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Cornish College of the Arts and Earshot Jazz Announce 2013 Collaborations

September 10, 2013

Earshot Jazz and Cornish College of the Arts announce their collaborations for the 2013 Cornish Music Series and Earshot Jazz Festival featuring 10 dynamic concert performances and six masterclasses.

This year Cornish and Earshot Jazz welcome John Hollenbeck’s Claudia Quintet; Ken Vandermark and Nate Wooley; the Dave Douglas Quintet; Chris Speed, Dave King & Chris Tordini Trio; Dafnis Prieto Si o Si Quartet; “jazz flutist of the year” Nicole Mitchell’s Ice Crystal Quartet; piano/viola duo Lucian Ban and Mat Maneri; composer Darcy James Argue & the Cornish Contemporary Big Band; the Kora Band and Kneebody.

Masterclasses will be presented by Cuban son performers La Familia Valera Miranda, jazz drummer Mike Clark, jazz vocalist Inga Swearingen, saxophonist Ken Vandermark and trumpeter Nate Wooley, Cuban percussion master Dafnis Prieto, and the ensemble Kneebody.

All events occur at Cornish College’s PONCHO Concert Hall, 710 East Roy St., Seattle, except where noted. Free parking available.

Tickets vary by event: check event details for specifics.

For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.cornish.edu/music/series and http://www.earshot.org.

La Familia Valera Miranda
Wednesday, October 2, 12:30 p.m. masterclass
Saturday, October 5, 8 p.m. concert at Town Hall Seattle (1119 Eighth Avenue, Seattle)
Direct from Santiago de Cuba, La Familia Valera Miranda is one of the purest exponents of the Cuban musical genre known as son. The group presents a masterclass while in Seattle for the first time since 2001.
Masterclass: Free and open to the public.
Concert Tickets: $30 general/$28 Earshot Jazz members & seniors/$15 students

Mike Clark
Thursday, October 3, 12:30 p.m. masterclass
Mike Clark, one of America’s foremost jazz and funk drummers, presents a masterclass.
Masterclass: Free and open to the public.

John Hollenbeck’s Claudia Quintet
Sunday, October 6, 8 p.m. concert
The Claudia Quintet—John Hollenbeck (drummer and composer), Chris Speed (clarinet/tenor saxophone), Red Wierenga (accordion/piano), Drew Gress (bass), Matt Moran (vibraphone), has walked a unique path through contemporary jazz since their founding in the late ‘90s. Hollenbeck’s original compositions skillfully reveal the exceptional artistry of each musician.
Concert Tickets: $20 general; $15 Earshot Jazz members and seniors; $10 students & Cornish alumni

Inga Swearingen
Wednesday, October 9, 12:30 p.m. masterclass
Award-winning jazz vocalist and recording artist Inga Swearingen presents a master class.
Masterclass: Free and open to the public

Ken Vandermark and Nate Wooley
Thursday, October 10, 12:30 p.m. masterclass and 8 p.m. concert
World-renowned Ken Vandermark whose vanguard saxophone earned him a MacArthur Fellowship performs improvised works with Nate Wooley, an extended-technique trumpeter on the booming Brooklyn improv scene.
Masterclass: Free and open to the public.
Concert Tickets: $18 general; $16 Earshot Jazz members & seniors; $9 students

Dave Douglas Quintet | The Westerlies
Saturday, October 12, 8 p.m. concert
Trumpeter Dave Douglas brings his dynamic Quintet—Jon Irabagon (tenor saxophone), Bobby Avey (piano), Linda Oh (bass), and Rudy Royston (drums)—to Cornish for this special double-bill. The Westerlies, playing the music of Wayne Horvitz, open the concert.
Concert Tickets: $22 general; $20 Earshot Jazz members & seniors; $11 students

Chris Speed, Dave King & Chris Tordini Trio | Bad Luck
Sunday, October 13, 8 p.m. concert
Three seasoned innovators join forces: Chris Speed (sax/clarinet, Human Feel), Dave King (drums, The Bad Plus), and Chris Tordini (bass, Jean-Michel Pilc Trio). Opening: the “hard-edged and audacious” (NY Jazz Record) duo of drummer Chris Icasiano and saxophonist Neil Welch.
Concert Tickets: $18 general; $16 Earshot Jazz members & seniors; $9 students

Dafnis Prieto and Peter Apfelbaum
Thursday, October 17, 12:30 p.m. masterclass
Bandleader, drummer and composer Dafnis Prieto and saxophonist Peter Apfelbaum present this masterclass.
Masterclass: Free and open to the public

