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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.

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@KPLU

Language:

English

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


Episodes

Student DJ Joe Fotheringham

6/7/2018
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Seventeen year-old Ballard High School junior Joe Fotheringham shares his favorite jazz with Abe Beeson on Thursday, June 7 from 8-9 p.m. on KNKX's Evening Jazz . Joe received an Honorable Mention-Trumpet Soloist at the recent Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition in New York City.

Duration:01:01:06

Central Washington University Jazz Ensemble With Mentor Pianist Dawn Clement

5/22/2018
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Students from Central Washington University and pianist Dawn Clement performed in our Seattle studios for a special School of Jazz performance. Bassist Domi Edson arranged the first tune, a lively fun rendition of Chick Corea’s “Spain.” She said she has most of her ideas for arrangements at night when trying to fall asleep. It was fun watching Owen Evans, Ryan McKnight and Henry Sparks trading solos on the alto saxophone, tenor saxophone and trombone. Next, they played “Dance A Little...

Duration:00:30:20

Mountlake Terrace High School Jazz Combo And Mentor Saxophonist Steve Treseler

5/12/2018
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We welcomed an energetic and skilled high school combo into our studios with Mountlake Terrace. Band members included leader Ethan Pyke on trombone, Benjamin Leonard on tenor sax, Henry Smith-Hunt on trombone, Gian Neri on guitar, Josh Setala on drums and Dimitrio Neri on piano. In discussing inspirations, Pyke thanked his band directors and his grandmother who is a devout musician, Pianist Neri pointed to his brothers, Smith-Hunt said his band directors, Guitarist Neri picked Wynton...

Duration:00:31:59

KNKX Student DJs: Issac Ford and Ian McTamaney

5/3/2018
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Issac Ford and Ian McTamaney, who attend Kelso High school, are KNKX's guest DJs on May 3 from 8-9 p.m.

Duration:01:00:01

School Of Jazz Live At Seattle Pacific University

4/24/2018
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The KNKX School of Jazz hit the road for a performance at Seattle Pacific University's beautiful Nickerson Studios and we were knocked out by the talented sextet that makes up the S.P.U. Jazz Ensemble. Guitarist Chase Rabideau told us that S.P.U. is one of the few places you can earn a degree in his chosen field, Music Therapy, right after showing off his beautiful acoustic guitar technique on the Antonio Carlos Jobim song "Look to the Sky." We heard from bassist Tim Bartlett that today's...

Duration:00:27:17

Tahoma “Five” Jazz Combo With Mentor Bobby Medina

4/17/2018
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The students from Tahoma High School in Maple Valley, Wash. performed effortlessly in our studios for their School Of Jazz studio performance. Led by trumpeter and mentor Bobby Medina, the group kicked off their performance with a rendition of “Girl From Ipanema.” Next, the group performed “Just The Two Of Us” by American singer-songwriter Bill Withers. The group listed their influences that ranged from their parents to jazz legends. The group finished their performance playing the jazz...

Duration:00:31:45

KNKX Student DJ Daniella Rodriguez

4/5/2018
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Seventeen-year-old Daniela Rodriguez, who plays the trumpet in Lynnwood High School's Jazz Band, is KNKX's guest DJ on April 5 from 8-9 p.m.

Duration:01:00:54

KNKX Student DJ Alli Wicklund

3/8/2018
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Fifteen year-old Alli Wicklund, who attends Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences, is KNKX's guest DJ on March 8th from 8-9 p.m.

Duration:00:59:40

Elijah Baradi Quintet - Burnin' Boys From The Eastside

2/23/2018
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They planned it out and executed flawlessly. The teens of drummer Elijah Baradi's Quintet were well prepared for their KNKX School of Jazz studio session. Unlike most groups of a high school age, this talented group from Interlake High in Bellevue played live on 88.5 without an adult mentor. They didn't need one. Drumming since age 6, Baradi drives a strong rhythm section. The sophomore teams with seniors Mert Selcuk on piano and Kai Wagner at the upright bass, an instrument this electric...

