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The New Cool: Show thanks for a great year of modern jazz
This year will be one none of us forget. But while 2020 has earned its rotten reputation in many aspects, fans of The New Cool can at least celebrate some fantastic modern jazz albums. We'll recall several on this week's show, including many fantastic records from Seattle artists.


A farewell from Dick Stein
Hi-Ho Jazzoids! After three decades on the air at 88.5, I wanted to personally let you know that I am retiring. What a pleasure it's been to play the music I love for you all this time. Add to that the fun of Food for Thought, the Jimmy Jazzoids, Jazz Kitchen and others I may have only imagined and I've been one lucky guy. I'm grateful too for the privilege of calling the talented and hard-working professionals of KNKX ? best radio in all the land ? my colleagues and friends. It's no exaggeration to say that my years with 88.5, both as KPLU and KNKX, have been the very best of my life. But now it's time to pack up the Big Red Switch and call it a day. Thank you so much for supporting and sharing these many years of music and merriment with me. Join Dick Stein as he, friends and colleagues say farewell on Friday Dec. 4, from 9 to noon. If you want to send Dick Stein a note, please email . We are compiling messages and will make sure they get passed along to him.


Watch: KNKX's Virtual Studio Session with the Marc Seales Group at Town Hall
KNKX presented an exclusive live streamed Studio Session with the Marc Seales Group from The Forum at Town Hall Seattle on November 14, hosted by KNKX jazz ambassador Abe Beeson. Seales was joined by bassist Steve Rodby, guitarist Jesse Seales (Marc's brother), and drummer Alek Gayton. The show began with Abe's Q&A with Marc, followed by a nearly 75-minute music set ending with the quartet's spirited rendition of The Doobie Brothers' "Takin' It To The Streets." Please note: Town Hall remains deeply committed to providing the safest possible environment for their employees and event participants. All state-mandated health and safety precautions are being followed. THE MARC SEALES GROUP Marc Seales is a noted pianist, composer and leading figure in the Northwest jazz scene and has shared stages with many of the great players of the last two decades including Joe Henderson, Art Pepper, Benny Carter, and the late Northwest saxophonist Don Lanphere and saxophonist/trumpeter Floyd


The New Cool: Duende Libre bring African elements to their globally inspired modern jazz
Seattle's Duende Libre unveiled their new album The Dance She Spoke this summer. This time around, the group's pan-global musical influences have expanded to include West African rhythms. In the process, the band is becoming a more fully realized product of their own unique style.


Jazz Caliente: It's Latin Grammy time!
The 21st annual Latin Grammy Awards will be televised on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 8 p.m. The Latin Grammys are incredibly complex and diverse. I encourage you to explore other categories, but for this week, Jazz Caliente samples five nominees for Best Latin Jazz/Jazz album and one for Best Contemporary Tropical/Fusion.


The New Cool: You're invited to a modern jazz Dinner Party
Saxophonist Kamasi Washington , keys player/producer Robert Glasper , multi-instrumentalist/producer Terrace Martin and DJ/producer 9th Wonder (Patrick Douthit) comrpise the all-star lineup known as Dinner Party. Their self-titled album was released digitally in July, but with the recent vinyl issue a couple weeks ago, fans can finally take this Dinner Party home.


School of Jazz: Avery Clarke serves as guest DJ
Drummer Avery Clarke from Ballard High School will virtually join Abe Beeson tonight at 8 p.m. (Nov. 5) as guest DJ during Evening Jazz. He is a junior and in the school's jazz band program. Listen to the show and find his playlist.


The New Cool: Battling Beatles vs. Rolling Stones jazz covers
It's a musical battle that's been argued for more than 50 years: who's better, The Beatles or The Rolling Stones? Happily, there are only winners in this battle. This week on The New Cool, you'll hear two modern jazz pianists submit their takes on these two titans of the British Invasion of the 1960s.


