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Jazz in January Returns to Experience Music Project With Live Performances by Larry Coryell, Tom Scott

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Month-long celebration of quintessential American art form features educational workshops and lectures, family programming and more.

SEATTLE (Dec. 13, 2004) - Jazz in January, the popular month-long tribute to jazz, is returning to Experience Music Project (EMP) for its fifth annual series, EMP officials announced today.

The fifth annual Jazz in January, which begins Jan. 5 and runs through the end of the month, is highlighted by live performances from regional, national and international jazz artists. World-renowned jazz guitarist Larry Coryell and saxophonist Tom Scott headline the live performances. Coryell is recognized as one of the pioneers of jazz-rock. Scott has 12 GRAMMY nominations for his work as a musician, composer, arranger, producer and musical director.

Cloud Nine Music, an Ann Arbor-based septet, will also perform, featuring its brand of jazz-tinged hip-hop. This year's series includes Northwest artists Jason Parker Quartet and The Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra featuring Greta Matassa. The Parker Quartet is the feature artist in the Family Jazz Concert.

“We are excited to be in the fifth anniversary of this popular series," said Bob Santelli, director of programs at EMP, a 21st century museum dedicated to the exploration of creativity and innovation in popular music. “Jazz is the quintessential American art form and we believe this educational series offers something for everyone, from the neophyte to the enthusiast."

In addition to the live performances, Jazz in January offers a rich curriculum of educational opportunities, including a master guitar class taught by Coryell. High school students have the opportunity to participate in a high school jazz combo workshop presented by EMP and the University of Washington's School of Music. There also will be an instructional series for aspiring artists in jazz guitar and jazz vocal.

Educational programming also includes an interactive jazz exploratory demonstration for elementary students with jazz musician and educator Jason Parker and a two-day High School Jazz Combo Workshop with two-time GRAMMY Award winner Tom Scott.

Returning for its second year, EMP's Vocal Jazz Festival invites vocal jazz groups from area colleges and high schools to perform at the daylong festival.

A jazz lecture series will explore iconic jazz artists such as Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Weather Report and John Coltrane through in-depth examinations of their milestone recordings. The lecture series also will feature an interactive presentation about the historical roots and branches of jazz.

For information and a full schedule of events during Jazz in January, please see the Special Events section of the EMP Web site, www.emplive.com. For tickets, please call the EMP box office at 206.770.2702 or 1-877-I-LISTEN.

About Experience Music Project
Experience Music Project (EMP) is a 21st century museum dedicated to the exploration of creativity and innovation in popular music. By blending interpretative, interactive exhibits with cutting-edge technology, EMP strives to capture and reflect the essence of rock 'n' roll, its roots in jazz, soul, gospel, country and the blues, as well as rock music's influence on hip-hop, punk and other recent genres.

Patrons can make their own music, see and learn about rare artifacts and memorabilia from EMP's collection of more than 80,000 items, explore various musical milestones within unique interpretive exhibits and feel the power of the creative force by listening to musicians tell their own stories.

Founded by investor and philanthropist Paul G. Allen, under the direction of co-founder Jody Patton and designed by architect Frank O. Gehry, the 140,000 square foot multi-colored and “swoopy" museum rises up in the heart of Seattle at Seattle Center and provides visitors a musical experience unparalleled anywhere in the world. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, EMP is online at emplive.com.


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