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Friday October 05, 2018

From The Seattle Times

10 Earshot Jazz Festival 2018 shows not to miss

or more than three decades, Seattle nonprofit Earshot Jazz has been a pillar of the local jazz community, promoting shows from national headliners and homegrown talents, and hosting educational events. This year, its crown jewel, Earshot Jazz Festival, celebrates its 30th year, packing in more than 60 concerts and events around the Seattle metro area between Oct. 7 and Nov. 4. Whether you’re a seasoned connoisseur or a jazz-curious neophyte, there’s a lot of music to parse through in this year’s lineup. Here are 10 standout shows that should be on your radar.

Jazzmeia Horn
Widely hailed as a rising star among the jazzerati, the Dallas-born singer who grew up in the church choir has earned comparisons to Erykah Badu, Nina Simone and scat queen Betty Carter, offering a fresh take on standards and spirituals on her socially conscious debut album, “A Social Call,” which opens with a Carter tune. Classic sensibilities meet generation #woke when this precocious 27-year-old, who reportedly made a splash at this summer’s Jazz Port Townsend, steps to the mic.

Regina Carter
Whether paying homage to Ella Fitzgerald or digging into traditional Southern or African music, few pack as much soul into every note as this versatile violinist. The veteran heavy hitter with an exploratory streak is credited with expanding the possibilities of the jazz violin — a pioneering bent that jibes with Earshot’s forward-thinking spirit.

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