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.Posted 21 November, 2013 in Jazz Northwest - Comments Off comments
Pianist Bill Anschell was born in Seattle and began his career here, but he’s ranged far and wide since then. He’s been a jazz coordinator for the Southern Arts Federation, produced radio programs, been musical director and pianist for Nnenna Freelon with whom he toured and recorded, and he’s toured widely in South America.
One of those tours was last year in Peru with his Seattle trio, Chris Symer on bass and Jeff “Bongo” Busch on drums and percussion. This trio was featured in this month’s Art of Jazz concert at the Seattle Art Museum, presented by Earshot and recorded for Jazz Northwest. It was a particularly apt choice for the series as it compliments the current exhibition at SAM, ”Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and Moon” which continues through January 5.
The Bill Anschell Trio plays three pieces of Peruvian music adapted for this trio along with original music by the pianist on Jazz Northwest, Sunday November 24 at 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 KPLU. The program is also streamed at kplu.org and available as a podcast following the broadcast.
Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for KPLU.Posted 9 November, 2013 in Jazz Northwest - Comments Off comments
Overton Berry Trio – Bill Kotick, Chuck Metcalf and Overton Berry – 1970
This week’s show ranges from Portland (John Stowell, Rebecca Kilgore) to Vancouver and Victoria (The Nightcrawlers, Kelby MacNayr Quintet). We’ll also hear from the young (Ariel Pocock) and the … not so young (Overton Berry, Chuck Stentz & Joe Baque). We even have two Bills on the bill (Bill Anschel and Bill Frisell).
News about where to hear some of these and other NW jazz artists is always part of the show, and we’ll look at what’s ahead for the last week of Earshot Jazz Festival 25.
Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU and is heard Sundays at 2 PM Pacific. A podcast of the show is also available at kplu.org after the broadcastPosted 2 November, 2013 in Jazz Northwest - Comments Off comments
Guitarist Anthony Wilson leads his nonet on Jazz Northwest, Sunday, November 3 at 2 PM (PDT) on 88.5 KPLU. The concert was recorded at Centrum’s Jazz Port Townsend last summer. Truly an all-star aggregation, the group includes Terell Stafford, trumpet, Jiggs Whigham, trombone, Jeff Clayton, alto sax & flute, Anat Cohen, tenor sax and clarinet, Gary Smulyan, baritone sax, Gerald Clayton, piano, Joe Sanders, bass and Matt Wilson, drums. All were on the faculty for the Jazz Port Townsend Jazz Workshop which took place the week leading up to the festival.
Music on the program includes a couple of classics, and two contemporary pieces, one an original by Anthony Wilson who has recorded four CDs with this instrumentation as well as three more an organ trio. He has also toured and recorded as a member of the Diana Krall group.
Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU. The program is also streamed live at kplu.org and is available as a podcast.Posted 26 October, 2013 in Jazz Northwest - Comments Off comments
Jazz Northwest previews and samples upcoming events every Sunday afternoon at 2 on 88.5 KPLU. This Sunday (10/27) will include CDs by Roy Hargrove, Roberta Gambarini, the Jim Knapp Orchestra, Darcy James Argue and others appearing in Seattle concerts, as well as some new releases by resident Northwest musicians.
Jazz Northwest is produced and hosted by Jim Wilke, exclusively for 88.5 KPLU. The program is also available as a podcast at kplu.orgPosted 17 October, 2013 in Jazz Northwest - Comments Off comments
Tacoma-based saxophonist Kareem Kandi brought his band to the Art Of Jazz Series at The Seattle Art Museum this month and played a hard-swinging concert enjoyed by an enthusiastic audience that filled Brotman Forum at SAM. Saxophonist Kreem Kandi was joined by B3 organist Delvon Lamar and drummer Adam Kessler in a classic organ trio performance that included standards and originals. The concert was recorded for Jazz Northwest and will air on Sunday, October 20 at 2 PM PDT.
Kareem Kandi is a Northwest native who studied at Olympic College and the Cornish College of the Arts. His big Dexter Gordon-style sound is comfortable fit in an organ trio format that reflects the tradition while adding new songs to keep it fresh. Two originals by Kareem Kandi are included in this performance.
