North by Northwest: The Music of Seattle’s Jazz Composers

Bob Hammer

Bob Hammer

Our audiences LOVE the work of Bob Hammer. He is famous for his many works recorded by the Charles Mingus Big Band, and he has provided SRJO audience favorites such as his composition Monkish and his arrangements of the Mingus hits Fables of FaubusBetter Get Hit in Your Soul and Goodbye Porkpie Hat.  His newest work, “Rockland Sketches” is being premiered this weekend. It is both swinging and beautiful. It is a four-movement suite written in tribute to Bob’s former home in New York state.

Jovino Santos Neto

Jovino Santos Neto

Seattle is a hot-bed of great jazz performance and composition, stretching back to the earliest work of Seattle’s own Quincy Jones and Ray Charles.  In celebration of this legacy, the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra presents music from their favorite Seattle composers: Bob HammerJovino Santos NetoWayne HorvitzMilt KleebJim Knapp, and Phil Kelly.

Wayne Horvitz

Wayne Horvitz

Also featured are pieces by Thomas Marriott and Bill Ramsay (members of the SRJO), and two pieces drawn from the classic 1959 Quincy Jones big band recording, The Birth of a Band, plus a morsel added just for fun: Duke Ellington’s 1938 masterpiece “Jack the Bear” featuring Seattle Jazz hall-of-fame inductee, Phil Sparks on bass.

  • Saturday, April 21 (7:30 p.m.) at Benaroya Hall in Seattle
  • Sunday, April 22 (3 p.m.) at the Kirkland Performance Center

These performances are the third set of main-stage concerts in the SRJO’s 2011-12 season.  A full listing of all SRJO concerts can be viewed at

17 of the past 22 SRJO main-stage concerts have been sold out (some with overflow seating on the stage). Advanced ticket purchases are highly recommended. Regular ticket prices range from $21 to $39 for the
series concerts, online at

In a special effort to encourage attendance by young people at SRJO subscription series concerts, the SRJO offers tickets for all jazz fans ages 25 and under at $15 (for all seats in the house).

Tickets can also be purchased directly from Benaroya Hall (206-215-4747)
or the Kirkland Performance Center (425-893-9900).


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