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! Host Jim Wilke is a professional recording engineer and writer in addition to his radio programs which include "Jazz After Hours" on Public Radio International, heard nationwide since 1984.More from Jazz Northwest »

Most Recent Episodes

Tribute To Woody Herman At Jazz Port Townsend

An all-star big band tribute to Woody Herman was one of the features of the Saturday matinee concert at this year's Jazz Port Townsend, presented annually by Centrum on the last weekend of July. The concert was recorded for radio and will air on Jazz Northwest on 88.5 on Sunday August 28 at 2 p.m. Pacific. The band was co-led by two drummers who played in Woody Herman's band at different times. Jeff Hamilton and Joe LaBarbera take turns at the drumset and introducing the music which samples the band's 50-year history. Woody Herman was known as "The Road Father" for his mentoring of many young musicians who later became stars on their own after establishing themselves in Herman's Herd. In addition to the two drummers, another alum in this tribute band is baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan. The all-star band contains many established soloists and leaders who were also on the faculty at the week-long jazz workshop which precedes the weekend concerts each year. This concert was recorded in

Jazz Across The Generations This Week

We like examining the continuum of jazz (thank you, John Gilbreath!) on Jazz Northwest. The students become the rising stars, and the rising stars become the teachers of the next generation and so it goes. Don Lanphere and Larry Coryell were major figures in Seattle jazz, and Roxy Coss was one of Don's students and played in the Garfield Jazz Band under Clarence Acox. Today, Roxy is active on the New York Jazz Scene. We'll sample her newest CD and also one by pianist Ariel Pocock who was a product of Newport High School and has also gone on to national prominence. Also on this week's show are recent releases from The Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra, Victoria-based singer Miranda Sage, Seattle singer Dina Blade's new CD recorded in Brazil, and a bi-coastal meet-up with Seattle's Jay Thomas and New York-based Gary Smulyan and more. Jazz Northwest airs every Sunday afternoon at 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 and streams at kplu.org. The program is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke and is available for

Three Jazz Singers Blend Voices In Jazz Port Townsend

Singers don't often pair up in concert and three together is extremely rare. Egos and voices might clash, but nothing of the sort happened when Dee Daniels, René Marie and Dena DeRose teamed up for a vocal extravaganza at the 42nd annual Jazz Port Townsend presented by Centrum. The well planned and executed program featured each of the singers in a solo performance and in duets with the other two, with a finale bringing all three together in the classic blues "Centerpiece". The singers were backed throughout by Dena DeRose at the piano, Chuck Deardorf on bass and Joe LaBarbera on drums. Dee Daniels, René Marie and Dena DeRose are also highly regarded educators as well as performers and taught a vocal jazz workshop during the week preceding the festival. Together they represent a wide range of styles and all three are songwriters as well as performers. Their concert earned a standing ovation from the near-capacity audience in McCurdy Pavilion at Fort Worden where Jazz Port Townsend

Jazz Port Townsend On Jazz Northwest

Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend takes place the last weekend of July each year and the Festival's 42nd year included seven groups over three concerts: Friday, Saturday matinee and evening performances. The relaxed presentations and informality are hallmarks of the festival, this year including singers, composers, small groups and an all-star big band. Performers are internationally renown and also make up the faculty for the Jazz Workshop which precedes the festival. Opening the radio series on August 7 is The Clayton Brothers Quintet performance from the matinee concert. The group is co-led by bassist John Clayton (who is also Artistic Director of Jazz Port Townsend) and alto saxophonist Jeff Clayton. Terell Stafford is on trumpet, Gerald Clayton (John's son) is pianist and Kendrick Scott is the drummer. The Claytons each contributed an original piece and there's a hauntingly tender treatment of "Close Enough for Love". Next in the series are three singers, Dee Daniels, René Marie and

Jazz Concerts Spanning Over 60 Years Highlighted

This week's Jazz Northwest highlights music from three jazz concerts in Seattle, ranging from 1951 to last fall. Selections not previously broadcast from concerts last fall by the Art Lande Quartet at Cornish College and The Marc Seales Trio at The Seattle Art Museum open the show, followed by The Cecil Young Quartet featuring Gerald Brasher at the Metropolitan Theatre in Seattle in 1951. Both the Art Lande Quartet and the Marc Seales Trio feature original music in concerts presented by Earshot Jazz, and the Cecil Young Quartet is a fine example of one of Seattle's first genuine home-grown bop combos playing in concert. Jazz Northwest airs Sundays at 2 p.m. Pacific on 88.5 KPLU and kplu.org. Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU. After each Sunday's broadcast programs may be streamed on demand at jazznw.org .

