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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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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 Samples The Regional Jazz Scene

This week on Jazz Northwest, we'll sample two new releases with former Seattle musicians now active in New York City, pianist Carmen Staaf and trumpeter Riley Mulherkar. We will also hear songs from Nancy Erickson and the 200 Trio from recent recording sessions in small, intimate clubs in Shoreline and Ballard, and share some of our best bets for live jazz in the coming week. Never miss an episode again. Subscribe to Jazz Northwest with iTunes or Google Play now. More Info Carmen Staaf Nancy...

Duration: 02:24:45

Some Old Friends And New Ones On The First Jazz Northwest Of The New Year

With our first show of the new year, we're sharing some of our favorite albums from 2017 and debuting some new releases. The new album by Canadian saxophonist, PJ Perry who's been active in Vancouver, Toronto, New York and since 1975, he's called Edmonton, Alberta home. His latest release, recorded live at the Yardbird Suite in Edmonton, features great sound and fleet mastery. Also new is Cory Weeds & Jeff Hamilton Trio's release Dreamsville. Finally, we will listen to Seattle drummer Phil...

Duration: 00:53:14

Duende Libre Concert At The Seattle Art Museam

Seattle's world music trio dunde libre played the December Art of Jazz concert at The Seattle Art Museum and was recorded for this weeks program. The trio plays original music inspired by the musical cultures of Spain, Brazil, Cuba and the Caribbean. The fusion trio includes Alex Chadsey, piano and electric keyboard, Farko Dosumov, electric bass and Jeff "Bongo" Busch on drums and percussion. The group takes its name "duende libre" from a concept of the great Spanish author Federico Garcia...

Duration: 01:28:47

A Holiday Sampler On Jazz Northwest

Time once again to turn on the Christmas lights, put a Santa cap on the microphone and settle in for a seasonal sampler of musicians from Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. With the beginning of winter, the shortest days of the year and multiple holiday traditions and celebrations, this is our celebration with a sampling of resident musicians in the Pacific Northwest. This year's show includes Bobby Medina, Karin Plato, David Friesen, Dave Frishberg, Thomas Marriott, the SRJO, Primo...

Duration: 01:02:58

Portland Singer Nancy King's Second Grammy-Nominated Album

Portland's outstanding jazz singer Nancy King has been nominated in the jazz vocal category of the 60th Annual Grammy Awards. An underground favorite for decades, Nancy King has played international festivals and small jazz clubs, with orchestras and in duos in every type of venue imaginable. A skilled improvising jazz vocalist who can be favorably compared to Ella Fitzgerald, Betty Carter and Sheila Jordan, she's always gone her own way with her extraordinary ability to bridge the...

Duration: 00:51:31

Raising Voices Concert At Jazz Port Townsend

Three great singers with roots in black church music were featured in concert singly and together at Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend last July. "Raising Voices" featured Dee Daniels, Cedric Dent and Niki Haris each singing a pair of songs and joining for the finale in the concert which brings together spirituals, blues and jazz and demonstrates their common heritage. Accompanying the singers were Sullivan Fortner, piano, Jon Hamar, bass and Joe LaBarbera. Dee Daniels began singing in her...

Duration: 01:10:34

Holiday Music And Other Performances Previewed On Jazz Northwest

This week's show samples upcoming performances by the Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra, Duende Libre, Kareem Kandi, Greta Matassa and others, plus a new Christmas album with Eugene, Oregon trumpet and flugelhorn player Tony Glausi. Also this week, The Garfield Jazz Ensemble in part of their 2017 Essentially Ellington performance in NYC, and The Three Sounds at The Penthouse in Seattle in the Sixties.

Duration: 02:25:49

Roosevelt Jazz Band's "Jazz Nutcracker"

Among the many holiday musical traditions is The Roosevelt Jazz Band's "Jazz Nutcracker" which has been presented annually in Seattle since 2000.

Duration: 01:04:16

Wycliffe Gordon With The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra

Hear highlights from a concert by The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra with special guest Wycliffe Gordon recorded last weekend at The Kirkland Performance center. Wycliffe Gordon is a multi award and poll-winning trombonist, in addition to playing the trumpet and singing, he also conducted SRJO. Wycliffe Gordon also composed most of the music in this hour of highlights. The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra's pair of concerts in Seattle and Kirkland last weekend was sold out so the...

Duration: 01:11:32

Jazz Port Townsend Festival Big Band

With an outstanding jazz faculty assembled for its annual Jazz Workshop, Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend has a ready all-star big band to play the festival on the last weekend of July each year. With soloists in every chair, this becomes one of the best bands on the planet for one weekend. This year was no exception. Led by Jazz Port Townsend Artistic Director John Clayton, this year's Festival Big Band featured many outstanding soloists, including Matt Wilson, Dan Marcus, Alex Dugdale, Sean...

Duration: 01:11:07

Buddy Rich And Dizzy Gillespie Centennials Noted With Seattle Broadcast Recordings

Jazz Northwest marks the Buddy Rich and Dizzy Gillespie centennials in 2017 with radio aircheck recordings produced in the 60s by host Jim Wilke. The Buddy Rich Big Band played a live broadcast from D.J.'s on Fourth Avenue in 1968, The Dizzy Gillespie Quintet played a live broadcast from The Penthouse in 1966. Also included on this program are samples of some upcoming Earshot Jazz Festival performers - Edward Simon, Gregory Porter, and Amina Figarova.

Duration: 00:59:16

More Earshot Jazz Festival Previews On Jazz Northwest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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