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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

Jazz Northwest for June 28, 2020

6/28/2020
This week's show includes music by Dan Balmer from Portland, Kelby MacNayr from Victoria, The Endemic Ensemble, Jay Thomas and Kelley Johnson from Seattle. There's also a never published recording of Ernestine Anderson singing "Georgia" in a Seattle club engagement and more. Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by host Jim Wilke and airs Sundays at 2 p.m. Listeners may also subscribe to the podcast at KNKX, NPR, Apple , or Google .

Duration:01:04:32

Jazz Northwest for June 14, 2020

6/24/2020
This week's Jazz Northwest starts in Ellensburg, with Barney McClure at the Hammond B3 and the Central Washington University Big Band playing a Phil Kelly arrangement of Barney's tune, "Spot." Also this week, recordist and studio owner David Lange is featured on accordion with Pearl Django from a recent release, and vintage live recordings of Cannonball Adderley in Seattle and Ernestine Anderson in Culver City, CA. Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by host Jim Wilke and airs Sundays at...

Duration:02:26:31

CD Debut of Daniel Hersog Jazz Orchestra on Jazz Northwest

6/7/2020
A rich collection of original compositions and arrangements by Daniel Hersog has just been issued on a new CD "Night Devoid of Stars" to be issued this week. Recorded in Vancouver BC, the orchestra includes some outstanding talent from Western Canada and a pair of pieces from the album will be featured today on Jazz Northwest. Also on this week's show are recent releases by Kate Olson's KO Ensemble at The Royal Room, Jenny Davis with Jovino Santos Neto, and a classic Floyd Standifer...

Duration:03:26:39

Dave Frishberg's "story songs" on Jazz Northwest

5/31/2020
Many jazz musicians are great story tellers, partly because jazz is a natural medium for personal expression. One prime example is pianist, singer and songwriter Dave Frishberg. After building his reputation and career in New York and L.A. Dave settled in Portland, where he continued to write and perform his unique songs from his personal perspective. This week's Jazz Northwest includes three of Dave's songs growing from his early experience as a sideman with Al Cohn, Zoot Sims and Bob...

Duration:04:00:17

Jazz Northwest for Sunday May 24

5/24/2020
Italian pianist Francesco Crosara became a part of the Seattle music community three years ago and had been gaining more public recognition here until public performances came to a halt with the pandemic. Fortunately, we have some representative performances on CDs and some recent streaming shows to enjoy. On this week's Jazz Northwest, w e'll hear him playing a solo rendition of the ballad "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most." Also on this week's show, trumpeter Jared Hall plays an...

Duration:02:23:55

Christlieb - Caliman 2009 Reunion Revisited

5/17/2020
A memorable evening at the Ballard Jazz Walk in 2009 brought tenor saxophonists Pete Christlieb and Hadley Caliman together again to cap a week that also saw them make their first, and only, album together. The two veteran saxophonists first played together as young men at Marty's in L.A. and there was an obvious mutual admiration society when you saw and heard them together. Another historical note on this week's Jazz Northwest is the great singer Joe Williams performing in a live radio...

Duration:02:08:40

Recent releases by Seattle musicians Ray Larsen and Walt Wagner

5/10/2020
There's more attention given to recording and streaming with performance venues closed due to the pandemic. It provides an opportunity to grow, stretch out, create new music, exemplified by a couple of creative releases from Seattle musicians from different generations. Young trumpet player and composer Ray Larsen has proved worthy of attention with a number of recent projects, notably Songs to Fill The Air consisting of a dozen short original pieces. Veteran Seattle pianist Walt Wagner, who...

Duration:02:52:40

The Jazz Umbrella is very inclusive...

5/3/2020
…and so is Jazz Northwest. This week's show features the title music from The Westerlies brass quartet's new album "Wherein Lies the Good." It's a 15-minute suite originally composed for piano by Robin Holcomb but here arranged by Andy Clausen for brass quartet with two trumpets and two trombones. It's a slice of Americana played by a quartet that the New York Times described as “an arty quartet…mixing ideas from jazz, new classical, and Appalachian folk”. Also this week: Although the...

Duration:01:10:32

New releases by regional artists on Jazz Northwest

5/1/2020
Vancouver alto saxophonist Cory Weeds and Seattle soprano saxophonist Kate Olson are both featured in new releases on this week's episode of Jazz Northwest. Cory Weeds has just issued a second release with New York pianist David Hazeltine who has made several visits to Vancouver to play and record with Cory Weeds. The new album "Day by Day" features mostly standards. Seattle based soprano (and tenor) saxophonist and educator Kate Olson has just issued a new CD recorded Live at The Royal...

Duration:01:12:42

Songs for Jude

4/19/2020
"Songs for Jude" will be featured this week on Jazz Northwest. Judy Cites was a concert organizer, promoter and producer, tour manager, ticket maven, active fan and patron of music, dance and theatre. Hers was a familiar face in most of this area’s concert halls, theatres and other performance spaces. She loved jazz, especially standards and we’ll play some of her favorites in tribute - Songs for Jude, played or sung by Dave Peck, Nancy King & Fred Hersch, Chuck Deardorf, The Garfield Jazz...

