Paige Hansen | KNKX

Paige Hansen

Jazz Sunday Side Up Host

Paige Hansen has been paid to talk since 1993. Paige began in radio as a 'diverse music' DJ at KUNC in Colorado. After college she worked as news director at KMST in Missouri where she met her future husband. At KNKX she’s been a news host (1998-2006) and a music host (since 2006.) She currently hosts the program "Jazz Sunday Side Up" from 11 a.m. till 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Her most memorable KNKX moment involves mispronouncing the word 'erratic' when reporting on dangerous drivers. Erotic driving sounded so much more fun! She has a background in music and theater and enjoys acting in local theater productions and singing jazz throughout the region with guitarist Denny Foreman and saxophonist Bill Young. She lives with her husband and two sons in T-town.

Ways to Connect

Madeleine Peyroux in the KNKX Studios.
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Some artists hit you with a soaring voice or a technical prowess.  But Madeleine Peyroux approaches her music with a sublime sense of heartbreak and healing that feels more therapeutic than entertainment.  She’s affected audiences that way for over 22 years with a wizened vocal sensibility reminiscent of Tom Waits, Leonard Cohn and Billie Holiday.  

Students from Central Washington University and pianist Dawn Clement performed in our Seattle studios for a special School of Jazz performance.

Bassist Domi Edson arranged the first tune, a lively fun rendition of Chick Corea’s “Spain.” She said she has most of her ideas for arrangements at night when trying to fall asleep. It was fun watching Owen Evans, Ryan McKnight and Henry Sparks trading solos on the alto saxophone, tenor saxophone and trombone.

The students from Tahoma High School in Maple Valley, Wash. performed effortlessly in our studios for their School Of Jazz studio performance. Led by trumpeter and mentor Bobby Medina, the group kicked off their performance with a rendition of “Girl From Ipanema.”

Next, the group performed “Just The Two Of Us” by American singer-songwriter Bill Withers.

The group listed their influences that ranged from their parents to jazz legends. The group finished their performance playing the jazz standard “Killer Joe” composed by Benny Golson. 

Redhot & Blue
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Out studio audience had an acapella treat with Redhot & Blue, a 12-piece vocal ensemble from Yale University.

The group kicked off the session with a swinging rendition of “Zoot Suit Riot” featuring bass singer Denis Tse. 

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Pearl Django once again graced our studio for a lively performance that included founding member Guitarist Neil Andersson, now living and working as a painter in California. The group was preparing for a stint at Jazz Alley and gave our studio audience a short preview.

They kicked things off with a lively rendition of “With Friends Like These” written by Tim Lerch and inspired by the song “Just Friends.”  It is the title track to the group’s current release, which also features Andersson.

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Hilary Gardner and Ehud Asherie have a new release out called “The Late Set’ and we were treated to a lovely afternoon performance at our studios in Seattle.

The two met while both studying classical music together in Brooklyn, NY and quickly transitioned to jazz while playing the after hours set at Mezzrow Jazz Club in Greenwich Village.  Those late night performances were the impetus for this new release. 

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The effervescent JUNO award-winning trumpeter and vocalist Bria Skonberg came by prior to her show at Edmonds Center for the Arts.  She brought a top notch group and wowed us with a set of music, laughter and fun.

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322 brought their youthful energy and exuberance back to the KNKX studios this month with an electrifying set of neo-instrumental jazz.    Their new CD is out September 8th and it’s loaded with originals.  

Leah Natale and Bren Plummer in the KNKX studios.
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Seattle Kobe female jazz vocalist of the year Leah Natale and local group Ambience are fond of the oldies -- the really old, oldies. The newest song they played for us when they dropped by for a performance in the KNKX studios was from 1953 - ("Baubles Bangles and Beads" written for the 1953 musical "Kismet" by Robert Wright and George Forrest.) Natale's very favorite type of  singing involves big band jazz. Her clear tone and voice lends to a smaller group like Ambience beautifully however.

Credit Kevin Kniestedt

As the years go by, it can be harder and harder to find singers and bands that still perform the original charts from the '30s and '40s, which include Ella Fitzgerald's first big hit with the Chick Webb Orchestra, the 1938 recording of “A Tisket, A Tasket.”

In Tacoma, you can find the Swing Reunion Orchestra doing just that. The Swing Reunion Orchestra performs free concerts at the McKinley VFW in Tacoma the last Mondays of the month, and first and foremost, they want their music to sound authentic.