Thanks to these Ten Awesome Jazz Bands in 2018…
Click on each band’s name to visit their website and hear samples of their music!
Doug Reid managed the stage for this dynamic open mic Youth Jam Session—featuring singer Chas Rinne and hosted by Shoreline Community College faculty members.
Local Seattle musicians Duwayne Andrews (vocals and organ); Steve Black (guitar); Bob Merrihew (drums); and Harry Rivera (saxophone) delivered an ever-evolving fusion of jazz, with elements of blues and moments of funk. Follow them on Facebook >
Voted “Northwest Vocalist of the Year” by Earshot Jazz 7 times in 15 years, Greta has been a mainstay on Seattle’s jazz stages for years. Her quartet featured some of the area’s best jazz musicians playing a wide array of contemporary composers. Follow Greta on Facebook >
Born out of a love of the early years of rock ‘n ‘roll, americana and swing, Birch Pereira & the Gin Joints transported listeners (and dancers) to the time of speakeasies, honky-tonks and roadhouses, with upright bassist and vocalist Birch Pereira at its center. Follow them on Facebook >
Susan Pascal Quintet with Pete Christlieb
Location: Industrial Air – outdoor stage
Sponsor: Jeff Snow Group / Keller Williams Realty North Seattle
The Susan Pascal Quintet with special guest tenor saxophone titan Pete Christlieb was honored to present “Remembering Stan Getz”—highlighting songs from the bossa nova craze of the 60s that forever changed pop music. The all-star group featured tenor saxophonist Pete Christlieb, vibraphonist Susan Pascal, pianist Bill Anschell, bassist Chuck Deardorf, and drummer Jeff Busch. Follow Susan on Facebook > / Follow Pete on Facebook >
For over 17 years, this 16-piece big band has been showcasing many of the finest female jazz artists in the area, performing jazz standards, Latin jazz, and contemporary jazz music at the annual Earshot Jazz Festival, as well as recent performances with Gail Pettis, Nelda Swiggett, Grace Kelly, Christine Jensen, and Mimi Fox. Follow SWOJO on Facebook >
In the words of All About Jazz, the Dmitri Matheny Group is “an all-star jazz band featuring some of the most accomplished musicians in the western United States,” having received critical acclaim for recordings as well as over 100 performances on tour each year throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Follow them on Facebook >
Jacqueline Tabor is an award winning vocalist who lives and performs in the Pacific Northwest. Her sultry alto voice contains style, passion and sophistication with an expressive, memorable approach to jazz. Follow Jacqueline on Facebook >
One of the most highly regarded Hot Club style groups working today, Pearl Django’s signature style is marked by pristine and dexterous string work, colors of Bal Musette, the steady pulse of rhythm guitar, and an unmistakable swing. Follow them on Facebook >
This Tacoma-based quartet of top jazz musicians includes Tracey Hooker: vocals, trumpet, fugelhorn; James Cochran: keyboard; Osama Afifi: electric and acoustic bass; and Aaron Hennings: drums. From Chuck Mangione to Stevie Wonder, they give a fresh jazz take on familiar themes.
*OTP* = 2 of the venues were Open to The Public (OTP); ticket-holders had access to all venues.
*ADULTS ONLY* = 2 of the venues were adults only, due to state liquor board restrictions.