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!
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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 »

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More Earshot Jazz Festival Previews On Jazz Northwest

John Gilbreath, Executive Director of Earshot Jazz will talk about some of the international artists including Afro-Cuban pianist and band leader Omar Sosa (October 15), and Azerbaijan-born pianist and composer Amina Figarova (November 4) who studied in the Netherlands and now lives in New York . Drummer Matt Wilson will celebrate poet Carl Sandburg who was born in Illinois near where Matt Wilson was born. Matt Wilson will make 3 appearances with three different ensembles including the Roosevelt

Tia Fuller & Sullivan Fortner Concert At Jazz Port Townsend

New faces and fresh talent at Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend in 2017 included alto saxophonist Tia Fuller and pianist Sullivan Fortner who fronted a quartet with bassist Doug Weis and drummer Kendrick Scott. The performance in McCurdy Pavilion at Fort Worden was recorded for radio and will air on Jazz Northwest on Sunday, October 8 at 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 KNKX. All four musicians also served on the faculty of the Jazz Workshop during the week before the festival. Tia Fuller was recently featured

Earshot Jazz Festival Preview Celebrates Thelonious Monk Centenary & Seattle Pianists

The 29th annual Earshot Jazz Festival (October 8-November 12) will be sampled and previewed this week on Jazz Northwest. Earshot Jazz Executive Director John Gilbreath joins us to sample and discuss some of the more than 50 events during the five-week festival. Included will be several events in a centennial salute to pianist-composer Thelonious Monk. Seattle pianists Overton Berry and Dawn Clement will be featured along with many international and regional artists and rising stars. Learn more

Earshot Jazz Festival Preview Celebrates Thelonious Monk Centenary & Seattle Pianists

Art Of Jazz Presents Brian Nova Quartet

Guitarist and singer Brian Nova is a well-known figure on the jazz scene, particularly on the West Coast. He's led long-running weekly jam sessions and recorded 7 CDs. In addition to being a leader Brian is a valued sideman who's played alongside many jazz greats including his mentors, Herb Ellis and Joe Pass. The present group appears Sunday evenings at The Musicquarium lounge at The Triple Door in Seattle. Joining Brian Nova are saxophonist Jon Goforth, bassist Dan O'Brien and drummer Brian

Wycliffe Gordon's Tribute To Louis Armstrong

Trombonist and trumpet player Wycliffe Gordon celebrated the music and soul of jazz great Louis Armstrong in concert at Jazz Port Townsend last July. Wycliffe Gordon is well known as a trombonist, but is also adept with trumpet and vocals in this concert including music Louis Armstrong made famous with his recordings and performances all over the world. Joining Wycliffe Gordon in this concert are the versatile swing clarinetist and saxophonist Adrian Cunningham, Bill Cunliffe on piano, Martin

Sean Jones / Tia Fuller At Jazz Port Townsend

This week on Jazz Northwest, an all-star jazz group playing an informal but high-energy gig in Port Townsend. Trumpeter Sean Jones and alto saxophonist Tia Fuller front the group which also includes John Hansen on piano, Jon Hamar on bass and Matt Wilson on drums, recorded live at The Old Whiskey Mill on Water Street. The musicians were all members of the jazz faculty during the week-long Jazz Workshop which precedes Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend the last weekend of July. In addition to the main

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 .

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