The country celebrates Independence Day on Tuesday, and seeing as jazz is a music based on freedom, why not celebrate jazz with KNKX a day early at our Jazz On A Summer's Day party at the Hiram M. Chittenden (Ballard) Locks Monday afternoon.
It's not all about the jazz, we're excited to present news radio you can see - Ed Ronco will be hosting All Things Considered at the Locks from 3 to 6:30, but our day begins with free live jazz from three of the finest groups in the Northwest. Taking the stage first will be our old friends, Pearl Django - that "mighty engine of rhythm" has a new album out, and they take the stage at 1 p.m. Next up will be the young fellas who love the old tunes, Birch Pereira & the Gin Joints will begin at 2 p.m. with special guest Raymond Larsen on trumpet.
Our final band Monday afternoon, what I consider the "headlining" role, is Seattle's amazing Industrial Revelation. Friday night, June 30 finds them at the Lo-Fi Performance Gallery with hot local jazz duo Bad Luck and a solo cello performance from the wonderful Lori Goldston. We're going to get the quartet out under the sunshine and see just how hot things become.
Call them post-jazz, neo-soul, even rock 'n' roll, it's the world of jazz that makes room for Industrial Revelation's composition-forward melodies of deeply emotional grandeur. This allstar band includes one of the top rhythm sections in the world, Evan Flory-Barnes and D'Vonne Lewis at the bass and drums, with Josh Rawlings' searching keyboard solos and the righteous horn work of trumpeter Ahamefule J. Oluo.
Their latest album, "Liberation and the Kingdom of Nri" was released a couple years ago, so if we're lucky, Monday afternoon may give us a clue (and perhaps a song or two) of what they have planned for their next trip to the recording studio. Bring a picnic, some sunscreen, and your dancing shoes to find out, we'll see you Monday afternoon at the Locks!
The New Cool airs Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. The program is hosted by Abe Beeson and produced by KNKX Public Radio in Seattle, Wash.