The performance was part of the regular Art of Jazz Series and the current Earshot Jazz Festival presented and produced by Earshot Jazz, John Gilbreath, Executive Direcotr with the support of the Seattle Art Museum and 88.5 KPLU. The Art of Jazz Series is presented on the second Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The concerts are free and open to the public. The next concert in the series will feature The Bill Anschell Quartet on November 14.
Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU. The program airs Sundays at 2 PM Pacific and is also available as a podcast at kplu.org following the broadcast.
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.Posted 28 September, 2013 in Jazz Northwest, KPLU - Comments Off comments
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.Posted 12 September, 2013 in Jazz Northwest, KPLU - Comments Off comments
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.
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.Posted 29 August, 2013 in Jazz Northwest, KPLU - Comments Off comments
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.Posted 24 August, 2013 in Jazz Northwest - Comments Off comments
This week on Jazz Northwest we’ll remember some of the influence the late Cedar Walton had on Seattle musicians. He played Seattle jazz clubs like Parnell’s and Jazz Alley, did workshops at Cornish College and arranged and played on Jay Thomas’ first album. We’ll hear a young Jay Thomas playing with the seasoned Cedar Walton Trio in 1984, and Cedar Walton’s tune “Bolivia” played in concert by Chris Amemiya & Jazz Coalescence issued this year.
New music from Vancouver and Portland too on this week’s show, plus Latin jazz with Lary Barrileau, and Cuong Vu 4-tet on Jazz Northwest, Sunday at 2 on 88.5, KPLU.
Next week (9/1), the Centrum All Star Big Band plays music by former Seattle resident Quincy Jones, conducted by Clarence Acox at Jazz Port Townsend. Truly an all -star band, it includes top soloists from around the US including the Pacific NW.Posted 24 July, 2013 in Jazz Northwest, KPLU - Comments Off comments
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.Posted 11 July, 2013 in Jazz Northwest, KPLU - Comments Off comments
The longest-running Jazz Festival in the Pacific Northwest is Jazz Port Townsend on the last weekend of July each year. On Sunday, July 21 at 2 PM (PDT) on Jazz Northwest we’ll sample some of the world-class artists who’ll be at Jazz Port Townsend this year to teach workshops during the week and perform in concerts and intimate clubs on the weekend. Included in this preview are The Clayton Brothers, Steffon Harris (pictured), Anat Cohen, René Marie, Cyrille Aimée & Diego Figueiredo, and Anthony Wilson – Sunday at 2 on Jazz Northwest from 88.5, KPLU.
Jazz Northwest will be on hand again to record festival concerts for later broadcast. Next week (7/21) on the program, highlights from an evening with the Joe Locke/Thomas Marriott Quartet at Tula’s will be featured.Posted 21 May, 2013 in Bellevue Jazz Festival, Jazz Northwest, Josh Wolff - Comments Off comments
The Sixth Annual Bellevue Jazz Festival starts next Wednesday and runs through the weekend. There will be more than 40 live free performances in restaurants and other public areas in downtown Bellevue, plus three headliner concerts featuring Carlos Cascante y su Tumbao, Kendrick Scott Oracle, and the Cyrus Chestnut Trio + Stefon Harris. We’ll preview the festival and provide more info about other jazz events on Jazz Northwest, Sunday, May 26 at 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 KPLU and kplu.org.
We’ll also remember pianist Joshua Wolff who began his too short but celebrated career in Seattle and ended last weekend in New York when he succumbed to cancer at the age of 39. There’s also music this week with Chris Amemiya, Jay Thomas, Clipper Anderson and others.
Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU. The program airs Sundays at 2 PM Pacific. A podcast of the program is also available at kplu.org following the broadcast.Posted 8 March, 2013 in Jazz Northwest, KPLU - Comments Off comments
Thad Jones played trumpet with the Basie Band and he brought the jazz orchestra into the modern age with his unique compositions and arrangements for the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra at The Village Vanguard. The current incarnation of that orchestra still plays every Monday night at the hallowed New York club as The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra 47 years after it began. The music of Thad Jones still feels current and is played by jazz orchestras around the world, including The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra which featured Thad Jones’ music in two sold out concerts last weekend.
