From Hugo Kugiya’s review in The Seattle Times:

Uncoiling slowly and often in surprising ways, the Earshot Jazz Festival opened last weekend with the kind of musical menu it has become known for: a bit of the familiar, with a taste of the faraway.

The local festival with global reach has been criticized both for not being local enough and for being too reliant on locally bred artists. Presuming that all will never be fully pleased, most must have found something to be happy about on opening weekend.

The Roosevelt High School Jazz Band with guest trumpeter Sean Jones gave the first performance of the festival at the Triple Door, showing what sets apart this region in the jazz world — an exceptional concentration of young, accomplished musicians. Winner of this year’s Essentially Ellington high-school-band competition in New York, Roosevelt performed to a full house, with throngs of well-attired, proud parents rooting on their tuxedo-clad children on a world-class stage.

Continue reading at The Seattle Times.

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