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15/06/2018

The New Cool: Loads Of Live Action In Seattle
 
Summer officially arrives June 21st, and the busy concert season is kicking into high gear for fans of modern jazz in Seattle. Along with popular international jazz festivals in Victoria and Vancouver, BC beginning next weekend, there are some amazing modern jazz shows happening around the Emerald City in the next few days. Do your stretches, put your phone on mute, and try to catch 'em all!

15/06/2018

Jazz Caliente: The Special Energy And Integrity Of The Spanish Harlem Orchestra
 
The Spanish Harlem Orchestra returns to Seattle's Jazz Alley June 21-24. It's their 15th anniversary tour, and a celebration of the release of their latest CD Anniversary . I caught up with bandleader Oscar Hernández by phone, and we talked about his early days as musician and arranger in New York, forming the SHO, and more:

15/06/2018

2018 Special Olympics
 
2018 Special Olympics opening ceremony 2 pairs of tickets for July 1st, 12:30pm Husky Stadium, Seattle WA

08/06/2018

The New Cool: trioKAIT's New Adventure
 
A listener recently asked about a pianist they heard on KNKX, who "sounded like Lyle Mays. Thanks!" A little research led me to L.A. based pianist Kait Dunton's cover of "Under the Bridge" by Red Hot Chili Peppers. While she may remind you of the great keys player from the Pat Metheny Group, the TrioKAIT do things their own way.

08/06/2018

Jazz Caliente: Four Views Of "Viva Tirado"
 
This week's Latin Soul selection on Saturday Jazz Caliente is "Viva Tirado," from the Fania All Stars 1974 collection Latin-Soul-Rock . The composition, written by the great jazz arranger Gerald Wilson, has an interesting history and has proved to be an enduring piece of shared culture. Here's the original and just a few of the many different recordings of "Viva Tirado."

07/06/2018

Student DJ Joe Fotheringham
 
Seventeen year-old Ballard High School junior Joe Fotheringham shares his favorite jazz with Abe Beeson on Thursday, June 7 from 8-9 p.m. on KNKX's Evening Jazz . Joe received an Honorable Mention-Trumpet Soloist at the recent Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition in New York City.

01/06/2018

The New Cool: The Expansions' Funky Fusion
 
Unleashing their debut album nearly five years after their first single, the London-based quartet The Expansions lay down the jazz fusion grooves that will have you reaching for bellbottoms and wide collars. The sounds of the funky 70s are back on the six-song effort Murmuration , and on The New Cool this week, you'll hear a tune that could've been a lost track from Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters.

25/05/2018

The New Cool Stage at Folklife
 
The KNKX modern jazz show The New Cool returns to host a stage at the Northwest Folklife Festival on Saturday, presenting three of our favorite forward-thinking groups from our own backyard. Yours truly, Abe Beeson, will be on stage to introduce Tacoma group 322 , recent studio session guests Bad News Botanists , and the powerful horns of the Ten Man Brass Band .

22/05/2018

Central Washington University Jazz Ensemble With Mentor Pianist Dawn Clement
 
Students from Central Washington University and pianist Dawn Clement performed in our Seattle studios for a special School of Jazz performance. Bassist Domi Edson arranged the first tune, a lively fun rendition of Chick Corea?s ?Spain.? She said she has most of her ideas for arrangements at night when trying to fall asleep. It was fun watching Owen Evans, Ryan McKnight and Henry Sparks trading solos on the alto saxophone, tenor saxophone and trombone. Next, they played ?Dance A Little Mandezza? by Renee? McClaine. Alto saxophonist Owen Evans did this arrangement. The group ended with a boozy bluesy rendition of ?Driftin?? by Herbie Hancock with an arrangement for Domi Edson.

18/05/2018

The New Cool: Busy Weekend In Ballard
 
Not much of a post this week, I've dedicated my writing to preview the Ballard Jazz Festival . I hope to see you in the clubs Saturday night!

18/05/2018

Jazz Caliente: Meet the Rhythm Makers, Part 11 - Steve Kroon
 
Steven Kroon was raised in Harlem and Queens, and what he learned there has taken him on 15 world tours and given him 50 years in the business of professional percussion.

