Women in Jazz
This season, we highlight and celebrate women's contributions to jazz as instrumentalists, singers, and composers.
Saturdays at 7:30 pm • Katherine L. White Hall
Series Tickets $89
Tickets to Individual Shows On Sale August 14, if available
An Evening with Diane Schuur
Long regarded as one of contemporary jazz's leading vocalists, and Washington's “First Lady of Jazz,” two-time Grammy winner Diane Schuur is as eclectic as she is brilliant. Born in Tacoma, Schuur was blind from birth but was gifted with perfect pitch and initially taught herself piano by ear. Nicknamed "Deedles" as a child, she grew up surrounded by the world of jazz embraced by both of her parents. With a distinguished recording career that spans three decades, Schuur's music has explored almost every corner of the 20th-century musical landscape, including collaborations with the Count Basie Orchestra, Barry Manilow, B.B. King, and Ray Charles. This is a homecoming of sorts for Schuur, who recorded her first album on Vashon back in 1982.
Gail Pettis Trio
Named Earshot Jazz Northwest Vocalist of the Year in 2007 and 2010, and First Place winner of the Seattle-Kobe Female Jazz Vocalist Audition in 2006, Gail’s rich, warm vocals and understated phrasing have been described as “deliciously soulful” by Cadence Magazine. Influenced by grandfather Arthur Pettis, a blues singer and guitarist who recorded for Victor Records in Memphis, and grandmother Ninevah who played piano around Chicago, music was always in her family tree. Known for her charismatic audience interaction, Pettis has toured through the Netherlands, Japan, and Russia. Her debut CD was warmly received by stations across the United States, Germany, and Portugal, and was nominated for Earshot’s Golden Ear Award, “2007 Northwest Recording of the Year.” Gail’s refreshing readings of standards on this project have been embraced by listeners, resulting in a fourteen-week stay on the JazzWeek national airplay chart, ending up as the most-played new female vocal CD on American jazz radio that year.
Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra
Showcasing many of the finest female jazz artists in the region for over seventeen years, Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra (SWOJO) performs jazz standards, as well as Latin and Brazilian jazz, and proudly features original music by many regional and international composers and arrangers. Formed to nurture the musical, educational, and artistic growth of individual musicians, and to encourage women to become involved in jazz performance and composition as a career or avocation, the band has performed at clubs, jazz festivals, and concert halls on two continents, and performed with many distinguished artists including Mimi Fox, Susan Pascal, Greta Matassa, and Grace Kelly. SWOJO performs a holiday set with a special cameo by Vashon's own Rebekah Kuzma.
Discounted 3-Show Series Subscription:
VCA Member: $81
An Evening with Diane Schuur: All tickets $55