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ArtsWest: Sunset Baby
ArtsWest: Sunset Baby Sept. 26 - Oct. 20 ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery, Seattle


JigJam Friday, September 27 at 7:30 p.m. Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center, Kent


Billy Cobham Crosswinds Project
Billy Cobham Crosswinds Project featuring Randy Brecker ~ 75th Birthday Celebration Tour Thursday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, Seattle


Tacoma Film Festival
Tacoma Film Festival Oct. 3 - 10 Grand Cinema, Tacoma


Within/Earshot Jazz Festival
Within/Earshot Jazz Festival Oct. 5 - 27 Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Bainbridge Island


The New Cool: Theo Croker brings out the stars
Still in his mid-30s, Theo Croker has become a jazz trumpet star. His new album, Star People Nation , puts his horn solidly in the spotlight, that instrument acting as an extension of the artist himself. The result is a confident, modern trumpet record that builds on tradition while sounding fully of the 21st century.


Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool Screening & Q&A
Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool Screening & Q&A Sept. 20 - 21 SIFF Cinema Egyptian, Seattle


Jazz Caliente: Celebrating generations of trombone
This week on Jazz Caliente, we'll hear some great trombone playing from veteran bandleader Papo Vasquez, and also from relative newcomer Natalie Cressman. Let's get to know some Latin jazz trombonists!


The New Cool: Jeff Coffin looks to India with Dream Shanti
Since the late '90s, Jeff Coffin 's skills on saxophones have been well featured with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones and the Dave Matthews Band . Fans of the New Cool love his own group, the Jeff Coffin Mu'tet, and now Coffin shares his love of Indian music with a new modern jazz project he calls Dream Shanti .


Kneebody live at The Triple Door
One of the world's foremost modern jazz groups, Kneebody, exudes rock 'n' roll energy with chamber music sensibilities and dynamic, angular compositions. They're a communal group collecting the sax and trumpet work of Ben Wendel and Shane Endsley, respectively. With the keyboard skills of Adam Benjamin and the bass and drums rhythm section of Kaveh Rastegar and Nate Wood, Kneebody have developed a genre all their own. The group happily takes on the "jazz" moniker, however, proceeding to alter listeners expectations of what "jazz" is. Though each player keeps a busy schedule of his own, they will always return to this band, bringing with them new influences that contribute to Kneebody's constant evolution. Musicians: Adam Benjamin Shane Endsley Ben Wendel Nate Wood Kaveh Rastegar Setlist: For The Fallen Drum Battle Unforeseen Influences Chapters The Non-Profit Prince Of Lexington Uprising For Mikie Lee


School of Jazz: Shaina Ellis serves as guest DJ
Alto Saxophonist Shaina Ellis from Central Washington University in Kirland will join Abe Beeson tonight (Sept. 5) at 8 p.m. as guest DJ. Listen to the show and read her Q&A and playlist.


Donny McCaslin live at The Triple Door
Saxophonist and composer Donny McCaslin raised his profile to the stratosphere working with David Bowie on his final album in 2016. Smartly, he's used this launching pad to display his own passionate, searching jazz on his own 2016 release, Beyond Now. The pride of Santa Cruz, California's next move was further in the pop direction. Blow is a vocals-driven collection still pushing urgently toward modern jazz in a style NPR's All Things Considered called "exhilarating art rock."


Jazz Caliente: Revisiting Manny Oquendo's Conjunto Libre, the "finishing school" for Latin jazz
Percussionist Manny Oquendo (1931-2009) led and co-founded the influential Latin jazz ensemble called Conjunto Libre. Like the "hard-bop academy" of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers , it was a finishing school for the musicians who passed through it on their way to becoming leaders and luminaries of Latin jazz.


The New Cool: Talking modern jazz with fans at Marymoor
There were miles of smiles at Marymoor Park in Redmond last Friday for the world-class double bill of Kamasi Washington and Herbie Hancock bands. Before the show and between sets, fans stopped by the KNKX tent to talk with New Cool host Abe Beeson about what "modern jazz" means to them.


The New Cool: Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend students share thoughts on modern jazz
Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend jazz camp is an educational opportunity for students of all ages. On my visit to the camp and jazz festival last month, I took my opportunity to ask some of the younger campers what they thought of modern jazz, who their favorite modern musicians are, and what they're generation will contribute to the future of this ever-changing art form.


The New Cool: Marquis Hill brings his Blacktet back to Seattle next week
One of the hottest trumpet players in jazz returns to Seattle next week, and KNKX welcomes Marquis Hill 's Blacktet for an exclusive studio session performance, as well. Hill's fans will tell you he's an amazing musician, but he's also committed to making his music mean something.


Ernie Watts live at the 2019 Ballard Jazz Festival
Ernie Watts has built an enviable musical résumé. The sax player was a key member of Charlie Haden's Quartet West, played with the "Tonight Show" band for 20 years, and lent his jazz expertise to the rock music of The Rolling Stones and Frank Zappa's band. Watts is a two-time Grammy winner and well-respected artist across the musical spectrum, but his heart belongs to the jazz that raised him. John Coltrane and Charlie Parker live on though Watts' dynamic, passionate sound that can fill a room and break your heart. Watts is a good friend to Seattle jazz fans and musicians alike, working often with his friend and Seattle jazz icon, pianist Marc Seales, who is featured in this remarkable live performance at the Ballard Jazz Festival. More Info Origin Records The Ballard Jazz Festival


The New Cool: High Pulp finds their voice(s) on a new EP
Last Halloween, High Pulp celebrated the night at Nectar Lounge and welcomed some special guests for a few choice collaborations. Among them, Shaina Shepherd was featured in a roof-raising version of the Aretha Franklin classic "Rock Steady." I was floored, and mentioned to both that they should make a record together. Now we can all celebrate their new single, "Broken Little Dolls."


Jazz Caliente: Letting the music unite us
Looking at the diversity of musicians just within this Saturday's Jazz Caliente playlist, I realize that the arts (and, for me, music in particular) are the common ground where we all can meet and get along like civilized beings.


Jazz students at Bellevue College show off many skills
Under the direction of Jim Sisko for the past seven years, the jazz program at Bellevue College is emphasizing a more diverse set of musical skills. The well respected big band remains, but students are focusing more on small groups, improvisation, arranging and composition. When Sisko brought an all-star combo from the college into the KNKX studios, he told us that new focus is paying dividends.

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