Duration:01:13:39

Seattle jazz hero Jay Thomas on Jazz Northwest

4/12/2020
Multi-instrumentalist Jay Thomas was named a Seattle Jazz Hero recently by the national Jazz Journalists Association, and will be featured on today’s episode with a pair of pieces drawn from Jay's recent album "High Crimes and Misdemeanors." The Jazz Journalists Association is a national organization that names a list of those who are "activists, advocates, altruists, aiders and abettors of jazz" every year. This year's list named 27 individuals in 23 U.S. cities, who in many cases have...

Duration:01:04:22

Music from Portland to Vancouver, B.C. on Jazz Northwest

4/5/2020
Musicians from Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, and elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest are featured today on Jazz Northwest. Johnaye Kendrick was to have been featured in a concert at Seattle Art Museum last month so we're including one of her songs along with music by Randy Halberstadt, Cory Weeds Little Big Band, Kerry Politzer, Jenny Davis and others. Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by host Jim Wilke and airs Sundays at 2 p.m. Listeners may also subscribe to the podcast at KNKX, NPR,...

Duration:01:04:32

Jazz Northwest for March 22, 2020

3/23/2020
Radio continues to be your best source for jazz and we focus on regional artists on Jazz Northwest . Virtually all live performance venues are closed, but some artists are mounting their own virtual performances, see the KNKX Calendar for details. Meanwhile, we'll feature an hour with Jay Thomas, Marina Albero, Gail Pettis, Chuck Deardorf, Danny Kolke & Pete Christlieb, Charlie Porter, Kiki Valera and a new CD from Pearl Django today on Jazz Northwest. Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced...

Duration:01:26:13

Music of Bill Smith featured on Jazz Northwest

3/15/2020
Internationally renowned clarinetist, composer, educator and musical experimentalist Bill Smith died last weekend at the age of 93. A varied selection of his music will be heard on today’s episode of Jazz Northwest. Smith came to Seattle in 1966 to start The Contemporary Group, an experimental music ensemble which he co-led with trombonist Stuart Dempster for many years. Both as a jazz clarinetist Bill Smith and as concert artist William O. Smith, Smith was always experimenting with new...

Duration:01:10:11

Marc Seales Quintet plays Northwest Music Monday at Jazz Alley, presented by KNKX

3/8/2020
KNKX and Dimitriou's Jazz Alley are teaming up to present a monthly series featuring top Northwest regional artists on the last Monday of each month. February's event featured the Marc Seales Quintet playing a program of mostly original music by Marc. The concert was recorded for radio, and the first part will air today on Jazz Northwest. Playing for an enthusiastic full house at Jazz Alley, the group includes Marc Seales, piano and keyboards, Jesse Seales, guitar, Thomas Marriott, trumpet,...

Duration:01:11:04

Jay Thomas' new album and more releases from regional artist

3/1/2020
The prolific Jay Thomas has a new album, and it's all about getting together with good friends and playing some favorite tunes. Despite the provocative title, the album focuses on jazz standards by Fats Navarro, Horace Silver, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk and others as well as two originals by Thomas himself. We'll play a couple of tunes from this new album as well as music by Greta Matassa, Marina Albero, Charlie Porter, and Edmonton altoist PJ Perry this week on Jazz Northwest. We'll...

Duration:03:20:39

Alex Dugdale Fade Quintet concert at Seattle Art Museum

2/23/2020
Saxophonist Alex Dugdale brought his Fade Quintet to the February Art of Jazz concert at the Seattle Art Museum and entertained an enthusiastic crowd in the Brotman Forum. Playing saxophones and tap dancing in duets with members of the group, Alex Dugdale featured mostly his appealing original music. Other members of the quintet include John Hansen, piano, Cole Schuster, guitar, Greg Feingold, bass, and Max Holmberg on drums. One of the features of any performance by Alex Dugdale is his tap...

Duration:01:13:42

New music and releases on Jazz Northwest

2/18/2020
More great jazz by regional jazz artists is featured this week on Jazz Northwest. From Frankie's Jazz Club in Vancouver, B.C. to Seattle groups with Ann Reynolds, Kiki Valera, Spokane's Whitworth Jazz Ensemble and former Seattle residents The Westerlies new brass quartet album, and Frank Kohl with Portland's John Stowell, every week we explore the great variety of top jazz artists performing in our region. Jim frequently goes "on location" to concerts, clubs and festivals to capture live...

Duration:01:01:17

A Billie Holiday Tribute in concert on Jazz Northwest

2/11/2020
The iconic American singer Billie Holiday is subject of tribute concerts by the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra and guest vocalist Jacqueline Tabor performed at Kirkland Performance Center and Benaroya Hall in Seattle. The iconic American Singer Billie Holiday was active from the mid-1930s until her death in 1959 and her recordings are considered classics, still influencing singers today. Jacqueline Tabor has been performing professionally since 2005, has release three albums and currently...

Duration:01:06:15

Westerlies Fest and new CD debut on Jazz Northwest

2/3/2020
The Westerlies is a brass quartet including 3 former Seattle residents who formed the group when they were students at Juilliard and the Manhattan School of music. The quartet of two trumpets and two trombones is unusual in jazz, with no rhythm section or chordal instrument. Their repertoire is also unusually wide-ranging, including Americana, 20th century composers such as Bartok and Ives, original music and in their new album, spirituals inspired by the Golden Gate Quartet. The new album...

Duration:01:23:22