If you're a fan of jazz you have undoubtedly heard of the Earshot Jazz Festival. With more than 60 shows over a 45-day span, how could you not? But let’s be clear, Earshot is not the only game in town this month when it comes to great jazz.
No stranger to Jazz Alley, this marks Hargrove’s eighth visit to Seattle in the past 15 years where he has filled the club with a little bit of soul and a little bit of funk with some Afro-Cuban influences thrown in for good measure. But mostly, to the delight of his fans, Hargrove tips his hat to some of the greats that have come before him and delivers time-honored, straight ahead jazz.
Last week, Hargrove was part of an all-star lineup that gave a nod to the great alto saxophonist Gary Bartz in an East Coast concert featuring the likes of McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Heath, Don Braden, Cyrus Chestnut, E.J. Strickland and T.S. Monk just to name a few.
Hargrove was also joined on stage that night by Sullivan Fortner (piano), Ameen Saleem (bass) and Quincy Phillips (drums) - a collaboration that will play itself out again this week at Jazz Alley. Justin Robinson, another standout who regularly trades solos with Hargrove, rounds out the quintet on sax.
The Roy Hargrove Quintet plays Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley Thursday, Oct 24 through Sunday, Oct 27. For set times and ticket information visit www.jazzalley.com or call (206) 441-9729.