Jazz Northwest

Jazz Northwest focuses on the regional jazz scene from Portland to Vancouver. CDs by the best resident musicians from Seattle, Portland and Vancouver are featured, and the program also includes news about the best places to go for live jazz in the region. In addition, Jim goes "on location" to concerts, clubs and jazz festivals to record performances by resident and visiting artists for playback on Jazz Northwest. These one-of-a-kind recordings are available nowhere else!

Host Jim Wilke is a professional recording engineer and writer in addition to his radio programs which include "Jazz After Hours" on Public Radio International, heard nationwide since 1984.

Paul Wood

Lots of great live jazz on tap in the area next week, and you can sample some of it on Jazz Northwest Sunday, September 11 at 2 p.m. Pacific on 88.5 knkx, or knkx.org.  Highlighted are appearances by pianist Stanley Cowell, Karrin Allyson, Sonando and The Eastside Jazz Extravaganza with Trish, Hans & Phil and the 10-member Full Circle Jazz Ensemble next weekend.  

Jim Levitt

Two outstanding rising jazz stars were featured together in concert at Jazz Port Townsend this summer.  Trumpeter Sean Jones and tenor saxophonist JD Allen already have a wealth of experience and several CDs each. Their concert was recorded for radio and will air on Jazz Northwest, exclusively on 88.5 knkx on Sunday, Sept. 4 at 2 p.m. Pacific.  

Joining them in this quintet are pianist George Colligan, Harish Raghavan on bass and Matt Wilson on drums.  They play jazz standards by Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Duke Ellington, Tadd Dameron and Benny Golson.  

Jim Levitt

An all-star big band tribute to Woody Herman was one of the features of the Saturday matinee concert at this year's Jazz Port Townsend, presented annually by Centrum on the last weekend of July.  

The concert was recorded for radio and will air on Jazz Northwest on 88.5 on Sunday August 28 at 2 p.m. Pacific.  The band was co-led by two drummers who played in Woody Herman's band at different times. Jeff Hamilton and Joe LaBarbera take turns at the drumset and introducing the music which samples the band's 50-year history.

1990 for Hep Records

We like examining the continuum of jazz  (thank you, John Gilbreath!) on Jazz Northwest.  The students become the rising stars, and the rising stars become the teachers of the next generation and so it goes.  Don Lanphere and Larry Coryell were major figures in Seattle jazz, and Roxy Coss was one of Don's students and played in the Garfield Jazz Band under Clarence Acox. Today, Roxy is active on the New York Jazz Scene.  We'll sample her newest CD and also one by pianist Ariel Pocock who was a product of Newport High School and has also gone on to national prominence.  

Jim Levett

Singers don't often pair up in concert and three together is extremely rare.  Egos and voices might clash, but nothing of the sort happened when Dee Daniels, René Marie and Dena DeRose teamed up for a vocal extravaganza at the 42nd annual Jazz Port Townsend presented by Centrum.  The well planned and executed program featured each of the singers in a solo performance and in duets with the other two, with a finale bringing all three together in the classic blues "Centerpiece".

Jim Levitt

Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend takes place the last weekend of July each year and the Festival's 42nd year included seven groups over three concerts: Friday, Saturday matinee and evening performances.  The relaxed presentations and informality are hallmarks of the festival, this year including singers, composers, small groups and an all-star big band. Performers are internationally renown and also make up the faculty for the Jazz Workshop which precedes the festival.

Jazz Concerts Spanning Over 60 Years Highlighted

Jul 31, 2016
Tim Coleman

This week's Jazz Northwest highlights music from three jazz concerts in Seattle, ranging from 1951 to last fall.  Selections not previously broadcast from concerts last fall by the Art Lande Quartet at Cornish College and The Marc Seales Trio at The Seattle Art Museum open the show, followed by The Cecil Young Quartet featuring Gerald Brasher at the Metropolitan Theatre in Seattle in 1951.  

Jim Wilke

This Sunday, Jazz Northwest will preview The 42nd Annual Jazz Port Townsend presented by Centrum on the last weekend of July. Three mainstage concerts at the 1200 seat McCurdy Pavilion at Fort Worden will feature seven performances on Friday and Saturday, July 29 and 30, and there will be three nights of jazz in the clubs Thursday through Saturday in downtown Port Townsend. Jazz Northwest will preview the concerts and some of the artists on this week's show, Sunday, July 24 at 2 p.m. Pacific on 88.5 KPLU.  

