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08/12/2018

Take 6: The Most Wonderful Time of Year
 
Take 6: The Most Wonderful Time of Year Saturday, Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m. Pantages Theater, Tacoma

08/12/2018

Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band
 
Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band Friday, Dec. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Dimitriou?s Jazz Alley, Seattle

07/12/2018

The New Cool: Shabaka Hutchings Revisited
 
One of London's hottest young jazz musicians, Shabaka Hutchings isn't big on self-promotion. He's appeared on around 50 releases over the past decade, but only one album under his own name - Shabaka and the Ancestors from 2016. He continues the pattern on a wild new album from the trio 1000 Kings.

07/12/2018

School of Jazz: Student musicians Noah Barr, Rafael de Ocampo guest DJ for KNKX
 
Saxophone player Noah Barr and trumpet player Rafael de Ocampo ? juniors from Redmond High School ? graced the KNKX studios Dec. 6 as guest DJs for the evening. Listen to the show and read a Q&A with Barr.

07/12/2018

John Kessler shares annual list of top 10 blues albums
 
Our holiday tradition continues. All Blues host John Kessler shares his top 10 blues albums the year. See which artists made the cut below, and listen to All Blues every Sunday at 6 p.m.

03/12/2018

School of Jazz celebrates performance, mentorship at Jazz Port Townsend
 
KNKX jazz host Abe Beeson hosted a recorded studio session with three dynamic combos at Jazz Port Townsend 2018. The two trios and a quintet were there attending Centrum's 44th annual jazz workshop , experiencing a week filled with living and learning under the tutelage of some of the finest jazz musicians in the world. The workshop is open to all ages of participants. The crew at Centrum was kind enough to let us behind the scenes to record this School of Jazz studio session in the Wheeler Theater at Fort Worden State Park on July 27. That evening, from the main stage inside McCurdy Pavilion, Jazz Port Townsend Artistic Director John Clayton greeted the audience with an enthusiastic "Hello, family!" It reminded us that this vibrant annual festival has been a key reason the Northwest jazz community is so closely connected. First up, a quintet mentored by trumpeter Terell Stafford , celebrating the 80th anniversary of the birth of trumpet legend Lee Morgan . Stafford is the director of

01/12/2018

The New Cool: Stanley Clarke's New Bass Grooves
 
The three pioneers of the electric bass in jazz have been making great records recently. You've been hearing the latest from Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten on KNKX, and on this week's New Cool I've got the new album from Stanley Clarke . It's a ferocious young band, filled with plenty of Clarke's trademark low end grooves.

30/11/2018

Cuban Chemistry returns to Seattle for a night of authentic Cuban music and dance
 
Cuban Chemistry will sizzle at Seattle's Century Ballroom Saturday night, December 8. The musical chemistry between Cuban cuatro master Kiki Valera, popular Cuban vocalist Coco Freeman, and award-winning vocalist and songwriter Carlos Cascante will be impossible to resist, and there will even be a dance lesson before the show, in case you need to brush up on your fancy steps.

29/11/2018

The KNKX Holiday Jam and Live Broadcast returns, this time in downtown Olympia
 
'Tis the season! This year's KNKX Holiday Jam Concert and Live Broadcast will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 7-8 p.m in a new location ? the Historic Capitol Theater in downtown Olympia.

16/11/2018

The New Cool: Jesse Fischer Flips Jazz
 
Multi-instrumentalist Jesse Fischer is also a songwriter, producer, engineer and musical anthropologist. OK, I added that last one to his bio, but his new album Flipped II seamlessly mixes cultures across decades and generations. Flipped II checks a lot of my boxes. Fischer calls the music "a love letter to the hard bop, soul jazz, and jazz fusion of the late 60?s/early 70?s, as seen thru the lens of golden era hip-hop beats and future jazz sounds of today." Cool, right? The trick is putting these sounds together and making the whole more than just the sum of its parts. Happily, Fischer's mission is accomplished. He calls each song a "flip" as opposed to a cover or a remix. To my ears, I hear each style alongside but not blended with the other. Imagine a kid's dinner plate with the various foods all kept carefully apart. Jesse Fischer initiated this style in 2010 with Flipped . This sequel 8 years later continues the theme with Fischer playing keys, guitar, bass, drums and percussion.

