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Make the Most of Summer at ‘Jazz on the Lawn’ at Cedarbrook Lodge Friday


SeaTac’s Cedarbrook Lodge will play backdrop to a rich and complex “feast for the ears,” welcoming Seattle native Thomas Marriott’s ‘Human Spirit,’ as the ‘Jazz on the Lawn’ series continues this Friday, Aug. 17, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Like all other Northwest natives, we know that our Summers are amazing, so you’ve got to make the most of every beautiful day – and evening – in preparation for the drizzle to come (gasp, don’t remind us). With a high of 91 predicted for Friday, nothing could be “cooler” than relaxing on a sumptuous lawn with the captivating sounds of Marriott’s flawless trumpet rising above George Colligan’s rich organ tones, holding it all together.

We admit it, we are not Jazz experts…so when we hear the term “Modern Jazz,” it’s descriptive quality is decidedly lost on us. We have a sneaking suspicion that we may not be alone. Given the fact that there are so many styles of Jazz (which of course is what make it so captivating) sometimes we have to admit that we don’t know what style it is, but we know what we like. Hence, we offer this definition of modern Jazz found on Dictionary.com:

modern jazz
noun
any of various styles of jazz that have evolved since the early 1940s and are marked by harmonic and rhythmic complexity, emphasis on chord progression rather than melody, a tendency to draw on classical forms and styles, and eclectic, allusive melodic tags in improvisation.

If that mouthful fails, we can name-drop some Jazz icons often referenced in this genre: Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck,John Coltrane, in hopes that this paints a aural picture for our readers of what to expect From a “Modern Jazz” ensemble. But sometimes it’s best just to listen, as we did to Thomas Marriott and Human Spirit. We may not have known they were “Modern Jazz,” but we knew we liked them…and we think you will too! Have a listen to this original tune entitled “Yakima” from their 2011 recording “Human Spirit”:

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Along with the imaginative sounds, you can amuse your appetite with gourmet small plates, local wines and beers available from Copperleaf’s cash bar, or book a table to enjoy fine dining on the luxurious patio. There’s no better venue this summer to create the warm memories to last through the wet winter. Don’t miss out!

Tickets for the concerts are available from Brown Paper Tickets and are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

For more information about Cedarbrook Lodge, visit www.CedarbrookLodge.com or call (206) 901-9268. For more information about Copperleaf Restaurant visit www.CopperleafRestaurant.com or call (206) 214-4282.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here: http://www.cedarbrooklodge.com/jazz.php

Cedarbrook Lodge is located at 18525 36th Avenue South in SeaTac.

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