Last night, the Earshot Jazz Festival 2015 kicked things into high gear with a party at the famed Seattle Center all-ages club, The Vera Project. Seattle saxophonist, composer, and educator Jacob Zimmerman lead an ensemble of the city’s youngest crop of jazz educators as they hand over the keys to Seattle’s newest blast of top school-aged players. Jacob Zimmerman and friends (Steve Treseler, sax; Michael Van Bebber, trumpet; Dawn Clement, piano; Carmen Rothwell, bass; Julian MacDonough, drums) took the stage at 7pm and burned through a set of music before inviting an all-school amalgam of new and experienced Seattle jazz players to the jam.

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