Ballard Jazz Walk performance by Marina Albero Quartet next on Jazz Northwest, 88.5 KPLU, June 5 at 2 PM

The Marina Albero Group performs at the NY Fashion Academy during the 2016 Ballard Avenue Jazz Walk. The Walk features performances in ten venues on or near historic Ballard Avenue. Marina Albero, piano and hammered dulcimer; Ben Thomas, vibes; Chuck Deardorf, bass; Mark Ivester, drums

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 PM 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.

Born in Barcelona, Marina Albero’s early musical experience including playing traditional music in her family’s band and formal music studies at musical conservatories in Spain and later in Cuba.  She moves easily between Spanish, Cuban and jazz styles, improvising with classical technique.  She first appeared in Seattle playing vibes in a duo with pianist Chano Domínguez at the Ballard Jazz Festival in 2014.  Music in this concert includes an opening song by her father Mariano Albero and original music by Marina and Ben Thomas.

Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU and kplu.org.  After broadcast, programs may be streamed at jazznw.org.

More info:
marinaalbero.net/en/
ballardjazzfestival.com
jazznw.org

This Sunday on Jazz Northwest

Jazz and Summertime are natural partners and next Tuesday night fans will be heading to the North City neighborhood of Shoreline for the 9th annual North City Jazz Walk from 7 to 10 PM. This Sunday, Jazz Northwest previews the Jazz Walk with music by Greta Matassa, Pearl Django and Jacqueline Tabor. These are three of the ten artists and groups appearing on August 11 in ten venues within walking distance of each other around 175th and 15th Avenue NE.

Also on this week’s show are the Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra, Dmitiri Matheny and Stephanie Porter, all of whom will also be playing in the Seattle area next week. News about live jazz opportunities are always a part of Jazz Northwest on Sunday afternoons at 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 KPLU and streaming at kplu.org.

Next week, Jazz Northwest presents the first in a series of shows originating from Centrum’s Jazz Port Townsend the last weekend of July. On August 16, you’ll hear highlights from an informal gig in downtown Port Townsend featuring international jazz stars Terell Stafford, Steve Wilson, Eric Reed and others.

More info:
northcityjazzwalk.org
jazznw.org

Danny Kolke Trio concert on Jazz Northwest, January 18

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A hard-swinging piano trio led by Danny Kolke will be featured in highlights from this month’s Art of Jazz concert at the Seattle Art Museum airing at 2 PM Sunday, January 18 on 88.5 KPLU and streaming at kplu.org. The concert broadcast includes standards, spirituals and blues by the trio which includes Danny Kolke, piano, Jon Hamar, bass and Greg Williamson on drums. The trio plays regularly on Sunday evenings at Boxley’s in North Bend and has recorded two CDs live at the club and issued on Pony Boy Records.

Danny Kolke is also the manager of Boxley’s, a family-friendly restaurant which features live jazz seven nights a week. Student musicians get a chance to try the stage on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and the pros play Thursday through Sunday. Danny’s a father of three young musicians himself, and is a volunteer teacher of a jazz band at Mt.Si High School.

Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU. The program airs Sundays at 2 PM Pacific and streams at kplu.org. Jazz Northwest is also available as a podcast at jazznw.org following the broadcast.

The Art of Jazz series is presented by Earshot Jazz and coordinated by John Gilbreath in cooperation with the Seattle Art Museum, with support from KPLU. The next concert in the series will feature singer Eugenie Jones on February 12 at 5:30 pm. The concerts on the second Thursday of each month are free and open to the public at SAM.

Matt Wilson’s Arts & Crafts concert from Jazz Port Townsend on Jazz Northwest, October 26 on 88.5 KPLU

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The mercurial Matt Wilson is an incendiary drummer and band leader.  Never predictable, his deep sense of swing and the joy of making music permeates every performance, whether he’s sideman or leader.  Jazz Northwest is pleased to present this performance which was at the conclusion of Centrum’s Jazz Port Townsend for 2014.  Joining Matt Wilson in his Arts & Crafts group are regular members Terrell Stafford on trumpet and Martin Wind on bass, plus pianist Dawn Clement and guitarist Anthony Wilson  (no relation).

