“But Is It Jazz?” Showcase Oct. 30-31 in Seattle

Source: The Stranger.

Earshot Jazz Festival covers much ground annually, and this year it’s giving Bad Luck drummer Chris Icasiano curatorial agency to book a two-night series at Columbia City Theater called “But Is It Jazz?” Happening October 30-31, the shows feature Porter Ray, Bad Luck, and the Sky Is a Suitcase on the first night and King Tears Bat Trip, DoNormaal, and Absolutely Free on the second night. Earshot director John Gilbreath approached Icasiano to try to come up with a “compelling” lineup that could draw on those difficult Monday and Tuesday nights. Icasiano says “But Is It Jazz?” is “intended to tantalize, provoke, and explode our understanding of the genre. These Seattle-based artists range from modern avant-garde improvisation to contemporary hiphop to ’60s prog, but can all draw a direct line back to the Black American Music called Jazz.”