Jazz Northwest

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! 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 »

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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.

LineUp And Julian Priester On Jazz Northwest

The Ballard Jazz Walk is a very popular part of the annual Ballard Jazz Festival. This year, 22 bands played in 10 venues around Old Ballard. LineUp, led by pianist Dawn Clement and saxophonist Mark Taylor had a special guest in trombonist Julian Priester, who played with Max Roach, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock and many others before a long teaching career at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Michael Glynn on bass and D'Vonne Lewis complete LineUp, and they were recorded at the New York Fashion Academy in Ballard for this broadcast on Jazz Northwest, Sunday, June 19 at 2 p.m. Pacific on 88.5 KPLU and streaming at kplu.org. LineUp will also perform live at Tula's in Seattle on June 21. Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5, KPLU and airs Sundays at 2 p.m. Pacific. After broadcast, program may be streamed anytime at jazznw.org.

Jazz Northwest For June 12, 2016

There's an easy interplay between New York and Seattle musicians and several recent releases illustrate this. Trumpet players Ray Vega and Thomas Marriott reunited for a second CD together, and Jay Thomas and Gary Smulyan have a new release (on a Japanese label!). This Sunday, June 12 on Jazz Northwest on 88.5 KPLU, we'll play music from both of these CDs and also the 2013 release by Seattle saxophonist Steve Treseler with Ingrid Jensen (former B.C., now N.Y.). Just for kicks, and because we love songs with hip lyrics, we include one from former Orcas Islander, L.A. and N.Y. resident Lorraine Feather, who's bi-coastal by herself. Also included are some best bets for live jazz around Seattle in the coming week and more. Jazz Northwest is produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU and kplu.org every Sunday afternoon at 2 PM Pacific. After broadcast, programs may be streamed on demand at jazznw.org.

Ballard Jazz Walk Performance By Marina Albero Quartet

Spanish pianist Marina Albero brought a new quartet and two sets of new music to the Ballard Jazz Walk in May as part of the 14th annual Ballard Jazz Festival. The SRO performance was recorded for broadcast and will air on Jazz Northwest on Sunday, June 5 at 2 p.m. Pacific on 88.5 KPLU, and streaming at kplu.org. Joining Marina Albero at the piano are Ben Thomas, vibes, Chuck Deardorf, bass and Mark Ivester at the drums. Marina Albero also plays hammered dulcimer on one selection. Born in Barcelona, Marina Albero's early musical experience including playing traditional music in her family's band and formal music studies at musical conservatories in Spain and later in Cuba. She moves easily between Spanish, Cuban and jazz styles, improvising with classical technique. She first appeared in Seattle playing vibes in a duo with pianist Chano Domínguez at the Ballard Jazz Festival in 2014. Music in this concert includes an opening song by her father Mariano Albero and original music by

Jazz Northwest Features New Releases And Previews 3 Jazz Festivals

May be hard to believe, but there are three jazz festivals in the Seattle/Bellevue area this week and next. This weekend, the Couth Buzzard Jazz Festival on Greenwood is a mini survey of the history of jazz with a feature on Charles Mingus' music Sunday night. Etienne Charles and Shemekia Copland headline the Bellevue Jazz and Blues Festival next week, and the IMP fest at the UW features Bill Frisell, Reid Anderson, Bill McHenry and Cuong Vu next week. New Releases by Jay Thomas and Gary Smulyan, and Sumi Tonooka and the Alchemy Sound Project will also debut on this week's show. Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU and kplu.org . The program airs Sundays at 2 PM Pacific. After broadcast, programs are available for streaming at jazznw.org. Next week's show (6/5) will feature Spanish pianist Marina Albero's Quartet in an exciting performance recorded at The Ballard Jazz Walk. More info:

Michael Brockman Quartet At Seattle Art Museum

The Michael Brockman Quartet played the May concert in the Art of Jazz series at The Seattle Art Museum. With Michael on tenor sax, Randy Halberstadt at the piano, Phil Sparks, bass and D'vonne Lewis at the drums, the quartet played two sets featuring music by Billy Strayhorn and others with originals by Michael Brockman. The concert was recorded for broadcast and will air on Jazz Northwest on Sunday, May 22 at 2 p.m. Pacific on 88.5 KPLU and streaming at KPLU. Michael Brockman is on the music faculty at the University of Washington where he teaches saxophones and jazz arranging. He is also co-director (with Clarence Acox) of the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra and a guest performer with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. He is director of the UW's Jazz In Paris Summer program. Joining him in this concert are pianist Randy Halberstadt, bassist Phil Sparks, and drummer D'Vonne Lewis, each a leader in his own right. The Art of Jazz Series at SAM is curated by John Gilbreath, director of

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