Record Store Day's Saturday releases highlight jazz legends
The pandemic-era Record Store Day celebrations return for a third time in socially distanced ways Saturday, Oct. 24. Reissues and first-time-vinyl releases from icons like Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon and Charles Mingus are great reasons to support your favorite independent record store.


The New Cool: Bad News Botanists provide a modern jazz response to modern times
While the opportunities for live music have been locked down for eight months and counting, a number of fantastic new releases have done the heavy lifting of keeping up the spirits of music fans. Seattle's Bad News Botanists have just released a new album, offering modern jazz therapy for disheartening times.


The New Cool: Support the show before the pledge drive begins
The KNKX fall pledge drive begins this Monday and ends Friday, meaning The New Cool will be uninterrupted this season. We'll celebrate by offering copies of the latest Barrett Martin Group album to listeners who chip in to support KNKX's modern jazz show before the drive begins.


The New Cool: Discover listener-recommended grooves from Toconoma
I learned early in my radio career, there aren't enough hours in the day to hear all the new music. So, listening to fellow listeners can be tremendously helpful. It was an email from a New Cool fan that introduced me to Toconoma , and I'm delighted to share them with you.


Watch: KNKX All Blues Live Streamed Event with Cary Morin
KNKX presented our All Blues live streamed event with singer, songwriter and guitarist Cary Morin on October 2, hosted by John Kessler. Cary performed songs from his new album, Dockside Saints and chatted with John.


Unheard Don Cherry and other reissues are coming for the second Record Store Day drop
For the second edition of this year's pandemic-altered Record Store Day celebrations, there are fewer headlines for jazz fans. A new collection of previously unheard, edgy hard bop from cornet player Don Cherry tops the list.


All Blues Virtual Event with Duffy Bishop and Chris Carlson
KNKX was thrilled to host a live streamed All Blues event with vocalist Duffy Bishop and singer, guitarist, songwriter and long-time collaborator, Chris Carlson in July, hosted by John Kessler. Duffy and Chris performed songs from their latest album, I'm Gonna Do What I Want! and talked with John about their long music career and making music during COVID-19.


The New Cool: Takuya Kuroda contracts to expand on his new album
Brooklyn-based trumpeter and composer Takuya Kuroda is adding the title of beat maker to his resume, finding inspiration in the production chair on his new album Fly Moon Die Soon . Born as a solo bedroom production project, later adding live musicians, the new album is a logical next step for the talented Kuroda.


KNKX Pays Tribute to Gary Peacock
Bassist Gary Peacock passed away on Friday, September 4. He was a highly influential player, who had a seven decades-long career and taught locally during his time in Seattle as an instructor at Cornish College of the Arts. KNKX Director of Music Programming Carol Handley looks back at the life and career of Gary Peacock, honoring a bassist who blazed his own path, transforming the way that many bass players approach their instruments and whose time here in the Northwest was spent as an educator of jazz to other young artists. Gary Peacock was born in Idaho and grew up in Yakima. Gary also spent some years in the Northwest, first as a biology student at the University of Washington in the early 70's before going on to teach at Seattle's Cornish College of the Arts. Many musicians in the Northwest and beyond got some first-hand schooling from Gary Peacock and his years in the area gave many of us an opportunity to hear him live at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley with artists including Ralph


Jazz Caliente: Two new tributes to Brazilian songwriters
The music of two beloved Brazilian songwriters is being celebrated with two new albums that we'll sample this week on Saturday's Jazz Caliente.


The New Cool: Nubya Garcia puts the jazz back in modern jazz
English saxophonist Nubya Garcia (pronounced nuh-BI-ya) is one of the key players on the exploding London jazz scene. Already possessing her own powerful personality on sax, Garcia celebrates the full range of her influences on her new album, Source . This forward looking album has a strong connection to the past.


School of Jazz: Anna McPherson serves as guest DJ
Alto saxophonist Anna McPherson from Snohomish High School will virtually join Abe Beeson on Evening Jazz tonight at 8 p.m. (Sept. 3) as guest DJ. She is a sophomore and in the school's band program. Listen to her show and read her Q&A.

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