Victor Noriega‘s explosive trio playing in the Brotman Forum of the Seattle Art Museum in the January Art of Jazz Concert. An hour of highlights from the concert will air on KPLU (88.5) and stream on on Sunday, January 27 at 1 PM Pacific Time.

Pianist Victor Noriega is a fast rising star on the Seattle jazz scene and beyond. After graduation from the University of Washington School of Music, his CD debut was “Stone’s Throw” in 2004. The following year he was voted NW Emerging Artist of the Year by Earshot readers. In 2006 he produced his second CD “Alay” which received an Earshot Golden Ear Award for Northwest Recording of the year and a second award for Northwest Instrumentalist of the Year.

Victor Noriega’s cross-cultural style is distinctly his own, blending elements of Filipino traditional music and classical music with jazz. He was recently featured in the 2007 Philippine International Jazz and Arts Festival playing in Seattle and Hollywood, and has performed in Asia as well, notably in Shanghai. He’s currently preparing a third CD and we’ll hear some new music on this concert that will be included on the new CD.

Joining him in this concert at the Seattle Art Museum are an exciting young bassist, Evan Flory-Barnes, and drummer Greg Campbell . The Art of Jazz concerts are presented by Earshot Jazz on the second Thursday of each month at The Seattle Art Museum.

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