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KNKX: Jazz & Blues Features

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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

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

Twitter:

@KPLU

Language:

English

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


Episodes

KNKX Student DJ Holden Predmore

10/5/2017
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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

9/8/2017
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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

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


KNKX Student DJ Manny Aldape

8/3/2017
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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

6/28/2017
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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

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


Student DJs Paul Jaton And Ethan Schmidt

6/8/2017
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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

5/4/2017
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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

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


Greta Matassa's Life With Ella Fitzgerald

4/25/2017
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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

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


KNKX Guest Student DJ Drew Thomas

4/6/2017
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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

3/4/2017
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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

3/2/2017
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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

2/10/2017
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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

2/2/2017
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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

2/1/2017
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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


KNKX Guest Student DJ Brandt Fisher

1/5/2017
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Edmonds-Woodway High School senior Brandt Fisher is our first guest student DJ of 2017. He shares his hour of favorite jazz with Abe Beeson Thursday, January 5 from 8 to 9 p.m.

Duration: 00:59:19


Hey Ladies! Seattle JazzEd's Melba Liston AllStars with Susan Pascal

12/20/2016
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They're not the first all-female jazz band to perform in the knkx studios, but after hearing the teens from Seattle JazzEd, it's about time it stops feeling like a special occasion. Featuring their mentor Susan Pascal on vibes, the ladies thrilled our packed studio audience with jazz, soul, and a song by the modern jazz outfit Snarky Puppy, and made us forget about girls vs. boys. Speaking with these all-stars, it was clear that they're aware of the historic male domination of jazz, but...

Duration: 00:27:15


2016 KNKX Holiday Jam At Tacoma's Rialto Theater

12/19/2016
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Knkx, in partnership with the Broadway Center, presented the Holiday Jam concert and live broadcast on December 4, marking a 20-year tradition of bringing holiday cheer to the Northwest and audiences worldwide.

Duration: 01:03:32

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