert Glasper Experiment, Evan Flory-Barnes and the Danilo Perez Trio, as well as Ab Baars and Ig Henneman, an improvising horn and viola duo from Holland; Tatsuya Nakatani, a Japanese percussionist; Nik Bärtsch Ronin, a Swiss pianist; and Jake Shimabukuro, a Hawaiian ukulele virtuoso, among many others.

The opening act will celebrate and bring the focus back to Seattle, with a tribute to Clarence Acox by the Garfield High School Band, accompanied by special guests.

Earshot Jazz, a non-profit jazz-support and presenting organization, organized the event, which will also incorporate educational programs and panels; a film series; and a variety of other events like Human Spirit’s CD release celebrating a recording from last year’s festival, and the Seattle Times‘ writer and Earshot co-founder Paul de Barros’ release of his recently published book, Shall We Play That One Together?: The Life and Art of Jazz Piano Legend Marian McPartland.

The three-week-long festival will encompass 50 distinctive concert events hosted by more than a dozen venues around the city. A detailed listing of performances is available at Earshot.