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Parker Miles Blohm

May 16 - 19, the Ballard Jazz Festival presents a big change in scheduling this year, but you'll find the same fantastic lineup of the Northwest's finest jazz musicians and internationally acclaimed talent over 4 nights in the city's increasingly crowded fishing village. Let's take a look at the changes, and preview some of my "must-see" performances.

Ray Vega performs in the KNKX studio, 2014
Justin Styer / KNKX

Trumpeter Ray Vega is a veteran of Latin Jazz, having worked in the bands of Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Ray Barretto and Mario Bauza.  A native of the South Bronx, he's a multi-talented trumpeter, percussionist, composer, and arranger.  You'll hear quite a bit of Ray's music on Jazz Caliente, from his albums Boperation, Pa'lante and Squeeze Squeeze.

The New Cool: Modern Jazz In The KNKX Studio

Sep 22, 2017
Abe Beeson

This week in the KNKX studios brings two more fresh approaches to non-traditional jazz. Modern music from the Barrett Martin Group and Freudian Slurp is informed by the sounds of rock, electronic music, funk and soul. Both are based in the Seattle area, where The New Cool has been finding plenty of inspiration and material for the show.

When this Central Washington University combo made the trip from Ellensburg to the 88.5 F-M performance studio, it was a first.  For us, anyway.  The group is the first Eastern Washington jazz band we’ve hosted, and we hope it’s the first of many to come. 

Of course, it didn’t hurt their cause when they enlisted their mentor, trumpeter Thomas Marriott, to join the festivities.  Check it out—three delightful arrangements from a group of young musicians on their way up.

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).

Jim Wilke

An exciting group with blazing trumpet and sizzling organ trio played opening weekend of the Earshot Jazz Festival at Tula's in Seattle, and highlights from their first set will air on Jazz Northwest  on Sunday, November 15 at 2 p.m. Pacific on 88.5 KPLU and streaming at kplu.org.