from The Seattle Times:

The Triple Door, where the volcanic saxophonist James Carter performed with his Heaven on Earth quintet Friday, is a room with a unique gravity.

The subterranean music club is both airy and intimate and secures an emotional commitment from the audience — whether pushed to the walls, as it was during Carter’s two standing-room-only sets, or huddled at the front of the stage, as it was for singer Gretchen Parlato’s late set Sunday.

Both performed as part of the 2010 Earshot Jazz Festival, which is nearing its midpoint. The most comprehensive jazz festival in the Seattle area, Earshot continues through Nov. 7 with shows at various venues, from the Crocodile to Benaroya Hall, but the Triple Door is the festival’s primary stage.

Drummer Matt Jorgensen’s quintet, backed by a string quartet, performs there Tuesday, playing music inspired by Jorgensen’s late father-in-law, the Denver painter Dale Chisman; New York vocalist Lincoln Briney; and local singers Ben Black and Valerie Joyce team up for a tribute to Chet Baker on Wednesday; and Memphis/Chicago blues harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite plays the room Thursday.

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