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25/03/2020

The New Cool: Dylan Hayes presents his Electric Band
 
You can hear a current of youthful energy flowing through everything Dylan Hayes plays. His newly released Songs for Rooms and People with his Electric Band really turns up the juice.

25/03/2020

Jazz Caliente: Remembering the 'Complete Percussionist' Ray Mantilla
 
Percussion master and beloved bandleader Ray Mantilla died on March 21. He was 85.

19/03/2020

The New Cool: Support your local musicians Friday, and every day
 
There are myriad ways to support musicians during this extended period of shuttered bars and jazz clubs. All day this Friday, the online musician hub bandcamp.com is rallying their worldwide community to put much needed money directly into artists' pockets.

12/03/2020

Northwest musicians creatively cope with coronavirus outbreak
 
Successful musicians often need to be creative hustlers to make a living as artists. With the COVID-19 outbreak leading to increasing concert cancellations, those hustling skills are being put to a serious test. One musician, pianist Marina Albero, is experimenting with a new way for musicians to connect with their audience ? virtually.

07/03/2020

The New Cool: High Pulp celebrates latest EP and unveils new recording
 
Saturday night on Capitol Hill, the Seattle funk-jazz fusion group High Pulp performs their latest vocal collaborations EP Light Fix . They'll also plant another flag along their impressive journey to becoming one of the most intriguing improvisational outfits in the Northwest.

05/03/2020

School of Jazz: Nicolas Lofgren serves as guest DJ
 
Multi-instrumentalist Nicolas Lofgren from Bainbridge High School on Bainbridge Island will take over Evening Jazz with Abe Beeson as guest DJ at 8 p.m. tonight (March 5). Nicolas is a senior and plays lead alto in the jazz band at his high school. He also plays clarinet, soprano and tenor saxophones. Listen to the show and read his Q&A.

04/03/2020

Jazz Caliente: Eddie Palmieri is 'Doin' It in the Park'
 
In case you missed it: Back in 2012, pianist/composer/bandleader Eddie Palmieri contributed his considerable skills to the soundtrack for a documentary film, Doin' It in the Park, an intense look at pick-up basketball culture in New York City parks. "You can play high school or college for four years. You can play pro for a decade. You can play pick-up...for life."

28/02/2020

'Creativity is more than just being different.' A look at the career of Charles Mingus.
 
In honor of Black History Month, we are taking a look into the career highlights of African American artists and their contribution to the world of jazz and blues Charles Mingus is perhaps the jazz world?s most famous bass-playing composer. There are three repertory bands playing his music on a regular basis, and those compositions are still provoking and inspiring musicians and music fans around the world. Abe Beeson highlights his story.

27/02/2020

Rhiannon Giddens: Connecting to her African American roots through the banjo
 
In honor of Black History Month, we are taking a look into the career highlights of African American artists and their contribution to the world of jazz and blues. Rhiannon Giddens is a modern songwriter and musician, who is carrying the tradition of African American work songs and Appalachia into contemporary music. KNKX's Paige Hansen takes a look into her work.

26/02/2020

Regina Carter has felt the music running through her since Day One
 
In honor of Black History Month, we are taking a look into the career highlights of African American artists and their contribution to the world of jazz and blues. Robin Lloyd celebrates the diverse artistry of Regina Carter.

25/02/2020

Culture of Mardi Gras in New Orleans extends beyond one annual celebration
 
In honor of Black History Month, we are taking a look into the career highlights of African American artists and their contribution to the world of jazz and blues. In our latest story, KNKX's John Kessler shares the culture and sounds of Mardi Gras.

24/02/2020

Originator of cool Lester Young played the 'purest blues' ever heard
 
In honor of Black History Month, we are taking a look into the career highlights of African American artists and their contribution to the world of jazz and blues. KNKX's Carol Handley takes a look at saxophonist Lester Young, who was a key ?bridge? player from Bebop to Cool Jazz.

21/02/2020

Beloved vocalist Billie Holiday made you feel what she was singing
 
As part of Black History Month, KNKX is highlighting figures who?ve made their mark in the rich world of African American jazz and blues culture. That list wouldn?t be complete without Lady Day. Here?s Paige Hansen with a story on Billie Holiday.

20/02/2020

Big man with big talent got a late start to music. But singing has always been in his blood.
 
In honor of Black History Month, we are taking a look into the career highlights of African American artists and their contribution to the world of jazz and blues. A big talent and a big man took a long time to launch his music career. He was close to 40 when he started making records, and within eight years he?d been awarded two Grammy Awards and earned fans all over the world. He has made his mark with compassion and humor and a special jazz hat. Here?s a story about Gregory Porter. It starts in wretched poverty and there is no end to how far he?ll go.

20/02/2020

Jazz Caliente: Don't miss these two upcoming concerts in Seattle
 
The gods of Latin jazz are truly smiling on Seattle right now. Here's a bit of background on two shows that you really should see.

19/02/2020

Looking back at the life of Mary Lou Williams, the Lady Who Swings the Band
 
In honor of Black History Month, we are taking a look into the career highlights of African American artists and their contribution to the world of jazz and blues. Here?s Robin Lloyd?s appreciation of jazz giant Mary Lou Williams.

18/02/2020

Modern-day group Ranky Tanky draws inspiration from traditional Gullah music
 
In honor of Black History Month, we are taking a look into the career highlights of African American artists and their contribution to the world of jazz and blues. A modern-day band is drawing inspiration from Gullah, an American subculture that flourished in the low country of South Carolina and Georgia as far back as the 1600s. Meet Ranky Tanky, the jazz players taking their musical cues from Gullah.

15/02/2020

The time piano master Jaki Byard offered an impromptu critique of a hapless clarinetist
 
In honor of Black History Month, we are taking a look into the career highlights of African American artists and their contribution to the world of jazz and blues. Dick Stein tells the story of an impromptu performance critique by piano master Jaki Byard for a hopeless ? and hapless ? would be clarinetist.

12/02/2020

The New Cool: Plan for plenty of hot modern jazz beats in Seattle this month
 
As your humble New Cool host, I'm out and about catching live jazz on a regular schedule. In fact, when I miss a show I feel a little guilty. So, while I'm out of town for a couple weeks, do me and yourself a favor. Enjoy some of the fantastic modern jazz concerts, featuring a ton of heavy-hitting drummers, heating up mid-winter in the Northwest.

11/02/2020

Terence Blanchard, six-time Grammy winner, is a musical chameleon
 
In honor of Black History Month, we are taking a look into the career highlights of African American artists and their contribution to the world of jazz and blues. Terence Blanchard just won his sixth Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition for his music from the Oscar-nominated Spike Lee film ?BlacKkKlansman.? But film music is just one aspect of this amazing artist, as his music continues to evolve.

 
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