Earshot Jazz Festival comes to Vashon

LaVon Hardison will perform at Vashon Center for the Arts as part of the Earshot Jazz Festival.

Award-winning jazz vocalist LaVon Hardison will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at Vashon Center for the Arts (Courtesy Photo).

Award-winning jazz vocalist LaVon Hardison will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at Vashon Center for the Arts (Courtesy Photo).

What do The Clash, Katy Perry, Simon and Garfunkel and The Chiffons have in common?

Their songs are all fair game for reinterpretation by jazz vocalist LaVon Hardison, who will take the stage in the first of three upcoming Earshot Jazz Festival performances at Vashon Center for the Arts. Hardison’s concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in VCA’s Katherine L. White Hall.

In 2016, Hardison won the Seattle-Kobe Sister City Jazz Vocalist Audition at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, claiming the prize of a jazz-soaked journey to Japan, performing in Kobe, Osaka and Tokyo. In 2017, she was named the Earshot Jazz Vocalist of the Year. She was also a featured performer at the 2009 Festival of World Sacred Music in New Delhi, India, and has hosted a weekly radio show, “The Jazz Experience,” on KAOS-Fm.

Upcoming Earshot Jazz Festival performances at VCA will include an evening with vibraphone wunderkind Joel Ross, who has twice been selected as a Thelonious Monk Institute National All-Star and was also a 2013 YoungArts Jazz Finalist. His concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at VCA.

The Earshot Festival’s slate of concerts at VCA will close with a concert by vituoso multi-instrumentalist and Cuban jazz master Kiki Valera at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25.

For tickets to all the performances, visit vashoncenterforthearts.org. Tickets range in price from $10 to $30.

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