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Artistic Programs

The Salute Series

This weekly jam session is curated with an eye towards exploring the history of jazz through the compositions and styles of important artists, styles, movements and regions.

Piano Starts Here

Six times per year since 2012, local jazz pianists explore and pay tribute to historic jazz piano/composer icons. This has included great composers such as:

Duke Ellington, Mary Lou Williams, Sonny Clark, Thelonious Monk, Sun Ra, Bill Evans, Fats Waller, Keith Jarrett, Paul Bley, Herbie Hancock and Herbie Nichols. Local pianists have included Marc Seales, Dawn Clement, Tim Kennedy, Gus Carns, Bill Anschell, Darius Wilrich, Ray Skjelbred, Ryan Burns, Robin Holcomb, Jake Svendsen, Dave Peck, Jovino Santos Neto, Nelda Swiggett, Aaron Otheim, Sumi Tonooka, Alex Guilbert, Carolyn Graye, Randy Halberstadt, Eric Verlinde, Michael Owcharuk, Marina Albero, Ron Weinstein, Josh Rawlings and Wayne Horvitz.

 

Festivals

This program presents and nurtures  festivals celebrating a wide range of musical styles and cultures, including:

  • Latin Festival

  • Ancient to Future Festival

  • Blues Festival

  • Women in Jazz

  • Psychedelic Festival

  • Women in Country Music

  • Brazilian Festival

  • Caribbean Festival

  • Improvised Music Festival

  • Earshot Jazz Festival

  • Film music from movies of historical and cultural import ranging from "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" to "Black Panther"

 

Artist Residency

The Royal Room offers four-to-eight-week residencies, late night in the lounge, for artists to develop new work.

 

Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble

Since 2012, the RRCME has performed regularly on Monday nights. The RRCME performs a blend of structured and conducted improvisations based on a wide range of musical material. Two CDs and eight years later, they are still going strong.

Artist Programming Partners

Columbia City BeatWalk

Early Music Seattle

Earshot Jazz

Seattle JazzEd

Jazz Night School

KEXP

KNKX

Pacifica Literary Review

Seattle Festival of Improvised Music

Town Hall

Youth Programs

Home for the Holidays

This program offers performance opportunities for young Seattle Musicians who are studying around the country when they are “home for the holidays.”

The After-School Club

This program provides a performance venue  for Seattle music education programs, including:

  • JazzEd

  • Garfield High School

  • Jazz Night School

  • Meter Music School

Youth Partners

The Phinney Ridge Youth Orchestra

Rain City Rock Camp for Girls

Reel Grrls

School of Rock

Local Schools:

  • Garfield High School

  • Jane Addams Middle School

  • Lakeside School

  • Orca K-8

  • Seattle Urban Academy

  • University Prep

Community Programs

This program provides performance space and support services to neighborhood and ocmmunity oprganizations involved in civic engagement, diverse coalition building, action on climate change, and other progressive priorities.

Community Partners

  • Climate Solutions/Washington State Ballot Initiative 1631

  • Seaward Park Audubon Society

  • The Windermere Foundation

  • Northwest Immigrant Rights Project

  • Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness