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

Dave Douglas And The Westerlies Perform At Earshot Festival

Three years ago, The Dave Douglas Quintet and The Westerlies were co-billed on an Earshot Jazz Festival concert and the two groups combined to provide an exciting finale to an already memorable concert. Inspired by that event, Dave Douglas composed a series of pieces for his trumpet and The Westerlies for a tour which concluded with a return to Seattle to play at The Earshot Festival 2016. A prolific composer, Douglas wrote new music reflecting on the last weeks of this year's presidential campaign, providing an appropriate title for each selection. The concert was recorded for radio and will air on Jazz Northwest on 88.5 knkx and stream at knkx.org on Sunday, December 4 at 2 p.m. Pacific. Dave Douglas is an imaginative award-winning trumpet player and composer who regularly invents new ways to approach and present new music in New York and on tour. He is the director of FONT (Festival of New Trumpet Music); he has over 40 recordings ranging from jazz to chamber music and has been

Jazz Trios In Seattle Then And Now Featured On Jazz Northwest

The Three Sounds was one of the iconic jazz trios of the '60s and played The Penthouse in Seattle on numerous occasions, documented in a new vinyl release on Record Store Day, November 25. These recordings have not been circulated since the original live broadcasts and debut this Sunday, November 27, on Jazz Northwest at 2 p.m. Pacific on 88.5 knkx. Also featured is a present day New York piano trio led by Spike Wilner, who's part owner and manager of two New York jazz clubs, Small's and Mezzrow in addition to being a busy performer. His current trio will play three dates in North Bend, Bellingham and Seattle, November 29-December 1. Jay Thomas and Roberta Gambarini are also playing in Seattle clubs this week and included on this show. Jazz Northwest airs Sundays at 2 p.m. Pacific on 88.5 knkx and streams at knkx.org. After broadcast, past programs may be streamed at jazznw.org. Jazz Northwest is produced and hosted by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5, KNKX. More info: http://www.posi

Night Of The Cookers Featuring Brian Lynch And Thomas Marriott On Jazz Northwest

Continuing a series of concerts recorded at this year's Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle, Jazz Northwest presents highlights from "Night Of The Cookers" featuring trumpet players Brian Lynch and Thomas Marriott recorded in concert at Tula's in Seattle.

Night Of The Cookers Featuring Brian Lynch And Thomas Marriott On Jazz Northwest

New Releases On Jazz Northwest This Week Span 50 Years

One of our favorite themes on Jazz Northwest is exploring jazz with a Pacific Northwest connection from then 'til now. This week, we debut two new releases separated by some 50 years. From the 1960s, The Three Sounds led by pianist Gene Harris are heard at Seattle's legendary Penthouse jazz club, and from 2016, The Westerlies, four brass players from Seattle now New York-based, who seem to have created an entirely new genre of music somewhere between chamber music and jazz with surprises along the way. The Three Sounds album will be issued first on limited edition vinyl LP on November 25 (Record Store Day), and then on CD on January 13, 2017. The Three Sounds album is drawn from live radio broadcasts produced by Jim Wilke, and noted mastering engineer Bernie Grundman provided the finishing touches on the album. The Westerlies (Riley Mulherkar and Zubin Hensler, trumpets and Andy Clausen and Willem de Koch, trombones) have a new two-CD album featuring their own compositions. The four

Fred Hersch Earshot Concert

One of the most admired and celebrated improvising pianists of his generation; Fred Hersch played a solo concert on the opening weekend of the 2016 Earshot Festival. Playing the Steinway concert grand at Cornish College, he delighted a full house at Poncho Concert Hall. Included were several of his own compositions as well as unique arrangements of a few standards. The concert was recorded for broadcast and an hour of highlights will air on Sunday, November 6 at 2 PM Pacific on Jazz Northwest on 88.5, knkx. Fred Hersch is the recipient of numerous international awards for his music and has over 36 albums including several Grammy nominees. He was the first artist to play a week-long solo engagement at The Village Vanguard and his second solo week there was recorded and received two Grammy nominations and the coveted Coup de Coeur de L'Académie Charles Cros. In addition to solo, he also performs duos with many artists from jazz and classical worlds, and his trio plays often on festival