Duration:00:37:23

KNKX Student DJ Kyle Bainbridge

2/8/2018
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Eighteen year-old Kyle Bainbridge attends Edmonds-Woodway High School and is KNKX's guest DJ on February 8 from 8-9 p.m.

Duration:01:00:16

KNKX Student DJ Anna Aptacy

1/4/2018
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Seventeen year-old Marianna (Anna) Aptacy attends Bellevue High School. She shares an hour of her favorite jazz Thursday, January 4 from 8-9 p.m. on KNKX's Evening Jazz with Abe Beeson.

Duration:01:00:31

Emerging Jazz Stars Of Bothell High School With Jim Sisko

1/3/2018
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From their perch in the suburbs just northeast of Seattle, the jazz program at Bothell High School is producing some powerhouse musicians. This all-star ensemble’s performance with mentor Jim Sisko was a bold statement that these teens can keep up with anybody. The front line horns of Richard Connelley's trombone and Preston Lee's sax have earned valuable experience working with Sisko's big band, and they showed it. Both took daring solos and pushed each song with their enthusiasm. The...

Duration:00:27:17

2017 KNKX Holiday Jam

12/22/2017
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KNKX presented its 21st Annual Holiday Jam on Monday, December 4 from the Edmonds Center for the Arts. The program featured the vocal jazz group Soundsation from Edmonds Community College under the direction of Kirk Marcy, the Edmonds-Woodway High School Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Jake Bergevin and special guest vocalist, Olympia-based LaVon Hardison . The event was hosted by Abe Beeson and was performed in front of a sold out theatre. Soundsation's set included beautiful a...

Duration:01:07:31

KNKX Student DJ Max Czerwinski

12/7/2017
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Seventeen year-old Maximilian ("Max") Czerwinski is a senior at West Seattle High School. He shares an hour of his favorite jazz with Abe Beeson on Thursday, December 7 from 8-9 p.m.

Duration:00:59:45

Lake Stevens High School Jazz Stars Meet Sax Legend Pete Christleib

12/5/2017
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Entering our studios to meet the early-arriving all-star jazz combo from Lake Stevens High School, our sessions engineer John Kessler tells me, "This might be the best School of Jazz band yet!" Well, all right!

Duration:00:25:59

Seattle Academy's Teen Combo Shines With Steve Treseler

11/6/2017
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A confident septet of teenagers from the jazz band at the Seattle Academy of Arts & Sciences took over the KNKX studios with their mentor, Steve Treseler featured on sax. Treseler has a new tribute to trumpeter Kenny Wheeler ready for release in the New Year, but he had to keep his wits about him with this group. A talented pair of saxophones are featured up front, Alli Wickland on tenor and our School of Jazz guest DJ from last Winter, P.J. Colino on alto. Former drummer Zach Cohen showed...

Duration:00:26:09

KNKX Student DJ Holden Predmore

10/5/2017
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Seventeen year-old Holden Predmore plays bass at Nathan Hale High School. He shares an hour of his favorite jazz with Abe Beeson on October 5 from 8:00-9:00 pm.

Duration:01:01:12

The New Cool: GoGo Penguin's Acoustic Electronica

9/8/2017
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Manchester trio GoGo Penguin make their Seattle debut at the Triple Door on Tuesday September 12. I recently spoke with the band's bass player Nick Blacka.

Duration:00:08:17

The Seattle JazzEd Invasion

9/4/2017
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Twenty-eight teenagers filled several rooms at KNKX's Seattle studios to perform in 4 groups as a sort of graduation from the Seattle JazzEd Summer Advanced Institute. On paper, it looked like disaster... but the kids made it work.

Duration:00:22:44

KNKX Student DJ Manny Aldape

8/3/2017
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Seventeen year-old Manny Aldape will be a senior at Lake Stevens High School. He shares an hour of his favorite jazz with Abe Beeson on Thursday, August 3 from 8-9 p.m.

Duration:01:00:39