Jazz Port Townsend 2016 Preview

This Sunday, Jazz Northwest will preview The 42nd Annual Jazz Port Townsend presented by Centrum on the last weekend of July. Three mainstage concerts at the 1200 seat McCurdy Pavilion at Fort Worden will feature seven performances on Friday and Saturday, July 29 and 30, and there will be three nights of jazz in the clubs Thursday through Saturday in downtown Port Townsend. Jazz Northwest will preview the concerts and some of the artists on this week's show, Sunday, July 24 at 2 p.m. Pacific on 88.5 KPLU. Among the artists featured on the preview and at the festival are The Clayton Brothers, Akiko Tsuruga, Sean Jones, Dena DeRose, René Marie, Grace Kelly and a Tribute to Woody Herman will be played by an all-star Festival Big Band led by Jeff Hamilton and Joe LaBarbera. Most of the artists are also on the faculty of the Jazz Workshop which precedes the festival. Jazz Northwest host and producer Jim Wilke will record the mainstage concerts for later broadcast and will share mc honors

Part 2 Of The Larry Fuller Trio Earshot Festival Concert

Pianist Larry Fuller brought his trio to Tula's for the final weekend of last Fall's Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle. The evening was recorded for Jazz Northwest and the second set will air on Sunday, July 17 at 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 KPLU and stream at kplu.org. Now a New York resident and a touring musician, Larry Fuller was Ernestine Anderson's music director from 1988 to 1993 and was also active on the Seattle jazz scene. He later toured with the Jeff Hamilton Trio, was Ray Brown's pianist until his death in 2002, and pianist with the John Pizzarelli quartet. He has two CDs under his own name in addition to sideman credits with others. Joining Larry Fuller in this performance recorded at Tula's are New York bassist David Wong and L.A. drummer Matt Witek. The Larry Fuller Trio swings with a bluesy, deep groove that is reminiscent of his work with the last Ray Brown Trio. Whether playing ballads, blues or standards, the trio is deeply satisfying music and this location recording

Jazz Northwest For July 10

Jazz Northwest samples the regional jazz scene every Sunday afternoon. This week's show also takes note of the increasing variety and quality of the Brazilian music scene in Seattle, including recent releases by Eduardo Mendonça and Michel Navedo. Also featured on this program are new and old CDs by Larry Coryell, Chuck Deardorf, Ariel Pocock and others as well as best bets for live jazz in the coming week. Jazz Northwest is hosted by Jim Wilke and airs Sundays at 2 p.m. Pacific on 88.5 KPLU and kplu.org. After broadcast, programs are available for streaming at jazznw.org.

Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra Plays Big Band Bossa Nova In Concert

Brazil's Bossa Nova music swept the US and much of the world in the 1960s. Singers, small groups and big bands embraced the subtle and lyrical songs of A.C.Jobim, Luiz Bonfa and other Brazilian composers who blended samba rhythms and West Coast cool jazz. Stan Getz and many other American jazz artists embraced the music, often recording with Brazilian musicians for added authenticity and their records were heard often on radio around the world. Quincy Jones had a popular album titled Big Band Bossa Nova in 1962 which provided the inspiration for the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra's last pair of concerts of the 21st season. Highlights from the SRJO's Big Band Bossa Nova concert will air on Jazz Northwest on Sunday, July 3 at 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 KPLU. The concert was recorded at the Kirkland Performance Center on June 19 and produced for radio by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU. Jazz Northwest airs Sundays at 2 PM Pacific and streams at kplu.org. After broadcast, programs may be

Joe Lovano Appearing At Vancouver And Victoria Jazz Festivals

Seattle, Vancouver, Victoria, Renton - great jazz is available around the Pacific Northwest this first weekend of summer. Sunday, June 26, Jazz Northwest will preview some of music available in the coming week, including Vancouver and Victoria International Jazz Festivals, as well as in clubs in Seattle and Renton. Seattle artists Jay Thomas, Thomas Marriott and The Full Circle Jazz Ensemble (playing in Renton Sunday night) are among the highlights, along with visiting artists playing at Vancouver and Victoria festivals. Jazz Northwest is produced by Jim Wilke for 88.5 KPLU, and streams at kplu.org at 2 PM Pacific on Sunday afternoons. After broadcast, shows may be streamed at jazznw.org.

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