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Jazz Northwest focuses on the regional jazz scene from Portland to Vancouver. CDs by the best resident musicians from Seattle, Portland and Vancouver are featured, and the program also includes news about the best places to go for live jazz in the region. In addition, Jim goes "on location" to concerts, clubs and jazz festivals to record performances by resident and visiting artists for playback on Jazz Northwest. These one-of-a-kind recordings are available nowhere else! 899328 Jazz Northwest is published by KNKX Public Radio.

Jazz Northwest focuses on the regional jazz scene from Portland to Vancouver. CDs by the best resident musicians from Seattle, Portland and Vancouver are featured, and the program also includes news about the best places to go for live jazz in the region. In addition, Jim goes "on location" to concerts, clubs and jazz festivals to record performances by resident and visiting artists for playback on Jazz Northwest. These one-of-a-kind recordings are available nowhere else! 899328 Jazz Northwest is published by KNKX Public Radio.

Location:

Tacoma, WA

Description:

Jazz Northwest focuses on the regional jazz scene from Portland to Vancouver. CDs by the best resident musicians from Seattle, Portland and Vancouver are featured, and the program also includes news about the best places to go for live jazz in the region. In addition, Jim goes "on location" to concerts, clubs and jazz festivals to record performances by resident and visiting artists for playback on Jazz Northwest. These one-of-a-kind recordings are available nowhere else! 899328 Jazz Northwest is published by KNKX Public Radio.

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@KPLU

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English


Episodes

Floyd Standifer Quartet at The New Orleans

4/11/2021
This week's Jazz Northwest includes The Floyd Standifer Quartet playing at The New Orleans Creole Restaurant in Seattle, and the Bridge Quartet playing at LV's Uptown in Portland. We'll preview singer Rebecca Kilgore's new CD coming out April 30, and hear former Seattle pianist Gene Argel who's been performing on Maui for years. There's also music from Eric Verlinde, The BC Double Quartet and Ann Reynolds Clave Gringa.

Duration:01:04:02

Jazz Appreciation Month: Defining a music genre that's always changing

4/7/2021
Jazz is a music based on improvisation, and evolution. Moving through Dixieland, swing, bebop, free jazz, fusion and beyond can make describing what jazz is a difficult proposition. KNKX jazz host Abe Beeson spoke to three generations of musicians to find a definition.

Duration:00:04:18

Jazz Northwest for April 4

4/4/2021
A variety of Seattle Jazz from the '50s to now is featured on this week's Jazz Northwest . The brilliant flash of the Cecil Young Quartet in the early '50s, to six decades later with the Jim Knapp Orchestra, Marc Seales Quartet and others including singer Kelly Eisenhour and Vancouver guitarist Bill Coon's Trio.

Duration:01:03:41

Jazz Northwest for March 28

3/28/2021
Jazz Northwest features a variety of regional jazz talent every Sunday afternoon at 2, including classics like the Kellys Heroes band that developed at Red Kelly's bar in Tacoma in the 90s. Milt Kleeb and Bill Ramsay were old hands at arranging by that time and their skills are on display in the opening of this week's show. Also featured on today’s show, more recent additions to our jazz scene include Johnaye Kendrick and Jared Hall plus standbys like Portland's Dan Balmer, and Seattle...

Duration:02:49:51

Tall & Small on Jazz Northwest

3/22/2021
Saxophonist Pete Christlieb (Tall) and trombonist Linda Small first formed a band in 2008 when they were living in Los Angeles. They first recorded as Tall and Small with an eleven piece band playing arrangements by Bill Holman. Since the couple moved to the Northwest, they've often worked as a quintet at Boxley's and Jazz Clubs Northwest with the Danny Kolke Trio.The Tall and Small Quintet has just issued a new album "And Now We're Here." Also, on this week's show are recent releases by...

Duration:00:52:29

More new releases by regional jazz artists on Jazz Northwest

3/14/2021
While limited live performance opportunities exist due to COVID-19 restrictions, many musicians have been creating new work in the studio, documenting existing groups as well as exploring new concepts. This week's Jazz Northwest provides examples from recent recording projects by pianist and composer Ryan Burns, Pete Christlieb and Linda Small with their "Tall and Small" quintet, the inventive duo of John Stowell and Dan Dean, trumpet player and composer Charlie Porter, and solo guitarist...

Duration:01:02:14

Earshot nominees in concert on Jazz Northwest

2/28/2021
Earshot's Golden Ear Awards will be announced next month, and we've been featuring some of the nominees this month on Jazz Northwest . This week, we'll hear excerpts from concert performances by Alex Dugdale's Fade Quintet at Seattle Art Museum, and Marc Seales Quintet at Jazz Alley.

Duration:01:11:33

Jackson Street Jazz Walk honors Seattle jazz past, present and future Saturday and Sunday

2/23/2021
Black History Month concludes at the end of the week, and Seattle jazz musicians and fans will be celebrating the legacy of African-American musicians in the Northwest Saturday and Sunday nights with the virtual Jackson Street Jazz Walk .

Duration:00:04:30

More Golden Ear Nominees on Jazz Northwest

2/14/2021
Earshot's annual Golden Ear Awards for achievements of regional jazz musicians will be announced next month and a virtual awards party is being arranged. The complete ballot is at earshot.org . Some of the nominees are featured this month on Jazz Northwest. Today’s episode features Duende Libre with vocalist Chava Mirel, The Bill Anschell Trio, Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra with vocalist Jacqueline Tabor, and saxophonist Hans Teuber are among artists nominated in various categories who...

