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The New Cool: Producers Out Front

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How can anyone know what all these knobs do?
Abe Beeson

Music producers have traditionally been behind the scenes, but this week's New Cool brings new releases from three multi-talented knob-twisters and fader-riders getting a lot of attention recently. Now to be sure, these three are multi-instrumentalists. But, like Ellington, Basie and all the big band leaders, they have their minds focused on the sound of the group first.

It could be her charming, drawling vocals or the contagious smile on Marina Christopher's face that instantly wins over fans. Just as likely, she'll draw you in with the music she makes with her Dreamboats band - an addictive blend of jazz, soul and classic pop.

Courtesy of Oregon Department of Forestry

From Bend, Oregon, to Ellensburg, Washington, there is a fire weather watch Friday for hot temperatures, low humidity and breezy weather.

If you think there’s already been a lot of wildfires in the Northwest this year, you’re right. 

Courtesy Centers For Disease Control

It’s the height of summer and the forecast is looking very sunny, providing great conditions for water sports on local lakes.

That also means a higher risk of swimmer's itch, which is linked to another feature of summer that many people enjoy: the presence of waterfowl.

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With kids out of school, summer can be a challenging time for parents. And if you’re facing tantrums or defiant behavior from your children, the author of a new book says you’re not alone.

The book is called The Good News About Bad Behavior: Why Kids Are Less Disciplined Than Ever – And What To Do About It. Author Katherine Reynolds Lewis said there’s scientific research to show that kids nowadays are less capable of regulating their own behavior.

KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley has spent a lot of time in France leading group travel.

He’s driven the roads.

He’s ridden the rails.

But this last trip was aboard a riverboat, cruising down the Seine.

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If you work an evening or night shift and wonder how your work schedule is affecting your child, a University of Washington study could come as good news. The study, published in the June issue of Journal of Family Issues finds a beneficial impact on children in two-parent families where one parent works a non-standard shift.

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School is out, but this is a busy time for school districts and educators at the bargaining table. The Washington Education Association, the statewide teachers’ union, said this year is particularly active for negotiations because of additional funding from the state legislature to satisfy the McCleary school-funding lawsuit.

The L&T Cheryl DeGroot

Nancy was on jury duty this week and couldn't record.  Here's one of our favorites from yesteryear.

At the conclusion of last week's Food for Thought, I bragged to Nancy Leson that I would create a cheese cracker the size of a Long Playing Record sleeve in my home oven. 

"I'm talkin' about the big Corellian Cheez-Its now" I told her.   Thanks to pastry chef Stella Parks' BraveTart blog I can declare "mission accomplished!"

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Federal investigators have begun a two-day hearing into last year's fatal Amtrak Cascades derailment in Pierce County.

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Legendary trumpeter Lee Morgan would have celebrated his 80th birthday today.

The story of Lee Morgan's death in 1972 pops up every few years to be hashed over and nit-picked by jazz enthusiasts, critics and journalists.  I've read the articles, the essays, and even the transcripts of the taped interview of Helen Morgan, the "lady who shot Lee Morgan."  

None of the above prepared me for the emotional depths of the story told in the 2016 film "I Called Him Morgan."

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Starbucks has announced long-awaited plans to phase out plastic straws. The company will replace them with a strawless lid that looks a bit like a child’s sippy cup. They’ll also be offering straws made out of alternative materials such as paper and corn-based plastics that can be composted.

The policy applies to all of Starbucks’ stores around the globe. It is to be implemented worldwide, by 2020. The company says this builds on a $10 million commitment it made in March to work harder on creating truly recyclable cups.

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The Washington legislature passed a law earlier this year to require universal screening of kids for the learning disability known as dyslexia. That screening requirement won’t kick in until fall of 2021, but the state is now seeking applicants for a dyslexia advisory council. The deadline to apply is Thursday.

This week we sample two of the artists appearing at Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend, guitarist Dave Stryker and trumpet player Terell Stafford who will be featured on the opening concerts on July 27 at Fort Worden.  Debuting on this week's show is Vancouver BC saxophonist Cory Weeds' latest release, an 11 piece band featuring music by Hank Mobley, Kenny Dorham and others arranged by Vancouver arrangers Bill Coon and Jill Townsend.  Also this week, The Jazz Police, Thomas Marriott, The BC Double Quartet and others along with best bets for live jazz in the coming week. 

This week on Sound Effect, our theme is "What Are the Odds?" We'll meet the grandson of Holocaust survivors who calculated the very low probability that he would even be born. Then a typo may have saved Bob Hofferber's life, by keeping him off of a military plane bound for Tacoma in 1952. In another story of the twists of fate, group of nuns walking along a Washington beach are overtaken by a rogue wave, changing their lives and their relationship with God forever.

