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

Leah Natale and Bren Plummer in the KNKX studios.
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

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.