from The Stranger:

“Too many writers think they know what’s going on in jazz. I can unfurl lists of national and regional artists—many of them potential or actual successors to Miles and Parker—yet I don’t know nearly as much as I think I know. But I can tell you this: If we define jazz as music invented by African Americans that exalts improvisation, ongoing rhythmic tension, and group dialogue while reserving a prominent place for a soloist to articulate an individual, perhaps contradictory, musical vision, then jazz is in pretty good shape.

The Is That Jazz? festival offers proof over two weekends with an array of double bills suggesting that jazz is here and continues to expand in many directions”

Read the complete article here.

January 22–23 and January 29–30, Chapel Performance Space, 8 pm, $10/$15. More info:

Seattle Jazz