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Jazz Northwest focuses on the regional jazz scene from Portland to Vancouver. The program also includes news about the best places to go for live jazz in the region. In addition, Jim goes on location to concerts, clubs and jazz festivals to record performances by resident and visiting artists for playback on Jazz Northwest.

Jazz Northwest focuses on the regional jazz scene from Portland to Vancouver. The program also includes news about the best places to go for live jazz in the region. In addition, Jim goes on location to concerts, clubs and jazz festivals to record performances by resident and visiting artists for playback on Jazz Northwest.
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Tacoma, WA

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Jazz Northwest focuses on the regional jazz scene from Portland to Vancouver. The program also includes news about the best places to go for live jazz in the region. In addition, Jim goes on location to concerts, clubs and jazz festivals to record performances by resident and visiting artists for playback on Jazz Northwest.

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More Earshot Jazz Festival Previews On Jazz Northwest

10/15/2017
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John Gilbreath, Executive Director of Earshot Jazz will talk about some of the international artists including Afro-Cuban pianist and band leader Omar Sosa (October 15), and Azerbaijan-born pianist and composer Amina Figarova (November 4) who studied in the Netherlands and now lives in New York . Drummer Matt Wilson will celebrate poet Carl Sandburg who was born in Illinois near where Matt Wilson was born. Matt Wilson will make 3 appearances with three different ensembles including the...

Duration: 01:00:12


Tia Fuller & Sullivan Fortner Concert At Jazz Port Townsend

10/8/2017
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New faces and fresh talent at Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend in 2017 included alto saxophonist Tia Fuller and pianist Sullivan Fortner who fronted a quartet with bassist Doug Weis and drummer Kendrick Scott. The performance in McCurdy Pavilion at Fort Worden was recorded for radio and will air on Jazz Northwest on Sunday, October 8 at 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 KNKX. All four musicians also served on the faculty of the Jazz Workshop during the week before the festival. Tia Fuller was recently...

Duration: 01:27:50


Earshot Jazz Festival Preview Celebrates Thelonious Monk Centenary & Seattle Pianists

10/1/2017
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The 29th annual Earshot Jazz Festival (October 8-November 12) will be sampled and previewed this week on Jazz Northwest. Earshot Jazz Executive Director John Gilbreath joins us to sample and discuss some of the more than 50 events during the five-week festival. Included will be several events in a centennial salute to pianist-composer Thelonious Monk. Seattle pianists Overton Berry and Dawn Clement will be featured along with many international and regional artists and rising stars. Learn...

Duration: 01:10:06


Art Of Jazz Presents Brian Nova Quartet

9/24/2017
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Guitarist and singer Brian Nova is a well-known figure on the jazz scene, particularly on the West Coast. He's led long-running weekly jam sessions and recorded 7 CDs. In addition to being a leader Brian is a valued sideman who's played alongside many jazz greats including his mentors, Herb Ellis and Joe Pass. The present group appears Sunday evenings at The Musicquarium lounge at The Triple Door in Seattle. Joining Brian Nova are saxophonist Jon Goforth, bassist Dan O'Brien and drummer...

Duration: 01:10:24


Wycliffe Gordon's Tribute To Louis Armstrong

9/10/2017
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Trombonist and trumpet player Wycliffe Gordon celebrated the music and soul of jazz great Louis Armstrong in concert at Jazz Port Townsend last July. Wycliffe Gordon is well known as a trombonist, but is also adept with trumpet and vocals in this concert including music Louis Armstrong made famous with his recordings and performances all over the world. Joining Wycliffe Gordon in this concert are the versatile swing clarinetist and saxophonist Adrian Cunningham, Bill Cunliffe on piano,...

Duration: 01:26:21


Sean Jones / Tia Fuller At Jazz Port Townsend

8/27/2017
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This week on Jazz Northwest, an all-star jazz group playing an informal but high-energy gig in Port Townsend. Trumpeter Sean Jones and alto saxophonist Tia Fuller front the group which also includes John Hansen on piano, Jon Hamar on bass and Matt Wilson on drums, recorded live at The Old Whiskey Mill on Water Street. The musicians were all members of the jazz faculty during the week-long Jazz Workshop which precedes Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend the last weekend of July. In addition to the...

