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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

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

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

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

Dylan Hayes' Jazz College Days

9/19/2018
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We first encountered talented pianist Dylan Hayes performing with a trio at Centrum's Jazz Pt. Townsend camp this Summer, and we knew this young man was ready for the KNKX studios. Hayes is in his final year studying jazz at Cornish College in Seattle, and he brought a fellow student and a few friends in town for a sonic display of his skills as a player, bandleader and composer. He's been working with his own big band and the large ensemble led by Jim Knapp, as well as various small...

Duration:00:24:47

School Of Jazz Triple-Play With Seattle JazzED

9/13/2018
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KNKX hosted students of Seattle JazzED's Summer Advanced Institute for a second time in August, and the kids set a new record for largest group to play in our studios. A total of 29 students split into 3 combos with mentors Riley Mulhelkar (trumpeter with the Westerlies, this Seattle native now lives in New York City), Sammy Miller (New York-based drummer who leads Sammy Miller and the Congregation), and Marina Albero (the Spanish pianist who's thrilled Seattle audiences upon her arrival...

Duration:00:37:07

South Puget Sound Community College And The Evergreen State College

8/6/2018
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It was a fun jazz session with a great group of students, which included two different schools and a variety of age groups. The energy brought by some of the young lions melded nicely with the older aesthetic. The first song by Sun Ra titled “El is a Sound of Joy.” Mentor Keyboardist Josh Rawlings was happy to hear the group was already doing the song and encouraged them to “get weirder on it” and to explore the dynamic range and tempo. Next the group tackled “Angel Eyes” by Earl Bent and...

Duration:00:36:42

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, Andrew Vinther on bass, 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...

Duration:00:31:59

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

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

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

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

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

Graduation Celebration With Shorecrest High's Jazz Allstars

6/12/2017
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The energy in the KNKX studios was evident just days from graduation for three of the Shorecrest High School Jazz Band's Allstar quintet. With their mentor, saxophonist Mark Taylor's guidance, the fellows found the groove and wouldn't let go. Swinging rhythm met thoughtful solos and wide smiles from the band and our audience, as the bands director, Vince Caruso - in his 7th year at Shorecrest High, beamed with pride. Modern jazz is surely familiar to these musicians, as they showed on Roy...

Duration:00:34:58

Kelso High's Emerging Jazz All-Stars

6/1/2017
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Based in Centralia, flugelhorn player and band leader Dmitri Matheny teamed up as a mentor with the Kelso High School all-star jazz combo in the KNKX studios and told us that smaller towns can provide great opportunities for musicians willing to look for them. These teens from the south end of the state made the most of their opportunity to play live on KNKX. On the day that the nation's biggest high school jazz competition, Essentially Ellington, began in New York City, band leader Daniel...

Duration:00:21:47

Young Ladies And Gentlemen Of Northwest Jazz

5/3/2017
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When the teenage all-stars of Five Feet Up came to play live on 88.5 recently, we were excited to see three old/young friends: Bell Thompson and Margaux Bouchegnies on trumpet and bass had performed in our studios as half of the 10 O'Clock Quartet. Guitarist Julia Tanner had played live on 88.5 with her bandmates from the Melba Liston All-Star Combo. Both groups were comprised entirely of female musicians, but for this visit the ladies brought a pair of talented young men. Drummer Henry...

Duration:00:29:15

Anton Schwartz Shines With Lynnwood High School Jazz All-Stars

4/21/2017
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In his fourth visit to the KNKX Studio Sessions, we finally put saxman Anton Schwartz together with one of our School of Jazz all-star combos. Lynnwood High School was the beneficiary of Anton's mentoring, and his advice to the teenage musicians sounded just as applicable to life: "You gotta be where you are, not where you want to be. By perfecting where you are, you'll get to where you want to go." The jazz students at Lynnwood High are well on their way, with terrific chemistry within...

Duration:00:32:45