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11/08/2018

Art in the Pearl Fine Arts & Crafts Festival Getaway
 
Art in the Pearl September 1-3 at 10:00 am Northwest Portland Park Blocks, Portland

10/08/2018

6th Annual Paint the Peninsula Plein Air Competition
 
6th Annual Paint the Peninsula Plein Air Sunday, August 26 at 9:00 am Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, Port Angeles

10/08/2018

Larry Fuller
 
Larry Fuller Tuesday, September 4 at 7:30 pm Dimitriou?s Jazz Alley, Seattle

10/08/2018

The New Cool: Alex Monfort's Modern Swing
 
French pianist Alex Monfort honors his jazz heroes on the new trio release Introspection . Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea are all on the list of legends who inspire him, but Monfort makes his own statements here. This is modern jazz piano that brings the legacy of jazz into the 21st Century. The album's a strictly acoustic affair, and might stand out to The New Cool's fans of Hammond organ, Fender rhodes and the world of synths - which you'll hear plenty of this week. The modern edge on Introspection is a subtle one. Known to their fans as A.M.T. , which must confuse visiting Americans looking to find a cash machine, the Alex Monfort Trio adds Rafael Aguila Artega's tenor sax and Jorge Vistel's trumpet to "Mc Coltrane". A clever nod to pianist McCoy Tyner's work with the sax icon, it's modern jazz in the same mold as Seattle's post-bop groups led by Thomas Marriott, Matt Jorgensen and others. Monfort swings hard on "Mulgrew's Mood", for the late great Jazz Messengers pianist

06/08/2018

South Puget Sound Community College And The Evergreen State College
 
It was a fun jazz session with a great group of students, which included two different schools and a variety of age groups. The energy brought by some of the young lions melded nicely with the older aesthetic. The first song by Sun Ra titled ?El is a Sound of Joy.? Mentor Keyboardist Josh Rawlings was happy to hear the group was already doing the song and encouraged them to ?get weirder on it? and to explore the dynamic range and tempo. Next the group tackled ?Angel Eyes? by Earl Bent and Matt Dennis with an arrangement by Rawlings. The final tune the group played ?Climbing Stairs? written by Rawlings and patterned after the works of Abdulla Ibrahim and Ahmad Jamal. Josh played a vintage Rhodes organ made popular in the 1970s by artists such as Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock. He was first introduced to the instrument by a trumpeter who brought one to a gig at a Vietnamese restaurant and was hooked when he first played it. Danielle Westbrook is a continuing education student at SPSCC

03/08/2018

The New Cool: Nick Francis Edition
 
He's been the KNKX Music Director since 2005, and this summer Nick Francis wraps up a stellar run on 88.5 as he enters a well-earned retirement. Before we let him go, Nick is covering for Abe Beeson on The New Cool this week.

03/08/2018

Jazz Caliente: Meet the Rhythm Makers, Part 13- Yissy García
 
Cuban drummer/composer/bandleader Yissy García is breaking new ground with her group Bandancha; a heady mix of jazz, Afro-Cuban rhythms and electronic music. She's part of the wave of young, foward-looking artists creating the new sound of Cuban music.

02/08/2018

KNKX Student DJ Ben McCall
 
Eighteen year-old Ben McCall, who recently graduated Stadium High School is KNKX?s guest DJ on August 2 from 8-9pm on Evening Jazz . He will be attending Gonzaga University in the Fall.

27/07/2018

The New Cool: Heat Beating Live Preview
 
As temperatures rise around the Pacific Northwest, there are some extra cool modern jazz shows coming up soon. I'll preview of a few of them, and also play cool new releases from some of today's hottest musicians.

27/07/2018

Jazz Caliente: Cool Down With a Local Focus
 
This week's Saturday Jazz Caliente starts with a hot set of music from some Northwest favorites, and then we'll get into some cooler Latin Jazz sounds to help you beat the heat.

20/07/2018

The New Cool: Corduroy Is Back in Fashion
 
Formed by English twins Scott and Ben Addison in the early 90s, the iconic acid jazz group Corduroy is back with their first new album in nearly two decades. It's a triumphant return to the top of a crop of exciting modern jazz groups in the UK. Don't miss The Return of the Fabric Four on the New Cool this Saturday! From the start, the groove has been the key element of Corduroy. As many 90s acid jazz groups were clamoring for electronics, this group celebrates the then-modern sounds of the late 60s and early 70s analog keyboard crews. ?Let?s be the band in the party scene in every film we?ve ever liked,? was their mantra from the beginning. The sound of Corduroy owes more than a little debt to the brash, dramatic film scores of the 60s and 70s. The band's High Havoc album was even described as a "mythical spy movie soundtrack." Clever band costumes, sometimes in stereotypical black turtlenecks and goatees, further proved their love of striking visuals. Eventually, their retro-mod

20/07/2018

Jazz Caliente: Joy and Drama - Dayramir Gonzalez's Grand Concourse
 
The effervescent Cuban pianist/composer/arranger Dayramir Gonzalez makes his Seattle debut on Wednesday July 25th at The Triple Door. I'll introduce you to his latest album The Grand Concourse this week on Saturday Jazz Caliente.

