From The Seattle Times

Christmas may be over, but holiday jazz is going strong.

A particular treat for Seattle jazz fans is “Sacred Music by Duke Ellington,” the annual presentation of the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra. Michael Brockman, SRJO co-director, saxophonist and Ellington scholar, says, “We look forward to the performance every year; we don’t get tired of it. Because it’s so universally inclusive of all faiths, it makes you think about your own faith which is ultimately the point of this time of year.” Read the complete earlier interview with Brockman online at

Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra performs “Sacred Music by Duke Ellington” at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, 1717 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue; $24-$28 (206-547-6763, 800-838-3006 or

Also on the jazz calendar is the David Benoit Trio, which will reopen tonight Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley (closed for the past few days due to weather). The trio plays “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. today and Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle; $24.50 (206-441-9729 or

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