Pianist Larry Fuller brought his trio to Tula's for the final weekend of last fall's Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle.  The evening was recorded for Jazz Northwest  and the second set will air on Sunday, July 17 at 2 p.m. Pacific on 88.5 KPLU and stream at kplu.org.   

Jazz Northwest samples the regional jazz scene every Sunday afternoon.  This week's show also takes note of the increasing variety and quality of the Brazilian music scene in Seattle, including recent releases by Eduardo Mendonça and Michel Navedo. Also featured on this program are new and old CDs by Larry Coryell, Chuck Deardorf, Ariel Pocock and others as well as best bets for live jazz in the coming week.

Jim Levitt

Brazil's Bossa Nova music swept the US and much of the world in the 1960s.  Singers, small groups and big bands embraced the subtle and lyrical songs of A.C.Jobim, Luiz Bonfa and other Brazilian composers who blended samba rhythms and West Coast cool jazz.  Stan Getz and many other American jazz artists embraced the music, often recording with Brazilian musicians for added authenticity and their records were heard often on radio around the world.  Quincy Jones had a popular album titled Big Band Bossa Nova in 1962 which provided the inspiration for the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra's la

John Abbot

Seattle, Vancouver, Victoria, Renton - great jazz is available around the Pacific Northwest this first weekend of summer.  Sunday, June 26, Jazz Northwest will preview some of music available in the coming week, including Vancouver and Victoria International Jazz Festivals, as well as in clubs in Seattle and Renton. 

Seattle artists Jay Thomas, Thomas Marriott and The Full Circle Jazz Ensemble (playing in Renton Sunday night) are among the highlights, along with visiting artists playing at Vancouver and Victoria festivals.

Jim Levitt

 

 

 

The Ballard Jazz Walk is a very popular part of the annual Ballard Jazz Festival.  This year, 22 bands played in 10 venues around Old Ballard.  

 

LineUp, led by pianist Dawn Clement and saxophonist Mark Taylor had a special guest in trombonist Julian Priester, who played with Max Roach, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock and many others before a long teaching career at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.  

 

There's an easy interplay between New York and Seattle musicians and several recent releases illustrate this. Trumpet players Ray Vega and Thomas Marriott reunited for a second CD together, and Jay Thomas and Gary Smulyan have a new release (on a Japanese label!).

Jim Levitt

Spanish pianist Marina Albero brought a new quartet and two sets of new music to the Ballard Jazz Walk in May as part of the 14th annual Ballard Jazz Festival.

The SRO performance was recorded for broadcast and will air on Jazz Northwest on Sunday, June 5 at 2 p.m. Pacific on 88.5 KPLU, and streaming at kplu.org.

Joining Marina Albero at the piano are Ben Thomas, vibes, Chuck Deardorf, bass and Mark Ivester at the drums.   Marina Albero also plays hammered dulcimer on one selection.

May be hard to believe, but there are three jazz festivals in the Seattle/Bellevue area this week and next.  This weekend, the Couth Buzzard Jazz Festival on Greenwood is a mini survey of the history of jazz with a feature on Charles Mingus' music Sunday night.  Etienne Charles and Shemekia Copland headline the Bellevue Jazz and Blues Festival next week, and the IMP fest at the UW features Bill Frisell, Reid Anderson, Bill McHenry and Cuong Vu next week.  

Jim Wilke

The Michael Brockman Quartet played the May concert in the Art of Jazz series at The Seattle Art Museum. With Michael on tenor sax, Randy Halberstadt at the piano, Phil Sparks, bass and D'vonne Lewis at the drums, the quartet played two sets featuring music by Billy Strayhorn and others with originals by Michael Brockman.  

The concert was recorded for broadcast and will air on Jazz Northwest on Sunday, May 22 at 2 p.m. Pacific on 88.5 KPLU and streaming at KPLU.  

Jim Levitt

One of the world's most widely-known and respected jazz arrangers, Bill Holman conducted the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra in three concerts of his music in Edmonds, Seattle and Kirkland last month. The final concert was recorded for broadcast and highlights will air on Jazz Northwest on Sunday, May 8 at 2 p.m. Pacific on 88.5 KPLU and streaming at kplu.org.   

Jazz Northwest For May 1

May 1, 2016

Jazz Northwest celebrates May Day with a bouquet of Northwest favorites old and new.  This week's show includes a 1990 duet by Larry Coryell and Marc Seales playing "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most" as well as new releases by trumpet players Ray Vega and Thomas Marriott, and Jazz Port Townsend favorite Matt Wilson's "Big Happy Family."

