Jazz Northwest 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!
Jazz Northwest

Jazz Northwest

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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

New Releases From Northwest Artists

Jazz Northwest spotlights several new releases featuring northwest resident artists this week. Seattle pianist Dawn Clement is a regular part of the New York-based quartet led by soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom whose new release features original music inspired by Emily Dickinson. Also on this week's show are recent releases by Bren Plummer with John Hansen on piano, trumpeter Nathan Breedlove and trumpeter Jared Hall. Next week, Sean Jones and Tia Fuller front a hard-bop quintet in a club gig recorded in July at The Old Whiskey Mill during Jazz Port Townsend. Never miss an episode again. Subscribe to Jazz Northwest with iTunes or Google Play .

Justin Kauflin Trio Concert At Jazz Port Townsend

Pianist Justin Kauflin made his Jazz Port Townsend debut at the 43rd annual festival the last week of July. He performed in a trio concert with bassist Doug Weiss and drummer Kendrick Scott at McCurdy Pavilion at Fort Worden and also served on the faculty of the week-long jazz workshop before the weekend of public concerts. Justin Kauflin has been playing professionally since the age of 15 and studied at William Paterson College in New Jersey where he was mentored by Clark Terry. The deep relationship that developed between the young pianist and the veteran of Ellington and Basie bands was documented in the film "Keep on Keepin' On". More recently, Kauflin was chosen by Quincy Jones for his world tour in 2013-2014. Justin Kauflin has released two CDs and a third is underway. Never miss an episode again. Subscribe to Jazz Northwest with iTunes or Google Play . Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by host Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KNKX. The show airs Sundays at 2 PM Pacific and

NEA Jazz Master Hubert Laws In Concert

The renowned flutist Hubert Laws was featured in a special opening night concert at this year's Jazz Port Townsend Festival. Designated a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts, Hubert Laws' career spans six decades and dozens of albums. He was joined on stage at McCurdy Pavilion at Fort Worden by an all-star trio including Bill Cunliffe on piano, John Clayton on bass and Matt Wilson on drums. Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend celebrated its 43rd year the last week of July beginning with a week-long jazz workshop with jazz professionals, culminating in concerts at Fort Worden on Friday night, Saturday matinee and evening performances. There was also Jazz in the Clubs in downtown Port Townsend Thursday through Saturday. Other artists who will also be featured in future Jazz Northwest shows include Justin Kauflin, Sean Jones, Tia Fuller, Wycliffe Gordon, Dee Daniels, Cedric Dent, and Niki Haris. Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by host Jim Wilke. The program airs Sundays at

George Colligan Quartet Featuring Brad Shepik In Concert

One of the popular features of the annual Ballard Jazz Festival is the Ballard Jazz Walk. This year, 90 musicians performed in various groups in ten venues during the Jazz Walk. We recorded for Jazz Northwest at The New York Fashion Academy on old Ballard Avenue in the heart of the Jazz Walk area. On this show which airs July 30 at 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 KNKX, we'll hear highlights from the prolific composer-pianist George Colligan, who teaches at Portland State University. He's joined by former Seattle, now New York based guitarist Brad Shepik, who was back in his hometown to play at the festival, Bassist Phil Sparks and drummer Matt Jorgensen round out the quartet in six original compositions by George Colligan highlighted in this program. Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by host Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KNKX. The program airs Sundays at 2 PM and streams at knkx.org . After broadcast, programs may be streamed on demand at jazznw.org .

New Releases From Full Circle Jazz Ensemble, Jovino Santos Neto And More On Jazz Northwest

This week on Jazz Northwest we'll sample new releases by the ten-member Full Circle Jazz Ensemble, Jovino Santos Neto, Dan Dean and Jared Hall. We'll also hear some interesting pairings of talents - Jay Thomas and Gary Smulyan, Ray Vega and Thomas Marriott and Wynton Kelly and Wes Montgomery (in Seattle in 1966!). Best bets for live jazz in the coming week are also included on the program. Love Jazz Northwest? Subscribe to our iTunes or TuneIn podcast, or wherever you listen to podcasts! Be sure to rate and review if you live KNKX and Jazz Northwest! Jazz Northwest airs Sundays at 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 KNKX and streams at knkx.org . After broadcast, programs may be streamed at jazznw.org . Jazz Northwest is produced by host Jim Wilke for KNKX.

