The man has good reason to smile. This weekend his world-class band will be joined by one of the greatest voices in jazz, presenting songs by some of America's greatest composers. How great? How about George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, and Duke Ellington, for starters.
Clarence Acox, co-director of the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, and the band will be joined by special guest Ernestine Anderson for a celebration of the great American songbook, Saturday evening at Benaroya's Nordstrom Recital Hall, and Sunday afternoon at the Kirkland Performance Center.
Ms. Anderson, of whom Quincy Jones once said, "Ernestine's voice sounds like honey at dusk," has received multiple Grammy nominations and countless words of praise. Her performance with SRJO will be a rare opportunity to hear her in the company of some of the west coast's best players.
Clarence also deserves to be happy about his Garfield High School jazz ensemble's Festival Sweepstakes win at last weekend's 39th Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival. Way to swing, Acox!