The great Spanish pianist Chano Domínguez played a solo concert in the "Art of Jazz" series presented by The Seattle Art Museum and Earshot Jazz.  The concert was recorded for radio and will air on Jazz Northwest on 88.5 KPLU and kplu.org on Sunday, April 24 at 2 p.m. Pacific.  

Born in Cadíz and now residing in the Seattle area, Chano Domínguez grew up playing guitar in the flamenco tradition.  After discovering jazz and the piano, he began finding ways to combine traditional flamenco styles with jazz improvisation.  

Daniel Sheehan

Pianist Larry Fuller brought his trio to Tula's for the final weekend of last fall's Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle.  The evening was recorded for Jazz Northwest  and will air on Sunday, April 17 at 2 p.m. Pacific on 88.5 KPLU and stream online at KPLU.   

Jazz Northwest previews some of the live jazz performances coming up and samples new releases by resident artists. Pianist Chano Domínguez; born in Cadiz, Spain and now living in our area; blends his Flamenco tradition with his love of jazz. He'll play a solo concert in the Art of Jazz Series at The Seattle Art Museum Thursday at 5:30 - and there's no charge for admission.  

Jim Levitt

For over 40 years, Jazz Port Townsend has provided opportunities for unique combinations of musicians who don't normally play together to form special ensembles that both challenge and delight the musicians and their audiences.  Pianist George Cables, alto saxophonist Steve Wilson, and guitarist Romero Lubambo played such a concert at the 2015 festival and it will be broadcast Sunday, April 3 at 2 p.m. Pacific on Jazz Northwest  on 88.5 KPLU and streaming at KPLU.org.  

Jazz old and new is featured on Jazz Northwest on 88.5 KPLU this Sunday, March 27.   The second East West Trumpet Summit CD featuring Ray Vega and Thomas Marriott (East and West) is sampled, and the late Ham Carson is heard playing at The New Orleans Creole Restaurant where he played every week for over 20 years.  The Full Circle Jazz Ensemble is heard in music from a forthcoming CD, and Portland's Alan Jones Sextet plays a tune inspired by the late bassist Leroy Vinegar, "The Walker."  Vinegar is also heard playing with pianist Jessica Williams at a jazz club in Portland.

The Tiptons have been playing as a saxophone quartet for over 25 years.  Originally known as The Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet, the quartet was named for saxophonist and pianist Billy Tipton who lived life as a man but after his death was found to be a woman.  

Each year since 1990, Earshot Jazz has polled jazz fans in the Seattle area to recognize major accomplishments and contributors to the jazz scene. This Sunday, Jazz Northwest samples some of the nominees for the 2015 awards in each category.   

Categories include Recording of the Year, Instrumentalist of the Year, Emerging Artist, Acoustic Ensemble, Alternative Group, Vocalist, Concert of the Year, and The Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame.  The awards will be presented on March 15 at The Royal Room, with an opening set by Eugenie Jones at 7 PM.  

Jim Levitt

International trumpet star and educator Terell Stafford played a three-concert series in February as special guest with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra. The concerts took place in Edmonds, Seattle and Kirkland and the final performance was recorded for Jazz Northwest to air Sunday, March 6 at 2 p.m. Pacific on 88.5 KPLU and streaming at KPLU.  Music by Duke Ellington, Michael Brecker and Chick Corea are among the highlights included in this concert broadcast. 

Truman Buffett

This Sunday on Jazz Northwest on KPLU we'll showcase a wide variety of jazz talent from around Puget Sound to Vancouver and Victoria BC.  Included are two new releases with a New York connection - Thomas Marriott with Ray Vega, and tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss (formerly of Seattle, now in New York), plus a new CD from Victoria BC singer Miranda Sage.

We'll hear two different ten-piece bands who will play music by veteran arrangers Bob Hammer and Milt Kleeb in separate upcoming engagements.  We also highlight a couple of the bands playing the Tacoma Jazz Walk next Saturday (3/5).

Genre-Bending Industrial Revelation In Concert

Feb 21, 2016

 

The popular Seattle quartet Industrial Revelation will be featured in concert on KPLU's Jazz Northwest on Sunday, February 21 at 2 p.m. Pacific. The quartet has earned a reputation for combining jazz, hip hop, electronica and other styles in music that has cross-cultural and multi-generational appeal. Their standing-room-only concert filled the Brotman Forum of the Seattle Art Museum in this month's Art of Jazz concert presented by Earshot Jazz and SAM. The concert coincided with the opening of the new exhibition by Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic.

 

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