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KNKX: Jazz & Blues Features

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Features live studio performances of jazz and blues artists and music samplings of northwest artists.

Features live studio performances of jazz and blues artists and music samplings of northwest artists.
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Tacoma, WA

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Features live studio performances of jazz and blues artists and music samplings of northwest artists.

Twitter:

@KPLU

Language:

English

Contact:

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


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Jazz students at Bellevue College show off many skills

8/2/2019
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Under the direction of Jim Sisko for the past seven years, the jazz program at Bellevue College is emphasizing a more diverse set of musical skills. The well respected big band remains, but students are focusing more on small groups, improvisation, arranging and composition. When Sisko brought an all-star combo from the college into the KNKX studios, he told us that new focus is paying dividends.

Duration:00:38:37

School of Jazz special: Guest DJ all-stars

8/1/2019
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KNKX celebrates six alumni from our School of Jazz! Abe Beeson co-hosts the 8 o'clock hour tonight with young jazz musicians who are home from college. Listen to their stories and hear about the role that jazz plays in their lives today.

Duration:00:50:41

Goodbye, Tula's: 'Hub' for Pacific Northwest jazz to close its doors in September

7/30/2019
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September marks the end of an era for Seattle jazz performers and fans: the closure of Tula’s Restaurant and Jazz Club in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood. It’s a real blow to jazz in Seattle, says Abe Beeson, KNKX’s resident jazz expert and host of The New Cool . “It’s really been the central headquarters of the Northwest jazz community,” Beeson told Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Duration:00:06:43

Ballard High's jazz ensemble hits the KNKX studios, ya betcha!

6/11/2019
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With one of the area's finest trumpet players acting as mentor, the all-star ensemble from Ballard High School's award-winning jazz program proved that these young musicians belong in any conversation about the northwest's finest teenage jazz bands.

Duration:00:47:04

School of Jazz: Evan Snoey serves as guest DJ

6/7/2019
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Tenor Saxophonist Evan Snoey from Ballard High School visited our studios June 6 at 8 p.m. as a guest DJ. Listen to his hour and read his playlist.

Duration:00:48:38

School of Jazz: Students Cameron Allen and Jonah Panzer serve as guest DJs for KNKX

5/9/2019
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Saxophonists Cameron Allen and Jonah Panzer from Stadium High School in Tacoma will take over our Seattle studios tonight (May 9) at 8 p.m. as guests DJs. Listen to the show and read a Q&A with Cameron and Jonah.

Duration:00:47:57

Timberline High's inspired School of Jazz band hits the KNKX studios

4/19/2019
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After nearly two decades leading the bands at Timberline High School in Lacey, Cal Anderson knows he has some special players on his hands now. Performing three varied standards in the KNKX studios, these five young men impressed our audience and their mentor, Andy Omdahl.

Duration:00:17:09

Saxophone Fusion: Multi-instrumentalist James Carter fuses jazz saxophone, classical works

4/15/2019
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Multi-instrumentalist James Carter performs with Symphony Tacoma this Saturday evening, April 20, at the Pantages Theater in Tacoma. "Saxophone Fusion" presents compositions derived from diverse cultures that feature the luscious sounds of the saxophone with the rich harmonies of the orchestra.

Duration:00:13:04

School Of Jazz: Mercer Island High School

4/10/2019
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We were so please to have the Mercer Island High School Combo for a School Of Jazz studio performance. Not only did they play some challenging works – they were also able to let us on their musical influences as well as why they love jazz. Band teacher Brian Lawrence described how he chose the tunes for the session. You can catch Dan Marcus preforming with EntreMundos and well as coaching the Seattle Youth Symphony. Musicians: Trumpet: Brennan Tien Trumpet: Justin Lesko Alto Saxophone:...

Duration:00:33:08

School of Jazz: Natalie Whitlock as KNKX guest DJ

4/4/2019
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Alto saxophonist Natalie Whitlock will join Abe Beeson tonight (April 4) at 8 p.m. as guest DJ. She is a senior and plays in the jazz band at Edmonds Woodway High School. Listen to the show and read her Q&A and playlist.

Duration:00:57:47

Talented teens put Monroe on the jazz map

3/29/2019
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The all-star jazz ensemble from Monroe High School, calling themselves Kelsey and the Boys, showed their love of jazz in the KNKX studios. The session provided a good reminder that as the Northwest grows, the once-small-town of Monroe is growing an impressive jazz program.

Duration:00:26:23

School of Jazz: Bridget Shelton joins KNKX as guest DJ

3/7/2019
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Bass player Bridget Shelton from Bainbridge High School will take over our KNKX studios as guest DJ at 8 p.m. tonight (March 7). Listen to the show and read her Q&A and playlist.

Duration:00:55:35

School of Jazz: Preston Lee guest DJ for KNKX

2/8/2019
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From Temple University Jazz Band in Philadelphia, freshman Preston Lee took over the eight o' clock hour on Feb. 7 as guest DJ at our KNKX studios. Listen to the show and read his playlist.

Duration:00:57:43

Jazz special to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and 'triumphant music' of civil rights movement

1/19/2019
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Martin Luther King Jr. was a jazz fan who wrote eloquently about the music he loved, as well as how jazz and the artists who created it influenced and shaped the dialogue of the civil rights movement. We celebrate King’s life on Monday with a special program dedicated to his appreciation for and influence on the genre.

Duration:00:49:10

John Kessler honors the lives of artists we lost in 2018

1/16/2019
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We may have left 2018 behind, but we will always remember the musical greats we lost last year. John Kessler marked the end of the year with a two-hour special honoring the lives of those artists. (This show originally aired Dec. 29, 2018.)

Duration:00:47:52

Honoring MLK: John Kessler highlights music of the civil rights movement

1/16/2019
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Music was an essential part of the civil rights movement. This weekend, KNKX’s John Kessler will host a special hourlong program highlighting the most important songs of the era, as well as the milestones they marked.

Duration:00:29:19

The Kenji Wagner Quintet takes us to the jazz clubhouse

1/11/2019
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Asked about learning jazz in the red-hot Northwest scene, Interlake High School junior Kenji Wagner told us the best part is sharing jazz with the community of teenage musicians he encounters.

Duration:00:34:20

Listen to the 2018 KNKX Holiday Jam

1/10/2019
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KNKX presented its 22nd Holiday Jam and Live Broadcast on last month at the Historic Capitol Theater in Olympia, continuing the tradition of bringing yuletide cheer to the Northwest and showcasing some of the area's best student and regional jazz musicians. The concert was hosted by Abe Beeson and broadcast live on KNKX.

Duration:00:46:25

KNKX's best of 2018 student DJs

1/7/2019
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We had some wonderful guest student DJs from all over the region in 2018. For our first student DJ hour of 2019, which aired Jan. 3, Evening Jazz host Abe Beeson compiled 11 songs that appeared on student DJ playlists from last year.

Duration:00:57:35

All Blues host John Kessler discusses this year's top 10 blues albums

12/27/2018
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All Blues host John Kessler recently released his annual top 10 list of blues albums . He sat down with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick to discuss the music — a mix of old and new sounds. Listen to their chat and some of the tunes now.

Duration:00:08:27