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The New Cool: Upcoming live modern jazz
The nights are getting longer in the Northwest, and there's plenty of live modern jazz sounds to be found around Seattle. This week's New Cool previews several hot dates in Seattle over the next seven days, including two shows presented by KNKX.


WWBC: Celebrating Dreams
Washington Women's Business Center (WWBC) Hosts: Celebrating Dreams Thursday, May 30 at 6 p.m. Metropolist, Seattle


The New Cool: Thiefs slip into the Northwest next week.
Before we start, that's not a typo. It's a band name. Thiefs is a modern jazz trio spanning the Atlantic with musicians based in Paris and New York City. As I discovered on my recent vacation, Paris has many similarities to New York. The big city hustle and international "melting pot" communities, the youthful energy and progressive attitudes all come through on Thiefs' impressive second album, last year's Graft (La Greffe).


Jazz Caliente: Celebrating the women of Latin jazz for Mother's Day
Jazz Caliente observes Mother's Day this Saturday with a focus on women instrumentalists, bandleaders and a couple of all-women bands. Here's a sample.


School of Jazz: Students Cameron Allen and Jonah Panzer serve as guest DJs for KNKX
Saxophonists Cameron Allen and Jonah Panzer from Stadium High School in Tacoma will take over our Seattle studios tonight (May 9) at 8 p.m. as guests DJs. Listen to the show and read a Q&A with Cameron and Jonah.


Jazz Caliente: Exploring new sounds for Cinco de Mayo and celebrating the 'Sun of Latin Music'
Cinco de Mayo is Sunday, and we'll celebrate with some new music from Mexican artists like Lila Downs and Rodrigo y Gabriela on Jazz Caliente this Saturday. We'll also salute the "Sun of Latin Music," Eddie Palmieri, who brings his Latin Jazz Septet to The Triple Door on Tuesday, May 7.


More Than 'Kind Of Blue': In 1959, A Few Albums Changed Jazz Forever
Sixty years ago, this month, Miles Davis finished recording Kind of Blue , perhaps his greatest masterpiece and still jazz's bestselling album. But it was not the only milestone recorded that year. John Coltrane , Dave Brubeck , Ornette Coleman and Charles Mingus all cut timeless classics, which is why many fans hold that 1959 is the greatest year in all of jazz music. There are countless think pieces exploring the idea, a popular new blog devoted to the subject and even a documentary film, 1959: The Year That Changed Jazz . "1959 began with a very special issue of Esquire magazine called 'The Golden Age of Jazz,' a full issue devoted to this idea," says Nate Chinen of member station WBGO and NPR's Jazz Night in America . "The year opens with this bold proclamation, and I think it was in some ways a self-fulfilling prophecy." So what makes it feel so special? Chinen joined host Rachel Martin on Morning Edition to explain; hear their conversation at the audio link, and read on for


Jazz Caliente: Celebrating Brazilian Choro music
Centrum in Port Townsend is celebrating its 10th year of presenting Choro workshops and concerts. This week on Jazz Caliente, we'll get to know some of the visiting Brazilian artists who make this very popular Centrum program thrive.


The New Cool: The sky's the limit for Cloud Six
Lifelong love for local musicians has always meant expanding one's definition of "Northwest," and I'm happy to push the boundaries of our scene to Portland to call Cloud Six our neighbors. With their self-titled debut release out last fall, the muscular horn-driven sextet shows that the Rose City's musical reputation holds strong.


Timberline High's inspired School of Jazz band hits the KNKX studios
After nearly two decades leading the bands at Timberline High School in Lacey, Cal Anderson knows he has some special players on his hands now. Performing three varied standards in the KNKX studios, these five young men impressed our audience and their mentor, Andy Omdahl.


Saxophone Fusion: Multi-instrumentalist James Carter fuses jazz saxophone, classical works
Multi-instrumentalist James Carter performs with Symphony Tacoma this Saturday evening, April 20, at the Pantages Theater in Tacoma. "Saxophone Fusion" presents compositions derived from diverse cultures that feature the luscious sounds of the saxophone with the rich harmonies of the orchestra.


The New Cool: Get ready for the modern jazz concert of the year
Spring is flowering, and The New Cool looks ahead to summer as ticket sales begin today for what's sure to be the biggest jazz event of the year. Lifelong musical innovator Herbie Hancock is co-headlining a tour with one of the hottest new voices in jazz today, saxophonist Kamasi Washington. The 10-date (so far) tour brings them to Marymoor Park in Redmond on Aug. 16, and you can expect that tickets will be gone long before then.


Jazz Caliente: Pianist Ann Reynolds shares her joy of Cuban music
Ann Reynolds' second Clave Gringa CD, Joy , will be celebrated at a release party at the Royal Room in Seattle on Sunday, April 21. Ann and I recently chatted about her fascination with Cuban music, and about the new album, part of which was recorded in Cuba with Cuban musicians.


School Of Jazz: Mercer Island High School
We were so please to have the Mercer Island High School Combo for a School Of Jazz studio performance. Not only did they play some challenging works ? they were also able to let us on their musical influences as well as why they love jazz. Band teacher Brian Lawrence described how he chose the tunes for the session. You can catch Dan Marcus preforming with EntreMundos and well as coaching the Seattle Youth Symphony. Musicians: Trumpet: Brennan Tien Trumpet: Justin Lesko Alto Saxophone: Cindy Huang Piano: Harry Brown Bass: Grady Short Drums: Otto Sharples Trombone (Mentor): Dan Marcus


The New Cool: Hailing the female future of jazz
This week, Seattle JazzED 's Girls Ellington Project makes jazz history. They became the first all-female band to compete in a national high school jazz competition, one of just 12 groups invited to the Savannah Music Festival's Swing Central Jazz Competition . The battle of these teenage bands took place earlier this morning, and the Girls Ellington Project made all of us proud, despite missing out on the finals. And they reminded us that the future of jazz is, slowly, becoming more and more female.


Jazz Caliente's Rhythm Makers, part 15: International drum star Ignacio Berroa
The foremost authority on Afro-Cuban jazz drumming will appear with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra for three concerts next week. If you're quick, you might be able to pick up the last few remaining tickets. Let's get to know Havana-born Ignacio Berroa!


School of Jazz: Natalie Whitlock as KNKX guest DJ
Alto saxophonist Natalie Whitlock will join Abe Beeson tonight (April 4) at 8 p.m. as guest DJ. She is a senior and plays in the jazz band at Edmonds Woodway High School. Listen to the show and read her Q&A and playlist.


The New Cool: Barrett Martin shifts the rhythms on his new album
Drummer, composer, band leader Barrett Martin returns with a new CD this spring. The worldwide release date for Songs of the Firebird is May 10. The official release show , in conjunction with the release of Martin's new book of short stories, "The Way of the Zen Cowboy," is June 1 at the Royal Room. You'll hear the world broadcast premier ? of the CD, not the book ? coming up Saturday on The New Cool.


Jazz Caliente: Danilo Pérez, Panama's contribution to global jazz, comes to Tacoma
The prolific pianist, educator and social activist Danilo Pérez will be appearing with the University of Puget Sound Jazz Orchestra on Friday, April 5.


Talented teens put Monroe on the jazz map
The all-star jazz ensemble from Monroe High School, calling themselves Kelsey and the Boys, showed their love of jazz in the KNKX studios. The session provided a good reminder that as the Northwest grows, the once-small-town of Monroe is growing an impressive jazz program.

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