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






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KNKX Student DJ Alli Wicklund

Fifteen year-old Alli Wicklund, who attends Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences, is KNKX's guest DJ on March 8th from 8-9 p.m.


Elijah Baradi Quintet - Burnin' Boys From The Eastside

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...


KNKX Student DJ Kyle Bainbridge

Eighteen year-old Kyle Bainbridge attends Edmonds-Woodway High School and is KNKX's guest DJ on February 8 from 8-9 p.m.


KNKX Student DJ Anna Aptacy

Seventeen year-old Marianna (Anna) Aptacy attends Bellevue High School. She shares an hour of her favorite jazz Thursday, January 4 from 8-9 p.m. on KNKX's Evening Jazz with Abe Beeson.


Emerging Jazz Stars Of Bothell High School With Jim Sisko

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...


2017 KNKX Holiday Jam

KNKX presented its 21st Annual Holiday Jam on Monday, December 4 from the Edmonds Center for the Arts. The program featured the vocal jazz group Soundsation from Edmonds Community College under the direction of Kirk Marcy, the Edmonds-Woodway High School Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Jake Bergevin and special guest vocalist, Olympia-based LaVon Hardison . The event was hosted by Abe Beeson and was performed in front of a sold out theatre. Soundsation's set included beautiful a...


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.


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!


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...


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.


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.


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.


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.


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...


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...


Student DJs Paul Jaton And Ethan Schmidt

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


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...


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...


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.


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...


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