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May 16 - 19, the Ballard Jazz Festival presents a big change in scheduling this year, but you'll find the same fantastic lineup of the Northwest's finest jazz musicians and internationally acclaimed talent over 4 nights in the city's increasingly crowded fishing village. Let's take a look at the changes, and preview some of my "must-see" performances.

Daniel Sheehan

A new Seattle jazz group co-led by Mark Taylor and Dawn Clement made its debut at Tula's during this year's Earshot Jazz Festival.  Both co-leaders are also composer, creating new music and adapting previous compositons for this group. Bassist Phil Sparks and drummer Byron Vannoy complete the group. 

All four musicians are prominent as leaders, soloists and sidemen in Seattle and beyond, and they were joined in this performance by guest trumpet player Russ Johnson who's active on the Chicago jazz scene.  

Jim Levitt

Saxophonist Roxy Coss was a guest soloist with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra in a November concert and she teamed with her former mentor Mark Taylor for a beautiful duet on Billy Strayhorn's A Flower is a Lovesome Thing.  Most of the concert aired on last week's Jazz Northwest,  but this performance was held over for this week's show.  Roxy Coss played in the Garfield High School Band under Clarence Acox, and studied with Mark Taylor and Don Lanphere while still in Seattle.

Jim Levitt

Composer Billy Strayhorn was born 100 years ago, November 29, 1915, and his music was played in three concerts this month by The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra co-directed by Clarence Acox and Michael Brockman. Highlights from one of those concerts will air on Jazz Northwest this Sunday, November 29, 2015 at 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 KPLU and kplu.org.  Special guests for the concert include David Hajdu, author of "Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn", and saxophonist Roxy Coss, formerly of Seattle now active on the New York scene.