SRJO Presents: Miles Davis’ “Birth of the Cool”

The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra continues its 15th concert season with a rare performance of Miles Davis’ classic 1949 “Birth of the Cool” recording, played by an all-star group drawn from the SRJO plus special guests Tom Varner (French horn) and Bill Anschell (piano).

The concerts will be presented Sunday, April 11, 2010, 3:00 p.m., at the Kirkland Performance Center and Saturday, April 17, 2010, 7:30 p.m., in the Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall in Seattle.

Miles Davis on trumpet

Miles Davis | Photo courtesy Roberto Polillo

The album “Birth of the Cool,” featuring Miles Davis, Lee Konitz, Gerry Mulligan, J.J. Johnson, and many others, was a major development in post-bebop jazz, employing many elements of classical chamber music. Concert selections include “Jeru,” “Rocker,” “Boplicity,” “Moon Dreams,” and “Godchild,” all in their original orchestrations, plus other great works from the “cool school” of jazz.

Update: The SRJO Nonet, will feature: Bill Ramsay, baritone sax; Michael Brockman, alto sax; Dave Marriott, trombone; Jay Thomas, trumpet; Clarence Acox, drums; Jon Hansen, tuba; Tom Varner, French horn; Bill Anschell, piano; and Phil Sparks, bass

Regular ticket prices range from $21 to $38. A new discount program for young jazz fans (ages 25 and younger) offers single tickets at $15 (for all seats in the house). Tickets can be purchased by phone at (206) 523-6159 or online ($21 not available & processing fees apply) at:

Sunday, April 11, 2010  3:00 p.m.
Kirkland Performance Center, Kirkland (map)

UPDATE: Call KPC box office for tickets – 425-893-9900  (fewer than 50 remain!)

Saturday, April 17, 2010  7:30 p.m.
Nordstrom Recital Hall (Benaroya Hall), Seattle (map)

The past seven SRJO mainstage performances have been sold out, some with overflow seating placed on the stage, so it’s not too early jump on some tickets for this special presentation!

Learn more about Birth of the Cool on: Wikipedia | all about jazz |

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