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

Posted 5 March, 2014 in Jazz Northwest, KPLU - Comments Off comments

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

Posted 31 January, 2014 in Jazz Northwest, KPLU - Comments Off comments

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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

Posted 16 January, 2014 in Jazz Northwest, KPLU - Comments Off comments

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

Posted 3 January, 2014 in Jazz Northwest, KPLU - Comments Off comments

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

Northwest Jazz Favorites on Jazz Northwest this Sunday, December 29

Posted 26 December, 2013 in Jazz Northwest - Comments Off comments

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This week on Jazz Northwest, Jim Wilke picks some of his favorite CDs issued in 2013 by Northwest jazz artists.  Not necessarily an exhaustive nor exclusive list, this hour does provide some examples of the high level of jazz recordings produced in the Pacific Northwest.   The complete list will be posted at jazzafterhours.org/bestcds.html which includes national and international releases as well.

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

Overton Berry next on Jazz Northwest – December 22

Posted 19 December, 2013 in Jazz Northwest, Seattle Jazz - Comments Off comments

OvertonSeattle jazz icon pianist Overton Berry leads his trio in an “Art of Jazz” concert at The Seattle Art Museum on the next Jazz Northwest on 88.5 KPLU. Overton Berry is a member of the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame and his career goes back for six decades not only in Seattle and the West Coast, but beyond to Hong Kong, Vietnam, and elsewhere.

Joined in this concert by bassist Jeff Davies and drummer Rick Spano, Overton Berry plays a variety of music from soul jazz classics, to ballads, Brazilian music and the classic “Hymn to Freedom” by Oscar Peterson.

The Art of Jazz concerts are presented by Earshot Jazz, John Gilbreath, Executive Director and the Seattle Art Museum on the second Thursday of each month, year ’round. The next concert in the series will feature the Jonathan Pugh Quartet on January 9.

The concerts are recorded by Jim Wilke for broadcast on Jazz Northwest, Sunday afternoons at 2 pm on 88;5 KPLU. The program is also available as a podcast at kplu.org following the broadcast.

More info:
overtonberry.com
earshot.org
seattleartmuseum.org
jazznw.org

This week on Jazz Northwest

Posted 29 November, 2013 in Jazz Northwest, KPLU - Comments Off comments

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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.

Bill Anschell’s “Peru” Trio next on Jazz Northwest, November 24 on 88.5 KPLU

Posted 21 November, 2013 in Jazz Northwest - Comments Off comments

anschellbystevekornPianist 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.

More info:
billanschell.com
seattleartmuseum.org
earshot.org
jazznw.org

This week on Jazz Northwest

Posted 9 November, 2013 in Jazz Northwest - Comments Off comments

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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 broadcast

Anthony Wilson’s Power of Nine on Jazz Northwest, Sunday, November 3

Posted 2 November, 2013 in Jazz Northwest - Comments Off comments

The Anthony Wilson Nonet performs at the 2013 Centrum Jazz Port Townsend Mainstage concert on Saturday night.

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.

More info:
Centrum.org/jazz
anthonywilsonmusic.com
jazznw.org

This week on Jazz Northwest

Posted 26 October, 2013 in Jazz Northwest - Comments Off comments

roberta-155-by-ben-huggler-copyJazz 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.org

Kareem Kandi Band at Seattle Art Museum on the next Jazz Northwest

Posted 17 October, 2013 in Jazz Northwest - Comments Off comments

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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.

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

Posted 4 October, 2013 in Jazz Northwest, KPLU - Comments Off comments

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

Posted 28 September, 2013 in Jazz Northwest, KPLU - Comments Off comments

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

Posted 12 September, 2013 in Jazz Northwest, KPLU - Comments Off comments

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

Posted 6 September, 2013 in Jazz Northwest, KPLU - Comments Off comments

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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

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.

Remembering Cedar Walton this week on Jazz Northwest

Posted 24 August, 2013 in Jazz Northwest - Comments Off comments

DSCN3484This 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.

This week on Jazz Northwest

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.

Jazz Port Townsend Preview next on Jazz Northwest, July 21 on 88.5, KPLU

Posted 11 July, 2013 in Jazz Northwest, KPLU - Comments Off comments

Vibraphonist Stefon Harris performs with the Gerald Clayton Trio on the Mainstage at the 2011 Centrum Jazz Port Townsend Festival. Stefon Harris, vibraphone Gerald Clayton, piano; Joe Sanders, bass; Quincy Davis, drums

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.

Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU and kplu.org.  The program is also available as a podcast at kplu.org following each broadcast.

For more info:
centrum.org/jazz
jazznw.org

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