Bill Cosby & James Moody
James Moody and Bill Cosby
So far over the course of photographing the Earshot Jazz festival, the most surprising mpment was this one. A funny thing happened at the Nordstrom Recital Hall Saturday Nov 1st. I was there to photograph the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra performing with special guest NEA Jazz Master James Moody on sax and before it could start Bill Cosby sauntered out on stage to give his own surprise special performance. He was set to appear next door at Benaroya Hall and had a little extra time so he wandered backstage to see his old friend James.
He came out and with a little instruction to the orchestra he sat down at the piano and started to play Duke Ellington’s “Take The A Train”. He was a big hit and the orchestra and audience loved it.
Afterwards James Moody came out and they told a story about Moody’s 50th birthday they were performing together in Las Vegas but Moody didnt tell it right so Cosby had to retell it.
It cracked everyone up. What a special Earshot Jazz Festival moment.
Click here for the complete schedule for the rest of the upcoming shows at the 2008 Earshot Jazz Festival
Photograph by Seattle photographer Daniel Sheehan.