New Releases From Full Circle Jazz Ensemble, Jovino Santos Neto And More On Jazz Northwest

Christian McBride And The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra In Concert

The Grammy-winning world-renown bassist Christian McBride was guest soloist with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra in the season finale in June. The concert at Kirkland Performance Center was recorded for radio and highlights will air on Jazz Northwest on 88.5 KNKX on Sunday, July 2 at 2 p.m. Pacific, also streaming at knkx.org . Christian McBride has played with dozens of top artists including Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall and Joshua Redman to name a few. He frequently tours with his own trio and has appeared as sideman or leader on more than 300 albums. This performance with the SRJO includes several arrangements from his Grammy-winning big band album, "The Good Feeling." Christian McBride is also host of the NPR program Jazz Night in America, heard Friday nights on 88.5 KNKX. There was more excellent music on this concert than could be accommodated in a one-hour program so several selections will be held over for next week. The Seattle

Outstanding Portland Musicians Featured On Jazz Northwest

Portland trumpet player and educator Thara Memory passed June 16 in Portland at the age of 68. The Florida-born musician was much loved and honored in his adopted city where he lived since the '80s, playing with the Mel Brown Quintet, leading his own groups and teaching generations of jazz musicians. He launched the jazz program at Portland State University and his American Music Program Pacific Crest Jazz Orchestra surprised everyone when they won the Essentially Ellington competition in New York City in 2015. One of his best known students was Esperanza Spalding who shared a Grammy with Thara Memory for the arrangement of the song "City of Roses" celebrating Portland. On this program we'll hear Thara Memory with his own band and the Grammy-winning recording with Esperanza Spalding. Pianist, singer and songwriter Dave Frishberg has also been a resident of Portland since the late '80s when he first played some gigs there after years living and working in New York City and Los Angeles.

Original Music By Sam Boshnack Quintet

June's Art of Jazz concert at the Seattle Art Museum featured The Sam Boshnack Quintet playing her original music. The concert was recorded for radio and highlights will air on Jazz Northwest on Sunday June 18 at 2 p.m. Pacific on 88.5 KNKX and knkx.org . Trumpet player and composer Samantha Boshnack has recorded several albums with her various groups including The Reptet, Sam Boshnack Quintet and 14 member B'Shnorchestra. She is drawn to large scale composition including multi-movement suites and orchestral music with symphony orchestra. Included in this concert were selections from "A Suite for Seattle's Royal Court," "A Mt.St.Helens Suite" and her latest recording, "The Nellie Bly Project." The Sam Boshnack Quintet at The Seattle Art Museum included Sam Boshnack, trumpet, James Falzone, clarinets, Alex Chadsey, piano and keyboards, Isaac Castillo, bass and Max Wood, drums. James Falzone heads the Cornish College Music Department and appeared as a special guest, substituting for

Christian McBride, The Westerlies And More On Jazz Northwest

J azz Northwest is our weekly survey of the regional jazz scene Sunday afternoons at 2. We sample the rich variety of resident and visiting artists who will be performing in the near future and we visit local venues with live, on-location recordings. This week, we'll hear The Westerlies, Christian McBride's Big Band, Dina Blade in Brazil, Jared Hall's new CD and more. Christian McBride is guest artist with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra on June 17 and 18 in Seattle and Kirkland. He is also host of the NPR program Jazz Night in America heard Friday nights on KNKX. Jazz Northwest is produced by host Jim Wilke and is heard each Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. Pacific on 88.5 KNKX and knkx.org . After broadcast programs are archived and may be streamed at jazznw.org . Next week we'll bring you excerpts from a concert by the Sam Boshnack Quintet at The Seattle Art Museum. Podcast: Subscribe to Jazz Northwest with iTunes , Google Play , and TuneIn ! Check out all the other KNKX podcasts and

Guitar Summit From Ballard Jazz Festival

Three guitar led trios were featured at the Guitar Summit at the 15th Annual Ballard Jazz Festival. Cole Schuster, Brad Shepik and Dan Balmer each led a set including their own original music as well as jazz standards. Representing Seattle, New York and Portland respectively, the three guitarists led three different ensembles that represented their own unique approaches to the guitar trio. The evening was recorded for radio and highlights will air on Jazz Northwest on 88.5 KNKX on Sunday, June 4 at 2 PM Pacific, also streaming at knkx.org . The Guitar Summit took place at the Conor Byrne Pub on May 18, 2017 and was recorded, edited and produced for KNKX by Jim Wilke. Jazz Northwest airs Sundays at 2 PM Pacific and is archived after broadcast and available on demand at jazznw.org . more info: http://ballardjazzfestival.com/guitar_summit.php

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