14/05/2018

Ballard Jazz Festival: New Digs, Same Great Jazz Party
 
May 16 - 19, the Ballard Jazz Festival presents a big change in scheduling this year, but you'll find the same fantastic lineup of the Northwest's finest jazz musicians and internationally acclaimed talent over 4 nights in the city's increasingly crowded fishing village. Let's take a look at the changes, and preview some of my "must-see" performances.

12/05/2018

Mountlake Terrace High School Jazz Combo And Mentor Saxophonist Steve Treseler
 
We welcomed an energetic and skilled high school combo into our studios with Mountlake Terrace. Band members included leader Ethan Pyke on trombone, Benjamin Leonard on tenor sax, Henry Smith-Hunt on trombone, Gian Neri on guitar, Josh Setala on drums and Dimitrio Neri on piano. In discussing inspirations, Pyke thanked his band directors and his grandmother who is a devout musician, Pianist Neri pointed to his brothers, Smith-Hunt said his band directors, Guitarist Neri picked Wynton Marsalis due to his humility, Leonard pointed to his current high school, Vinther said his directors and his family, Treseler mentioned Young and Coletrane and Setala said his current band really inspired him when he was younger. The band is one of three Northwest finalists in this year?s Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition in New York City. (Roosevelt and Ballard High Schools are also finalists.) Pyke said he?s looking forward to being around hundreds of high school students who are as

11/05/2018

The New Cool: Seattle-Portland Groovin' at Tula's
 
Seattle's mighty Hammond organ and drums combo of Joe Doria and Tarik Abouzied are friends and collaborators in McTuff, Happy Orchestra and other various line-ups. Their new project includes an icon of Portland's jazz scene, guitarist Dan Balmer, with a new recording and a live show at Tula's Friday, May 18th.

11/05/2018

Jazz Caliente: Do The Mothers Day Mambo
 
This week's Saturday Jazz Caliente celebrates Mother's Day with an (almost) all-women show. Favorites like clarinetist Anat Cohen, violinist Regina Carter, percussionist Sheila E, and pianist Eliane Elias are in the line-up. Here are the rest; perhaps lesser known, but just as talented female instrumentalists:

05/05/2018

The New Cool: Allstars In The Big Easy
 
I'm just back from a fantastic trip to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival . There are far too many moments from the festival grounds to mention here, but on Sunday night I found an allstar group of New Cool favorites on the edge of the French Quarter.

04/05/2018

Jazz Caliente: Cinco de Mayo and Latin Jazz
 
As we celebrate Mexican and Mexican-American culture, let's go beyond tacos and tequila, and recognize Mexico's contribution to jazz and Latin jazz. This week on Saturday Jazz Caliente, we'll hear from one prominent Mexican-American Latin jazz musician, Poncho Sanchez. Here are a few more:

04/05/2018

Peter Eldridge & Sara Gazarek
 
Peter Eldridge & Sara Gazarek 1 pair of tickets for May 18th at 8:00pm JazzVox: Renton

03/05/2018

KNKX Student DJs: Issac Ford and Ian McTamaney
 
Issac Ford and Ian McTamaney, who attend Kelso High school, are KNKX's guest DJs on May 3 from 8-9 p.m.

27/04/2018

The New Cool: Creating Blue Lab Beats
 
The creation of beats probably has its origins in the early days of hip hop when DJs would sample and blend the drum breaks from their favorite records. Today, the process is more akin to a musician with an instrument, and though the beats sound familiar, they're as fresh and original as an Art Blakey solo in the hands of talented duo Blue Lab Beats. Formed by young Londoners NK-OK (19-year-old Namali Kwaten) and Mr DM (David Mrakpor, 24), Blue Lab Beats have become an integral part of England's exploding modern jazz community. As a production and remix team, they've collaborated with young UK jazz stars like drummer Moses Boyd and saxophonist Nubya Garcia as well as soul and electronic acts like Laura Mvula and Dua Lipa . Tunes can begin with a simple electronic beat, tapped out on a synthesizer by NK-OK. Then Mr DM might play a few chords on the keyboard or guitar. The two bounce ideas back and forth just as songwriters and musicians have done for centuries, but their sound is

 
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