Kareem Kandi Band At SAM

The Kareem Kandi Band was presented this month by Earshot Jazz as part of the Art of Jazz Series at The Seattle Art Museum, and the current Earshot Jazz Festival. The deep groove and soulful swing of the trio recalls the organ trios of the Sixties in Philadelphia, Detroit and other urban centers, and took the chill off the blustery October night outside SAM's First Avenue windows. The group consists of Kareem Kandi, tenor sax, Delvon Lamarr, Hammond B3 Organ, and Max Wood on drums. The concert was recorded for radio and highlights will air Sunday, October 30 at 2 PM Pacific on Jazz Northwest, on 88.5 knkx and streaming at knkx.org. The Kareem Kandi band plays original arrangements of a couple of standards and several original compositions by Kareem Kandi. The group has several CDs and a new one is due shortly. Delvon Lamarr also has his own organ trio, DLO3. Drummer Max Wood plays in a variety of ensembles. Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 knkx

New Releases And Bi-Coastal Jazz On Jazz Northwest

Several new and forthcoming releases will be highlighted on Jazz Northwest this Sunday, October 23 on 88.5 knkx. Two are bi-coastal sessions, one with Bremerton resident Mark Lewis and a top New York rhythm section, and one with Vancouver BC saxophonist Cory Weeds in a live session at Smoke in New York. Mark Lewis' CD will be released early next year and the Cory Weeds disc is out now. NY pianist David Hazeltine is in Vancouver to launch Cory Weeds' CD this weekend at Frankies. Also new this week, Samantha Boshnack's B'shnorkestra plays a Concerto for Jazz Trumpet featuring Thomas Marriott, the orchestra plays original music at The Earshot Festival Monday night. Steve Messick's Endemic Ensemble plays at Tula's on Tuesday and has a new release featuring saxophonists Travis Ranney and Matso Limtiaco. Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 knkx and knkx.org. The program airs Sundays at 2 PM Pacific and after broadcast may be streamed on demand at jazznw

"Basie Bash" Highlights To Air On Jazz Northwest

Highlights from the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra's season opening concert will air on Jazz Northwest on 88.5 knkx on Sunday, October 16 at 2 PM. Following a tradition established in recent years, the music of the Count Basie Orchestra was featured, this time with a focus on the band's first years in New York and some of its earliest hit recordings c.1937. It was a big band that played with the loose informality of a small group and featured many outstanding improvising soloists. The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra is co-directed by Clarence Acox and Michael Brockman and presents an annual season series of five pairs of concerts in Seattle and Kirkland, In addition to music by the early Count Basie Orchestra, this concert also included a complete performance of The Endless Search Suite which the SRJO commissioned of NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath ten years ago. The SRJO premiered the extended work in concert and recorded it with Mr.Heath for a CD on the Origin label. Jazz Northwest

Jazz Northwest Looks Ahead To Earshot Festival And New Jazz Releases

This Sunday afternoon on Jazz Northwest, host Jim Wilke samples music by some of the artists playing during the first week of the Earshot Jazz Festival including Fred Hersch, Freddy Cole, and Thomas Marriott. Also featured is a new release by alto saxophonist Ben Roseth, former Garfield HS standout who now lives in Washington, D.C. The program also highlights best bets for live jazz in the coming week. Jazz Northwest airs each Sunday at 2 p.m. Pacific on 88.5 knkx, and streams at knkx.org. The program is also available for streaming on demand after the broadcast at jazznw.org. Next week (10/16), the program will highlight music from the opening concert of the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra season, a Basie Bash which also includes Jimmy Heath's The Endless Search Suite which was commissioned by the SRJO. Several Earshot Jazz Festival concerts are being recorded for future broadcasts. More info: Earshot Jazz

3 Pianists Featured In 1 Jazz Port Townsend Concert

Three pianists in the prime of their careers were featured in one concert at the 2016 Jazz Port Townsend. Gerald Clayton, George Colligan and Taylor Eigsti each took a turn to play two tunes, a ballad and a burner with Harish Raghavan on bass an Matt Wilson on drums round out the trio in each case. The concert was recorded for Jazz Northwest on 88.5 KNKX and will stream at knkx.org at 2 p.m. Pacific this Sunday, October 2. Though not wildly divergent in styles, the three pianists demonstrate a range of contemporary jazz piano styles. The first two provide fresh interpretations of mostly familiar music by Ellington, Strayhorn and Wayne Shorter, and Taylor Eigsti contributes an original composition. All three pianists have many CDs as sideman and as leaders of their own groups and all three were members of the faculty of the week-long Jazz Workshop that precedes Jazz Port Townsend on the last week of July annually. Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced for knkx by Jim Wilke. The

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