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Earshot Jazz, Seattle Honor Acox

posted Oct 7, 2012, 9:27 AM by Garfield Jazz Admin   [ updated Oct 13, 2012, 8:18 AM ]

The Seattle and Garfield jazz communities came together at Benaroya Hall on October 12 to join the Earshot Jazz Festival in honoring Clarence Acox for his four decades as a Seattle jazz educator. The “Tribute to Clarence Acox” packed the Nordstrom Recital Hall to near-capacity, and featured the 2012-13 debut of Garfield Jazz Ensemble I. The band’s superb performance included numbers by composers ranging from Benny Carter to Miles Davis to Garfield parent Nelda Swiggett, and electrifying solos by Ariel Loud, Jack Swiggett, and many others. Thanks to “guest” musician Clif Swiggett, who joined the trombone section and contributed his own solo. The music was punctuated by tributes to Mr. Acox from Earshot’s Executive Director, John Gilbreath; Seattle JazzED President and alumni parent Shirish Mulherkar; band members Ariel Loud and Caroline Sheffield; the inimitable Bob Knatt; and Seattle Deputy Mayor Darryl Smith, who read the City’s official proclamation of October 12, 2012 as “Clarence Acox Day.”  As the crowd spilled out of the auditorium at evening’s end, the excitement was palpable. Congratulations and thank you, Mr. Acox!!