Jazz Northwest

Jazz Northwest

From KNKX Public Radio

Jazz Northwest focuses on the regional jazz scene from Portland to Vancouver. CDs by the best resident musicians from Seattle, Portland and Vancouver are featured, and the program also includes news about the best places to go for live jazz in the region. In addition, Jim goes "on location" to concerts, clubs and jazz festivals to record performances by resident and visiting artists for playback on Jazz Northwest. These one-of-a-kind recordings are available nowhere else!More from Jazz Northwest »

Most Recent Episodes

Barça Band - Special Edition In Concert On Jazz Northwest

Drummer Adam Kessler and bassist Phil Sparks have been co-leading Thursday Jazz Nights at the Barça Lounge on Capitol Hill in Seattle for over a decade. Generally, it's the rhythm section and a guest soloist. To celebrate 10 years of this on-going weekly event, they made a CD featuring a dozen musicians on various tracks, recorded in performance at Barça. For this "Art of Jazz" concert, three of those soloists are featured together in a special edition of the band - Dave Peterson on guitar, Alexey Nikolaev on tenor sax, and Bernie Jacobs on flute, alto sax and vocals. The concert at the Seattle Art Museum was presented by Earshot and recorded for radio. The CD " Live at Barça, Vol. 1" is now available and 100 percent of the proceeds benefit Sanctuary Art Center, a non-profit organization providing a safe, warm and calm environment for homeless and street involved youth to experience creativity and success through art. More info: Barça Lounge Seattle Art Museum Earshot Jazz Live Jazz

Ralph Towner's New CD Debuts On Jazz Northwest

Guitarist and composer Ralph Towner returns to the Pacific Northwest this month as part of a a national tour including Portland and Seattle, Feb. 20 and 21. His new CD "My Foolish Heart" debuts this week on Jazz Northwest. Now an international artist, Ralph Towner was born in Chehalis and played piano in Seattle in the 1960s before co-founding the group Oregon and later concentrating on 12-string and classical guitars. He has recorded over two dozen albums for ECM since 1972. Also on this week's Jazz Northwest are new releases by Seattle pianist Bill Anschell and New York pianist Emmet Cohen, who is touring in the area next week. The program also includes music by Branford Marsalis and Kurt Elling, and the Maria Schneider Orchestra who will open the PDX Jazz Festival in Portland on Feb. 16 and 17. Next week's show will feature highlights from a concert by the Barça Band led by Adam Kessler and Phil Sparks recorded at The Seattle Art Museum as part of the Art of Jazz series. Jazz

SRJO Trumpets Tribute To Miles Davis And Gil Evans

The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, co-directed by Clarence Acox and Michael Brockman, played music of Miles Davis and arrangements by Gil Evans in its November concerts in Seattle and Kirkland. The concert at The Kirkland Performance Center was recorded for radio and we're airing highlights from that performance this week on Jazz Northwest .

New Releases By Northwest Musicians

Several recent releases by Northwest resident musicians are featured on this week's Jazz Northwest . Bremerton saxophonist Mark Lewis recorded in New York with a trio of first-call musicians. Adam Kessler and Phil Sparks are the cornerstone of Thursday sessions at Barça Lounge on Capitol Hill with different guest artists each week. Their new CD includes guitarist Dave Peterson, one of the many guests featured in these live recordings from the club. Also on this week's show is accordionist David Lange's new studio CD "Mélange" which ranges through a variety of styles played by several different ensembles. Jazz Northwest airs weekly on Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. Pacific and includes available recordings as well as unique live-on-location recordings. Next week, The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra will be heard in selections from "Miles Ahead" - a concert of music composed and arranged by Gil Evans and originally recorded by Miles Davis. Jazz Northwest is produced by host Jim Wilke for

LineUp Plays An Art Of Jazz Concert At Seattle Art Museum

This week on Jazz Northwest, we're featuring LineUp in concert at the Seattle Art Museum. The quartet was formed in 2015 and debuted at the Ballard Jazz Festival that same year. Co-led by pianist and vocalist Dawn Clement and saxophonist Mark Taylor, LineUp has also played at the Earshot Jazz Festival and a monthly series at Tula's in Seattle. The quartet is completed by Michael Glynn on bass and Byron Vannoy on drums. All four members of the group are also composers and this concert includes original music as well as jazz classics by Lennie Tristano and Thelonious Monk. The Art of Jazz series is coordinated by Earshot Jazz and presented on the second Thursday of each month at the Seattle Art Museum from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The concerts are free and open to the public in the Brotman Forum. The next concert in the series will feature the Barça Band led by Adam Kessler and Phil Sparks on March 9. Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 knkx and knkx.org .

