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Sat 12/30, 2023, 7:30pm
Event Format:In-Person & Livestream
Earshot Jazz and Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra presents
Essentially Ellington
A Concert of Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music
Text on blue background says: 35th Annual Presentation of Duke Ellington's Sacred Music, Featuring the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra. Tickets Available at" To the left of the text is a greyscale image of Duke Ellington (with slicked back black hair, medium skin, mustache, and suit)
($12 – $65)
Saturday, December 30, 2023, 7:30PM

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The Great Hall
1119 Eighth Avenue (enter on Eighth Avenue)
Seattle, WA 98101
A livestream will be available for this event.

Ellington’s wonderful “Sacred Music” is both serious and swinging. It is a reverent and hip body of jazz composition, written late in his career, for jazz big band, vocal and instrumental soloists, and tap dancers.

For the past 30+ years Earshot Jazz and Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra have partnered to present an annual concert of Ellington’s Sacred Music. The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, led by Artistic Director Michael Brockman (who co-founded SRJO alongside Clarence Acox Jr.), features the 17-piece big band with trumpeters Jay Thomas, Nathan Breedlove, Michael Van Bebber, and Brad Allison; trombonists Dan Marcus, Scott Brown, Jerome Smith, Bill Anthony, and David Bentley. Rhythm includes Randy Halbertstadt (piano), D’Vonne Lewis (drums), Milo Peterson (guitar), and Phil Sparks (bass). This year’s vocal soloists are Robert Neal (baritone voice) and Nichol Eskridge (alto voice), the tap dancer is Cipher Goings and the two choirs are Sound of the Northwest directed by Vanessa Bruce, and Northwest Chamber Chorus directed by Jeremy Edelstein.

Note about the livestream option:

Tickets to livestream and in-person concerts are sold separately. At the time of purchase, you will receive a confirmation email with a url link to access the concert stream. A reminder email will be sent out shortly before the event begins.

The livestream concert begins at 7:30PM PST. Ticket-holders will be able to access the concert as a “video on demand” with the same link, once the initial livestream concert has aired, until January 10, 2024. Once the concert has aired live, please allow at least 24 hours for viewing as our staff needs time to set up the “video on demand” manually. Thank you for your understanding.

About Earshot Jazz

Earshot Jazz cultivates a vibrant jazz community to ensure the legacy and progression of the art form by engaging audiences, celebrating artists, and supporting arts education.

Presented by Earshot Jazz.

If you have questions about the event, please contact Earshot directly at or by phone at (206) 547-6763

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