Seattle’s annual Earshot Jazz Festival returns Friday, October 12 and continues through Sunday, November 4 with more than 50 distinctive concert events in venues all around the city.

The Seattle Art Museum, Tula’s, The Triple Door, Benaroya Hall, Town Hall Seattle and the Kirkland Performing Arts Center are just some of the places where you can find great jazz performed by international and local artists, as well as award-winning high-school jazz bands.

On Tuesday, October 16, the R&B vocal legend Bettye LaVette celebrates her 50-year career with a triumphant, mesmerizing release, Thankful n’ Thoughtful, as well as her no-holds-barred autobiography, A Woman Like Me at the Triple Door. Signed copies will be on sale.

And on November 3 and 4, it’s The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra with Grammy-winning jazz artist Branford Marsalis. He’ll perform selections from Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, and King Oliver and much more during New Orleans Night Out.

At the same time, the Northwest Film Forum and the Earshot Jazz Festival present their annual film program celebrating the history, sounds, and spirit of jazz and their intersections with cinema. Visit for tickets and information on the amazing and interesting documentaries, shorts and profiles on film.

Tickets to the various venues are available online HERE.

Earshot members and senior citizens receive a $2 discount on most shows. To receive the student discount, present your current student ID at venue. Ticket packages (available only through the Earshot Jazz office) include a 10% savings when you buy tickets to five separate concerts, or a 15% savings when you buy tickets to eight separate concerts.

Plus, there’s a special pass available for entrance to all festival events when you purchase the Jazz Festival Gold Card ($350 general, $300 members; available only through Earshot Jazz). With the Gold Card, you’ll recevie more than 30% savings off regular price tickets, and preferred seating for most events.

For more about the Earshot Jazz Festival 2012, visit the website at


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