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Article: What is Jazz?

Seattle Jazz Fellowship Presents: Orrin Evans & the Captain Black Big Band

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The Seattle Jazz Fellowship, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded by trumpeter Thomas Marriott, was created in response to the loss of viable jazz stages showcasing the vibrant resident jazz scene in Seattle. While local jazz musicians and fans alike mourned the downfall of longtime resident haunts such as the New Orleans club and Tula's Jazz Club, Marriott ...

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News: Recording

Heidi Martin Releases The Stunning New Album 'Gifts & Sacrifices' On April 29th

Heidi Martin Releases The Stunning New Album 'Gifts & Sacrifices' On April 29th

Thu, April 21 The Heidi Martin Ensemble The Kennedy Center Washington, DC April 29, 2022 marks the release of Gifts & Sacrifices, the new album from American vocalist and composer Heidi Martin. Born in Washington, D.C., Heidi’s development as a professional artist began by studying with elders of jazz such as Grady Tate ...

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Article: Profile

Remembering Jessica Williams: Trailblazing Pianist/Composer

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The world of jazz lost a bright star on Saturday, March 12, 2022, when iconic pianist/composer Jessica Williams passed at her home in Yakima, Washington with her devoted husband Duncan at her side. She was 73 years old. Williams was born in Baltimore, MD in 1948, and began playing piano at age 4. Classically ...

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Article: Live Review

Kandace Springs Quartet / Sasha Berliner Quartet at Jazz Alley

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Kandace Springs Quartet/ Sasha Berliner Quartet Jazz Alley Seattle, WA February 27, 2022 Seattle's premier jazz showroom, Jazz Alley, celebrated its 40th anniversary in anonymity during the pandemic lockdown. John Dimitriou's 400-seater in the Belltown neighborhood grew from humble beginnings in the city's University district, where “The Alley" was hatched as ...

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Article: What is Jazz?

Seattle Jazz Fellowship: A New Beginning For Live Resident Jazz

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The local jazz scene in Seattle has been vibrant and at times prolific over the last one hundred years. The city hosted the only fully integrated jazz club scene in the 1920's and '30s, inspiring Black musicians from the south to escape Jim Crow, and find a place to not only engage in the bustling club ...

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Article: Year in Review

2021: The Year in Jazz

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The jazz world continued grappling and adjusting in year two of the COVID-19 pandemic. International Jazz Day again went virtual for the most part. Singer Tony Bennett put the final stamp on his touring--and likely recording--career after his Alzheimer's disclosure. Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield was headed to federal prison. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four ...

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News: Website

Celebrating Origin Records at All About Jazz

Celebrating Origin Records at All About Jazz

Origin Records is a Seattle-based independent jazz label, run for musicians by musicians. Their expansive catalog over sibling labels Origin & OA2 Records, covers a wide range of jazz from an international collection of 370 artists. All About Jazz interviewed the founders John Bishop and Matt Jorgensen in 2018 and you can read their story here. ...

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Article: Live Review

Jazzmeia Horn at Jazz Alley

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Jazzmeia Horn Jazz Alley Seattle, WA December 7, 2021 The arrival of jazz vocalist Jazzmeia Horn in Seattle for a two-day run at Jazz Alley represented in many ways, the return of international touring jazz artists to the esteemed and historic venue, after a fall that featured resident jazz artists and r&b stars. ...

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Article: What is Jazz?

Jazz Returns to Seattle's Central District: Two Evenings of Black Brilliance

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There is a miracle on the corner of 12th Avenue and Jackson St. in what is now Seattle's “Little Saigon." In what was a traditional African American and Jewish community before the influx of Vietnamese, Cambodian and Laotian immigrants after the war in Southeast Asia in the early 1980's, this urban crossroads was the main pulse ...

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Article: Live Review

East-West Trumpet Summit at Meydenbauer Center Theatre

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East-West Trumpet Summit Meydenbauer Center Theatre Bellevue Blues & Jazz Festival Bellevue, WA October 9, 2021 Two trumpet quintets in jazz are rare, historically and presently. The alliances most commonly mentioned are the bop era tandem of Fats Navarro and Howard McGhee ...


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