Thursday, July 9, 2009
Earshot: Jim Norton Quartet
Presented by Earshot Jazz. Jim Norton’s musical career has taken him all around the world. He plays with great skill a range of common jazz instruments – saxophones, flutes, and clarinets – as well as some less often-heard ones, such as bassoon and contra-bassoon. In Seattle for five years, Norton has nonetheless been little heard on the local jazz scene. Rather, he has been heavily involved in musical-theater productions, particularly with the Village Theater. But prior to his move north, he recorded and performed with a host of Bay Area luminaries, including Fred Ho, Jon Jang, Anthony Brown, and other members of The Asian American Orchestra. He has also performed around San Francisco and Oakland with George Lewis and ROVA, and appeared with Steve Lacy, John Lewis, James Moody, and James Newton. For the Second Century performance, he will present his Seattle quartet.