“The gale of excellent jazz that blew in with the Earshot Jazz Festival this year seems to have been a harbinger of continued momentum on the scene.
In the coming week — normally a slow one, what with a Thanksgiving lead-in — four worthy shows are on the docket: two at Jazz Alley, one at Tula’s and one at Gallery 1412.
First up is avant-garde trombonist Stuart Dempster, who reconvenes a much beloved quartet on Friday (Nov. 25) at Gallery 1412 featuring the great clarinetist Bill Smith, drummer Greg Campbell and keyboardist Christian Asplund. Dempster, 80, and Smith, 90, both retired from the University of Washington, have exercised an enormous influence on Seattle music over the years, through their virtuosity, creativity, openness and generous mentoring of young musicians. Expect free improv ranging from deep probes to high jinks.“