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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! 899328 Jazz Northwest is published by KNKX Public Radio.

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! 899328 Jazz Northwest is published by KNKX Public Radio.

Location:

Tacoma, WA

Description:

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! 899328 Jazz Northwest is published by KNKX Public Radio.

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@KPLU

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English


Episodes

Lush arrangements for large ensembles on Jazz Northwest

11/29/2020
This week's show will showcase a couple of lush arrangements for larger jazz ensembles. We'll open with Jay Thomas leading and soloing with a ten-piece group playing "Mrs. Goodnight" composed and arranged by Oliver Groenewald. The Daniel Hersog Jazz Orchestra from Vancouver BC will be heard in an extended piece by Hersog we haven't heard before on this show, "Makeshift Memorial". Also, this week, Jovino Santos Neto in a solo performance recorded for the Savassi Festival in Brazil, Steve...

Duration:02:21:12

From Pioneer Square to Brazil

11/22/2020
This week on Jazz Northwest, memories of jazz in Pioneer Square including two tunes featuring bassist Buddy Catlett, and a couple of pieces by pianist/composer Jovino Santos Neto for this month's (virtual) Savassi Festival in Brazil. Also, on this show are four gospel songs inspired by the Golden Gate Quartet, transcribed and arranged for brass quartet and played by The Westerlies. Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by host Jim Wilke and airs Sundays at 2 p.m. Listeners may also...

Duration:02:40:54

Ernestine Anderson featured on Jazz Northwest

11/15/2020
Ernestine Anderson's birthday was last Wednesday and although she's been gone seven years, we still enjoy the rich collection of albums featuring her inimitable voice. On this week’s show, we will hear a couple of songs from a 2011 performance at Dizzy's Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Columbus Circle in New York City. The Seattle Jazz icon is joined by a soulful group featuring Houston Person and Lafayette Harris Jr. Another singer originally from Seattle is Diane Schuur and we'll hear...

Duration:01:05:49

Celebrating the Los Angeles Dodgers this week on Jazz Northwest

11/1/2020
"Dodger Blue" is a nostalgic song by baseball fan Dave Frishberg composed in 1977 but it's time to hear it again. The LA Dodgers won the World Series last week after a drought of 33 years since the last title. This performance played and sung by Dave Frishberg was captured at The Jazz Bakery in Culver City in 2005. Also featured on this week's show is the late Overton Berry Trio playing for a full house at Jazz Alley last year, The Jay Thomas Quartet playing at The Seattle Art Museum, The...

Duration:03:24:47

Pianist Overton Berry remembered on Jazz Northwest

10/25/2020
Pianist Overton Berry played all over the world but he always called Seattle home, and Seattle jazz fans were proud to call him one of our own. When he passed at the age of 84 last Monday, he was one of the last of popular Seattle jazz artists from "The Jackson Street Era" that included Quincy Jones, Ernestine Anderson, Floyd Standifer, Buddy Catlett, Jabo Ward and others. His career developed around the time of the Seattle World's Fair, when he played at The House of Entertainment, Dave's...

Duration:03:53:27

Jazz Northwest for October 18

10/19/2020
This week on Jazz Northwest we'll debut the latest release from singer Janis Mann and pianist Kenny Werner. Janis performed regularly around Seattle before moving to L.A. where she's been active as well as touring on the West Coast and singing in New York City. Her musical partnership with pianist Kenny Werner has been striking and fruitful. Their second album "Dreams of Flying" illustrates their intuitive blend, particularly on "When October Goes". Also on this week's show are Earshot Jazz...

Duration:02:45:42

Earshot Jazz Festival preview on Jazz Northwest

10/11/2020
John Gilbreath, Executive Director of Earshot Jazz, joins host Jim Wilke for a preview of the 32nd Annual Earshot Jazz Festival on this week's episode of Jazz Northwest. The Festival runs four weekends from October 16 through November 8 and will be an all-digital festival this year with live concerts delivered directly to the audience because of the pandemic. John Gilbreath talks about the special challenges of producing concerts for an unseen audience online. Music by Ravi Coltrane, Jovino...

Duration:02:39:30

New music from Portland-based composer Ezra Weiss

10/4/2020
We hear new music from Portland-based composer Ezra Weiss on today’s episode of Jazz Northwest . Vancouver BC tenor saxophonist is joined by a great New York rhythm section in his latest recording, while Karin Plato sings one of her original songs. Jack Wilson's Quartet with Roy Ayers will be heard in an excerpt from a 1966 radio broadcast from The Penthouse in Seattle, and the venerable saxophonist Don Lanphere will be heard in music from his last CD. Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced...

Duration:01:26:54

Diane Schuur's new CD on Jazz

9/27/2020
Pianist and singer Diane Schuur began her career as a pre-teen in the Seattle-Tacoma area and was soon performing at a Holiday Inn. She became a regular at jam sessions in the area and attended the University of Puget Sound. Discovered and encouraged by Doc Severinson, Stan Getz, Don Grusin and others she was soon appearing at major festivals and recording regularly for GRP for whom she made 11 albums plus two collections. She has also recorded with Ray Charles, Maynard Ferguson and the...

Duration:00:58:26

Bassist Gary Peacock remembered on Jazz Northwest

9/14/2020
World-renowned bassist Gary Peacock passed September 4 at his home in upstate New York. He made his mark playing with Albert Ayler, Paul Bley and Bill Evans, but is best remembered for his work with Keith Jarrett's Standards Trio. In the late 70s and early 80s he lived in Seattle while teaching at Cornish School of the Arts and giving private lessons and exerting a profound influence on the Seattle jazz scene. On this week's Jazz Northwest, we'll hear Gary Peacock playing with guitarist...