The music ranges from originals by Matt Wilson and Terrell Stafford to a piece by Rahsaan Roland Kirk, folk songs and poetry, and a Beatles anthem. The band’s enthusiastic approach to making music ignited the large audience in McCurdy Pavilion where this concert took place.

Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU.  The program airs Sundays at 2 PM Pacific and is streamed at kplu.org.  A podcast of the program is available following the broadcast.

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Wycliffe Gordon’s Jazz Port Townsend concert next on Jazz Northwest, August 3 on 88.5 KPLU

 

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Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon & Friends’ Jazz Port Townsend concert airs this Sunday, August 3 on Jazz Northwest at 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 KPLU. The popular and critically acclaimed brass player (he plays several brass instruments) was recently named top trombonist by the DownBeat Critics Poll for the third year in a row and top trombonist by the Jazz Journalists Association. He first came to wide attention as a member of the Wynton Marsalis ensemble but has since branched out in several directions including new styles and various brass instruments. He is a master of the plunger mute trombone (seen above). He has led over two dozen record dates and is on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music.

Joining Wycliffe Gordon on stage for this concert in the 1200 seat McCurdy Pavillion at Fort Worden are Jeff Clayton, alto sax, Terrell Stafford, trumpet, Benny Green, piano, John Clayton, bass, and Jeff Hamilton on drums. Every member of this group is also a band leader in his own right, so it is truly an all-star group. The concert is mostly original blues-based music by Wycliffe Gordon, and all totally soulful and in the pocket for this group of friends.

Thanks to the musicians, John Clayton, Gregg Miller and the staff at Centrum, and special thanks to Rick Chin and Neville Pearsall who provided house sound and assisted with recording this concert. Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU. The program airs Sundays at 2 PM Pacific on 88.5, KPLU and streams at kplu.org. The program is also available as a streaming podcast at kplu.org following the broadcast.

This Sunday on Jazz Northwest: Miles Davis Tribute recorded live at Tula’s

Miles Davis is still one of the most influential figures in jazz, even after more than twenty years since his death (1991). On what would have been his 88th birthday on May 26, a section of 77th Street in New York City where he lived and composed some of his most memorable music was renamed Miles Davis Way.

In Seattle on May 24, a quintet of Seattle musicians gathered on stage at Tula’s to play some of the music composed and played by Miles Davis and members of the groups he led, including Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock. Playing for a full house of enthusiastic fans, trumpet player Thomas Marriott led a quintet with Mark Taylor, saxophones, Darrell Grant, piano, Evan Flory-Barnes, bass and Matt Jorgensen on drums. The music reflected several distinct periods and styles of Miles Davis multi-faceted career as trumpet player, bandleader and catalyst.

The two sets of music were recorded for broadcast and highlights from the second annual “Miles Night” at Tula’s will air on Jazz Northwest, Sunday, June 1 at 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 KPLU, and stream at kplu.org. The program will also be available as a podcast. Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU.

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MORE INFO:

thomasmarriott.net
tulas.com
milesdavis.com
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New releases and live jazz previews on Jazz Northwest, Sunday April 27 on 88.5 KPLU

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This week on Jazz Northwest (Sundays, 2 PM on 88.5 KPLU), new releases by The Danny Kolke Trio + Pete Christlieb “Live at Boxley’s” and Nelda Swiggett’s Stringtet, with her trio + two musicians from the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Plus a sampling of music in the week to come with Bill Watrous, Fred Hersch and The Mercer Island High School Jazz Ensemble 1 and news of the best bets for live jazz.

Jazz Northwest is produced and hosted by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU. The programs airs Sundays at 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 KPLU and streaming live at kplu.org . The program is also available as a podcast.

