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Jazz Northwest focuses on the regional jazz scene from Portland to Vancouver. 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.

Jazz Northwest focuses on the regional jazz scene from Portland to Vancouver. 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.
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Tacoma, WA

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Jazz Northwest focuses on the regional jazz scene from Portland to Vancouver. 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.

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Episodes

Terell Stafford Quintet Live At Jazz Port Townsend

8/12/2018
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Trumpet player Terell Stafford led an all-star quintet in concert at Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend in July. The music includes selections by the late trumpet icon Lee Morgan from Terell Stafford's CD "BrotherLee Love" celebrating Lee Morgan. Tenor saxophonist Tim Warfield, who played on the CD is also on this concert, with pianist Dawn Clement, John Clayton on bass, and Billy Williams at the drums. Terell Stafford heads the Jazz department at Temple University and is a regular in the Vanguard...

Duration:01:12:19

Dave Stryker, Justin Kauflin and Katie Thiroux at Jazz Port Townsend

8/5/2018
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A series of concerts from Centrum's 2018 Jazz Port Townsend festival will air on Jazz Northwest in the coming weeks. The concerts include seven different jazz ensembles ranging from trio to an 18-piece big band. The first concert airing August 5 will feature an all-star trio playing together for the first time at Jazz Port Townsend. The trio includes veteran guitarist Dave Stryker, pianist Justin Kauflin and bassist and singer Katie Thiroux. All three are recording and touring artists who...

Duration:00:59:50

Live-On-Location Recordings Featured On Jazz Northwest

7/31/2018
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The spontaneity of jazz is best enjoyed in a live performance, and many great jazz records had their genesis in a jazz club or concert. Jazz Northwest frequently records live shows in clubs, concerts and festivals around the Pacific Northwest. On this week's show, we'll revisit some of those recordings and debut a newly-issued one... Nancy Erickson singing with The 200 Trio and Alex Dugdale at The North City Bistro in Shoreline. Also on the program are The Jay Thomas Quartet at Seattle Art...

Duration:00:50:57

Oregon Featured On Jazz Northwest

7/26/2018
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Having just returned from a week vacationing in Oregon from Astoria to Ashland for the Shakespeare Festival, we were reminded again of the state's beauty, and that brought memories of that quintessential Northwest musical group Oregon formed in 1970 by Ralph Towner, Paul McCandless, Glenn Moore and Collin Walcott. That's as good an excuse as any to play a couple of their songs on this show. Also this week, the Keith Henson Octet, Mark Taylor, and a couple of new artists appearing for the...

Duration:01:04:53

20th Anniversary Of Steve Griggs & Elvin Jones Session

7/26/2018
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Legendary drummer Elvin Jones was special guest in "Jones for Elvin" a 1998 recording session in Seattle led by saxophonist Steve Griggs. Music from that CD is included in this week's Jazz Northwest as a preview of a performance by the group minus the late drummer at the Royal Room on July 15. (Milo Peterson will play drums). Other music on the program includes selections by Cory Weeds & Jeff Hamilton, Bill Ramsay Big Band, The Three Sounds and others.

Duration:02:50:28

Jazz Northwest For May 8, 2018

7/9/2018
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This week we sample two of the artists appearing at Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend, guitarist Dave Stryker and trumpet player Terell Stafford who will be featured on the opening concerts on July 27 at Fort Worden. Debuting on this week's show is Vancouver BC saxophonist Cory Weeds' latest release, an 11 piece band featuring music by Hank Mobley, Kenny Dorham and others arranged by Vancouver arrangers Bill Coon and Jill Townsend. Also this week, The Jazz Police, Thomas Marriott, The BC Double...

Duration:02:09:01

Dee Daniels And SRJO In Concert Highlights

7/1/2018
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"My Favorite Things" was the title of the concerts ending the 2017-18 season for the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra. Dee Daniels was the featured vocalist in a program including songs made popular by Fats Waller, Billie Holiday, Nat Cole, Marvin Gaye, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley. The songs selected by Dee Daniels for this concert represent her varied interests in music and her long career that has taken her to six continents. Highlights from the concerts will air this week on Jazz...

Duration:01:10:53

Summer Songs And New Releases

6/24/2018
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For the first weekend of summer, Jazz Northwest features a collection of resident duos and trios playing music for those lazy summer days and nights. Songs about flowers, lullabies, and fishing are a few of the highlights, and there's also music by two Lennies (Bernstein and Tristano). Recent releases by the 200 Trio, Reuel Lubag Trio, duende libre, Hans Teuber & Jeff Johnson, Bill Anschell, Scenes and Dawn Clement are also included. Never miss an episode again. Subscribe to Jazz Northwest...

Duration:04:19:04

Mercedes Nicole In Concert At Seattle Art Museum

6/17/2018
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This week on Jazz Northwest we feature highlights from Mercedes Nicole’s recent concert at the Seattle Art Museum. The concert was part of the monthly series presented by Earshot Jazz in partnership with the Seattle Art Museum. Mercedes Nicole sings a selection of songs inspired by some of her favorite singers from Billie Holiday to The Drifters and Gregory Porter. She is accompanied by Craig Hoyer, piano, Rachael Contorer, bass and Larry Vincent Jones on drums. The concert was recorded on...

Duration:01:11:37

Brian Kirk & The Nu Trio At Ballard Jazz Festival

6/10/2018
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The last set of the opening night Celebration of the Drum at this year's Ballard Jazz Festival is featured this week on Jazz Northwest. The Nu Trio brought considerable soul and energy to cap the night. Featuring Brian Kirk on drums Nathan Breedlove on trumpet and Phil Sparks on bass, the trio played music by Brian Kirk and modern jazz classics by Booker Little, John Hicks, Mal Waldron, and Woody Shaw. The Nu Trio was the last of four drummer-led bands to perform on this Celebration of the...

