Clarence Acox & The Legacy Quartet

Clarence Acox is one of the city's biggest stewards of jazz, having imbued generations of Seattle families with, if not an abiding love for the genre, a sense of hometown pride for leading the Garfield High Jazz Ensemble to four first-place wins at New York's Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition. When school's done for the day and band practice is over, for 25 years every Wednesday Acox has manned the drum kit with some formation of the Legacy Quartet (named for original band member and local jazz cat Floyd Standifer) at the New Orleans Creole Restaurant, performing Cole Porter, George Gershwin, and Duke Ellington classics with a "straight-ahead" style. If you've never seen the movie Chops, a documentary on a handful of high school bands vying for first place at Essentially Ellington, you should watch it for a glimpse of the commanding Acox, a rare artist and teacher in the Seattle jazz scene who, through a top-tier jazz program, created a legacy of his own. GWENDOLYN ELLIOTT

Wed., Nov. 23, 8 p.m., 2011

 
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