SRJO unplugged!

That’s right – an all acoustic big-band jazz concert – Jazz of the Harlem Renaissance II

Following its sold-out Harlem Renaissance concerts in 2011, the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra presents more fantastic music from the 1920s and 1930s, played as it was originally created–with original instrumentation and without amplification – no microphones.

Meschiya LakeWe’ll present music of Jimmie Lunceford, Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington (when he was in his 20s!), and Sy Oliver. The show will feature special guest vocalist Meschiya Lake from New Orleans, who specializes in singing with big bands using no microphone. Our special guest narrator, KPLU radio host Robin Lloyd, will read excerpts from the KenRobin Lloyd KPLU Burns film “Jazz” with depictions of life during the early jazz age. Program highlights include Ellington’s 1931 hit, Rockin’ in Rhythm, and 1932 hit It Don’t Mean a Thing, plus early hits by the Jimmy Lunceford Orchestra, For Dancers OnlyYard Dog Mazurka, and more!

This show will also feature guest soloists selected from the Seattle area’s award-winning high school jazz programs, an annual special presentation. Last year’s Jazz of the Harlem Renaissance concert was a sold-out show, so get your tickets now.

  • Saturday, June 16, 2012 (7:30 pm) Benaroya Nordstrom Recital Hall – Purchase Tickets or call 206-215-4747
  • Sunday, June 17, 2012 (3 pm) Kirkland Performance Center – Purchase Tickets or call 425-893-6159
  • You can also order individual tickets by phone through the SRJO offices at 206-523-6159
Wait, there’s more!
Are you a fellow jazz lover in your 20s or 30s? Are you looking for something new and fun to do on a Saturday evening? Don’t miss out on this special first time event offer – $10 tickets to the SRJO’s Jazz of the Harlem Renaissance concert Saturday, June 16th at the Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall. Join us for a pre-concert get together at Elephant and Castle. The first 15 guests to arrive will receive a drink on us, as well as a chance to win raffle prizes and a chance to sign up for our limited 20/30 Club tickets for our very special November concert.

  • Where: Elephant and Castle – 1415 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
  • When: Saturday, June 16th – anytime between 5:30 and 7pm
  • RSVP to Stephanie at to purchase your $10 special offer tickets


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