Duration:01:11:33

Earshot Golden Ear award nominees on Jazz Northwest

2/7/2021
Nominees for Earshot's Golden Ear awards have been announced, and we'll sample some of them on this week's Jazz Northwest . Nominated for Recording of the Year and Acoustic Jazz Ensemble of the Year is Thomas Marriott and we'll hear the title song from "Trumpet Ship." Also nominated and on this show are Ryan Burns' "Postponed Parade," and Johnaye Kendrick who has been nominated in the Vocalist of the Year category. Some of the other nominees will be featured on Jazz Northwest in coming...

Duration:01:03:33

1960 recording of Bob Winn Quintet on Jazz Northwest

2/1/2021
Bob Winn was a well-known and highly regarded woodwind player around Seattle in the '50s and '60s. Recently, a recording of his quintet playing at Jack's Tavern in Seattle has surfaced and made available to Jazz Northwest . This week's show will include two extended pieces from this live session, "Land's End" and "Walkin.'" The quintet includes some of Seattle's best jazz musicians of the time. In addition to Bob Winn on alto sax are Gerald Brashear, tenor sax & conga drums, Bob Nixon,...

Duration:00:50:46

New Ryan Burns album debuts on Jazz Northwest

1/17/2021
While the pandemic precluded most live music last year, Ryan Burns recorded seven singles over six months with a variety of personnel and locations. The singles have been collected in an album titled "Postponed Parade." Ryan Burns composed all the music and plays piano, electric keyboard and organ on various tracks in the album issued on vinyl and CD. Two selections from the recent album are featured on this week's Jazz Northwest. Also, on this week's show are selections by The Endemic...

Duration:01:42:29

Jazz Northwest for January 10

1/10/2021
On this week's Jazz Northwest, we'll revisit an all-star Portland group from the '90s led by pianist-composer Gordon Lee. The great rhythm team of Leroy Vinnegar on bass and Dick Berk on drums was sparking the Portland jazz scene in those years, and alto saxophonist Warren Rand was the first call alto sax man. The quartet plays two contrafacts by Gordon Lee to begin this show. Also this week, a new release by the prolific Vancouver saxophonist Cory Weeds, joined by Eric Alexander and a New...

Duration:01:43:34

Jeff Clayton remembered on Jazz Northwest

1/4/2021
Saxophonist and flutist Jeff Clayton will be remembered Jan. 3 with a rebroadcast performance recorded in 2013 at Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend. Jeff Clayton passed Dec. 16 at the age of 65 at his home in Los Angeles. He had been diagnosed with kidney cancer two years earlier.

Duration:01:14:00

Jazz Northwest for December 27

12/29/2020
In a year when there were few highlights due to closures of entertainment venues and a paucity of jazz album releases, it's difficult to make a list of highlights for the year. We'll share a few on this week's Jazz Northwest, including two from Vancouver BC, the Tom Keenlyside Quartet and Daniel Hersog's Jazz Orchestra. We'll also hear releases from former Seattle residents who make up The Westerles brass quartet, and pianist and singer Diane Schuur. Jay Thomas plays tenor sax and trumpet on...

Duration:01:04:52

Duke Ellington's Sacred Music at St. Mark's reprised on Jazz Northwest

12/20/2020
All seasonal concerts and performances have been canceled this year, but we have some great memories to relive from previous years. The Duke Ellington Concert of Sacred Music has been presented annually in Seattle since 1989 and was one of the reasons why the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra came into existence in 1994. Earshot Jazz took over the stewardship of the concerts in 1993 and will present this year's streamed version of highlights with some new material Dec. 26-Jan. 2.

Duration:01:09:39

Unconventional traditional music for the season on Jazz Northwest

12/13/2020
Jazz musicians are famous for taking unconventional approaches to familiar music and the holiday season is no exception. One of our Northwest favorites is an organ group from British Columbia that's been playing together for more than 15 years. The cartoon cover of their third Christmas CD gives a good impression of the quartet's spirited approach to seasonal music.

Duration:02:05:52

Beginning of the holiday season on Jazz Northwest

12/6/2020
Our favorite opener for the holiday season on Jazz Northwest is Don Lanphere's 1989 album "Year 'Round Christmas." It begins with a combination of "Joy to the World" and "Jingle Bells" expertly woven together by Don Lanphere and his Sextet. Also, on this week's show are holiday songs by Hans Teuber and Dave Peterson, and Karin Plato to provide a backdrop for decorating your tree. Portland trumpet player Charlie Porter, Seattle pianist Bill Anschell and Vancouver trumpet player lead their...

Duration:01:42:16

Lush arrangements for large ensembles on Jazz Northwest

11/29/2020
This week's show will showcase a couple of lush arrangements for larger jazz ensembles. We'll open with Jay Thomas leading and soloing with a ten-piece group playing "Mrs. Goodnight" composed and arranged by Oliver Groenewald. The Daniel Hersog Jazz Orchestra from Vancouver BC will be heard in an extended piece by Hersog we haven't heard before on this show, "Makeshift Memorial". Also, this week, Jovino Santos Neto in a solo performance recorded for the Savassi Festival in Brazil, Steve...

Duration:02:21:12

From Pioneer Square to Brazil

11/22/2020
This week on Jazz Northwest, memories of jazz in Pioneer Square including two tunes featuring bassist Buddy Catlett, and a couple of pieces by pianist/composer Jovino Santos Neto for this month's (virtual) Savassi Festival in Brazil. Also, on this show are four gospel songs inspired by the Golden Gate Quartet, transcribed and arranged for brass quartet and played by The Westerlies. Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by host Jim Wilke and airs Sundays at 2 p.m. Listeners may also...

Duration:02:40:54