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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.

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@KPLU

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English

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


Episodes

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


Molten Hot Jazz Fusion Of Seattle's Polyrhythmics

9/8/2017
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In Polyrhythmics' musical blender you'll find soul, jazz, r&b, psychedelia, funk, afrobeat and echoes of traditional music from around the world. But after ten years together, they point to the Seattle music community as the driving force of their success.

Duration: 00:30:18


The disORGANized Jazz Trio Gets It Together

8/31/2017
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Establishing a monthly residency at Tula's jazz club in Seattle on the 2nd Thursday of each month, we put the trio disORGANized to the test with a live studio session on a Monday afternoon. They passed with flying colors. Spanning a good piece of Puget Sound, Seattle-based guitarist Cole Schuster teams up with Tacoma's Delvon Lamarr on Hammond organ, and Olympia drummer Alek Gayton for a classic organ trio sound that will remind listeners of 50s and 60s greats like Big John Patton, Grant...

Duration: 00:36:54


322 Back In The KNKX Studios

8/28/2017
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322 brought their youthful energy and exuberance back to the KNKX studios this month with an electrifying set of neo-instrumental jazz. Their new CD is out September 8th and it’s loaded with originals. Although the group is grounded in classic jazz they are widely influenced by music ranging from progressive rock to hip hop. The group works collaboratively in songwriting and that can be heard in the tight harmonics between sax and guitar. The first tune they played for this studio session...

Duration: 00:30:48


Classy Brass In Dress Whites

8/24/2017
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Seafair's big Fleet Week celebrations include plenty of sailors at work and at ease around Puget Sound, and a special visit to the KNKX studios from the Navy Band's Brass Band, an almost entirely new group from their visit last year, with a fresh, funky sound. Clad in their sparkling clean dress whites, we heard two trombones, two saxophones, and trumpet with drums - and a warning to our Leadership Circle studio audience: this is going to be loud. They were that, especially with the low...

Duration: 00:42:17


Southern Avenue Live In The KNKX Studios

8/17/2017
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We were lucky to get a visit from Southern Avenue, one of the hottest new blues acts on the national scene. They have only been together a couple of years and it was their first visit to the Pacific Northwest. Hailing from Memphis, Tennessee and with a debut CD on that city’s legendary soul label Stax Records, Southern Avenue has a fresh take on blues and soul. Guitarist Ori Naftaly first came to Memphis from his home in Israel to compete in the International Blues Competition (IBC) in...

Duration: 00:28:42


John Pizzarelli And Daniel Jobim

8/3/2017
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Celebrating the release of their CD “Sinatra & Jobim @ 50,” this duo brought the warmth and charm of the beloved Brazilian songwriter Antonio Carlos Jobim to the KNKX studios.

Duration: 00:25:57


Award-Winning Vocalist Laura Rosok Returns To KNKX

7/26/2017
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While Laura was still a student at King's High School in Shoreline, she was a guest vocalist for Lance Buller’s group that came in for a studio session a few years back. In 2014, Laura was named the winner of the high school division in the Seattle-Kobe Female Jazz Vocalist competition, and in 2015, Downbeat Magazine named her the national winner of their 38th annual Student Music Awards in the high school vocal jazz soloist category. Laura is on summer break from the Frost School of Music...

Duration: 00:24:53


Leah Natale And Ambiance In The KNKX Studios

7/21/2017
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Seattle Kobe female jazz vocalist of the year Leah Natale and local group Ambience are fond of the oldies -- the really old, oldies. The newest song they played for us when they dropped by for a performance in the KNKX studios was from 1953 - ("Baubles Bangles and Beads" written for the 1953 musical "Kismet" by Robert Wright and George Forrest.) Natale's very favorite type of singing involves big band jazz. Her clear tone and voice lends to a smaller group like Ambience beautifully...

Duration: 00:21:05


Pearl Django: Still Swinging Like Crazy After All These Years

7/11/2017
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After more than a quarter century, that Mighty Engine of Rhythm still swings like mad. Pearl Django’s KNKX studio session hit the ground running with Floyd Hoyt Rides Again , from their new CD With Friends Like These . Written by Pearl Django guitarist Tim Lerch, it’s named for one of the many noms de jazz of founding member Dudley Hill. Fiddler Michael Gray says some of Dudley’s other aliases were The New Johnny Sands, and Michael’s personal favorite, H. Burnell Delahoopay. In this...

Duration: 00:32:11


Duende Libre's Seattle-Inspired Global Fusion

7/3/2017
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Blending the rhythms of Brazil, the Caribbean, Africa and Latin America into a groovy gumbo, Seattle's Duende Libre landed in the KNKX studios to celebrate with an exclusive performance of three songs from their new self-titled album live on 88.5. The trio are well-traveled, keys player Alex Chadsey has spent time playing music in Mexico, drummer Jeff Busch lived in Brazil for a short spell, and bassist Farko Dosumov hails from the Central Asian country of Uzbekistan. However, it's the...

Duration: 00:42:17


Stanton Moore Trio — New Orleans’ Best Rhythm Section?

6/29/2017
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New Orleans is so full of incredibly gifted drummers, bassists and pianists, it would probably be impossible to pick one three-piece rhythm section and call it ‘the best.’ But when you’re talking about drummer Stanton Moore, bassist James Singleton and pianist David Torkanowsky, you could make a pretty good case that these guys rule the roost in The City That Care Forgot. However you’d rate ‘em, though, they sure are funky . Stanton Moore—Drums David Torkanowsky—Piano James Singleton—Bass

Duration: 00:36:52


Doug Macleod Live At KNKX

6/28/2017
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Doug Macleod is a modern renaissance blues man. An award-winning musician and songwriter, he is also a columnist, radio host and teacher. As a sideman in the 1960s and 1970s he played with legends Big Mama Thornton, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson and Lowell Fulson among many others. When he embarked on his own career, that experience was invaluable, both as a player and a songwriter. Since 1984, Doug has released over two dozen albums of his own original material and has won multiple awards,...

Duration: 00:39:23


LaVon Hardison Quartet Studio Session

6/24/2017
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Boston native LaVon Hardison has enchanted the South Sound with her warm, lively voice and personality. Utilizing her background in lyric opera and musical theatre, she goes deep into a song to tell its story. LaVon’s most recent CD, “Come Together,” showcases her creative connection with some of the Northwest’s finest musicians, and their performance at KNKX was a delight from start to finish. World, meet the LaVon Hardison Quartet!

Duration: 00:29:34


The Greyhounds Live Studio Session

6/20/2017
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The Greyhounds first came to national attention with the release of their 2016 album "Change of Pace," which features lush, yet airy psychedelic production, heart-wrenching songwriting and Stax-worthy soulful vocals. A duo out of Austin, Texas, the Greyhounds distinguish themselves with artful use of loops and studio expertise that supports their mellow vibe. The uplifting spirit of their music is reminiscent of the soul era of the 1960s, but their grooves are 21st century Southern soul....

Duration: 00:25:02

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