Guitarist Larry Coryell began his career in Seattle where he grew up playing in local bands and sitting in on jam sessions. He died unexpectedly of natural causes last Sunday after playing two nights at the Iridium in New York City.
He was widely credited as one of the originators of jazz-rock or fusion music, but he commanded a wide variety of styles from blues to bop to classical. He composed two operas based on works by Tolstoy and transcribed Stravinsky ballet suites for solo guitar. An unpublished recording of Larry Coryell at the Triple Door in Seattle is included in this Sunday's Jazz Northwest program.
Also on this week's show are Jim Knapp's "Kennewick, Man", Jay Thomas' "Kinikinik", Hadley Caliman and Pete Christlieb and a new release from Nathan Breedlove's Nu Trio.
Next week on Jazz Northwest, The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra and guest Carmen Bradford mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ella Fitzgerald in a concert of songs she sang and popularized.