Kirkland Performance Center presents...

SRJO: Jazz of the Harlem Renaissance

  • Sunday, November 3, 2019 2:00PM
  • Adult: $50.00
  • Youth: $20.00

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SRJO continues its celebrated Harlem Renaissance series, which features fantastic music from the 1920s and 1930s, played as it was originally created and performed—with original instrumentation. The program includes early hits by the Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra, such as Uptown Blues, Harlem Shout, and Big John Special, plus The Stampede by Fletcher Henderson and hits by Cab Calloway and Fats Waller. Guest vocalists Reggie Goings and Jacqueline Tabor from the Seattle jazz scene also join us to pay tribute to singers Ma Rainey (“Mother of the Blues”), Ivie Anderson and others.

Artist Bio

The award-winning, 17-piece Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra (SRJO) is the Northwest’s premier big band jazz ensemble, co-directed by drummer Clarence Acox, nationally recognized director of bands at Seattle’s Garfield High School, and saxophonist/arranger Michael Brockman, long-time faculty member at the University of Washington School of Music.

The ensemble includes many of the region’s best-loved jazz soloists and bandleaders, and their extensive and growing repertoire is drawn from the 100-year history of jazz, from turn-of-the-20th century ragtime to turn-of-the-21st century avant-garde.

Recently, the cities of Seattle and Kirkland and the state of Washington proclaimed October 4th “Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra Day” in honor of the organization’s achievements. Their newest compact disc, “Benny Carter’s Kansas City Suite,” which features narration from Clarence Acox and a performance by the late Hadley Caliman, was released in November 2014 and has already achieved wide sales throughout the region. For more information about the SRJO, visit

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