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Seattle-based percussionist Ed Littlefield realized one night that a 12/8 jazz beat fit perfectly with a traditional Tlingit lullaby he learned growing up in Sitka. The discovery eventually led to the formation of his Native Jazz Quartet, featuring bassist Christian Fabian, pianist Ruele Lubag, and vibraphonist Jason Marsalis, of the famed Marsalis family. The quartet will perform Friday evening (2-3-12) at the Sitka Jazz Festival (as well as at lunchtime concerts on Thursday and Friday).
The Morning Interview
Littlefield’s Native Jazz brings traditional music forward
The past three weeks have been turbulent at Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka. ANSEP has proposed turning the 70-year-old boarding school into an accelerated high school. Now, Edgecumbe students and teachers, are asking questions about ANSEP’s motivations - and whether the plan would even work. more
Commissioner Mike Hanley’s departure comes at a critical time for Mt. Edgecumbe High School, the state run boarding school in Sitka. more