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KNKX: Studio Sessions

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Listen to all of KNKX's amazing in-studio performances.

Listen to all of KNKX's amazing in-studio performances.
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Tacoma, WA

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Listen to all of KNKX's amazing in-studio performances.

Twitter:

@KPLU

Language:

English

Contact:

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


Episodes

Mughal Muesli's Heady Blend

1/18/2018
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Based in New York City and featuring two graduates of Seattle's legendary Roosevelt High School jazz program, the trio Mughal Muesli returned to the West Coast for a tour supporting their debut album Imperial Cereal. We're tracking down carpenters now because they nearly blew the roof off the place. Live in our studios, Mughal Muesli performed three new compositions that ebbed and flowed with intense grooves, aggressive and muscular sax and bass, and exotic melodies that reflected their...

Duration: 00:37:11


The New Triumph's Dynamic Grooves

1/10/2018
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"It's not loud, it's more... dynamic" percussionist Ricardo Guity told our studio audience as The New Triumph prepared to launch into their soulful, rhythm-heavy live session. It wasn't loud, but it was passionate and dynamic. The Seattle septet pulses with the universal rhythms found in Latin, African and American soul music. Camilo Estrada, the band's leader, and main songwriter came to jazz later in life, with a youthful love of funk obviously contributing to his music today. Estrada...

Duration: 00:38:54


Fresh Sounds From Bi-Coastal Jessica Lurie

12/27/2017
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A Seattle native who's been soaking in the energy of New York City for the past half dozen years, Jessica Lurie has released the first new album from her ensemble in nearly as long ago as her relocation. It was worth the wait. Long Haul is a diverse collection of all the style that Lurie has shown since her youthful days in legendary Seattle groups The Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet and The Living Daylights. At times playful, frantic, mesmerizing, funky, mysterious and downright...

Duration: 00:39:17


Ryan Leppich Returns With His College Trio

12/20/2017
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Now in his second year at the University of Northern Colorado's highly regarded jazz program, drummer Ryan Leppich returned home to Puget Sound with a pair of college friends to play a few shows around town. We were lucky enough to host them for an energetic set of clever original songs live in the KNKX studios. Recent graduate Tom Amend showed off his well-honed piano chops alongside talented bass player Seth Lewis, and they both seemed right at home in the pocket of rhythm provided by...

Duration: 00:36:57


Roy Hargrove Returns With A Seattle Vibe

12/14/2017
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He's known as one of the top trumpet players in jazz for the past quarter century, and returned to the KNKX studios with a fantastic new song for the city Roy says has always inspired him. "The Seattle Vibe" was so new, his quintet hadn't heard it until they arrived in town for their stay at Jazz Alley. There wasn't much time to chat with the band before our live broadcast, Roy was guiding them through the soulful changes and groovy tempo of his latest song. If you don't catch Hargrove in...

Duration: 00:30:44


A Fresh Sound In Brass Band Jazz

11/24/2017
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Seattle's 45th St Brass find plenty of funky fun in the tradition of New Orleans brass bands, but they also take the opportunity to stretch the possibilities of this classic lineup of horns and drums. Led by the baritone sax of Peter Daniel, forming a tight rhythm section with Nelson Bell on tuba and D'Vonne Lewis (playing on half of the new album) drumming for this performance. The trombones of Jason Cressey and David Marriott play with and against each other, and trumpeter Shawn...

Duration: 00:29:15


New West Guitar Group With Sara Gazarek

11/21/2017
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On the first snowy day in the Puget Sound region, a group formed in sunny California warmed up our airwaves with a studio session filled with joy and beauty. The New West Guitar Group formed about ten years ago by students at the USC jazz program. With Will Brahm joining founding members John Storie and Perry Smith on guitars, they added their college friend, singer Sara Gazarek for their concert at the Kirkland Performance Center. Sara, a proud graduate of Roosevelt High School's...

Duration: 00:31:25


Hilary Gardner and Ehud Asherie

11/17/2017
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Hilary Gardner and Ehud Asherie have a new release out called “The Late Set’ and we were treated to a lovely afternoon performance at our studios in Seattle. The two met while both studying classical music together in Brooklyn, NY and quickly transitioned to jazz while playing the after hours set at Mezzrow Jazz Club in Greenwich Village. Those late night performances were the impetus for this new release. They kicked off their performance with the 1930’s song ‘Sweet And Slow’ by Harry...

Duration: 00:22:51


The Bad Plus - Iverson's Finale

11/9/2017
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They may be the longest running jazz trio in history without a line-up change, but after 17 years The Bad Plus will see a new face behind the piano in the New Year. On their final trip to Seattle together, they stopped by our studios to celebrate the extended first chapter of their influential mix of jazz, classical and rock music. Ethan Iverson will be leaving the trio to focus on a diverse variety of new projects, including a return to Seattle to play his chamber ensemble Beatles...

Duration: 00:33:06


Jared Hall Blows Back Into The Northwest

11/3/2017
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Trumpet player, composer and jazz educator Jared Hall grew up in Spokane, Wash. His jazz studies took him to Whitworth University in his hometown, then to Indiana and Florida. But Hall has recently returned to the northwest, adding another potent voice on trumpet to the growing Seattle jazz scene. Jared Hall has performed live on KNKX before, as mentor with the Juanita High School jazz ensemble. His educational bona fides are no joke, Hall earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the...

