Autumn in Seattle Swings at the Earshot Jazz Festival

Sometimes the best time to visit a bustling, iconic city is when the season is winding down. Autumn in Seattle is both breathtaking and a great place to take a break. The summer crowds are thinning out, making everything more accessible. Temperatures range from 40-70 degrees, perfect for pulling out comfortable sweaters and light jackets. Plan on a bit of precipitation too, but isn’t that one of wonderful aspects of the great Northwest?

If you’re vacationing in Seattle anytime from October 10 through November 11, you’ll have the chance to experience world-class live jazz all right within earshot.

Swinging into its 24th year, the Earshot Jazz Festival is labeled a collection of masters, monsters, and mentors. More than a weekend event, this month-long festival brings together jazz greats from around the world. It offers a full spectrum of jazz, from high profile concerts in Seattle’s finest halls to cutting edge creations that move the art form forward. Included are concerts by some of the most important and emerging artist in the world. Rounding out the festival is a series of rare jazz films, photo exhibits, panel discussions, and educational programs.

“One of the best jazz festivals in America,” raves Seattle Times.

Over 250 artists are presented in the four weeks of the festival. DownBeat says Earshot Jazz Festival is “Seattle’s most important annual jazz event.”

Venues range from small, intimate stages to main stage performances by award-winning student ensembles and the renowned Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra. Music venues are located all around Seattle so there’s bound to be one near your vacation rental home.

Prices vary according to show size, but remain more than reasonable for such world-class entertainment. There’s a performance every night from October 11 until the festival wraps up with a free appreciation party on November 11 at Triple Door’s Musicquarium. Tickets are available through the earshot website or call 206.547.6763.

Earshot Jazz is a Seattle-based nonprofit music, arts, and service organization. Formed in 1984, Earshot supports jazz and increases awareness in the community. They publish a monthly newsletter and present music and educational programs. They also assist jazz artists, increase listenership, complement existing services and programs, and network with the national and international jazz community.

If Seattle is one of your favorite vacation spots and jazz is your passion, you can become a member of Earshot. Simply check out their website or call 206.547.6763 to join. The newsletter is available online so you can keep track of what’s happening in Seattle’s jazz scene and arrange vacations to see favorite events.

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