Seattle is one of the hidden sources of American jazz. Of their dozens of players some have emerged to form the art and have national following. How serious is Seattle about Jazz? Well how about Quincy Jones, Ray Charles and Ernestine Anderson just to name a few.
Quincey Jones, a prominent trumpeter and later a towering producer (read, America’s biggest selling albums) was born in Chicago, then arrived in Seattle when his family moved there after WW II. His career spanned from trumpeting with Ray Charles to producing with Michael Jackson. Quincey’s style “covered the whole countryside” for jazz listeners.
Seattle’s blues & jazz singer Ernestine Anderson, born in Oklahoma, also moved to Seattle during WW II as a child, and was already singing choir solos. Her blues & jazz career has had performing, touring, and dozens of releases. Try her lively style here.
The blind Ray Charles came into the jazz industry through many small steps, making Seattle his home along the way. His industry career was in one sense slender, in the size of groups and tours, but in another sense overreaching across society in his powerful, emotional and commanding singing. In addition to his appeal, his voice was called “the industries’ most recognizable.”
Celebrate the Seattle Jazz Scene with one of its natives, Mr. Sonny Buxton, and his side kick, Melanie Berzon, on Midday Jazz, Saturday, May 9th, from 10AM to 2PM, right here on KCSM, The Bay Area’s Jazz Station.