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  • Interview: Bill Anschell wins ‘Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame’ Golden Ear Award

    Interview: Bill Anschell wins ‘Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame’ Golden Ear Award

    In a Feb. 2 AXS interview, jazz pianist Bill Anschell considered his chances of winning another Golden Ear Award from Earshot Jazz, after receiving two nominations — “NW Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year” and “Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame.” The five-time Golden Ear winner had already won the “Jazz...
  • Five-time Golden Ear Award winner Bill Anschell goes for two more March 13 at Earshot Jazz’s celebratory bash in Seattle.

    Interview: Golden Ear nominee Bill Anschell up for ‘Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame’

    There’s nothing more captivating than seeing a jazz hero receive his due and be astounded each and every time. Such is the story of Seattle’s “beloved” icon, pianist and composer Bill Anschell. Anschell’s already won five Golden Ear Awards from Earshot Jazz: “NW Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year” in...
  • After moving to Seattle from Arizona just a few short years ago, flugelhorn player Dmitri Matheny receives the validation of a lifetime, his

    Interview: ‘Jazz Noir’s’ Dmitri Matheny on first Golden Ear nomination

    Dmitri Matheny only settled in the Emerald City for a few years after leaving Arizona, but he’s already part of the jazz community. On Friday, he tweeted about his first Golden Ear nomination from the prestigious Seattle Earshot Jazz organization. The romantic Jazz Noir  flugelhorn player and...
  • Beloved Seattle jazzman Bill Anschell’s new jazz album Rumbler relies on unconventional rhythms to get his thoughtful points across.

    Bill Anschell’s new ‘Rumbler’ lives for unexpected

    At times, the natural rhythm of pianist Bill Anschell’s upcoming album, Rumbler, recalls the calm of a gently falling rainy day in transition from winter to spring, afternoon to dusk. The feeling of rain — quiet, unpredictable, and revealing — permeates tunes like “Dark Wind,” “Captive Light...
  • Bill Anschell's 11-track Rumbler is his "first recording with original compositions played by a full band" in 10 years, and worth the wait.

    ‘Rumbler’: Bill Anschell’s first original, full band recording in 10 years

    There’s a burst of sonic movement seven minutes into the finish of the new title track when you realize this isn’t your father’s jazz. It isn’t, it’s better. It’s Bill Anschell’s unusual arsenal of elongated tapestries, rich and restless, a lustrous glittery series of finishes on a shoestring budget...
  • Bill Anschell hears odd meters in beautiful new jazz album

    Bill Anschell hears odd meters in beautiful new jazz album

    In Seattle, Bill Anschell is the artist everyone goes to for a reminder of all that is still true and beautiful in jazz. A “Golden Ear Award” winner several times over, the jazz pianist is an in-demand sideman and a bandleader with a golden gift for unraveling unheard-of music in the most mundane to...
  • Drummer Jaimeo Brown turns his focus from the spirituals of the Gee’s Bend Quilters of Alabama in the 2013 release, “Transcendence,” to the

    7 acts you can't miss at 2016 Earshot Jazz Festival

    In Seattle, there is only one major jazz festival worth attending: The Earshot Jazz Festival. Active since 1984, Earshot Jazz is an organization staffed by serious audiophiles who take their jazz seriously. Through various events all over the Pacific Northwest, the show platform and magazine...
  • Seattle’s own jazz man Bill Anschell trios at Tula’s

    Seattle’s own jazz man Bill Anschell trios at Tula’s

    Multiple Golden Ear Award recipient Bill Anschell is one of the bright spots in any jazz event. Lucky for you, he’s all over town from tonight's Tula's gig to the highly anticipated Earshot Jazz Festival happening Oct. 7-Nov. 11 in Seattle. He may even have a new album to preview from now till then...
  • Inside Jazz: Seattle’s Bill Anschell turns competition around

    Inside Jazz: Seattle’s Bill Anschell turns competition around

    Earshot Jazz’s “Northwest Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year” Bill Anschell has lived and worked in both Seattle and Atlanta, once as the brainchild behind the internationally syndicated radio show “JazzSouth.” He’s been around enough to see it all, the good, bad, and ugly of jazz, including that take...
  • Atlanta Jazz Festival: Eugenie Jones finds comfort and soul singing pure jazz

    Atlanta Jazz Festival: Eugenie Jones finds comfort and soul singing pure jazz

    Eugenie Jones’s credentials are surprisingly impressive, considering she’s late to the game of jazz performance. Originally from Morgantown, West Virginia, the singer/songwriter eventually found herself a new home in the Northwest, raising a family, working in business and marketing, and doggedly...
  • Jazzman Bill Anschell is as good as it gets

    Jazzman Bill Anschell is as good as it gets

    In Seattle, pianist Bill Anschell has taken on a kind of mythic status among the jazz faithful. Like most well-studied, voracious jazz musicians, Anschell can hold his own, pour out the melodic, and jam with the best of them. But he’s also worlds apart in ways not even the best jazz reviewers or...
  • Flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny and pianist Bill Anschell flesh out a tune from the bandleader’s latest project, “Jazz Noir,” a showcase of sco

    Dmitri Matheny’s cast of thousands drops in on Boxley’s for ‘Jazz Noir’

    When Dmitri Matheny gets going, his passion for the scores of stories in the music of his youth is infectious, almost palpable in the cool, neon air of yet another pit stop on a West Coast tour for his Feb. 20 soundtrack, Jazz Noir. This past Friday night, Matheny just happened to be in North Bend...
  • Hottest ticket in town: JazzVox House Concerts

    Hottest ticket in town: JazzVox House Concerts

    The best-kept secret in cities and towns all over this country is the house concert. Hosted by fans of all styles of music, house concerts offer a more intimate and, for many devotees, rewarding experience for both the guests and the performers. It’s one thing to sit in relative anonymity at a...
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