Dafnis Prieto Si o Si Quartet
Thursday, October 17, 8 p.m. concert
Cuban percussion titan Dafnis Prieto raises the bar with his breathtaking skill, precision and imagination that earned him a 2011 MacArthur Foundation “genius” composer with his Si o Si Quartet, including Peter Apfelbaum (saxophone/melodica/caxixi), Robert Rodriguez (piano), and Johannes Weidenmueller (bass).
Concert Tickets: $22 general; $20 Earshot Jazz members & seniors; $11 students

Nicole Mitchell Ice Crystal Quartet
Friday, October 25, 8 p.m. concert
Nicole Mitchell, “the most important jazz flutist of her generation” (All About Jazz), draws from gospel, African percussion, and other elements into a thrilling extension of jazz. With Jason Adasiewicz (vibes), Joshua Abrams (bass), and Frank Rosaly (drums).
Concert Tickets: $22 general; $20 Earshot Jazz members & seniors; $11 students

Lucian Ban and Mat Maneri
Sunday, October 27, 8 p.m. concert
Increasingly recognized for his work, modernist jazz pianist Lucian Ban teams up with violist Matt Maneri to present works from their new ECM album Transylvanian Concert.
Concert Tickets: $18 general; $16 Earshot Jazz members & seniors; $9 students

Darcy James Argue
Tuesday, October 29, 1 p.m. masterclass
Composer and bandleader Darcy James Argue presents a masterclass.
Masterclass: Free and open to the public

Darcy James Argue & Cornish Contemporary Big Band
Thursday, October 31, 8 p.m. concert
Brooklyn-based composer Darcy James Argue, a five-time winner of the DownBeat critics poll, is credited with “making big band cool again”(Time Out New York). Argue concludes his two-week residency at Cornish leading the Cornish Contemporary Big Band in this concert of his compositions.
Tickets: $20 general; $15 Earshot Jazz members and seniors; $10 students & Cornish alumni

Kora Band
Sunday, November 3, 8 p.m. concert
Drawing well-deserved attention far from their Portland and Seattle roots, the Kora Band combines elements of jazz and West African music. Andrew Oliver (piano), Kane Mathis (kora/guitar), Chad McCullough (trumpet), Brady Millard-Kish (bass) and Mark DiFlorio (drums).
Concert Tickets: $18 general; $16 Earshot Jazz members & seniors; $9 students

Kneebody
Thursday, November 7, 12:30 p.m. masterclass and 8 p.m. concert
Kneebody’s music transcends genres and expectations by coupling explosive rock energy with nuanced chamber ensemble playing, highly wrought compositions and adventurous no-holds-barred improvisation. Adam Benjamin (keyboard), Shane Endsley (trumpet), Ben Wendel (tenor saxophone), Kaveh Rastegar (bass), and Nate Wood (drums).
Masterclass: Free and open to the public.
Concert Tickets: $18 general; $16 Earshot Jazz members & seniors; $9 students

About Earshot Jazz

The 25th edition of Seattle’s annual Earshot Jazz Festival returns October 1 and continues through November 17, 2013, with more than 60 distinctive concert events in venues all around the city. Known for “adventurous, spot-on programming” (JazzTimes) and praised as “one of the best festivals in America” (Seattle Times), the Earshot Jazz Festival brings jazz greats from around the world into creative collaboration with area musicians and audiences. Support for the 25th Annual Earshot Jazz Festival is provided by Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, 4Culture of King County, Washington State Arts Commission, ArtsFund, Boeing Company, Chamber Music America, Argus Fund, and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Founded in 1984, Earshot Jazz is Seattle’s non-profit, jazz-support and presentation organization. In addition to concert presentation, which includes Seattle’s premiere annual jazz festival, Earshot provides jazz education programs and publishes the monthly Earshot Jazz magazine. More information is available at http://www.earshot.org or by calling (206) 547-6763.

About Cornish College of the Arts
A pioneer in arts education, Cornish College of the Arts sprang from the remarkable vision of Nellie Cornish, a woman determined to cultivate the arts in Seattle when it was scarcely more than a frontier town. Her philosophy of educating the artist through exposure to all the arts was progressive at the time, and continues to be innovative today. The College offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Art, Dance, Design, Performance Production and Theater, a Bachelor of Music degree and an Artist Diploma in Early Music.  The College is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.