Highlights from the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra's season opening concert will air on Jazz Northwest on 88.5 knkx on Sunday, October 16 at 2 p.m.
Following a tradition established in recent years, the music of the Count Basie Orchestra was featured, this time with a focus on the band's first years in New York and some of its earliest hit recordings c.1937. It was a big band that played with the loose informality of a small group and featured many outstanding improvising soloists.
The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra is co-directed by Clarence Acox and Michael Brockman and presents an annual season series of five pairs of concerts in Seattle and Kirkland,
In addition to music by the early Count Basie Orchestra, this concert also included a complete performance of "The Endless Search Suite" which the SRJO commissioned of NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath ten years ago. The SRJO premiered the extended work in concert and recorded it with Mr.Heath for a CD on the Origin label.
Jazz Northwest airs Sundays at 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 knkx, streaming at knkx.org. After broadcast, programs are archived for streaming on demand at jazznw.org. The program is recorded and produced by host Jim Wilke exclusively for knkx. The next pair of concerts by the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra will featured the music of Miles Davis and Gil Evans on November 5 and 6.