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Black History Month: Maceo Parker's idol, Ray Charles
Maceo Parker had many influences growing up, but Ray Charles was number one.


The New Cool: Vote for Seattle's best (modern) jazz
Awards season is here, and Earshot Jazz's Golden Ear Awards return - virtually, of course - with a look back at bright moments from a difficult year in the Northwest jazz scene. The New Cool will feature a few on this week's show, as voting concludes Monday, March 1.


Black History Month: Nina Simone's first protest song
When Nina Simone had finally had enough, she wrote her first protest song in 1963.


Black History Month: Dr. Billy Taylor's anthem
For Black History Month, Robin Lloyd honors Dr. Billy Taylor and his Civil Rights anthem ?I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free.?


Black History Month: The Bold Blanche Calloway
KNKX remembers the groundbreaking bandleader Blanche Calloway for Black History Month.


Jackson Street Jazz Walk honors Seattle jazz past, present and future Friday and Saturday
Black History Month concludes at the end of the week, and Seattle jazz musicians and fans will be celebrating the legacy of African-American musicians in the Northwest Friday and Saturday nights with the virtual Jackson Street Jazz Walk .


Jazz Caliente: Salsa and soul with Johnny Pacheco and the Fania All-Stars
Johnny Pacheco, one of the "Fathers of Salsa," died on Feb. 15. He was 85. Jazz Caliente remembers this influential and beloved Dominican musician who brought a cross-cultural phenomenon to the world.


Marcia Ball Virtual Studio Session
Marcia Ball joined us from her home near Austin, TX, for a Virtual Studio Session, exactly one year to the day that she performed live in KNKX?s Seattle Studios. This day we were lucky enough to hear Marcia perform six songs, and we chatted briefly and took some questions from the Zoom audience. With her unique blend of roadhouse boogie, swampy blues and R&B, she?s been nominated for 5 Grammys, literally dozens of Blues Music Awards, been on David Letterman, the Today Show, played at The White House, is an official Texas State musician, and is in the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame. Marcia has also been a good friend to KNKX and has done 5 previous Studio Sessions with us. Her latest album Shine Bright has been in heavy rotation on ALL BLUES since it came out in 2018 and she performed 2 songs from the album, including the timely Mardi Gras song ?When the Mardi Gras is Over.? Our chat included discussion of Boogie-Woogie piano, and its east Texas


The New Cool: Seattle's 45th St Brass releases a 'Digital 45'
The busy bees of Seattle-area jazz keep producing honey-sweet new music in difficult pandemic times. The members of 45th St Brass band are the latest, with a pair of tasty tunes out now showing off their unique modern take on the brass band tradition. They'll celebrate the single with a live-streamed release show Thursday night.


The Journey to Jazz and Human Rights
Alana Bridgewater hosts The Journey to Jazz and Human Rights, the award-winning documentary produced by Jazz.FM91 in Toronto, Canada is a look at how the music, and the men and women who made the music, laid claim to human rights around the world. The four part series airs Monday February 15 through Thursday February 18 at 7 p.m. on KNKX. JAZZ.FM91 The Journey to Jazz and Human Rights Behind the documentary: As part of an enhanced listener experience, Jazz.FM91 has, with the support of Maytree, created a supplementary research component to expand on The Journey to Jazz and Human Rights documentary podcast series. To find out more information about the artists and songs you heard in each episode, please see the links below. Episode 1: Civil Rights Episode 2: Economic Rights Episode 3: Women?s Rights Episode 4: Jazz Around the World Funding for this series was provided by Maytree , which is committed to advancing systemic solutions to poverty and strengthening civic communities by


Jazz Caliente: Songs of love and longing
Sunday is Valentine's Day, and Saturday's Jazz Caliente celebrates early with songs of love and longing, including a few slow-dance boleros for cuddling with your cutie.


The New Cool: The Nels Cline Singers get edgy on new Blue Note album
When my favorite musicians talk like fans, I listen. So I perked up when "saxophonics" icon Skerik wrote to me, "Nels (Cline) is such a force and he wrote some amazing music for this record, it's really special and I want everyone to hear it and support him. Thank you." He's right, and you'll hear Nels Cline with Skerik on Friday's New Cool.


The New Cool: Meridian Odyssey records a jazz love letter to Alaska
If you've been following the Seattle jazz scene, no doubt you know a few of the musicians calling themselves Meridian Odyssey. They've played as sidemen with many of the city's top players and spent hours working together in each others' bands. Despite and because of the pandemic, the quintet of friends found room to collaborate in socially distanced Alaska, resulting in a great new album.


School of Jazz: Austin Schneider serves as guest DJ
Tenor saxophonist Austin Schneider from Lynnwood High School will virtually join Abe Beeson as guest DJ tonight (Feb. 4) on Evening Jazz at 7 p.m. He is a senior and in the school's jazz band program. Listen to the show and read their Q&A.


Watch: Our First Virtual School Of Jazz Studio Session
Some of the most resilient musicians finding ways to keep music alive during COVID-19 are local jazz students. KNKX recently presented its first virtual School of Jazz studio session with the Red Combo from Seattle Academy (SAAS) , hosted by Abe Beeson. Watch the performance below. The Red Combo?Henry Roseman on piano, bassist Tito Rios Viche, and KNKX?s December 2020 guest student DJ Calvin Lundin on drums?performed with their mentor, Northwest bassist and Origin Records artist Paul Gabrielson . The program included three tunes penned by Henry Roseman. The event also featured Abe?s Q&A with the musicians and SAAS band director Matt Frost. Note: the musicians performed together at Seattle Academy with safety protocols in place. KNKX is proud of our commitment to providing mentorship and performance opportunities for Western Washington jazz students through our School of Jazz program?now in its 15 th year. Stay tuned for more virtual School of Jazz studio sessions showcasing some of


Jazz Caliente: George Gershwin's fascination with Cuban music
Known as one of the most significant composers of American music, George Gershwin excelled in popular songs, Broadway musicals and even classical compositions. In February of 1932, George treated himself to a two-week vacation in Cuba. When he came back to the U.S., he wrote a short piece of music inspired by the rhythms he heard on the island.


The New Cool: Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio and Westerlies release new albums Friday
Friday brings new albums from two ends of the modern jazz spectrum. The Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio's groovy sophomore album, I Told You So , is packed with red-hot soul jazz, while the brass quartet The Westerlies joins forces with singer Theo Bleckmann on This Land , a collection of political songs inspired by modern times. Catch a song from both on The New Cool Friday night.


The New Cool: Bass and harp combine for pandemic jazz therapy
The harp is a rare instrument in jazz, so everything the talented harpist Brandee Younger plays feels brand new. During the pandemic lockdown, Younger and talented bassist Dezron Douglas turned their New York City apartment into a space for healing and creating jazz both timeless and cutting edge.


The New Cool: The True Loves triumph with a powerful new soul jazz single
Seattle's premier soul jazz ensemble has released a new single, "Sunday Afternoon," moving its world-class horns to the front of the band's powerful rhythm section engine. Tune in for Friday night's New Cool to hear The True Loves ' hip soundscape for relaxing and recharging for a new week, or a new year.


Jazz Caliente: Jazz Education Network recognizes Legends of Latin Jazz
Bay Area percussionist and bandleader Pete Escovedo was honored at last week's Jazz Education Network Virtual Conference as this year's Legend of Latin Jazz.

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