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Listen to all of KNKX's amazing in-studio performances.

Listen to all of KNKX's amazing in-studio performances.
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Tacoma, WA

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Listen to all of KNKX's amazing in-studio performances.

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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

Where Classical, Jazz And Tango Collide, Beautifully: Torch

10/19/2018
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The Seattle-based group Torch took their name from a Thomas Mann quote: “Art is the sacred torch that must shed its merciful light into all life’s terrible depths.” It’s a lofty idea that they not only live up to, but also turn into fun, expressive and soul-satisfying music. All four band members are conservatory-trained, all are music educators, and all are masterful improvisers and composers. Enjoy this session of original music and delightful conversation! https://youtu.be/yiJiCHzF3hA

Duration:00:26:23

Modern Jazz Rock With Seattle’s SmackTalk

10/16/2018
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The two-sax quintet SmackTalk is well trained for jazz, but their music is more than that. Much more. Performing live in the KNKX studios, the band’s energy, and a good deal of their sound was reminiscent of the indie rock that filled nightclubs in Seattle 20 years ago, filtered through cool modern jazz swagger. SmackTalk blends funky grooves with complex but accessible harmonizing horns, developed over changes common in classic rock-jazz fusion of the 70s. It’s party music for smart people....

Duration:00:33:15

The Modern Soul Of Kandace Springs

10/10/2018
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Growing up a jazz fan in the country music capital of the world, Nashville native Kandace Springs has never fit comfortably into any single musical category. Today, that's just the way she likes it, and we do, too. The singer, songwriter and pianist has just released her second album. Indigo is a collection of original songs, and soulful interpretations of her favorite pop tunes. It's also a showcase for Springs' incredible voice and impressive piano skills. Her father, Scat Springs, was a...

Duration:00:25:04

Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra....Quintet

10/5/2018
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It just wasn't possible to fit the entire Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra in our Seattle studios, so a more reasonably sized quintet came in to preview the SRJO's exciting 24th season beginning this weekend. Our listeners were treated to three highlights from the opening concerts, A Night at the Village Vanguard, at Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Saturday night and the Kirkland Performance Center Sunday afternoon. The show is a bit of a catchall, honoring the wide variety of jazz greats...

Duration:00:45:21

Bria Skonberg Returns To The KNKX Studios

10/3/2018
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Bria Skonberg and her quartet treated KNKX to a wonderful studio performance filled with original tunes back in September. The group featured Mathis Picard on piano, Devin Starks bass and Darrian Douglas on drums. The group began with an original song called “Time to Go,” which Skonberg said felt fitting since she’s been traveling and touring and always feels on the go as she moves from place to place. It was a fun lively piece. The group was asked about how they started their musical...

Duration:00:38:40

Seattle's Jazz Iconoclasts, Bad Luck

9/25/2018
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Chris Icasiano and Neil Welch were both studying jazz at the University of Washington when they formed Bad Luck. Now, after more than a decade of thinking beyond the limits of genre classifications, the band and their fans have no need to define this music. Mixing free jazz with folk, metal and electronic styles, Bad Luck are a band in pursuit. Icasiano and Welch both mentioned feeling better about their music than they ever have, now four albums and ten years along. Performing live in our...

Duration:00:49:47

Christian McBride And His New Jawn

9/20/2018
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When great musicians push themselves to do something different, it can be an exciting prospect. Christian McBride's New Jawn is a great example of that. And when those musicians really enjoy that challenge, that's when the magic of jazz happens. After a pair of successful trio albums and a Grammy-winning big band release a year ago, McBride's latest outfit is pianoless. In the tradition of similar bands, such as Ornette Coleman's two-horns-bass-and-drums quartet, the lack of chordal...

Duration:01:34:25

Nancy Erickson Quintet

9/14/2018
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Nancy stopped by our Seattle studios for a Live Studio Session to promote her new album “Here & Now.” Joining her was the 200 Trio with Cole Schuster on guitar, Greg Feingold on bass and Max Holmberg on drums and Saxophonist Alex Dugdale. Erickson’s delightful warm and wise voice filled our studios as she began singing her own composition ‘Let Love Begin.’ The song inspired by a budding relationship where there was some reluctance from the other party, the song actually worked to win her...

Duration:00:33:12

The Soaring Voice Of Johnaye Kendrick

9/6/2018
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You could tell by the smiles on the musicians backing singer Johnaye Kendrick in the KNKX studios, they really enjoy working with her. Since her arrival teaching at Cornish College nearly a decade ago, Kendrick is proving to be a musician's singer. When it comes down to it, though, Kendrick is a musician. She's spent years studying jazz, including the Thelonious Monk Institute and Loyola University. Now a Professor of Music in Seattle, her bio at Cornish refers exclusively to her jazz bona...

Duration:00:41:42

Victor Wooten's Trio, Minus One

8/23/2018
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Victor Wooten's trio is a powerhouse outfit, even when it's just a duo. A saxophonist working with just bass and drums usually has a lot of work to do, but sax/flute player Bob Franceschini told me that working with Wooten and Dennis Chambers on bass and drums is a different story. Even without Chambers' drumming, Victor Wooten was more than able to provide a fat rhythm section on his own live in the KNKX studios. Franceschini did provide some rhythm on sax, in tight collaboration with...

