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The New Cool: BrandonLee Cierley takes on a new jazz challenge
His Tacoma-based modern jazz band 322 became a favorite of New Cool fans since their beginnings as college kids at PLU. Five years later, the band's leader, saxophonist BrandonLee Cierley , moves in a new direction with his new release of jazz-meets-hip-hop, Here Comes a New Challenger .


School of Jazz: Jonah Elbaum serves as guest DJ
Trumpeter Jonah Elbaum from West Seattle High School will take over Evening Jazz with Abe Beeson tonight at 8 p.m. (Aug. 6) as guest DJ. He is a junior and in the school's jazz band. He is also an aspiring filmmaker. Listen to his show and read his Q&A.


Jazz Caliente: Tracking down new sounds from Cuba and Seattle
The capricious gods of remote broadcasting prevented us from hearing the new music that I had planned for last Saturday's Jazz Caliente. We're making up for it this week. Here is what's in store:


The New Cool: Finding jazz inspiration in the music library
Originally created for commercial use, hidden gems in music libraries have inspired a new generation of musicians producing their own versions of these odd but ubiquitous musical interludes. Among them are the Englishmen of ATA Records, and you?ll hear their new-but-retro creation Saturday on The New Cool.


All Blues Presents Duffy Bishop and Chris Carlson
KNKX is excited to present our next live streamed All Blues event on July 24 at 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET. Host John Kessler's special guests are vocalist Duffy Bishop and singer/guitarist/songwriter and long-time collaborator, Chris Carlson, coming to us from their home in Florida. You'll hear songs from their latest album, I'm Gonna Do What I Want! , John will chat with Duffy and Chris, and they'll take your questions. The event is free. Register here and you'll receive an e-mail with the Zoom link.


The New Cool: Trombonist Greg Kramer blows a cool breeze on his debut release
Greg Kramer has worked with some of the brightest musical stars of the Northwest. With his debut EP released this week, Kramer steps forward on his own, presenting three songs of sweet summer soul cleverly mixed with hip-hop, funk and big band jazz. The original music on Tell Me deserves attention.


School of Jazz: Austin Miller serves as guest DJ
Trumpeter Austin Miller from Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens joins Abe Beeson tonight at 8 p.m. (July 2) during Evening Jazz as guest DJ. Austin also plays the horn and is in the wind ensemble at his high school. Listen to the show and read his Q&A.


The New Cool: Elgin Park talks about the new Greyboy Allstars album
With their first new album in seven years, The Greyboy Allstars join forces once again to get you moving this holiday weekend. I spoke with the Allstars' guitarist, singer and songwriter Elgin Park about their latest release, their eventual return to touring, and reclaiming the boogaloo.


Hear how some regional jazz students are performing together in isolation
Musicians of all ages are demonstrating their creativity and resourcefulness while sheltering in place during COVID-19. Here's what some jazz students from regional middle school, high school and college music programs are doing to keep the music alive, and uplift us during these challenging times. If you are a jazz student or band director with digital content to share with KNKX, please contact Brenda Goldstein-Young at . Federal Way's Sequoyah Middle School Jazz Band under the direction of Chris Leslie, performs "The Summer Wind" and features vocalist Anna (8th grade) and 7th grader Jeremy doing the saxophone solo. ("The Summer Wind" was originally released in Germany in 1965 as "Der Sommerwind" by Heinz Meier with lyrics by Hans Bradtke. American lyricist, songwriter and singer Johnny Mercer reworked the lyrics into English.) Seattle's Roosevelt High School Jazz Band perform "Magnolias Dripping with Molasses" from Duke Ellington's and Billy Strayhorn's 1946 Deep


Wil Blades livestreams his organ grooves Saturday night
Organist Wil Blades was in Seattle for one of the last jazz concerts before the pandemic shutdown closed the clubs. He joined saxophonist Skerik and legendary drummer Mike Clark at The Royal Room on Feb. 28. Two weeks later, the club was closed until further notice. To help ease the pain, get a full dose of Vitamin B3 from Blades? Hammond organ (and clavinet and synthesizers) streaming live into your home Saturday night .


All Blues Virtual Event with Stephanie Anne Johnson
Blues/roots singer/songwriter Stephanie Anne Johnson was All Blues host John Kessler's special guest for KNKX's live streamed Zoom event on June 5.


Maria Schafer sings from the heart on her latest album
KNKX is proud to share the latest album from California-based singer Maria Schafer. No Broken Hearts is her second release (not including last year's holiday duets EP, Christmas in the City ), and a more intimate view of Schafer's love of classic jazz and her impressive vocal skills. Abe Beeson spoke with her and guitarist Shane Savala recently about their continuing collaborations.


How You Can Support Musicians and the Music Industry during Covid-19
If you have ever found yourself leaning into a specific song or music in general to help you through a hardship, you are not alone. Music has the power to heal mind, body and soul. That healing experience is shared by humanity the world over. The artists and industry professionals are right now, more than ever, in need of our help to heal their world of hurt. Musicians are scrambling to stream and find virtual solutions to a live experience. Clubs and concert halls are closed. Event producers and staff are locked out of work. The industry standstill has created an uncertain future for the local, national and international music industries. There are actions by fans of bands and artists that can have a direct impact right now. We hope to help you navigate and find the most effective ways to help right now to help as directly as possible with funds and resources. How You Can Support the Artists In the recent age of streaming, even before Covid-19, the money-making model for artists


School of Jazz: Elijah Allen-White serves as guest DJ
Pianist Elijah Allen-White from Chief Sealth International High School in Seattle will accompany Abe Beeson tonight at 8 p.m. (March 4) during Evening Jazz as guest DJ. Elijah is KNKX's first virtual guest student DJ. Listen to the show and read his Q&A.


The New Cool: Highlighting a 'Quarantine' music festival Saturday
Quarantine Comes Alive ? a streaming, online music festival ? will benefit more than 60 musical combos and several philanthropic groups in an all-day event Saturday, May 30. The New Cool will highlight several modern jazz acts featured in the festival on KNKX that afternoon.


The New Cool: Revisiting pianist Alex Monfort
Paris-based pianist and composer Alex Monfort recently reminded me that it's been two years since the release of his excellent trio album Introspection . A little over a year ago, Monfort made his Seattle debut at Tula's. Hear Monfort on The New Cool Saturday, and listen close for a chance to win a copy of the CD .


The New Cool: New grooves for an endless night from Seattle's New Triumph
Seattle's The New Triumph released their third album, Night Trip , this week. Like last week's release of the latest from Polyrhythmics, and so many more musicians, the band is hustling to make the best of presenting new music to an isolated world.


The New Cool: Polyrhythmics present new music for a quarantined planet
It can take several months to make an album, from writing to recording, mastering and all the other behind-the-scenes details. Of all the luck, the new Polyrhythmics album release date, May 8, finally rolled around in the middle of a nationwide pandemic shut down. Now what?


Jazz trailblazer Toshiko Akiyoshi gets her due
For Jazz Appreciation Month, Robin Lloyd salutes pianist, composer, and arranger Toshiko Akiyoshi. As a musician she is a trailblazer on the piano, in the jazz genre in her 64 year career, she has experienced many firsts.


How jazz won the 'Cool' War
We live in a world of super-powers competing for global influence. Beyond military victory and economic dominance, they also compete for our hearts and minds, often deploying artists as ambassadors.

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