Duration:01:23:11

Ballard Jazz Festival's Celebration Of The Drum

6/3/2018
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Two jazz quartets at the Celebration of the Drum opening the Ballard Jazz Festival last month will be featured this week on Jazz Northwest. Drummer Stefan Schatz leads the first group, with Thomas Marriott, trumpet, Jeremy Bacon, piano and Paul Gabrielson, bass. Stefan Schatz recently relocated to Seattle from his birthplace in New York City. They play music by jazz greats Thelonious Monk, Max Roach, Horace Silver, and Clifford Brown. The second group on this program includes young...

Duration:01:43:16

Jazz Northwest For May 27, 2018

5/27/2018
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Sometimes when I build a show, I don't have a specific theme in mind but one emerges. For this show I started with a couple of new releases, and it soon appeared this was a show about unusual arrangements of familiar music. If jazz is "the sound of surprise" as Whitney Balliet so aptly described it, you'll be surprised by some of these arrangements and unusual combinations. You'll hear Reuel Lubag Trio, The 200 Trio, Randy Porter and Nancy King, Syrinx Effect, Jeff Baker, Scenes, Bill...

Duration:02:52:02

Teuber-Johnson Duo Concert At Seattle Art Museum

5/20/2018
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Two of Seattle's best improvising jazz musicians teamed up for the May Art of Jazz concert at The Seattle Art Museum. Acoustic bass player Jeff Johnson and saxophone/flute player Hans Teuber have been individually featured in numerous ensembles. They've also collaborated on several albums including the newly issued duo CD "Deuce" on Origin Records . For this concert at SAM, they played a variety of freely improvised music and standards including several selections from the new CD. The...

Duration:01:03:57

Part Two Of "Such Sweet Thunder"

5/13/2018
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These are unique performances in that they include scenes from Shakespeare interspersed between movements of the Ellington suite. Darragh Kennan and Hana Lass from the Seattle Shakespeare Company are on stage with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra in these performances recorded at the Kirkland Performance Center and the Edmonds Center for the Arts. The production was conceived by George Mount of Seattle Shakespeare Company and Michael Brockman, who conducts this performance of the...

Duration:01:09:56

Ellington's "Such Sweet Thunder" With Words By Shakespeare

5/7/2018
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Highlights from concert performances of Duke Ellington's "Such Sweet Thunder" are featured this week on Jazz Northwest. These unique performances combine excerpts from Shakespeare's plays with Duke Ellington's musical portraits of the featured characters. Michael Brockman conducts the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra with guest actors from The Seattle Shakespeare Company, Darragh Kennan and Hana Lass. "Such Sweet Thunder" was commissioned by the Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario,...

Duration:01:11:10

Jazz Northwest For April 29, 2018

5/4/2018
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It's the 50th anniversary of the famous KRAB - Helix Piano Drop. The event took place near Duvall, Washington and involved a piano, a helicopter, Country Joe and The Fish and a bunch of people looking for something new. You kind of had to be there - but you get the idea, don't you? However, no pianos will be harmed or destroyed on today's Jazz Northwest. We can promise several excellent pianists, ranging from Wynton Kelly at The Penthouse in Seattle (1966) to recent recordings by Bob...

Duration:02:25:14

Highlights From Gail Pettis Concert At Seattle Art Museum

4/22/2018
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Gail Pettis sang for an appreciative crowd at this month's popular "Art of Jazz" concert presented by Earshot Jazz at The Seattle Art Museum. An excellent trio including Darin Clendenin on piano, Chuck Deardorf, bass and Brad Boal on drums, backed Gail Pettis’ warm contralto. Ms.Pettis has won the Earshot vocalist of the year award twice and has performed in Europe, Russia and the Far East as well as the US. She has recorded two CDs, both of which have received considerable national...

Duration:01:11:26

Jazz Northwest For April 15, 2018

4/15/2018
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This week's Jazz Northwest spotlights a pair of new releases of intimate jazz. Bassist Jeff Johnson and saxophonist Hans Teuber arrived in Seattle in 1990 from different points but soon discovered a common love of melody and lyrical music-making. They've played together in many musical situations since then and a new duo album "Deuce" displays this deft duo in a collection of music including standards and co-compositions. Another new release is pianist Bill Anschell's "Shifting Standards"....

Duration:01:02:37

Jazz Northwest For April 8, 2018

4/8/2018
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Some old, some new, and some new versions of old music are featured on this week's Jazz Northwest. Hal Galper's Quartet opens with a new take on Miles Davis' Solar and Jeff Baker sings his arrangement of Billy Joel's And So It Goes from another new release. From Vancouver BC, The BC Double Quartet combines a jazz quartet with a string quartet, and Portland writer and broadcaster Lynn Darroch remembers interviewing Ray Charles, after which we'll hear a 26-year old Ray Charles playing a...

Duration:01:03:57

Jazz Northwest For April 1, 2018

4/2/2018
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Several recent releases by northwest resident musicians are featured on this week's Jazz Northwest . Pianist and singer Dawn Clement has recorded duets with five prominent artists on the regional scene in her CD Tandem. We'll hear her in a duo with trombonist Julian Priester. Although the group Scenes sixth CD Destinations was issued last year we're just now featuring it on Jazz Northwest. Scenes is a cooperative trio with John Stowell, Jeff Johnson and John Bishop. Also new is clarinetist...

Duration:01:04:46