Jazz Portraits - Film & Lectures at Within/Earshot

Sun, Oct. 8, 2017 10:00am — 12:00pm | Add this to Calendar

Lady Be Good: Instrumental Women in Jazz

Tuesday, October 24,  7:30pm

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$10 Member, $12 General Admission


Film screening followed by remarks from Film Director Kay Ray. Praise for Lady Be Good:

"Lady Be Good is a mesmerizing film about female jazz instrumentalists! The photography, interviews and live footage of extremely talented, passionate and courageous players is spellbinding. These are women who open our ears, eyes and hearts as they blaze the trail for others to follow. It is an inspirational must see for anyone interested in the history of American music."
— Nancy Rumbel, GRAMMY award winning instrumentalist

"It would be incredible to have it as required learning in our schools. It would be so good for inner city kids to know what all the roots are, to grow musically and just for self-esteem as a person. I think it would be fantastic."
— Quincy Jones

"Lady Be Good was such a refreshing joy! It was so well done and so inspiring, I didn’t want it to end. It was very enlightening in so many ways, it's sinful that I wasn’t aware of many of these players. There wasn’t one female player in it that didn’t completely kick ass. Every school really needs this film as required viewing."
— Jennifer Batten, Guitarist




“Crosby, Hendrix & Cobain: Washington’s Musical Pioneers”

An ArtTalk with KUOW’s Amanda Wilde. 

Sunday, October 8, 10am

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$10 Member, $12 General Admission

What do Bing, Jimi, and Kurt have in common? The music of artistic giants and Washington sons Bing Crosby, Jimi Hendrix, and Kurt Cobain span generations. Their music belongs to us all. Washington state holds the unique position of being ‘on the edge of the world’ from both musical and geographic standpoints. This placement provided a rich breeding ground for three distinct and revolutionary artists who pushed artistic and technological limits to forge new musical and cultural territory. In this captivating presentation, musical journalist Amanda Wilde highlights unusual and universal themes and threads that weave three distinct artists with three groundbreaking musical eras: the 1930s, the 1960s and the 1990s. Along the way she will show how they have influenced the technology, business, and notoriety of Washington state.


Ernestine: There Will Never Be Another You & The Jackson Street Jazz Scene

Saturday, October 21, 7:30pm

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$10 Member, $12 General Admission

Join us for a special cinematic look at American jazz and blues talent Ernestine Anderson, the consummate jazz vocalist whose voice Quincy Jones once described as "honey at dusk." A Seattle native and graduate of Garfield High School, Ernestine made an indelible mark on the jazz scene for three decades, a versatile talent who could move from gritty and driving to pure and soulful. She's well remembered for her recorded repertoire, including her signature song, "Never Make Your Move Too Soon," recorded with B.B. King. 

Kay Ray's short documentary, produced in 2002 for a Bumbershoot "Golden Umbrella" tribute, provides an intimate portrait of this evocative vocalist, whose career spanned the rough Jackson Street bars to Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Enriching this portrait of Seattle's important place in jazz history, the film is followed by a 40-minute lecture on Seattle's Jackson Street years, recalling a time when Pioneer Square was the nightly home of such jazz luminaries as Ernestine Anderson, Ella Fitzgerald, Quincy Jones and Ray Charles.  Jazz critic, author and historian Paul de Barros takes us there, with plenty of spectacular photos and stories.


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