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Tuba-driven, quirky, and fun, Kingcake is a Left Coast version of New York's infamous Spanish Fly, or better yet, a miniature model of composer Henry Threadgill's outsized Very Very Circus. Like both of the animated groups mentioned above, this SoCal…
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What arguably gives the blues its universal appeal is its premier players' lack of pretense. Born on the back porches of backwater towns in the American South, blues truth is straight storytelling among family and friends. Or it's the big…
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The Young Composers Collective Seattle's Young Composers Collective takes the starch out of the typical orchestral production. The wind, string, piano, and percussion ensemble of 12 to 20 members (most of whom are in their 20s) plays both notated scores…
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The Essence of Jazz

"The DNA of jazz," declares Henry Threadgill, "is a conglomerate of everything." The internationally recognized composer/bandleader/multi-instrumentalist explains, "I knew when I first listened to Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, I could tell they were listening to a whole lot of different…
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