Clarence Acox Gala - A Legacy Fund Raiser
The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra is proud to be playing at the first annual gala in recognition of one of our band's founders: Clarence Acox.
Presented by Onyx Fine Arts Collective
Feb 5th | Monday 6:45pm Dimitriou's Jazz Alley
Women in Jazz
Join us March 9th for SRJO’s 2024 Gala to celebrate women in jazz. Women have been on the forefront of jazz since its inception but are too often overlooked in such a male-dominated scene. In recognition of International Women’s Day, SRJO strives to uplift and honor the many contributions of women in jazz. It will be a night to remember, featuring musical performances by a quintet of guest artists led by our own Sidney Hauser.
March 9th | Saturday 5:00pm
1021 University Street, Seattle, WA
Doors open 4:30pm | Event begins 5:00pm
SRJO Blues and the Abstract Truth
“Blues and the Abstract Truth” is a highly acclaimed jazz album released in 1961, and is considered a landmark recording in the realm of post-bop and features an all-star lineup of musicians led by the saxophonist Oliver Nelson. The album’s innovative compositions and superb performances have made it a classic.
The album’s title suggests a fusion of the blues, a deeply rooted African American musical form, with more abstract and complex musical ideas. Nelson masterfully combines elements of the blues with intricate harmonies, sophisticated arrangements, and improvisational sections, resulting in a rich and engaging experience. SRJO is thrilled to share this with you.
April 20th | Saturday 7:30pm
Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya
April 21st | Sunday 2:00pm
Kirkland Performance Center
SRJO Delivers the Jazz messengers
For our final show of the season, SRJO delivers compositions from The Jazz Messengers. The Jazz Messengers played a pivotal role in the evolution of jazz music, providing a platform for young musicians, delivering powerful performances, and contributing to the rich and vibrant history of the genre.
As a legendary jazz group formed in the 1950s by drummer Art Blakey, the band became renowned for its influential role in the development of hard bop, a style of jazz that blended elements of bebop with R&B, gospel, and blues.
One of the key aspects of The Jazz Messengers was its emphasis on mentorship and nurturing young talent. SRJO continues that jazz tradition of music mentorship through the orchestra, our Jazz Scholars program, and Jazz4Kids events.