Duration: 01:15:36


New Releases From Northwest Artists

8/20/2017
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Jazz Northwest spotlights several new releases featuring northwest resident artists this week. Seattle pianist Dawn Clement is a regular part of the New York-based quartet led by soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom whose new release features original music inspired by Emily Dickinson. Also on this week's show are recent releases by Bren Plummer with John Hansen on piano, trumpeter Nathan Breedlove and trumpeter Jared Hall. Next week, Sean Jones and Tia Fuller front a hard-bop quintet in a...

Duration: 00:52:07


Justin Kauflin Trio Concert At Jazz Port Townsend

8/13/2017
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Pianist Justin Kauflin made his Jazz Port Townsend debut at the 43rd annual festival the last week of July. He performed in a trio concert with bassist Doug Weiss and drummer Kendrick Scott at McCurdy Pavilion at Fort Worden and also served on the faculty of the week-long jazz workshop before the weekend of public concerts. Justin Kauflin has been playing professionally since the age of 15 and studied at William Paterson College in New Jersey where he was mentored by Clark Terry. The deep...

Duration: 01:10:15


NEA Jazz Master Hubert Laws In Concert

8/6/2017
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The renowned flutist Hubert Laws was featured in a special opening night concert at this year's Jazz Port Townsend Festival. Designated a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts, Hubert Laws' career spans six decades and dozens of albums. He was joined on stage at McCurdy Pavilion at Fort Worden by an all-star trio including Bill Cunliffe on piano, John Clayton on bass and Matt Wilson on drums. Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend celebrated its 43rd year the last week of July beginning...

Duration: 01:12:44


George Colligan Quartet Featuring Brad Shepik In Concert

7/30/2017
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One of the popular features of the annual Ballard Jazz Festival is the Ballard Jazz Walk. This year, 90 musicians performed in various groups in ten venues during the Jazz Walk. We recorded for Jazz Northwest at The New York Fashion Academy on old Ballard Avenue in the heart of the Jazz Walk area. On this show which airs July 30 at 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 KNKX, we'll hear highlights from the prolific composer-pianist George Colligan, who teaches at Portland State University. He's joined by...

Duration: 01:12:54


New Releases From Full Circle Jazz Ensemble, Jovino Santos Neto And More On Jazz Northwest

7/9/2017
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This week on Jazz Northwest we'll sample new releases by the ten-member Full Circle Jazz Ensemble, Jovino Santos Neto, Dan Dean and Jared Hall. We'll also hear some interesting pairings of talents - Jay Thomas and Gary Smulyan, Ray Vega and Thomas Marriott and Wynton Kelly and Wes Montgomery (in Seattle in 1966!). Best bets for live jazz in the coming week are also included on the program. Love Jazz Northwest? Subscribe to our iTunes or TuneIn podcast, or wherever you listen to podcasts!...

Duration: 02:05:25


Christian McBride And The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra In Concert

7/2/2017
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The Grammy-winning world-renown bassist Christian McBride was guest soloist with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra in the season finale in June. The concert at Kirkland Performance Center was recorded for radio and highlights will air on Jazz Northwest on 88.5 KNKX on Sunday, July 2 at 2 p.m. Pacific, also streaming at knkx.org . Christian McBride has played with dozens of top artists including Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall and Joshua Redman to...

Duration: 04:33:13


Outstanding Portland Musicians Featured On Jazz Northwest

6/25/2017
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Portland trumpet player and educator Thara Memory passed June 16 in Portland at the age of 68. The Florida-born musician was much loved and honored in his adopted city where he lived since the '80s, playing with the Mel Brown Quintet, leading his own groups and teaching generations of jazz musicians. He launched the jazz program at Portland State University and his American Music Program Pacific Crest Jazz Orchestra surprised everyone when they won the Essentially Ellington competition in...

