Earshot Jazz Festival 2023 Begins Friday

2023-10-04 Hardly Raining

The 35th annual Earshot Jazz Festival begins on Friday, October 6, 2023. The nearly month-long festival will offer live performances across the jazz spectrum. Concerts will take place in venues throughout Seattle, and some will also be live-streamed.

Sona Jobarteh
Gambian kora player and vocalist Sona Jobarteh will perform on October 15 (photo: Lisa Hagen Glynn/WEAVE).

Headliners include Hiromi’s SonicwonderThe Bad Plus & Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog, säje, Sona Jobarteh, Chief Adjuah, and Omara Portuondo. Other unique offerings include a film event, a swing dance, and a high-school jazz band battle. This year’s Resident Artist is Tacoma vocalist and composer Johnaye Kendrick, who will perform three shows.

Erin Bentlage, Sara Gazarek, Amanda Taylor, & Johnaye Kendrick perform as säje at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley on July 6, 2021.
Vocal supergroup säje will perform on October 13 (photo: Lisa Hagen Glynn).

See the Earshot Jazz Festival website for tickets, the schedule, and weekly previews. View the Hardly Raining photo gallery for scenes from last year’s festival.

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