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23/06/2021

Christian McBride, Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra will be featured on All Things Considered
 
Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra will be heard today (Wednesday) on NPR's All Things Considered as part of an interview with Christian McBride. McBride will be talking about the jazz world getting back into the swing of things post-COVID.

21/06/2021

Tower of Power and WAR
 
Tower of Power and WAR Sunday, September 5 at 7 p.m. Chateau Amphitheatre, Woodinville

18/06/2021

Watch: KNKX Studio Session with the Brubeck Brothers Quartet
 
Just in time for Father?s Day, Chris and Dan Brubeck paid tribute to their Dad--jazz giant Dave Brubeck --along with the rest of the Brubeck Brothers Quartet (pianist Chuck Lamb and guitarist Mike DeMicco) by putting their own spin on some of Dave?s timeless tunes including ?Take Five? and ?Blue Rondo a la Turk.? This KNKX exclusive performance by the Brubeck Brothers Quartet was prerecorded in the Brubeck Room at the Wilton (Connecticut) Library, home of the Brubeck Archives and preceded by Abe?s Q&A with Chris Brubeck. Thanks to O Bee Credit Union for their support. Chris and Dan Brubeck have been making music together practically all their lives. Drummer Dan and bassist, trombonist, and composer Chris cut their first record together in 1966?nearly a half century ago. They?ve subsequently played a variety of styles in a number of different groups as well as with their father, and with their own Brubeck Brothers Quartet. With Dan and Chris as the foundation, guitarist Mike DeMicco

17/06/2021

The New Cool: Black Americans expand the sounds of modern jazz
 
Saturday is Juneteenth, the recently proclaimed state holiday honoring the abolition of slavery in the United States. KNKX is proud to bring listeners the jazz and blues music born of the African American experience that's an essential part of our nation's cultural heritage. Black musicians continue to be at the forefront of American popular music and to expand of the language of modern jazz and blues.

10/06/2021

Record Store Day brings new Roy Hargrove and Mulgrew Miller, Harold Land, Bill Evans albums
 
Expect quarantine limitations to continue for the Record Store Day celebrations at your local store Saturday. Jazz and blues fans will once again find several new jazz and blues releases to encourage your support of independent record stores. Jazz host Abe Beeson has a look at some of the highlights.

03/06/2021

School of Jazz: Sam Llanillo serves as guest DJ
 
Tenor saxophonist Sam Llanillo from Ingraham High School in Seattle will join Abe Beeson as virtual guest DJ tonight (June 3) on Evening Jazz. He is a senior and in the school's jazz band. He has formed his own indie pop-rock band called Aurora Ave. Last month they participated in the Sound Off! showcase at MoPOP.

20/05/2021

The New Cool: Sons of Kemet balance rage and healing, future and past
 
Saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings returns with a fantastic new album with his band Sons of Kemet and continues to live up to the building hype around this young English modern jazz star. Their just-released fourth album, in the wake of the death of George Floyd and ensuing protests, furthers the band's mission of harnessing anger, acknowledging sorrow, expressing joy and committing to a future better than the past.

13/05/2021

The New Cool: Preview the return of live jazz in Seattle
 
It was in the neighborhood - an ensemble of top young jazz and funk players were gathering for a virtual concert from the Highland Park Improvement Center . New Cool host and HPIC neighbor Abe Beeson got an invitation to attend and shares his photos of a joyously funky jazz reunion.

11/05/2021

Hear how some regional jazz students are performing together in isolation
 
Musicians of all ages are demonstrating their creativity and resourcefulness while sheltering in place during COVID-19. Here's what some jazz students from regional middle school, high school and college music programs are doing to keep the music alive, and uplift us during these challenging times. If you are a jazz student or band director with digital content to share with KNKX, please contact Brenda Goldstein-Young at bgoldstein@knkx.org . Here's some 2020 holiday cheer courtesy of the Bellevue High School Jazz Band under the direction of Edd George. It's their rendition of the "Overture" from Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite. Upcoming KNKX student DJ Ryan Hsi plays piano in the Mercer Island High School Jazz Band under the direction of David Bentley. A combo with Ryan and his fellow students perform ?It Could Happen to You,? and ?Green Dolphin Street.? Federal Way's Sequoyah Middle School Jazz Band under the direction of Chris Leslie, performs "The Summer Wind" and features

08/05/2021

Watch: KNKX's International Jazz Day 2021 Studio Session with the Cory Weeds Trio
 