Duration: 00:57:29


Original Music By Sam Boshnack Quintet

6/18/2017
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June's Art of Jazz concert at the Seattle Art Museum featured The Sam Boshnack Quintet playing her original music. The concert was recorded for radio and highlights will air on Jazz Northwest on Sunday June 18 at 2 p.m. Pacific on 88.5 KNKX and knkx.org . Trumpet player and composer Samantha Boshnack has recorded several albums with her various groups including The Reptet, Sam Boshnack Quintet and 14 member B'Shnorchestra. She is drawn to large scale composition including multi-movement...

Duration: 01:08:12


Christian McBride, The Westerlies And More On Jazz Northwest

6/11/2017
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J azz Northwest is our weekly survey of the regional jazz scene Sunday afternoons at 2. We sample the rich variety of resident and visiting artists who will be performing in the near future and we visit local venues with live, on-location recordings. This week, we'll hear The Westerlies, Christian McBride's Big Band, Dina Blade in Brazil, Jared Hall's new CD and more. Christian McBride is guest artist with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra on June 17 and 18 in Seattle and Kirkland. He...

Duration: 01:11:47


Guitar Summit From Ballard Jazz Festival

6/4/2017
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Three guitar led trios were featured at the Guitar Summit at the 15th Annual Ballard Jazz Festival. Cole Schuster, Brad Shepik and Dan Balmer each led a set including their own original music as well as jazz standards. Representing Seattle, New York and Portland respectively, the three guitarists led three different ensembles that represented their own unique approaches to the guitar trio. The evening was recorded for radio and highlights will air on Jazz Northwest on 88.5 KNKX on Sunday,...

Duration: 01:08:34


Bellevue Jazz And Blues Festival Preview

5/28/2017
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The Bellevue Jazz and Blues Festival is next on the Summer festival season, running May 31-June 4. Music by two of the headliners, Catherine Russell and the Full Circle Jazz Ensemble is featured on Jazz Northwest on Sunday, May 28 at 2 p.m. Pacific on 88.5 KNKX. The festival features ticketed theatre concerts as well as free performances in downtown Bellevue restaurants and bars. Also on this week's show are new releases by The Garfield Jazz Ensemble, Duende Libre and Sam Boshnack Quintet...

Duration: 02:43:44


Alex Dugdale's Fade Quartet In Concert At SAM

5/21/2017
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Alex Dugdale's Fade Quartet was featured at this month's Art of Jazz concert at the Seattle Art Museum. The concert was recorded for Jazz Northwest on 88.5 KNKX and highlights from the concert will air Sunday May 21 at 2 p.m. Pacific. The quartet includes Alex Dugdale on saxophones and clarinet and tap dancing on two tunes, Cole Schuster is on guitar, Greg Feingold, bass and Max Holmberg, drums. Alex Dugdale first came to notice with the Roosevelt High School Jazz Band under Scott Brown....

Duration: 00:39:56


Jazz Northwest: Ballard Jazz Festival Preview And New Releases

5/14/2017
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This coming week will be full of opportunities for hearing some great live jazz around Seattle. Headlining that list is the Ballard Jazz Festival which runs Wednesday through Saturday, including Brotherhood of the Drum, the Guitar Summit, the Ballard Jazz Walk (with 10 venues!) and the mainstage concert featuring Chico Freeman on Saturday. This week on Jazz Northwest, we are previewing some of the activities. Also on this week's show are new releases by Pearl Django, Vancouver saxophonist...

Duration: 02:55:22


SRJO Plays Louis Armstrong In Concert

5/7/2017
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This week on Jazz Northwest , the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra plays the music of Louis Armstrong. This hour of excerpts from the concert includes music played by Louis Armstrong from the early years of jazz in the '20s through his spectacular popular success in the 1960s. Small groups step out of the SRJO to perform music of the Hot 5 and Hot 7 Armstrong recording groups, there are big band versions of other hits, and vocalist Butch Harrison sings "Do You Know What it Means To Miss...

Duration: 01:04:51

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