This is the 17th concert season of the SRJO, and we want to thank all of our fans and friends for continuing to support our performances with record attendance numbers and subscriptions. We think jazz is the perfect vehicle for transcending barriers in our community and for sharing the joy of live performance with people everywhere. Our family of jazz lovers is growing every month, and most of last season’s concerts sold out—so get your tickets early and join us for another season of great jazz!
—Michael Brockman and Clarence Acox
An Evening with Ol’ Blue Eyes: The Music of Frank Sinatra
In a celebration of Sinatra’s many recordings with large ensembles, the SRJO presents big band jazz of Count Basie, Quincy Jones, and Nelson Riddle, featuring guest vocalists Danny Quintero and James Caddell singing their favorites in a tribute to “Ol’ Blue Eyes.” Caddell is a longtime favorite with SRJO fans and is heard on recordings with Don Lanphere and Clarence Acox. Quintero is new on the scene specializing in music of Sinatra, hailed by all as a singer with talent far beyond his years.
Part of the 2011 Earshot Jazz Festival
- Sat 10/29/11 7:30 pm Benaroya Nordstrom Recital Hall
- Sun 11/06/11 3:00 pm Kirkland Performance Center
Benny Carter’s Peaceful Warrior: Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.
The great trumpeter, saxophonist, composer, and arranger Benny Carter created a stunning five movement suite in tribute to our nation’s great civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King. The entire suite will be featured in this concert, followed by some classic transcriptions from the SRJO library.
- Sat 03/03/12 7:30 pm Benaroya Nordstrom Recital Hall
- Sun 03/04/11 3:00 pm Kirkland Performance Center
North by Northwest: Music of Seattle’s Jazz Composers
Seattle is a hot-bed of great jazz performance AND great jazz composition, stretching back to the earliest works by Seattle’s own Quincy Jones and Ray Charles. In celebration of this continuing legacy, the SRJO presents music by their favorite Seattle composers, including Jovino Santos Neto, William O. Smith, Wayne Horvitz, Bob Hammer, Jim Knapp, and Milt Kleeb. Also featured are new pieces written by members of the SRJO, plus selections from Birth of a Band—the definitive 1959 recording by Quincy’s first big band.
- Sat 04/21/12 7:30 pm Benaroya Nordstrom Recital Hall
- Sun 04/22/12 3:00 pm Kirkland Performance Center
Jazz of the Harlem Renaissance II: All Acoustic Jazz
In this second concert of our Harlem Renaissance series, the SRJO presents more fantastic music from the 1920s and 1930s, played as it was created and performed—with original instrumentation and completely without amplification. KPLU radio host Robin Lloyd serves as guest narrator, reading excerpts from the Ken Burns film Jazz, with depictions of the life and spirit of the Harlem Renaissance period. The program includes Ellington’s 1931 hit, Rockin’ in Rhythm, plus early hits by the Jimmy Lunceford Orchestra: For Dancers Only, Harlem Shout, Lunceford Special, Le Jazz Hot and Charmaine.
- Sat 06/16/12 7:30 pm Benaroya Nordstrom Recital Hall
- Sun 06/17/12 3:00 pm Kirkland Performance Center
Download the season brochure (PDF) for complete details and order form. Subscribe by September 20 to save 15% off individual ticket prices and for priority seating assignments.
A 10% discount is available for school and community groups of 10 or more. Contact the SRJO for details.