Meschiya Lake sings with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra . Photo by Jim Wilke
The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, co-directed by Clarence Acox and Michael Brockman is featured Sunday, October 21 on Jazz Northwest at 1 PM PDT on 88.5 KPLU. The program highlights a concert of Jazz of the Harlem Renaissance with guests Meschiya Lake, a New Orleans-based singer of traditional jazz, and narrator Robin Lloyd of KPLU, who describes scenes at the Apollo Ballroom where this music was first heard in the Twenties and Thirties. The concert was recorded at Kirkland Performance Center on June 17, 2012 utilizing a combination of vintage and modern microphone technique in an attempt to reproduce the acoustic sound of the bands who played the Apollo in Harlem.
The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra’s 2012-2013 season begins November 3 and 4 with Branford Marsalis featured in “The Music of New Orleans” including both traditional and modern music of the Crescent City.
Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke, exclusively for 88.5 KPLU and is heard Sunday afternoons on 88.5 KPLU. The program is also available as a podcast following the airdate. Beginning next week, October 28, the program will move one hour later to 2 PM on Sundays. Next week’s guest will be pianist Sumi Tonooka, who will play an Earshot Festival solo concert the following night.