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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

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...

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

Madeleine Peyroux Live At KNKX

6/28/2018
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Some artists hit you with a soaring voice or a technical prowess. But Madeleine Peyroux approaches her music with a sublime sense of heartbreak and healing that feels more therapeutic than entertainment. She’s affected audiences that way for over 22 years with a wizened vocal sensibility reminiscent of Tom Waits, Leonard Cohn and Billie Holiday. Her performance in our studios proved an intimate affair with an almost reverent audience. She was accompanied by Pianist Andy Ezrin and treated...

Duration:00:24:09

Sonando’s Special Mix Of Latin Jazz

6/23/2018
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We were thrilled to welcome Seattle’s longest-running Latin Jazz group Sonando to our Seattle studios for a live performance. Formed in 1990 by pianist and tresero Fred Hoadley, Sonando has recorded three stellar albums, won an Earshot Jazz Golden Ear award for Best Acoustic Jazz Group of 2007, and received a grant to arrange and perform the music of jazz great Charles Mingus, Afro-Cuban style, in 2011. Hoadley studied both piano and the Cuban guitar called the tres with Cuban masters, and...

Duration:00:30:49

Singer Kenny Washington Shares His Jazz Secrets

6/14/2018
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It's not a well-kept secret, at least in the Bay Area where he's been called the "Superman" of their jazz scene, but Kenny Washington's incredible vocal talents are just starting to get noticed. When he performed live in our studios, it was easy to see he's more comfortable as Clark Kent than the Man of Steel. Kenny Washington was raised in America's jazz and party capital of New Orleans, but his father kept him away from the wild atmosphere of the French Quarter. His early musical...

Duration:00:35:08

Jacqueline Tabor Celebrates The Joy In Jazz

6/9/2018
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As a sharp-witted friend noted recently, singer Jacqueline Tabor is " ruining the dour jazz musician stereotype!" The KNKX studio session audience was certainly drawn into the fun when Jacqueline celebrated her new album with The 200 Trio live on KNKX. The Lady in the Gown , title inspired by our own Nick Morrison's thoughts on Tabor's previous studio session here, features mostly classic jazz standards. There's a reason these songs are still performed, they're both perfectly constructed...

Duration:00:25:59

Bad News Botanists Cultivate Funky Live Fun

5/25/2018
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Enjoying a year that has brought his band a lot of positive attention, saxophonist Frank Vitolo brought his Bad News Botanists to our studios for a fun session of original funky jazz. It was a preview of their performance on The New Cool stage at the Northwest Folklife Festival, and more proof that this band is making its mark. Powered by a solid grooving rhythm section of drummer Heather Thomas and bassist Marina Christopher, who just won the Golden Ear award for Emerging Artist of the...

Duration:00:29:40

José James Performs Bill Withers

5/23/2018
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Like a painter that uses the entire range of his color palette, vocalist Jose James has spent the last ten years working in a wide variety of musical arenas - jazz, soul, R&B, hip hop, pop, electronica, and experimental music. His albums have ranged from a brilliant tribute to Billie Holiday, all the way to a very personal and modern work called "Love In A Time Of Madness." One music critic has noted that his albums are like "a box of chocolates." One thing though, whatever Jose James...

Duration:00:30:08

Jacob Szekely's New Frontiers In Jazz Cello

5/16/2018
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He's not just a terrific player and songwriter, cellist Jacob Szekely is blazing a path for future jazz cellists to follow. With his trio live in our studios, it's clear that his instrument is ready for the jazz spotlight. Szekely told us that the traditional way of learning cello makes it nearly impossible to translate those skills to improvisation, so he retrained himself to play in a new way. He's also co-founded the String Project of Los Angeles to give other cellists a fresh direction...

Duration:00:41:18

The Solo Side Of Danny Green

4/27/2018
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Before his performance in our studios, pianist Danny Green told me he hadn't played many solo shows. In fact, his new album One Day It Will adds a string quartet to his long-running trio. After three dazzling songs, however, it was clear Green has plenty to say on his own. With Justin Grinell on bass and Julien Cantelm drumming, Danny Green's previous trio album Altered Narratives featured a string quartet on a handful of songs. Green enjoyed that process so much he decided to write a full...

