The New Cool

Saturday 3PM-5PM
  • Hosted by Abe Beeson

The New Cool — 21st century jazz inspired and informed by the sounds of today: hip-hop, & funk, Electronic music and punk rock — the future of jazz has arrived.

The New Cool is hosted by Abe Beeson and produced by KNKX Public Radio in Seattle, Wash.  

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The fusion of rock ’n’ roll with jazz has existed since the birth of rock – I would even argue folks like Cab Calloway, Louis Prima, and especially Louis Jordan, helped invent it. As jazz moves through a new century, and early rock stars and fans move into their 70s, there’s still plenty of choice territory for the two styles to intertwine.

You've heard him live in the knkx studios with fellow Tacoman Kareem Kandi, and now he's in the spotlight - Hammond organ master Delvon Lamarr's debut with his organ trio, the DLO3, is out now, and it's just the thing to steam up a cold winter in the Northwest.

Epic Young Sax Star Kamasi Washington Returns

Nov 18, 2016

Although the Bumbershoot music festival wouldn't look familiar to anyone who'd seen jazz stars like Tony Bennett, Pharoah Sanders and Abdullah Ibrahim on the Seattle Center campus in past years, this summer's big Seattle music party did include one jazz group: Kamasi Washington.

You May Already Be a Winner

Nov 11, 2016

Here we go again!

The New Cool debut!

Nov 4, 2016

The time is now.

With a hundred years of recorded jazz behind us, KNKX looks to the future. The New Cool is the jazz of today, made by musicians who grew up with hip hop, punk rock, electronic music and a lot of soul. You'll hear a wide variety of styles, from the deep funk of Delvon Lamarr's DLO3 to the veterans of the scene, Medeski Martin & Wood; electronic elements from Mocean Worker and Koop; indie-rock influences of Industrial Revelation and Tuatara; highly rhythmic grooves with agressive improvisation from Theo Croker, Roy Hargrove, Kamasi Washington and more. There's also room for the Americana stylings of Bill Frisell and Julian Lage, and our ears are wide open to your suggestions as well!

Evening Jazz host Abe Beeson will present The New Cool, Saturday afternoons from 3 to 5. The show will feature artists pushing jazz to cool new places, artists such as Kamasi Washington, Snarky Puppy, and Northwest favorite Industrial Revelation. The show will feature players who have come of age in the 21st century understanding hip hop, punk rock, modern soul and electronic, and have incorporated those styles into their music.

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