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Last night at Cornish College 2015 Earshot Jazz Festival presented Wayne Horvitz’s Some Places are Forever Afternoon (11 Places for Richard Hugo), the first of three events marking Horvitz’s 60th birthday and his considerable contributions to Seattle jazz culture. I loved this set of music.
In Seattle for more than 20 years, the keyboardist/composer has led and inspired a host of groundbreaking musical projects, and mentored a generation of innovators.

In the summer of 2014, Horvitz traveled throughout the Pacific Northwest to places where the poet Richard Hugo, who was born in White Center, had created his verse. Hugo lived throughout the Northwest before settling in Missoula, where he taught poetry at the University of Montana until his death in 1982. He cherished small towns and odd places, from West Marginal Way to La Push to the Union Bar Grill in rural Montana. He sat in cafés and bars for hours before going home to write. And he was a great lover of jazz.

Horvitz has taken 11 of Hugo’s poems inspired by place as inspiration for 11 musical pieces. Each poem is read following the performance of the corresponding composition.

Horvitz is on piano with members of his Gravitas Quartet and Sweeter Than The Day groups: Ron Miles(trumpet), Peggy Lee (cello), Sara Schoenbeck (bassoon), Timothy Young (guitar), Keith Lowe (bass), Eric Eagle (drums), with Robin Holcomb and Francis McCue reading the poems.

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