The Duke meets The Bard in “Such Sweet Thunder” in a concert broadcast on 88.5 KPLU

Duke_Ellington_-_publicityIn 1957, Duke Ellington completed and presented “Such Sweet Thunder” in concert for the first time. Working with Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington composed a suite of musical portraits of characters from Shakespeare’s plays; Hamlet, Lady MacBeth, Caesar, Cleopatra, Henry V, Iago and others. In two unique performances last month, The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra was joined by actors from the Seattle Shakespeare Company to perform the Ellington suite with related excerpts from Shakespeare’s plays.

The complete concert will be broadcast in two parts on Jazz Northwest on 88.5 KPLU. Part 1 will air on Sunday, March 9 at 2 PM Pacific, and Part 2 will air one week later on Sunday, March16 at 2 PM Pacific.

Actors from The Seattle Shakespeare Company include Hana Lass, Darragh Kennan and George Mount, The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra is co-directed by Clarence Acox and Michael Brockman. The concert performance was recorded at Kirkland Performance Center on February 16.

Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU. It is also available as a live stream and a podcast after the broadcast at kplu.org .

For more information:
srjo.org
seattleshakespeare.org
jazznw.org

The Emerald City Jazz Orchestra plays for the Woody Herman Centennial at Tula’s

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This week on Jazz Northwest features highlights from an Emerald City Jazz Orchestra celebration of the Woody Herman Centennial at Tula’s in December as well as excerpts from Steve GriggsPanama Hotel Jazz suite which will receive a full performance at The Seattle Art Museum on February 13.

Also included on this show are new CDs by Greg Williamson, Mercedes Nicole and Marc Seales as well as picks for live jazz in the coming week.

Jazz Northwest airs Sundays at 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 KPLU and is also streamed and available as a podcast at kplu.org following the broadcast. Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke, exclusively for 88.5 KPLU.

Jonathan Pugh featured on Jazz Northwest this Sunday

Jonathan Pugh grew up in Wenatchee and his first musical memories include standing by his Dad as he led the band at his Summer youth circus.  Later, he connected with Don Lanphere in Wenatchee and studied with him during his teen years.  It was mutual inspiration as Jonathan become a regular member of the Don Lanphere Quintet, touring and recording eight albums with the sax legend during his resurgent career.

Jonathan Pugh started on trumpet, but today focuses on the mellower cornet. He presently teaches in the Edmonds Schools. Joining him in this Art of Jazz concert from the Seattle Art Museum are Dave Peterson on guitar, Jon Hamar on bass and Max Wood on drums, all notable for their tone and swing.

The Art of Jazz Concerts are presented by Earshot Jazz, John Gilbreath, Executive Director and the Seattle Art Museum with the support of KPLU.  The series is now in its 17th year of free concerts presented on the third Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 7;30. The next concert on February 13 will feature the Steve Griggs “Panama Hotel” Quintet playing music inspired by the novel “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford, set in Seattle’s International District during the early 40s.

Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU.  The program airs on Sundays at 2 PM Pacific and is streamed at kplu.org.  A podcast is also available following the broadcast.

more info:
earshot.org
seattleartmuseum.org
jazznw.org

Cyrille Aimée and Diego Figuereido Duo concert at Jazz Port Townsend on Jazz Northwest

Vocalist Cyrille Aimee, with guitarist Diego Figueiredo, perform on Saturday night at the 2013 Centrum Jazz Port Townsend Festival.
Photo by Jim Levitt

A French singer and a Brazilian guitarist teamed up for a charming duo on the final night of Centrum’s Jazz Port Townsend 2013. Both Cyrille Aimée and Diego Figueiredo have busy solo careers but they find time to tour together since they first met at the Montreux Jazz Contest. They perform some Brazilian tunes and some French chansons, plus American standards . The combination of virtuosity and creative interplay won many new fans for the duo during their appearance at last Summer’s festival in Port Townsend.

The complete concert will be broadcast on Sunday, January 5 at 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 KPLU, concluding the series of broadcasts recorded last July at Jazz Port Townsend. The concert will also be streamed live at kplu.org, and will also be available as a podcast following the broadcast.

Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU. The program airs Sundays at 2 PM Pacific.

More info:
centrum.org
cyrillemusic.com
diegofigueiredo.net
jazznw.org

A Jazz Northwest Christmas from Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, BC on KPLU

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Northwest jazz artists have produced a great selection of holiday music, and you can hear a full hour of it this Sunday at 2 PM Pacific on Jazz Northwest from 88.5, KPLU. Leading off the program is the by-now classic 1989 album “Year ‘Round Christmas” by the late Don Lanphere, the same band that played the very first Christmas Jam live from KPLU.

Following are seasonal selections by David Friesen from Portland, The Jim Knapp Orchestra, Greta Matassa & Clipper Anderson, (we) B3 Kings from Vancouver BC, Dawn Clement, Thomas Marriott, Darin Clendenin & Trish Hatley, and Primo Kim.

Light the fire (if there’s no burn ban!), sip an eggnog, or trim the tree or mantle. It’s a Jazz Northwest Christmas!

Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke, who wishes you all a very happy holiday season.

Next week (December 22), The Overton Berry Trio will be heard in an Art of Jazz concert recorded at the Seattle Art Museum.

This week on Jazz Northwest

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This week on Jazz Northwest we’re starting the holiday season by revisiting some of our favorites: the Roosevelt Jazz Band’s “Jazz Nutcracker,” Don Lanphere’s “Year ‘Round Christmas” and Hans Teuber and Dave Peterson play “Silver Bells”. We’ll sample Jim Knapp’s new string orchestra “Scrape” plus Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra, Thomas Marriott and more.

Jazz Northwest airs Sundays at 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 KPLU, and streams at kplu.org. There is also a podcast available after the broadcast.

John Gilbreath is guest on Jazz Northwest preview of the 25th Earshot Jazz Festival

John Gilbreath, Executive Director of Earshot Jazz, will talk with Jim Wilke about the current Earshot Jazz Festival on Jazz Northwest on Sunday October 6. The 25th Earshot Jazz Festival began this week and will continue through November 17 with over 60 individual events at various locations around Seattle. Music on this program includes John Hollenbeck’s Claudia Quintet which will be appearing on Sunday, October 6 at the Poncho Theatre at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.   Other groups  appearing at the festival and on this program include Dave Douglas, Darcy James Argue, Steve Treseler, Ingrid Jensen and Cuong Vu.

Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU.  The program is broadcast Sundays at 2 PM Pacific and is streamed live at kplu.org.  A podcast of the program is also available immediately after broadcast.

More info:
earshot.org
jazznw.org

Bria Skonberg’s Jazz Port Townsend Concert on the next Jazz Northwest

The Bria Skonberg with Special Guest Wycliffe Gordon opens the 2013 Centrum Jazz Port Townsend Festival on Friday night.

Bria Skonberg plays trumpet and sings as she leads an all-star sextet in concert at Centrum’s Jazz Port Townsend on Jazz Northwest on 88.5 KPLU on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 2 PM PDT.  Born in Chilliwack, BC, she studied at Capilano University in North Vancouver BC before moving to New York.  She has been endorsed by veteran musicians and is active on the New York scene as well as an international touring star while still in her 20s.

She returned to the Pacific Northwest last summer to teach at the Jazz Workshop and perform on the mainstage at McCurdy Pavilion at Fort Worden.  Joining Bria Skonberg in this concert are Wycliffe Gordon, trombone, Dan Balmer, guitar, Randy Halberstadt, piano, Rodney Whittaker, bass and Matt Wilson, drums.

Bria Skonberg is playing at the Vancouver Dixiefest this weekend, with additional performances in Vancouver and Victoria next week as well as a Happy Hour performance at the Royal Room in Seattle (5 PM Oct .4) and Eastside Stomp in Kirkland (9 PM Oct.4) before continuing her West Coast tour.

Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU.  The program airs at 2 PM Sundays and is also streamed live to the internet and available as a podcast after the broadcast at kplu.org.

