Jazz Northwest for Sunday, February 28

This Sunday (2/28/16) on Jazz Northwest on KPLU we’ll showcase a wide variety of jazz talent from around Puget Sound to Vancouver and Victoria BC. Included are two new releases with a New York connection – Thomas Marriott with Ray Vega, and tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss (formerly from Seattle, now in New York), plus a new CD from Victoria BC singer Miranda Sage. We’ll hear two different ten piece bands who will play music by veteran arrangers Bob Hammer and Milt Kleeb in separate upcoming engagements. We also highlight a couple of the bands playing the Tacoma Jazz Walk next Saturday (3/5).

Jazz Northwest is produced by Jim Wilke for 88.5 KPLU. The program airs Sundays at 2 PM Pacific and streams at kplu.org. Past programs are available for streaming at jazznw.org. Next week’s show will be a concert by The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra featuring Terell Stafford on trumpet.

‘Jazz, Hip-Hop and the Avant-Garde’ at Lo-Fi Performance Gallery

from The Seattle Times:

A lot of jazz lovers cringe when they hear hip-hop, which is too bad, since the two genres share so much rhythmically and thematically. When it comes to sophisticated syncopation and surprise, the pop and crackle of a good MC is often right up there with Charlie Parker.

Perhaps the triumph of Kendrick Lamar’s brilliantly cinematic “To Pimp A Butterfly,” which draws deeply on jazz roots, will open some ears again in the ways Digable Planets did so long ago.

In the meantime, stellar Seattle drummer Chris Icasiano — associated with Seattle’s avant-garde label Table & Chairs — has programmed an eclectic night called Jazz, Hip-Hop and the Avant-Garde at Lo-Fi Performance Gallery Thursday (Feb. 25) that tries to illuminate the threads that tie these genres together.

Read the entire story at The Seattle Times.

KPLU adds Jazz Night In America to its Friday Night Programming

KPLU is excited to announce a new addition to its Friday night lineup beginning February 26.

(From 7:30 to 8 p.m., Abe Beeson hosts KPLU’s Evening Jazz as per usual.) Then from 8 to 9 p.m., KPLU will air NPR’s Jazz Night in America. The show features storytelling with concert performances, connecting jazz enthusiasts and potential new fans with artists and venues—and each other—through radio broadcasts, an array of live signature videocasts, and on-demand video of jazz events from today’s great artists and venues, hosted by jazz bassist Christian McBride. Over the last year, KPLU partnered with Jazz Night on bringing two Northwest performances to the fore: trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and saxophonist Steve Treseler’s tribute to jazz composer Kenny Wheeler at the Royal Room in March 2015; and pianist/composer Wayne Horvitz’s paean to poet Richard Hugo during the 2015 Earshot Jazz Festival.

“I’ve been listening to and watching NPR’s Jazz Night in America for many months now,” said KPLU Director of Content Matt Martinez,”and I think it’s the perfect show to put on our schedule: a mix of live jazz performances and rich storytelling.”

February 26’s show puts the spotlight on jazz-fusion stars and Grammy Award winners Snarky Puppy. The show teams up with the band’s bassist and bandleader Michael League for an exclusive conversation about his compositional process, and features a live hometown concert at The Prophet Bar in Dallas.

KPLU’s Evening Jazz will continue from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Genre-bending Industrial Revelation in concert on KPLU’s Jazz Northwest, February 21

The popular Seattle quartet Industrial Revelation will be featured in concert on KPLU’s Jazz Northwest on Sunday, February 21 at 2 PM Pacific. The quartet has earned a reputation for combining jazz, hip hop, electronica and other styles in music that has cross-cultural and multi-generational appeal. Their standing-room-only concert filled the Brotman Forum of the Seattle Art Museum in this month’s Art of Jazz concert presented by Earshot Jazz and SAM. The concert coincided with the opening of the new exhibition by Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic.

Industrial Revelation was formed ten years ago, when all four were either students at Cornish, playing with or studying with noted saxophonist Hadley Caliman, or both.  Led by drummer D’Vonne Lewis, with Aham Oluo on trumpet, Josh Rawlings, piano and electric keyboards and Evan Flory-Barnes on bass, the group plays with intensity and urgency, but cools to a quiet simmer for soulful ballads. All four compose and arrange music for the quartet. In the last year, Industrial Revolution has received music awards from The Stranger, The Seattle Weekly and Earshot Jazz.