Duration:00:47:34

Dmitri Matheny And Friends Live On KNKX

8/21/2018
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Dmitri Matheny is one of the country's preeminent flugelhorn players, and a serious movie lover. In his second performance in the KNKX studios, Dmitri returned to a pair of film melodies and gave us a look at an upcoming project with a pair of top Seattle jazz musicians and two more from out of town. Singer Holly Pyle is a friend of Dmitri's from the Phoenix area, an exciting vocalist who's known to push beyond the limits of jazz. She's an expert in looping vocal effects and also has...

Duration:00:33:09

Cary Morin Live On KNKX

8/14/2018
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Cary Morin is simply one of the best acoustic guitarists you are likely to hear, and a master storyteller as well. His 2017 album Cradle to the Grave was on my Top 10 List for the year in Blues, and also received rave reviews from the Bluegrass and Folk communities. A Crow tribal member from Montana, he now makes his home in Northern Colorado, where he has won numerous awards from the Colorado Blues Society. Prior to his career as a solo artist, Cary worked with a world-beat band called The...

Duration:00:46:18

Loading Up A Big Buffet With ‘Two Scoops’ Moore

8/13/2018
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Eric ‘Two Scoops’ Moore is a singer/songwriter/pianist/poet/artist. He has a joyous, honky-tonk heart and lots of songs about food. Also songs about love, busted-down cars, having two left hands and whatever else comes to his unique mind. In this studio session, accompanied by Kevin ‘Muscle Mouth’ Buster on alto saxophone, Scoops served up a few of his classic numbers: Big Buffet, Tip Well, Left-Handed, Hamburger Time, You Don’t Have To Be Good Lookin’, and Make Me Some Time To Go Home . His...

Duration:00:39:45

Kassa Overall, Beyond Jazz Drums

8/7/2018
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Seattle native Kassa Overall came up drumming in the celebrated Garfield High School jazz band, but he's always been exploring the action behind the scenes in music. Early opportunities with samplers and keyboards led Overall to a passion for not just making music, but producing music for himself and others. Settling in New York about a decade ago, he's been busy in both rolls, and then some. Kassa Overall found employment and educational opportunities with brilliant pianist Geri Allen's...

Duration:00:51:43

Hunter Gather Find Their Own Musical Path

7/30/2018
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Jazz musicians have always found inspiration from a wide world of music, and Seattle-based quartet Hunter Gather continue that tradition in a time when consideration of genres is becoming passé. Growing up as lovers of a wide variety of musical styles, Hunter Gather continues the jazz musicians' constant quest to find a personal sound. They've done that, with echoes of American folk music, indie-rock youthfulness, and less-obvious hints of progressive metal and punk rock. Levi Gillis leads...

Duration:00:37:29

The Gratitude Trio Celebrates The “Wonder Woman Of Seattle,” Dawn Clement

7/26/2018
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Pianist and vocalist Dawn Clement has made her mark on the Seattle music scene over the past several years, prompting music writer Paul de Barros to refer to her as the “Wonder Woman of Seattle.” She’s won three Earshot Jazz Golden Ear awards, recorded 5 albums, and was last year’s Artist-in-Residence for the Earshot Jazz Festival. Other horizons and challenges beckon, however, and Dawn has accepted a position as the new Assistant Professor of Music in the Jazz and American Improvised Music...

Duration:00:35:30

Cuban Sunshine With Kiki Valera And La Serenata Cubana

7/18/2018
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Kiki Valera comes from the famous La Familia Valera Miranda, a multi-generational traditional musical group from Santiago de Cuba. He’s known as one of the world’s greatest players of the Cuban guitar known as the cuatro. La Serenata Cubana is Kiki Valera's first big solo (without La Familia) project in the US, bringing together top-notch musicians from Cuba and Seattle to celebrate Cuba’s musical traditions of son, bolero, guaracha, and guajira. Prior to their show at the Triple Door on...

Duration:00:40:30

Marina And The Dreamboats Sailing The Seas Of Fun

7/13/2018
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It could be her charming, drawling vocals or the contagious smile on Marina Christopher's face that instantly wins over fans. Just as likely, she'll draw you in with the music she makes with her Dreamboats band - an addictive blend of jazz, soul and classic pop. With the KNKX studios full of horns for her studio session, celebrating their self-titled debut release, this award-winning bassist and singer (and composer, arranger, band leader) is earning her Golden Ear award for Emerging Artist...

Duration:00:30:51

Larkin Poe Live On KNKX

7/3/2018
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This roots-rock band from Atlanta has been in heavy rotation on All Blues since the release of their 2017 album Peach . Larkin Poe consists of Rebecca Lovell on guitar and lead vocals, with her sister Megan on lap-steel guitar and harmony vocals. They are both formidable instrumentalists, classically trained as kids, and as teenagers had a successful Bluegrass band called The Lovell Sisters. Along the way they’ve served as session musicians for T-Bone Burnett and Elvis Costello and are...

Duration:00:21:28

High Pulp's Tasty Modern Fusion

6/29/2018
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Considering the mix of the nine (or ten) members of Seattle's future funk fusion group High Pulp, it has to be fusion. Their new album Bad Juice is out this week and they're celebrating live at Nectar with Industrial Revelation Saturday night. We got a powerful preview live in the KNKX studios that you've gotta hear. Drummer Rob Granfelt leads this ensemble, which began as a quartet a couple years ago and has been built through friendships formed in the after-show "hangs" around Seattle....

Duration:00:43:39