Reminder: Some of world’s finest jazz artists in Edmonds starting tonight

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Freddy Cole will perform at the DiMiero Jazz Festival (Photo by Clay Walker)

The DeMiero Jazz Festival kicks off Edmonds tonight through Saturday, with a group of award-winning musicians set to appear at Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410-4th Ave. N. for evening concerts—all starting at 7 p.m..

The Pizzarelli Quartet, back by popular demand, will perform tonight, Thursday, as well as guest artists Okaidja, exciting performers of African drumming and dance movements, and the ever-popular Seattle Jazz Singers.

Friday, the Freddy Cole Quartet, 2011 Grammy-nominee, will perform. Wrote the New York Times: “Freddy has an impeccable sense of swing … he is, overall, the most maturely expressive male jazz singer of his generation, if not the best alive.” Also appearing will be Seattle’s own jazz icons Greta Matassa, and Bill Ramsay and the Kennelly Keys All-Star Big Band.

Saturday’s headliner is Karrin Allyson, multiple Grammy-nominated singer and pianist, described as a “musician’s musician.” May 2011 marks a milestone for the phenomenal Ms. Allyson and Concord Jazz—the release of Round Midnight, the thirteenth album in a series dating back to her 1992 debut album I Didn’t Know About You. The popular Edmonds Community College vocal jazz ensemble, Soundsation, will also perform, along with Bill Ramsay and the Kennelly Keys All-Star Big Band.

For tickets and more information, visit the ECA website.

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