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News about jazz, blues, Studio Sessions, and music samplings from jazz artists in the northwest and around the world.

News about jazz, blues, Studio Sessions, and music samplings from jazz artists in the northwest and around the world.

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Tacoma, WA

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News about jazz, blues, Studio Sessions, and music samplings from jazz artists in the northwest and around the world.

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@KPLU

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English

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12180 Park Ave S. Tacoma, WA 98447 253-535-7758


Episodes

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

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 Friday and Saturday nights with the virtual Jackson Street Jazz Walk .

Duration:00:04:30

School of Jazz: Austin Schneider serves as guest DJ

2/4/2021
Tenor saxophonist Austin Schneider from Lynnwood High School will virtually join Abe Beeson as guest DJ tonight (Feb. 4) on Evening Jazz at 7 p.m. He is a senior and in the school's jazz band program. Listen to the show and read their Q&A.

Duration:00:48:24

School of Jazz: Rohan Wassink serves as guest DJ

1/7/2021
Tenor saxophonist Rohan Wassink from Shorecrest High School will virtually join Abe Beeson as guest DJ tonight (Jan. 7) on Evening Jazz at 7 p.m. He is a junior and in the school's jazz band program. Listen to the show and read their Q&A.

Duration:00:50:41

School of Jazz: Calvin Lundin serves as guest DJ

12/4/2020
Drummer Calvin Lundin from Seattle Academy virtually joined Abe Beeson Dec. 3 on Evening Jazz. He is a sophmore and in the school's jazz program. Listen to the show and read their Q&A.

Duration:00:54:35

School of Jazz: Avery Clarke serves as guest DJ

11/5/2020
Drummer Avery Clarke from Ballard High School will virtually join Abe Beeson tonight at 8 p.m. (Nov. 5) as guest DJ during Evening Jazz. He is a junior and in the school's jazz band program. Listen to the show and find his playlist.

Duration:01:03:20

KNKX Pays Tribute to Gary Peacock

9/9/2020
Bassist Gary Peacock passed away on Friday, September 4. He was a highly influential player, who had a seven decades-long career and taught locally during his time in Seattle as an instructor at Cornish College of the Arts. KNKX Director of Music Programming Carol Handley looks back at the life and career of Gary Peacock, honoring a bassist who blazed his own path, transforming the way that many bass players approach their instruments and whose time here in the Northwest was spent as an...

Duration:00:09:41

School of Jazz: Anna McPherson serves as guest DJ

9/3/2020
Alto saxophonist Anna McPherson from Snohomish High School will virtually join Abe Beeson on Evening Jazz tonight at 8 p.m. (Sept. 3) as guest DJ. She is a sophomore and in the school's band program. Listen to her show and read her Q&A.

Duration:00:51:05

School of Jazz: Jonah Elbaum serves as guest DJ

8/6/2020
Trumpeter Jonah Elbaum from West Seattle High School will take over Evening Jazz with Abe Beeson tonight at 8 p.m. (Aug. 6) as guest DJ. He is a junior and in the school's jazz band. He is also an aspiring filmmaker. Listen to his show and read his Q&A.

Duration:00:52:42

School of Jazz: Austin Miller serves as guest DJ

7/2/2020
Trumpeter Austin Miller from Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens joins Abe Beeson tonight at 8 p.m. (July 2) during Evening Jazz as guest DJ. Austin also plays the horn and is in the wind ensemble at his high school. Listen to the show and read his Q&A.

Duration:00:50:07

School of Jazz: Elijah Allen-White serves as guest DJ

6/4/2020
Pianist Elijah Allen-White from Chief Sealth International High School in Seattle will accompany Abe Beeson tonight at 8 p.m. (March 4) during Evening Jazz as guest DJ. Elijah is KNKX's first virtual guest student DJ. Listen to the show and read his Q&A.

Duration:00:59:21

Jazz trailblazer Toshiko Akiyoshi gets her due

5/1/2020
For Jazz Appreciation Month, Robin Lloyd salutes pianist, composer, and arranger Toshiko Akiyoshi. As a musician she is a trailblazer on the piano, in the jazz genre in her 64 year career, she has experienced many firsts.

Duration:00:05:15

How jazz won the 'Cool' War

5/1/2020
We live in a world of super-powers competing for global influence. Beyond military victory and economic dominance, they also compete for our hearts and minds, often deploying artists as ambassadors.

Duration:00:04:55

The wit and sophistication of Cole Porter, father of the jazz standard

5/1/2020
One of the great American songwriters of the last century, still gets plenty of exposure by some of todays’ great singers. Paige Hansen shines a light on Cole Porter.

Duration:00:07:36

Abdullah Ibrahim shares a world of emotions with his piano

4/30/2020
South African Jazz pianist and Composer, Abdullah Ibrahim was named the National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master last year. Carl Pogue takes a closer look at the artist, his life and music.

Duration:00:15:06

Masters of rhythm: Honoring the greats of Latin Jazz

4/30/2020
For Jazz Appreciation Month, Robin Lloyd focuses on three influential Latin Jazz musicians and composers who shaped their creative talents to lead others in new directions as bandleaders.

Duration:00:04:58

Thelonious Monk achieved mainstream success with his unconventional style

4/30/2020
One of the most idiosyncratic musicians in jazz, Thelonious Monk is also one of the most popular. KNKX jazz host Abe Beeson is a big fan, but he’s been wondering: just what is it that makes Monk’s music so cool?

Duration:00:06:18

One of KNKX's own honors three of America's great jazz radio DJs

4/29/2020
Dick Stein takes a look back at American radio jazz hosts who helped us discover some of the world’s best jazz talent. Part of our Jazz Appreciation series.

Duration:00:05:00

There was one world before Jaco Pastorius, and another after. He forever changed electric bass.

4/29/2020
Once in a generation, a musician comes along whose individual innovations are so dramatic they fundamentally change the function and perception of their instrument. For electric bass, that person was Jaco Pastorius. John Kessler has the story, part of our Jazz Appreciation series.

Duration:00:05:23

School of Jazz: Nicolas Lofgren serves as guest DJ

3/5/2020
Multi-instrumentalist Nicolas Lofgren from Bainbridge High School on Bainbridge Island will take over Evening Jazz with Abe Beeson as guest DJ at 8 p.m. tonight (March 5). Nicolas is a senior and plays lead alto in the jazz band at his high school. He also plays clarinet, soprano and tenor saxophones. Listen to the show and read his Q&A.

Duration:00:49:47

'Creativity is more than just being different.' A look at the career of Charles Mingus.

2/28/2020
In honor of Black History Month, we are taking a look into the career highlights of African American artists and their contribution to the world of jazz and blues Charles Mingus is perhaps the jazz world’s most famous bass-playing composer. There are three repertory bands playing his music on a regular basis, and those compositions are still provoking and inspiring musicians and music fans around the world. Abe Beeson highlights his story.

Duration:00:04:34