Highlights from one of those concerts will air on Jazz Northwest Sunday, March 10 on 88.5, KPLU and kplu.org. The concert was recorded at The Kirkland Performance Center. Included are several selections that have become jazz standards, Three in One, A Child is Born, To You and Low Down. Among the many soloists in this concert are two who performed with Thad Jones or the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Bill Ramsay and Mark Taylor.
This concert was one of the current series of concerts by the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, directed by Clarence Acox and Michael Brockman. The next concert pair will be Jazz of the Harlem Renaissance III: Ellington’s “Reminiscing in Tempo” on April 13 and 14.
Jazz Northwest is heard every Sunday afternoon at 2 PM Pacific on KPLU. The program is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke, exclusively for 88.5, KPLU. A podcast is available after the broadcast at kplu.org. Coming in the near future are concerts by the Bernie Jacobs Quartet at Seattle Art Museum (3/24) and “Just The Two of Us” with guitarists Kevin Eubanks and Stanley Jordan at Kirkland Performance Center (4/7).
Preview the episode below.
Latin jazz is one of the features on this week’s Jazz Northwest, 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 KPLU. Recent CD releases from veteran Seattle percussionists Johnny Conga and Lary Barilleau are included as well as a new solo CD by Brazilian pianist Jovino Santos Neto at the Fazioli Piano Salon in NYC..
Also this week, Vancouver reed man James Danderfer leads a New Orleans-style street band, and Jay Thomas’ latest CD The Cats plays some neo-boogaloo!
Jazz Northwest is hosted by Jim Wilke, exclusively for 88.5 KPLU and kplu.org. A podcast is available following the broadcast.Posted 9 February, 2013 in Jazz Northwest - Comments Off comments
A double bill featuring a piano trio from Iceland, and a six trombone band will be featured on Jazz Northwest on Sunday February 10 at 2 PM Pacific on 88.5, KPLU. The groups were recorded on separate occasions playing at Tula’s in Seattle. Pianist Sunna Gunnlaugs was born in Iceland but studied at William Paterson University in New Jersey and lived in Brooklyn before returning to Iceland. She was in Seattle last Spring as part of a US tour in connection with her latest CD, Long Pair Bond. Her trio includes Porgrímur “Toggi” Jóhnsson on bass, and Scott McLemore on drums. The trio plays several original compositions from her latest CD. The Sunna Gunnlaugs Trio has recently been selected as The Offiical Band of Reykjavik 2013.
The second part of this Jazz Northwest features a six trombone band called Trombonasaurus Wrecks, reputedly hatched in Dan Marcus’ basement 40 million years ago. They play three beautifully crafted arrangements and orchestrations by Curt Berg (third from left above) of lyrical music associated with pianist Bill Evans.
Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke and features resident and visiting jazz artists. The program can be heard each Sunday at 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 KPLU and simultaneously streamed at kplu.org to internet listeners. The program is also available as a podcast following the broadcast.
Our next recording session is the Dmitri Matheny Quartet at Seattle Art Museum’s Art of Jazz concert at 5:30 PM, February 14. Highlights will air on February 24.
Guitarist Mundell Lowe played with Charlie Parker, Lester Young, and Billie Holiday among others, was a long-time staff musician at NBC and CBS in New York before moving West to write and play for movies, TV and recording studios. The 90 year old guitarist was in Seattle last Fall to play in a two-guitar quartet with Mike Magnelli during the Earshot Festival. Two Seattle musicians, Chuck Kistler on bass and Milo Petersen on drums, joined the two guitarists for two nights at Tula’s during the festival, and they recorded for Jazz Northwest on the second night. Highlights from that performance at Tula’s will air on Sunday, January 6 at 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 KPLU and stream at kplu.org.
Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU. The program airs Sundays at 2 PM and is available as streaming podcast after the broadcast.Posted 5 December, 2012 in Jazz Northwest, KPLU - Comments Off comments
Jim Wilke shares some of his favorite CDs for the holidays by Northwest jazz musicians who’ve appeared often on the program … Don Lanphere, The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, Ernestine Anderson, Dave Peck, Greta Matassa, Barney McClure and others.
Listen to this December celebration featuring some our favorite musicians playing holiday music and support Jazz Northwest, Sunday afternoons at 2 Pacific Time on 88.5, KPLU and kplu.org.« Previous