Duration:01:42:17

Dave Robbins Sextet from Vancouver, Jay Thomas and others on Jazz Northwest

9/6/2020
CDs by the Dave Robbins Sextet from Vancouver BC and Jay Thomas are featured on this week's episode of Jazz Northwest. Drummer Dave Robbins leads a sextet playing his original music with Brad Turner, trumpet and Mike Allen, tenor sax. The album "Joan of Art" is dedicated to Joan Mariacher, an active booster and benefactor of the Vancouver jazz scene. Seattle trumpet and sax player Jay Thomas is featured on two recent releases on this week's show. "High Crimes and Misdemeanors" pairs him with...

Duration:01:05:37

Vancouver, Spokane & Seattle on Jazz Northwest

8/30/2020
Jazz from Vancouver BC and Spokane as well as Seattle is on this week’s Jazz Northwest. Vancouver is represented by trumpet player-composer Brad Turner whose quartet is joined by New York-based tenor saxophonist Seamus Blake, who grew up in Vancouver. From Spokane comes The Whitworth Jazz Ensemble directed by Dan Keberle, playing music by the multi-award-winning composer-arranger Maria Schneider. Seattle groups on this week’s show feature Jay Thomas, Thomas Marriott, Kelley Johnson, Bill...

Duration:00:52:23

Tamir Hendelman trio plays Port Townsend on Jazz Northwest

8/23/2020
In an ordinary year we would be broadcasting highlights from this Summer's Jazz Port Townsend this month on Jazz Northwest . But like all performance activities the festival was cancelled this Summer. This week we're presenting some location recordings from our archives including a couple of tunes played by Tamir Hendelman, Martin Wind and Matt Wilson making up an all-star trio in the cozy confines of The Upstage in Port Townsend. The enthusiastic audience surrounds the band in an exciting...

Duration:01:13:30

Jessica Williams' Portland Trio with Leroy Vinnegar and Mel Brown on Jazz Northwest

8/16/2020
Pianist Jessica Williams' musical career was mostly on the West Coast, San Francisco in the 70s and 80s, and the Pacific Northwest thereafter, though she toured widely as a soloist and with trio. Her years in the Northwest brought several albums recorded in Portland, including two with the great bass player Leroy Vinnegar and drummer Mel Brown. On this week's Jazz Northwest we'll hear this trio in a joyfully swinging rendition of "Berkshire Blues" recorded in 1994 at Atwater's, a posh...

Duration:02:27:13

Kelly's Heroes on Jazz Northwest

8/10/2020
Bass player Red Kelly (back row, third from left) was a veteran of Stan Kenton, Charlie Barnett, Harry James and Woody Herman bands among others before he retired from the road and operated a jazz club near Olympia called the Tumwater Conservatory in the 70s, and later, Kellys in Tacoma in the 80s and 90s. Saxophonists Bill Ramsay and Milt Kleeb put together a great book for an 11 piece band that played at Kellys monthly and they made one CD. We'll hear a Milt Kleeb arrangement featuring...

Duration:01:04:46

Jazz Northwest for August 2, 2020

8/2/2020
The late saxophonist Don Lanphere enjoyed mixing things up on each album and he recorded a dozen albums in late life. In 1996, Don Lanphere invited Pete Christlieb to join him in a one-day studio session that produced an appropriately titled CD, "Get Happy." The pianist on the date, Marc Seales contributed a tune titled "Remember Why" which will open Jazz Northwest this Sunday. Also on this week's show, a tune celebrating the H.O.E. (House of Entertainment) a Seattle music venue in the 60s...

Duration:01:06:10

Jazz Northwest for July 26

7/27/2020
Downbeat magazine's annual Jazz Critics Poll named an album recorded in Seattle as one of the top ten historical albums of the past year. It comes from a pair of 1962 radio broadcasts of Johnny Griffin and Lockjaw Davis playing at The Penthouse in Pioneer Square. An excerpt from the album which also includes Seattle bassist Buddy Catlett will air on Jazz Northwest this Sunday at 2 on 88. KNKX. Also, more music from the new Daniel Hersog Jazz Orchestra from Vancouver, as well as Greta...

Duration:01:40:19

Prevailing Winds, dog days and baseball on Jazz Northwest

7/20/2020
We're approaching the "dog days" of Summer, and inspired by the photo on the CD we're leading off this show with an outstanding big band led by composer/arranger Phil Kelly. Mostly Northwest residents with a few guests from L.A. and New York, it's an exciting band playing great originals by Phil Kelly, I had you with the puppies, right? Also, on this edition of the show, Portlander Dave Frishberg sings a couple of songs about baseball, and we remember Clarence Acox group playing at The New...

Duration:01:05:28

Johnny Mandel at Jazz Port Townsend remembered on Jazz Northwest

7/13/2020
The justly celebrated composer and arranger Johnny Mandel died June 29 at the age of 94 in Oaji CA. He received multiple Grammy awards and Oscars for his songs and music for films and was a member of the Songwriter's Hall of Fame. Mandel made one appearance at Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend in 2012, when he was the featured composer-arranger and conducted the Centrum All-Star Big Band in a concert of his music. This brought his career full-circle, he began his career as a big band arranger in...

Duration:01:03:08

Lighthouse All Stars at Jazz Port Townsend highlight Summer holiday weekend

7/5/2020
Jazz Northwest is celebrating Canada and US national holidays this first weekend of July. We have a brand-new rendition of "O Canada" in a virtual performance from all ten provinces played by the O Canada Jazz Orchestra arranged and conducted by Daniel Hersog for an opener. Then, an extended performance of "America the Beautiful" by the Lighthouse All Stars at Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend in 1991. The group includes some of the best L.A. musicians from the heyday of "West Coast Jazz" co-led...

Duration:01:02:00