In the aftermath of a recent workplace conduct investigation at the state Capitol, the Democratic lawmaker at the heart of the inquiry and one of his accusers say the process has revealed flaws in how the Legislature handles complaints made against elected officials.

The New Cool: Holiday Weekend Funk Party

Jul 6, 2018
Abe Beeson

With the Independence Day parties landing smack in the middle of this week, the New Cool helps you keep the barbecue hot through the weekend with two hours of funky modern jazz. It's a mix to get you moving Saturday afternoon, from the funk origins of New Orleans to Africa-via-London, from cutting edge dance floor experiments to good ol' greasy organ trios, KNKX has what you need.

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If the cloudy and sometimes dark skies of late have been hard on you, just hang on a bit.  KNKX weather expert Cliff Mass says “an improving trend” is ahead. 

Residents of the Pacific Northwest should soon be enjoying a long stretch of sunny skies. They have even  inspired music - like the 1969 TV tune about “the bluest skies you’ve ever seen” are  in Seattle.

Kiki Valera with La Familia Valera Miranda at Seattle's Town Hall 2013
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Son Cubano is one of the most popular musical styles of Cuba.  We're lucky to have one of its foremost practioners right here in Seattle.  His name is Kiki Valera, and he's presenting a Cuban serenade at the Triple Door next week:  La Serenata Cubana.

Seattle Public Library

 

If you’re a local musician or band looking for new ways to get your music out there, you’re in luck. The Seattle Public Library has opened its submission period for a project called “Playback.”

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The news this week that a neck injury has ended the playing career of Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor is just the latest blow to Seahawks fans.

The team is going to look a lot different this fall – on the field and on the sidelines. That prompted KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick to ask sports commentator Art Thiel about the impact on head coach Pete Carroll.

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Eighteen year-old Conrad Medina, who recently graduated Auburn Mountainview High School is KNKX’s guest DJ on July 5 from 8-9pm. Conrad received the “Louis Armstrong Award” at his High School in recognition of his outstanding musical achievement and an incredible dedication to the program. It is the highest level interscholastic award given to a musician. He will be attending The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the fall. 

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New trade routes have opened up in the Arctic as melting sea ice makes those waters passable. Because it’s just starting, relatively little data exists about the impacts of the increased shipping traffic on marine mammals.

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Editor’s note: This segment originally aired July 2, 2015.

You’re looking to get away for a weekend, but the Fourth of July has come and gone, and summer in general kind of crept up on you. KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley says have no fear: There are still plenty of options.

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Like many suburban cities around the region, the waterfront community of Edmonds has a total ban on fireworks. But there’s an enclave within the city that is officially not part of the city. So the law doesn’t apply.

That means a special scenario on the Fourth of July.

Before Nancy and I teamed up 12 years ago (!) I did a tw- year series of food features called Jazz Kitchen.  A lot of it was actually useful information, interviews, etc.  Other times I indulged my sillier side with shows about Nuclear Fuel Rod Chicken, The Trouble with Toasters, Aliens in the Fridge, my days delivering liquor to a house of ill fame, and lots more.

For this Independence Day week, I wanted to share a Jazz Kitchen about a July Fourth sing-along with some recent arrivals from Italy during my time as a dishwasher in a Boston restaurant.  

Courtesy of Henry Waymack Design

Tacoma resident Halley Knigge was in her kitchen Sunday when she checked Facebook and saw friends posting about flyers stuck to utility poles around the city. 

"Keep America American," many of the flyers read. They included the phone number of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement tip hotline and urged residents to report people they suspect of being in the country illegally.

Susan Fried / Seattle Globalist

The annual naturalization ceremony at the Seattle Center will take place at Fisher Pavilion on July Fourth beginning at 11:15 a.m.

courtesy Digital Third Coast. / Courtesy Digital Third Coast.

Public officials often express concern about emergency preparedness, with a key message to residents that we should have enough food, water and medication stowed in our homes to sustain us for at least a few days and as long as two or three weeks.

A new study ranks Washington State second in the country for natural disaster preparedness related to extreme weather. Oregon comes in third.

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This roots-rock band from Atlanta has been in heavy rotation on All Bluessince the release of their 2017 album Peach. Larkin Poe consists of Rebecca Lovell on guitar and lead vocals, with her sister Megan on lap-steel guitar and harmony vocals. They are both formidable instrumentalists, classically trained as kids, and as teenagers had a successful Bluegrass band called The Lovell Sisters. Along the way they’ve served as session musicians for T-Bone Burnett and Elvis Costello and are currently touring with Keith Urban for several months.

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