Duration: 00:38:05


Trumpet Master Arturo Sandoval Continues His Exploration Of New Projects And Places

10/30/2017
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Considering the career that Arturo Sandoval has had, which has included winning several Grammy Awards, performing at the Super Bowl, having his music featured in movies and television, and receiving a Presidential Medal of Freedom, you might think that he has run out of places to explore, new projects to create, or new people to perform for. This is far from the case. After he and his band opened the live studio session with a peppy version of Clifford Brown's Joy Spring, Sandoval talked...

Duration: 00:33:51


Spooky Tricks And Treats From The Wayne Horvitz Ensemble

10/27/2017
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Composer, pianist and bandleader Wayne Horvitz's original score to the 1920 silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, will be performed to a screening of the film live at The Royal Room in Seattle's Columbia City this Halloween night. Thursday afternoon, we were there for a preview. We were honored to broadcast a few choice selections of dramatic, sometimes downright scary music from the score live at The Royal Room with a full house of our listeners. Music for a silent film has to do a lot...

Duration: 00:39:35


Happy Orchestra's Joyful Rhythms

10/27/2017
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Celebrating the release of their long-awaited debut album Baba , drummer Tarik Abouzied's Happy Orchestra turned our listeners' frowns upside down with an energetic set live in the KNKX studios. As the composer of all the songs on the album, Tarik told us he's mostly composing at a piano keyboard. He also plays bass, and this one-man rhythm section's music is a good representation of that. Propulsive, driving rhythms are chock full of complex drum fills, with the trumpet-sax combo of...

Duration: 00:30:55


Chilliwack, B.C. Native Bria Skonberg Live

10/23/2017
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The effervescent Bria Skonberg came by with a top notch group and wowed us with a fun set of music, laughter and fun. Mathis Picard (new Julliard graduate) backed on piano, Eric Wheeler played upright bass, Elizabeth Goodfellow (with whom Skonberg had a band named “Mighty Aphrodite”) charged drums and percussion and Steve Treseler (who met and jammed with Skonberg in Seattle over a decade ago) filled out the group on reeds. She began the session singing and playing “Whatever Lola Wants”...

Duration: 00:35:38


Pacific Northwest Legend Curtis Salgado Live In The KNKX Studios

10/16/2017
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A legend of the Pacific NW blues scene, Curtis Salgado’s long list of credits include co-leading the Robert Cray Band, being the inspiration for the Blues Brothers, fronting the band Roomful of Blues, singing with Santana, and leading his own bands. Curtis and the band graciously took time from their busy tour to stop by for a live Blue Plate Special Studio Session. At The Blues Foundation’s Blues Music Awards this year, Curtis picked up three awards: Soul Blues Album of the Year for his...

Duration: 00:26:03


Tamir Hendelman Keeps Busy Just Outside The Spotlight

10/11/2017
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Bursting with joyful energy as soon as he walked into the KNKX Seattle studios, pianist Tamir Hendelman had all of us excited in no time. By the end of his three-song performance, our studio audience were left grateful for this chance to see a perennial sideman take the lead Hendelman grew up in Tel Aviv, Israel, but moved to California at 12 where he developed his reputation as a young talent to watch. Despite temptations to work in the film and television industry that surrounded him,...

Duration: 00:35:03


Bill Anschell — Live At KNKX

10/5/2017
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Pianist, Bill Anschell, was born and raised in Seattle, but didn’t settle here as a professional musician until early this century. Since his return he’s been one of the busiest and most creative pianists in town, leading at least 2 groups of his own and performing as a sideman in several others. Since 2005 he’s received 4 ‘Golden Ear’ awards from the Earshot Jazz Society. And, although his primary musical outlet is acoustic jazz, he continues to experiment with electronic music. His...

Duration: 00:47:54


Seattle's Freudian Slurp - Cinematic Jazz And Plenty Of Puns

9/28/2017
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Following on their debut album, Edible Complex , Seattle's modern jazz outfit Freudian Slurp have just released their latest, called Get It? Their sense of humor confirmed, the question was "do they have the music to back up their irreverence?" Yes, they do. Formed by the Hughes Brothers, Dylan on electric bass and Ian on guitar, with drummer Kyle Kirkpatrick nearly a decade ago, Freudian Slurp have been evolving into a dramatic, cinematic powerhouse on their new album. The dual role of...

Duration: 01:57:20


Barrett Martin Group Rocks Around The World

9/22/2017
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Drummer, bandleader and songwriter is just the beginning of a proper description of Barrett Martin. He's also the author of a new memoir exploring his musical travels around the world, with a soundtrack of course. Dedicated world traveler is another description. He's been writing a travel blog for the Huffington Post for the past four years. Barrett also runs a record label and publishing company, currently plays drums in the all-star rock group Walking Papers, and is preparing to release...

Duration: 00:32:39


Gogo Penguin Pushes The Piano Trio Beyond Jazz

9/18/2017
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When Chris Illingworth sits down at the piano, Nick Blacka picks up his upright bass, and Rob Turner adjusts his snare drum, the Manchester trio GoGo Penguin looks like a jazz trio. But they'll tell you that calling their music "jazz" isn't quite accurate. Taking musical inspiration from a long history of popular electronic music back home in England, GoGo Penguin are simply playing the music that moves them. Skittering, propulsive drumming like a robot made human; busy fingers flying up...

Duration: 00:32:51

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