Duration:00:30:54

Joe T. Cook Blues Band Live On KNKX

4/19/2018
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This truck-driving, harmonica-blowing Bluesman won multiple awards in his hometown Minneapolis for his ace songwriting, singing and playing. Then about 10 years ago, Joe Cook moved his family to Seattle and had to start his musical career over again. He started going to some of the many local Blues jam sessions, where he met and teamed up with some of this area’s hottest Blues players. Joe’s massive harmonica “chops” and intensity remind me of Little Walter, Kim Wilson and Sugar Blue. A...

Duration:00:31:00

Spike Wilner's New York Jazz Comes To Seattle

4/6/2018
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On his path to musical self-discovery, pianist Spike Wilner set out to make himself a part of his New York City community. He'd buy old pianos and give them to bars for free, in exchange for a regular night for Spike to play there. We were happy to provide a freshly tuned piano to Spike when he brought his New York friends with him for a spirited Studio Session. About a decade ago, Wilner took over operations of the Greenwich Village jazz club Small's. He's made it a home for what he calls...

Duration:00:44:10

Marcia Ball Shines Bright

4/3/2018
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Pianist and songwriter Marcia Ball brought her signature swampy, bluesy, boogie-woogie roadhouse sound to our studio to celebrate the impending release of her latest album Shine Bright , which comes out April 20. Marcia’s won ten Blues Music Awards, ten Living Blues Awards, and had five Grammy Award nominations. She has been inducted into both the Gulf Coast Music Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. The Texas State legislature named her the official 2018 Texas State...

Duration:00:28:33

Steve Treseler, Saxophonist In Motion

3/30/2018
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We've grown accustomed to his face, sax player Steve Treseler had performed in the KNKX studios as a sideman and as a mentor to School of Jazz combos, and his own dynamic "In Motion" quartet was a highly anticipated session for us all. Treseler talked about his early mentors, including sax great Jerry Bergonzi, who taught his young student to love practicing as a way to celebrate a love for your instrument and the intimate act of playing what you feel. The "In Motion" quartet explored...

Duration:00:36:51

Seattle's Hometown 200 Trio

3/26/2018
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Just a couple years after bringing guitarist Cole Schuster and bassist Greg Feingold from the Berklee College of Music to Seattle, drummer Max Holmberg and the 200 Trio have certainly endeared themselves to their new hometown. The threesome are playing all over Seattle, including the Triple Door's Musicquarium Lounge, exclusive "Hidden Jazz Club" shows through Air B&B, and at Egan's Ballard Jam House, where Jim Wilke recorded their new second album, Trinity . Following on a debut of...

Duration:00:33:03

Yale's Redhot & Blue Visit The KNKX Studios

3/23/2018
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Out studio audience had an acapella treat with Redhot & Blue, a 12-piece vocal ensemble from Yale University. The group kicked off the session with a swinging rendition of “Zoot Suit Riot” featuring bass singer Denis Tse. The touring group was founded in 1977 and named after the Cole Porter musical and as homage to Porter himself who graduated Yale in 1911. Alto Dani Schulman also doubles as tour manager and described how the group formed and how it’s influences include pop and rock but...

Duration:00:26:13

Seattle's Stuart MacDonald's Jazz Journey

3/12/2018
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Picking up his first saxophone in 5th grade, Stuart MacDonald made the most of the Seattle school system's jazz educators. Today, working on his Masters in jazz studies at the University of Washington, his education continues even as he teaches younger players a thing or two on the bandstand. Plenty of work as a sideman has honed MacDonald's playing to a fine point, his ability to play in reggae and funk settings don't seem to distract from his own musical point of view. He's a creative...

Duration:00:33:18

Ranger & The Re-Arrangers Do Gypsy Jazz Their Own Way

3/9/2018
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Violin player, composer and bandleader Ranger Sciacca is a massive fan of gypsy jazz guitar legend Django Reinhardt, and his partner, violinist Stephane Grappelli. That said, Ranger's band isn't like most groups who play in this swinging style. The swing is still the motor that makes this band move, but the Re-Arrangers are breaking some of the unspoken rules of gypsy jazz bands. There's no lead guitar, that role is filled by the acoustic and electric mandolin of Dave Stewart. Such bands...

Duration:00:26:51