More info:
briaskonberg.com
centrum.org/jazz
jazznw.org

René Marie and Sachal Vasandani in Jazz Port Townsend concert on Jazz NW, 88.5 KPLU 9/15/13

Rene Marie and Sachal Vasandani sing at the 2013 Centrum Jazz Port Townsend Saturday afternoon mainstage concert.

 Two excellent jazz singers, René Marie and Sachal Vasandani team up in concert on the next Jazz Northwest broadcast from Centrum’s Jazz Port Townsend, held the last weekend of July each summer.  The concert will air on Sunday, September 15 at 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 KPLU.  It was recorded before a large audience in McCurdy Pavilion at Fort Worden during the Festival.  The two singers, obviously enjoying each other, trade songs and join in some duets.   They were accompanied by an all-star rhythm section of George Cables (piano), Chuck Deardorf (bass) and Joe LaBarbera (drums).

René Marie didn’t fully commit to become a professional singer/songwriter until she was in her 40s, but since then has recorded a dozen CDs featuring her unique songs and interpretations of standards.  Sachal Vasandani is one of the few male jazz vocalists to appear on the scene in the last decade and has recorded 3 CDs which have been well received.  Both artists tour world wide and were making repeat appearances at Jazz Port Townsend.  They also served on the faculty of the Jazz Workshop which precedes the Festival.

Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke, exclusively for 88.5 KPLU.  The program airs at 2 PM Pacific on Sundays and is also available as a streaming podcast at kplu.org following the broadcast.

This week on Jazz Northwest

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Jazz Northwest this week will feature several new CDs by Northwest jazz artists, including former Seattle flutist and pianist Anne Drummond who has an active career in New York.   Several artists appearing at this Sunday’s Pony Boy Jazz Picnic have new or recent CDs on this show including The Greg Williamson Quartet, and Jay Thomas’ neo Boogaloo band, the Cantaloupes.   Also included is a new CD with the Miles Black Trio and guest saxophonist Grant Stewart recorded at The Cellar Jazz Club in Vancouver, BC, plus news about some of the best bets for live jazz in the Seattle region next week.

Jazz Northwest airs Sundays at 2 PM Pacific and is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5, KPLU. The program is also available as a streaming podcast at kplu.org following the broadcast.

A Salute to Quincy Jones next on Jazz Northwest


Thomas Marriott solos with Centrum All Star Big Band directed by Clarence Acox (photo by Jim Levitt)

The Centrum All-Star Big Band directed by Clarence Acox played a Salute to Quincy Jones at Jazz Port Townsend last July, and Jazz Northwest was there to record the concert. The full-length concert broadcast will air on Sunday, September 1 at 2 pm (PDT) as part of a series of live concert recordings from this year’s festival.

Quincy Jones grew up in Seattle and attended Garfield High School. He got his first big band experience in Seattle, and it’s fitting that this Salute to Quincy Jones is directed by Clarence Acox, who has directed the multi-awarding winning jazz band program at Garfield High School for 35 years. He is also a professional drummer and co-director of the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra with Michael Brockman. Many musicians in this concert have played in both bands.

Selections by Quincy Jones include the Theme from Golden Boy, Stockholm Sweetnin’, The Midnight Sun Will Never Set, Quintessence and others.

Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke, exclusively for 88.5 KPLU. The program is also available as a podcast at kplu.org following the broadcast. Next concert in the series will feature René Marie and Sachal Vasandani on September 15.

This week on Jazz Northwest

Every Sunday afternoon at 2 we check out the local jazz scene with the latest CDs by resident musicians and on alternate weeks, location recordings that are available nowhere else! This week, there’s music from CDs by Jay Thomas, Chris Amemiya, Jovino Santos Neto, Larry Barilleau, Clipper Anderson and others. We’ll also remember Floyd Standifer and Don Lanphere.

Next week, we’ll begin a series of shows recorded on the mainstage of Centrum’s Jazz Port Townsend 2013. Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke for 88.5 KPLU. It airs at 2 PM Pacific and is available as a podcast at kplu.org following the broadcast.