13/07/2018

The New Cool: Producers Out Front
 
Music producers have traditionally been behind the scenes, but this week's New Cool brings new releases from three multi-talented knob-twisters and fader-riders getting a lot of attention recently. Now to be sure, these three are multi-instrumentalists. But, like Ellington, Basie and all the big band leaders, they have their minds focused on the sound of the group first. Toshio Matsuura is well-known for pioneering the "nu-jazz" movement in the early 90s with the United Future Organization. The music is based in electronica and trip-hop soundscapes, but heavily influenced by jazz. The new release, Loveplaydance , reunites Matsuura with his UK-based DJ/producer friend Gilles Peterson , who gets much of the credit for the exploding modern jazz scene in England. These two conceived this new album, a collection of covers of favorite electro-jazz club jams. The musical direction for the project is led by Tom Skinner, drummer for modern jazz stars Sons of Kemet and also leader of his own new

10/07/2018

Jazz Film Review: 'I Called Him Morgan'
 
Legendary trumpeter Lee Morgan would have celebrated his 80th birthday today. The story of Lee Morgan's death in 1972 pops up every few years to be hashed over and nit-picked by jazz enthusiasts, critics and journalists. I've read the articles, the essays, and even the transcripts of the taped interview of Helen Morgan, the "lady who shot Lee Morgan." None of the above prepared me for the emotional depths of the story told in the 2016 film "I Called Him Morgan."

06/07/2018

The New Cool: Holiday Weekend Funk Party
 
With the Independence Day parties landing smack in the middle of this week, the New Cool helps you keep the barbecue hot through the weekend with two hours of funky modern jazz. It's a mix to get you moving Saturday afternoon, from the funk origins of New Orleans to Africa-via-London, from cutting edge dance floor experiments to good ol' greasy organ trios, KNKX has what you need.

06/07/2018

Jazz Caliente: A Live Cuban Serenade
 
Son Cubano is one of the most popular musical styles of Cuba. We're lucky to have one of its foremost practioners right here in Seattle. His name is Kiki Valera, and he's presenting a Cuban serenade at the Triple Door next week: La Serenata Cubana.

05/07/2018

KNKX Student DJ Conrad Medina
 
Eighteen year-old Conrad Medina, who recently graduated Auburn Mountainview High School is KNKX?s guest DJ on July 5 from 8-9pm. Conrad received the ?Louis Armstrong Award? at his High School in recognition of his outstanding musical achievement and an incredible dedication to the program. It is the highest level interscholastic award given to a musician. He will be attending The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the fall.

29/06/2018

Jazz Caliente: Meet the Rhythm Makers, Part 12- José "Buyú" Mangual
 
Bongocero José Mangual performed with nearly all of the American musicians who were discovering Latin rhythms from the 1940s through the 1970s, including Count Basie, Miles Davis and Erroll Garner. He was also a huge inspiration to the founder of the one of the most popular percussion instrument manufacturing companies in the United States.

28/06/2018

Dee Dee Bridgewater And The Memphis Soulphony Live At The 2018 Victoria JazzFest
 
Memphis-born singer Dee Dee Bridgewater broke into jazz with the great Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, and she's collaborated with Ray Charles and Dizzy Gillespie. In 1975 she won a Tony Award for her role as Glenda the Good Witch in The Wiz, and also won accolades for her tributes to Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Horace Silver. Three times a Grammy winner, Bridgewater is renowned for her live performances, including her recent album and tour honoring the soul music she grew up with, Memphis... Yes, I'm Ready. Watch Dee Dee Bridgewater and the Memphis Soulphony perform 'Giving Up' and 'Going Down Slow' at the Royal Theatre in Victoria, B.C. for the Victoria Jazz Society's 2018 International JazzFest. The festival celebrated its 35th year and as the longest-running music festival on Vancouver Island. The performance took place on June 22, 2018. https://youtu.be/eJTEIOFc9Kc

28/06/2018

Ghost-Note Live At The 2018 Victoria JazzFest
 
Ghost-Note is co-led by Snarky Puppy rhythm section mates Robert Searight (drum kit) and Nate Werth (percussion). Originating as a percussion duo, they've built a band with a "rotating cast of serious cats" including former Prince bass player MonoNeon on their new album Swagism. Funky grooves with more than a touch of psychedelic improvisation is their trademark, with rhythm in the spotlight. Watch Ghost-Note perform at the main stage in Victoria, B.C. for the Victoria Jazz Society's 2018 International JazzFest. The festival celebrated its 35th year and as the longest-running music festival on Vancouver Island. The performance took place on June 24, 2018. https://youtu.be/y9TERZ78Evs

 
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