The 14th Annual PDX Jazz Festival With Don Lucoff

The 14th Annual PDX Jazz Festival in Portland features Grammy winners, NEA Jazz Masters and many other stars February 16-26. The festival's Artistic Director, Don Lucoff joins Jim Wilke in a preview of the festival on this week's Jazz Northwest on 88.5 knkx and knkx.org at 2 p.m. Pacific on January 15. The program includes music by Branford Marsalis, Kurt Elling, the Maria Schneider Orchestra, The Heath Brothers, John Abercrombie, T.S.Monk, Jon Faddis and centennial salutes to the music of Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie. Jazz Northwest airs Sundays at 2 p.m. Pacific on 88.5 knkx and knkx.org and is produced by host Jim Wilke. After broadcast, programs may be streamed on demand at jazznw.org . More info: pdxjazz.com jazznw.org

Jazz Northwest: Nancy King And Steve Christofferson Perform At JazzVox

This week on Jazz Northwest , Portland-based jazz singer Nancy King teams with pianist Steve Christofferson in a JazzVox "home concert." Nancy King was named to the Jazz Society of Oregon Hall of Fame in 2001, the city of Portland named Feb. 22, 2008 as Nancy King Day, and she was recognized as the third Portland Jazz Master in 2013. In this intimate, Seattle concert she's joined by pianist and composer Steve Christofferson with whom she's often worked for over 35 years. They've toured internationally and recorded two CDs together, one with The Metropole Orchestra of the Netherlands. Nancy has also recorded with Glenn Moore, Ray Brown, and others. Her latest is a live album with Fred Hersch at The Village Vanguard in New York. Over 200 JazzVox concerts have been produced by Nich Anderson since 2008, most featuring vocalists. Performances take place in living rooms in Seattle, Camano Island, Bainbridge Island, Federal Way and Renton. The concerts are produced by Nich Anderson with the

Jazz Northwest Holiday Show

On Christmas Day, Jazz Northwest celebrates with holiday music by many of our great resident artists from Portland to Vancouver B.C. Included are favorites by Bill Smith, Susan Pascal, Dave Frishberg, Barney McClure, Ernestine Anderson, Jose Gonzales, SRJO, Don Lanphere, Nancy King, Karin Plato and Michael Powers. Jazz Northwest is followed by more holiday music by Northwest artists on the Origin Holiday Special hosted by Matt Jorgensen while Ken Wiley takes the holiday off. Jazz Northwest is produced and hosted by Jim Wilke every Sunday at 2 p.m. Pacific on 88.5 knkx and knkx.org . After broadcast, previous shows are available for streaming online at jazznw.org .

Denise Donatelli & Anton Schwartz Quintet Earshot Festival Performance Featured On Jazz Northwest

This week on Jazz Northwest , Los Angeles-based singer Denise Donatelli joins Anton Schwartz in fronting a quintet in an Earshot Festival performance. The program was recorded on stage at Tula's in Seattle. The Grammy-nominated singer Denise Donatelli and tenor saxophonist Anton Schwartz chose a program that includes time-honored standards, as well as contemporary songs by Geoffrey Keezer, Sting, Beck, AC Jobim and Donald Fagen. Completing the quintet are Portland pianist Randy Porter, Michael Glynn on bass, and Matt Jorgensen on drums. Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 knkx and knkx.org . The program airs Sundays at 2 p.m. Pacific and after broadcast may be streamed anytime at jazznw.org .

Denise Donatelli & Anton Schwartz Quintet Earshot Festival Performance Featured On Jazz Northwest

New Releases And Holiday Music Featured On This Week's Jazz Northwest

On this week's Jazz Northwest, Jose "Juicy" Gonzales Trio plays music from a new CD "Linus and Juicy" and also in live concerts. Also featured is the extended three-movement "Concerto for Jazz Trumpet" composed by Samantha Boshnack featuring Thomas Marriott with the B'shnorkestra. Also included on this week's show are holiday favorites by Don Lanphere, Greta Matassa, Michael Powers, Anton Schwartz and the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra playing a selection from the Sacred Music of Duke Ellington. Jazz Northwest is produced by host Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 knkx and knkx.org . The program is heard each Sunday at 2 p.m. Pacific and is available after broadcast for streaming at jazznw.org .

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