Jazz festival concerts, films, talks on BI for 5 weeks

The seventh annual Within/Earshot Jazz Festival will take place on Bainbridge Island with five weekly concerts Oct. 8 through Nov. 1.

There will also be five jazz-related films and two conversations with a regional jazz expert.

The Jenny Davis Jazz Quartet kicks things off on the concert series Oct. 8 at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Arts auditorium. Davis is an award-winning and innovative vocalist, composer and band leader.

Next up is the Naomi Moon Siegel Ensemble Oct. 15. It is genre-bending and experiential in its instrumentation with soaring melodies, creative interplay and improvisation.

On Oct. 20 it’s Folks Project, a vibrant talent that distinguishes the Seattle jazz scene.

Return to Chick Corea is next up on Oct. 29. The quartet’s music is a tribute to the great jazz composer. They also play originals in Corea’s Spanish-infused style.

The final concert is Celebrating Mary Lou Williams. Pianist and composer Ann Reynolds and filmmaker Kay Ray team up on a program of live music and archival film footage of the jazz great.

Cost for each concert is $25, $15 for the last one. All concerts are at 7 p.m.


Jazz with Jim: Jazz Masters of the Past, will take place Oct. 12. Jim Cauter’s Jazz Today event will be Oct. 26. Both are at 7 p.m. and cost $12.

The first lecture will feature music, photos and video clips as Cauter shares his passion and takes guests on a musical journey that illuminates aspects of history, social justice, race relations and more. In the second Cauter will perform selections from and profiles the artistry of contemporary jazz musicians.


The first movie in the series is called Rediscovering Dave Brubeck, one of jazz music’s most popular pianists and composers.

Next up is Cabin in the Sky, made in 1943 when many theaters still refused to screen films featuring black performers in central roles. It paid off for MGM as it was nominated for an Oscar.

Keep on Keepin’ On is set for Oct. 17. It takes a personal look at trumpeter Clark Terry and explores his human connections.

All Night Long will be shown Oct. 24. It is a 1962 British neo-noir drama and an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Othello.

The final movie is Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes Oct. 24. The company was founded in 1939 by German immigrants who fled the Nazis and went on to work with Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Norah Jones and Herbie Hancock.

Cost for each movie is $12. They are all at 4 and 7 p.m.

“There are so many shared connections between contemporary art and contemporary jazz, both art forms that continually reinvent themselves in response to the world,” said Sheila Hughes, BIMA’s executive director and this year’s festival producer. “It’s a thrill to bring these artists together under the same BIMA roof to hear, see, and feel what they have to say.”

BIMA is located at 550 Winslow Way E. For details go to www.biarmmuseum.org