KNKX and Jazz24 presented a live streamed studio session with the Cory Weeds Trio on International Jazz Day?April 30, 2021. The Vancouver, B.C. based saxophonist was joined by bassist Jodi Proznick and pianist Tilden Webb, performing from Will and Norah's. The event was hosted by Abe Beeson. We were excited to cross the Canadian border (virtually) to bring you one of that country?s most important jazz impresarios?a musician who possesses an expressive sound rooted in jazz tradition, a composer and educator, and a record label owner who tirelessly documents unsung jazz heroes. Cory may be best known as the founder and owner of Cory Weeds? Cellar Jazz Club in Vancouver, which he successfully ran for more than 14 years. He built the Cellar to become one of North America?s best jazz clubs, where masters such as George Coleman, Jeff Hamilton, Louis Hayes, David ?Fathead? Newman, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and the finest jazz musicians from Vancouver and across Canada performed, before it closed in

07/05/2021

The New Cool: W.R.D. emerges as a new supergroup of retro-modern groove
 
The new trio W.R.D. is keyboardist Robert Walter , guitarist Eddie Roberts and drummer Adam Deitch . Their debut album, The Hit, on Roberts' Color Red Records was released last week, and you'll hear their gritty, greasy, pulpy grooves this Friday night on the KNKX modern jazz show The New Cool.

06/05/2021

School of Jazz: Cade Sando serves as guest DJ
 
Saxophonist Cade Sando from Cascade Christian High School in Puyallup will join Abe Beeson as virtual guest DJ tonight (May 6) on Evening Jazz. He is a sophomore and in the school's jazz band. Cade plays alto and soprano saxophone, although he prefers soprano when it comes to jazz.

06/05/2021

KNKX School of Jazz Virtual Studio Session with the Tritone Jazz Trio and Tracy Knoop
 
KNKX presents our next virtual School of Jazz studio session with the Tritone Jazz Trio from Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma and their mentor, saxophonist Tracy Knoop . This is a free live streamed Zoom event on May 13 at 7 p.m. REGISTER HERE . Host Abe Beeson will talk with the musicians in between music sets. The musicians will be performing together at Bellarmine with safety protocols in place (pre-screening check, masked and socially distanced). The Tritone Jazz Trio is Henry Jacobson on keys, Aidan Moore on bass, and Ian McKain-Pitts on drums. Aidan and Ian teamed up for KNKX?s student DJ feature in October 2020. Read more about them and listen here . Over the past eight years, Bellarmine?s jazz program has gone from one big band class to two full big bands. Casey Whitson, Director of Music and Department Chair at Bellarmine, gives a big shout-out to the school?s administration for its support of the music program in general and specifically the jazz program, which has

30/04/2021

The New Cool: Ari Joshua opens his vault of jazz guitar recordings
 
Guitarist Ari Joshua has been busy, and now the guitarist has begun releasing recordings he's been working on for years. In varied styles and collaborations, Joshua is making his mark as a modern player to watch. New Cool host Abe Beeson spoke to the Seattle-based musician about his vault of new material.

27/04/2021

Jazz Appreciation Month: The Jazz List of Lists
 
Social media has given us innumerable lists of songs on all kinds of topics. "Best love song," "My favorite break-up songs"?you name it, there?s probably a song list for it. Today, Nick Morrison?s going to give you a list of songs about ? well, we?ll let him tell you.

26/04/2021

Jazz Appreciation Month: Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington searches for social justice
 
Jazz speaks to social issues, and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington?s focus on equality informs her work at the Berklee School of Music as well as her new album. Robin Lloyd reports for Jazz Appreciation Month.

23/04/2021

Jazz Appreciation Month: Northwest Favorite Jazz Broadcaster Jim Wilke
 
He?s an Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award Winner, broadcaster and originator of Jazz After Hours on public radio and champion of live jazz everywhere. For Jazz Appreciation Month, KNKX Music Director Carol Handley talked with Jim Wilke about his appreciation of the NW jazz scene and capturing it in live recordings.

22/04/2021

The New Cool: Portland's Outer Orbit adds guest star John Medeski for debut single
 
Northwest jazz fans are likely familar with Galen Clark . The leader and keys player with Trio Subtonic is a key member of the Portland modern jazz community, and his latest project, Outer Orbit , has a soulful new single out this week, featuring an extra special guest.

22/04/2021

Jazz Appreciation Month: 21st-Century Gypsies
 
The uplifting and swinging sound of gypsy jazz is no spring chicken. It?s pushing 90. So Nick Morrison decided to see how it was aging into the 21st century. Here?s his report.

21/04/2021

Jazz Appreciation Month: Classical to Jazz
 
Classical music and jazz may seem to be worlds apart, but they have more in common than you might think. KNKX Music Director Carol Handley explores some favorite jazz/classical crossovers for Jazz Appreciation Month.

 
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