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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


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Musicians with the group Duende Libre expand their sound

12/12/2018
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While recording two albums as a trio (mostly), Seattle's Duende Libre has worked with singers Chava Mirel and Frank Anderson in live settings almost since the group's founding. In a recent visit to the KNKX studios, Mirel and Anderson truly felt like integral members of the band.

Duration:00:38:26

Paula Cole live in the KNKX studios

12/6/2018
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Grammy-award winner Paula Cole graced the KNKX studios in support of her current release, “Ballads.” It's a collection of songs in honor of her musician father, who left the music business to support the family. Cole says she began as jazz singer, and featured herself as a "female Chet Baker." She was offered two jazz recording contracts, which she turned down. She chose, instead, to write her own music, honoring her voice in homage to her mother. Cole studied jazz at the Berklee College of...

Duration:00:34:26

Emmet Cohen looks back to move forward

11/20/2018
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There are 100 years of jazz recordings, most available a click away. Emmet Cohen says he wants to make music that honors all of it. Cohen is two albums into his Masters Legacy Series. The first featured legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb, the second with bass icon Ron Carter. Future releases include Cohen's work with jazz giants Benny Golson, Tootie Heath and George Coleman. Asked what he learns from these superstars, Cohen says the music comes first. Interacting with players, whose history go...

Duration:00:31:18

Anton Schwartz: The Man And His Music

11/16/2018
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When our friend Anton Schwartz came into our studios to lead his sextet of Seattle all-stars, it was an opportunity to see the saxman in the spotlight after his sideman work in a series of live collaborations on KNKX.

Duration:00:38:08

Celebrating The Sunshine With Karrin Allyson

11/15/2018
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Singer Karrin Allyson brought sunshine to Seattle last Wednesday afternoon with a live performance in our studios. Allyson and her band were at Jazz Alley last week for the CD release celebration of her latest, Some of That Sunshine . All songs on the album are originals by her or with collaborator Chris Caswell. Karrin, backed by pianist Miro Sprague and bassist Jeff Johnson, sang three tunes from Some of That Sunshine . The session kicked off with the cheery title track. Next came the...

Duration:00:23:57

Chad McCullough And Bram Weijters' International Language

11/8/2018
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A quartet split between American and Belgian musicians, it's strangely logical that trumpeter Chad McCullough and pianist Bram Weijters first met in Banff, Canada about a decade ago. It's been a long-distance relationship made in heaven ever since. Both co-leaders say the collaborations have many side benefits beyond their music. They're able to coordinate tours of the US and Europe with an adopted home base, and they can market their music from two locations as well. Musically, the...

Duration:00:46:29

Jazzmeia Horn Takes Charge

10/30/2018
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I like to fantasize about using a time machine to catch early concerts by jazz legends of the past. Every once in a while, a young talent emerges that has me searching their crowd for curious time-traveling jazz fans from the future. Jazzmeia Horn is certainly worthy of such a trip. Riding a wave of excitement after the release of her debut album A Social Call from last year, Jazzmeia Horn sold out her Tuesday night Earshot Jazz Festival performance. Our studio audience was packed to catch...

Duration:00:37:14

In The Hands Of Christian Sands

10/24/2018
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Talking before our live session with pianist Christian Sands and his trio, I told him his former boss, bassist Christian McBride, formed his New Jawn without a pianist because Sands is irreplaceable. He laughed out loud and said, "I like the way you think!" After hearing his phenomenal trio in our Seattle studios, that idea may not be so farfetched. Christian Sands' new album Facing Dragons is his second in two years, and just his second as a leader. It's clear the role suits him. The new...

Duration:00:57:51

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