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Whole lot of jazz — and science — goin' on

Trombone player Chris Amemiya and Seattle
Trombone player Chris Amemiya and Seattle's Jazz Coalescence are the headline act at Jazz at the Labs, Saturday, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
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It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that science and music are somehow inter-connected.

Maybe it’s the scales?

On Saturday, however, it’s your chance to see and hear just how tightly woven together music and science can be, and delivered in a bright package, as the 12th annual Jazz at the Labs takes center stage at San Juan Island’s world renown marine science center.

Hosted by Friday Harbor Laboratories, Jazz at the Labs is part musical entertainment and part fundraiser. Proceeds from the event benefit the Labs K-12 Science Outreach Program. The program unites scientists and students and offers elementary to high school-age children a first-hand glimpse into the world of marine science.

The event features tunes by the island’s own pillar of jazz, the San Juan Jazz Quintet, with vocals by local songstress Jill Urbach (who played the role of Maria in San Juan Community Theatre’s recent production of The Sound of Music), followed by the Seattle-based jazz group, Jazz Coalescence, led by musician—and scientist—Chris Amemiya.

The evening also includes silent and live auctions. KPLU Jazz host Dick Stein will be back to emcee the event and Friday Harbor’s Farhad Ghatan will key up the live auction, which takes place between sets.

But wait. There’s more. The price of admission, $40, includes dinner along with an evening of music and entertainment. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner served at 6 p.m. For info and reservations, call 378-2165, ext. 0.

— Scott Rasmussen


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