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KNKX: Jazz & Blues Features


Features live studio performances of jazz and blues artists and music samplings of northwest artists.

Features live studio performances of jazz and blues artists and music samplings of northwest artists.
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Tacoma, WA


Features live studio performances of jazz and blues artists and music samplings of northwest artists.






12180 Park Ave S. Tacoma, WA 98447 253-535-7758


KNKX Student DJ Max Czerwinski

Seventeen year-old Maximilian ("Max") Czerwinski is a senior at West Seattle High School. He shares an hour of his favorite jazz with Abe Beeson on Thursday, December 7 from 8-9 p.m.

Duration: 00:59:45

Lake Stevens High School Jazz Stars Meet Sax Legend Pete Christleib

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

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

KNKX Student DJ Holden Predmore

Seventeen year-old Holden Predmore plays bass at Nathan Hale High School. He shares an hour of his favorite jazz with Abe Beeson on October 5 from 8:00-9:00 pm.

Duration: 01:01:12

The New Cool: GoGo Penguin's Acoustic Electronica

Manchester trio GoGo Penguin make their Seattle debut at the Triple Door on Tuesday September 12. I recently spoke with the band's bass player Nick Blacka.

Duration: 00:08:17

The Seattle JazzEd Invasion

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

KNKX Student DJ Manny Aldape

Seventeen year-old Manny Aldape will be a senior at Lake Stevens High School. He shares an hour of his favorite jazz with Abe Beeson on Thursday, August 3 from 8-9 p.m.

Duration: 01:00:39

Kenny Barron Looks Back

At this year’s TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, KNKX jazz host Abe Beeson had an opportunity to speak with the great jazz pianist Kenny Barron. Now in his 70s, Mr Barron was generous in telling us about his long, exciting career in jazz. From following his older brother from Philadelphia to New York City where he met and worked with James Moody and Dizzy Gillespie, to his own career as a leader beginning in the '70s, to his famous work in Stan Getz last bands, and the young...

Duration: 00:18:34

Graduation Celebration With Shorecrest High's Jazz Allstars

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

Student DJs Paul Jaton And Ethan Schmidt

Everett High School seniors Paul Jaton and Ethan Schmidt are KNKX's guest student DJs for June.

Duration: 01:00:47

KNKX Guest Student DJ Shelby Archer

Eighteen year-old Shelby Archer goes to Newport High School in Bellevue and plays saxophone in the jazz band. She shares an hour of her favorite jazz with Abe Beeson on Evening Jazz , May 4 from 8-9 p.m. More about Shelby: Which instrument do you play and why? My main instrument is alto saxophone, and I have played that in almost every ensemble I’ve been in up until this year. This year, I play alto in my school’s wind ensemble and I now play tenor in my jazz band. I also play percussion...

Duration: 01:00:44

Young Ladies And Gentlemen Of Northwest Jazz

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

Greta Matassa's Life With Ella Fitzgerald

Since she was 14, Seattle jazz singer Greta Matassa has been drawn to the music of Ella Fitzgerald. She considers Ella a major influence and uses her singing as a teaching tool for her voice students. Tuesday is Ella's 100th birthday . To celebrate, Matassa sat down with KNKX to talk about her life with Ella. Matassa and her band will be performing a birthday tribute to Ella Tuesday night at Bake's Place in Bellevue.

Duration: 00:09:45

Anton Schwartz Shines With Lynnwood High School Jazz All-Stars

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

KNKX Guest Student DJ Drew Thomas

This month's guest student DJ, Drew Thomas, plays trumpet in the Lynnwood High School jazz band.

Duration: 01:01:08

Brassy Jazz Classics From The Teens At Juanita High

The all-star combo from Juanita High School's jazz band made their studio session on 88.5 with young trumpeter and educator Jared Hall featured on trumpet, and proved they're ready to take their place among the promising teen jazz ensembles around the Northwest. Mr. Hall, himself a native of Spokane, has only recently relocated to the Seattle area after his own jazz education segued into teaching opportunities at the University of Miami. He was impressed with the young eastside swingers,...

Duration: 00:24:11

KNKX Guest Student DJ Mairead Rising

Sixteen year-old Mairead Rising plays tenor saxophone and sings with the Glacier Peak High School Jazz Band in Snohomish, Wash. She shares an hour of her favorite jazz with Abe Beeson on March 2 from 8-9 p.m. on KNKX's Evening Jazz . Check out Mairead's killer version of The Jazz Messengers' "Moanin'" from Glacier Peak's School Of Jazz studio performance from January. Which instrument do you play and why? I play guitar, ukulele, flute and I love to sing but my main instrument is the tenor...

Duration: 00:59:22

Decatur High School Jazz Combo — Custom Made For KNKX

Until very recently, Decatur High School in Federal Way didn’t have a jazz combo. What they had was a full jazz big band. When knkx put out the call to regional school jazz programs to send us demo tapes so we could select groups for live studio sessions, Decatur’s band director, Jeff Chang, recorded the big band and sent it in. We liked it, but had to tell Mr. Chang that our performance space is too small to accommodate a group of that size. So Mr. Chang and his students decided to put...

Duration: 00:23:29

KNKX Student DJ Harrison Hannon

Harrison Hannon is 21 years old and a senior at South Puget Sound Community College. He plays drums in the jazz band.

Duration: 01:00:51

Extra Cool Jazz From Glacier Peak High — Chillin' With Steve Treseler

The Glacier Peak High School Jazz Band director Tad Morris has raised some talented musicians under his care, with a largely senior class combo well-equipped with skills and a deep understanding of the importance of jazz. Asked what this music means to them, bassist Alex Sturlaugson talked about how jazz transcends race, religion and politics and connects us on a deep level. Then there was the music. With experienced educator and thrilling sax player Steve Treseler taking the lead, we...

Duration: 00:28:39

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