16/11/2018

Jazz Caliente: Latin Jazz and Jazz Education
 
Musicians have always passed along their knowledge and experience to the next generation. For some, taking on students is just an additional revenue stream. But for many others, teaching is a serious mission. We'll hear from a couple of the most dedicated Latin Jazz professors this week on Saturday Jazz Caliente:

09/11/2018

The New Cool: Monika Herzig's SHEroes
 
Though the journey to equality isn't over, women in jazz have been steadily gaining attention in recent years. Just last weekend, Maria Schneider (with the SRJO), Dawn Clement, Tia Fuller, and Jane Bunnett and her all-female latin band Maqueque were the star attractions in Seattle. With her new release SHEroes, pianist and composer Monika Herzig 's all-female band adds another important milestone of great music from still-underappreciated ladies in jazz. Arriving in the US from Germany in 1988, Herzig looked to Marian McPartland as a career role model. The British pianist also dealt with working alongside musicians who were the opposite of these two: white, female, and with a foreign accent. Herzig's band is an all-star crew with international reach. Fellow German Leni Stern is featured on guitar, whose own early trio included drummer Jack DeJohnette and guitarist Bill Frisell. British Columbian trumpeter Ingrid Jensen is a well-known talent to Northwest jazz fans. Other members were

09/11/2018

Jazz Caliente: Chucho Valdés to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award
 
Chucho Valdés, the pianist/composer/bandleader often referred to as "The Duke Ellington of Cuba," will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Latin Grammys in a private ceremony on Tuesday November 13.

08/11/2018

KNKX Student DJ Mauricio Hernandez
 
Trumpet player Mauricio Hernandez plays for the Edmonds Community College Jazz Band and is KNKX's guest DJ on November 8 from 8 - 9 p.m. He also plays trumpet in the band, Mauricio & the Jazzhounds.

02/11/2018

Jazz Caliente: Celebrate Women in Latin Jazz this Weekend
 
A CD release party on Saturday and the final concert of the 30th annual Earshot Jazz Festival on Sunday are perfect reasons to celebrate women in Latin Jazz, and to mark the second anniversary of the debut of Saturday Jazz Caliente on KNKX! Entremundos Quarteto CD release show North City Bistro Saturday 11/3 at 8pm The new CD from Entremundos, O Caminho do Bem, features this outstanding quartet's interpretations of some of Brazil's most beloved composers. Fronted by the charismatic vocalist and maestra of the triangle, Adriana Giordano, this show is certain to be a delight.https://youtu.be/j-hg52r0ZNk Jane Bunnett and Maqueque Triple Door Sunday 11/4 at 6pm and 8:30pm What better way to end the weekend and the Earshot Jazz Festival than with the spirit of a young girl? That's the rough interpretation of "maqueque," and this Cuban women's ensemble led by award-winning Canadian flute and sax player Jane Bunnett overflows with spirit and energy. We'll hear music from Entremundos Quarteto

01/11/2018

Jazz Film Review: A Tuba to Cuba
 
In 2015, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band of New Orleans made a trip to Cuba. Their life-changing journey is documented in the wonderfully entertaining and moving film A Tuba to Cuba .

26/10/2018

Boo!! A New Cool Halloween Jazz Preview
 
Autumn in the Seattle area always brings fantastic live music, these days even weeknights are filled with world class live jazz around Puget Sound. So then, a Wednesday night Halloween is due to be full of spooky, funky jazz fun. Rake in the candy for the kids before dark, then get out for some musical treats of your own.

26/10/2018

Jazz Caliente: The Halloween Edition
 
For the Halloween edition of Saturday Jazz Caliente, I've sprinkled the playlist with music about a Peruvian/Bolivian devil, a Cuban spirit, and even one of Dracula's minions; specifically, his chauffeur. Here's some background:

19/10/2018

Jazz Caliente: The Brilliant Brazilian Guitar of Yamandu Costa
 
Brazil is known for producing an astonishing number of guitar virtuosi. Leading the next generation of wizards of the strings, Yamandu Costa is a unique improviser, composer and master of the 7-string guitar.

12/10/2018

The New Cool: Return of Mark Guiliana
 
Among the parade of jazz stars in the Northwest for the Earshot Jazz Festival (through November 4th), one of The New Cool's favorite drummer's makes a return to Seattle on November 6th. The excitement is already building, and KNKX is giving away tickets !

 
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