The Art of Jazz concerts are presented on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 7:30 pm and are coordinated by Earshot Jazz, John Gilbreath, Executive Director. Next in the series is The Tiptons saxophone quartet on March 10.  Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU and kplu.org and airs Sundays at 2 PM Pacific. After broadcast, programs are archived for streaming at jazznw.org.

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Garfield, Roosevelt and Mount Si headed to NYC

from The Seattle Times:

Three Seattle-area high-school jazz bands have been selected as finalists in this year’s Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival in New York.

Bands from Garfield High School, Roosevelt High School and Mount Si High School, in Snoqualmie, are in the running. There are 15 finalists. Nearly 100 schools entered for consideration.

The competition and festival take place May 5-7 at Jazz at Lincoln Center, which sponsors the event.

All three Seattle-area bands are old hands at Essentially Ellington. Garfield has been a finalist 14 times since 1999, when the festival opened up to bands west of the Mississippi River, and has won first place four times. Roosevelt has competed in the finals 16 times and has won first place three times. This will be Mount Si’s third round as a finalist.

“It’s a real honor,” said Mount Si band director Matt Wenman. “We feel privileged to be going with Garfield and Roosevelt.”

Between 2002 and 2010, Seattle schools dominated the event, but since then no Seattle-area band has won first place.

All Star Septet from Jazz Port Townsend on Jazz Northwest this Sunday

Seven musicians, each a leader in his own right, teamed up for the finale at the 2015 Jazz Port Townsend festival presented by Centrum in McCurdy Pavilion at Fort Worden. Two trumpets, Terell Stafford and Sean Jones; two saxophonists, Bob Mintzer and Dayna Stephens, and a great rhythm section with Benny Green, piano, John Clayton, bass and Jeff Hamilton on drums shared their enthusiasm for playing together with the crowd. The concert was recorded for radio and highlights will air on Sunday, February 14 at 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 KPLU, streaming at kplu.org.

The musicians were all members of the jazz faculty at the Centrum’s Jazz Workshop which precedes the festival on the last weekend of July each year. The music by Bob Mintzer, Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Burrell and Thelonious Monk stretched out to include rich solos by each member of the group.

Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU, and airs and streams at kplu.org on Sundays at 2 pm Pacific. Thanks to John Clayton, Gregg Miller and staff at Centrum and special thanks to Rick Chinn and Neville Pearsal for their help in recording at Jazz Port Townsend. An archive of previous Jazz Northwest programs is available for streaming after broadcast at jazznw.org. Next week (2/21), Industrial Revelation in an Art of Jazz Concert at The Seattle Art Museum.

Note: Terell Stafford will be featured with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra on February 18, 20, 21 in Edmonds, Seattle and Kirkland. srjo.org

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Photos by Jim Levitt

Get your tickets for Hot Java Cool Jazz

Friday, March 25, 2016
Show at 7:00 pm

911 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101

Use promo code MSR to buy during the presale, February 8-9

STG Presents Starbucks Hot Java Cool Jazz at The Paramount Theatre on March 25, 2016.

Year after year, jazz fans come together in the true spirit of the Seattle jazz tradition, to celebrate the finest local talent for one evening at the Paramount Theatre.

Join us for a swinging, music-filled evening at Starbucks 21st Annual Hot Java Cool Jazz, featuring performances by the award-winning jazz bands from Mount Si, Edmonds-Woodway, Mountlake Terrace, Garfield and Roosevelt high schools. 100% of all ticket sales from this concert go to their school music programs.

Hot Java Cool Jazz is part of Starbucks’ ongoing commitment to providing opportunities for young people in the local community. Last year, more than $55,000 from ticket sales went back to the participating schools and since 1995, Starbucks Hot Java Cool Jazz has raised more than $450,000 to help local students pursue their love of music.

Joe Locke performing at Tula’s this Friday, Feb 5

from Thomas Marriott:

Just a note to let you know the incredible Joe Locke will be performing at Tula’s this Friday evening, February 5th at 7:30 PM. Joe is one of the most intense and soulful musicians on the scene today and his performances are usually quite an experience. If you consider yourself a jazz fan or a supporter of the music scene in Seattle, please consider dropping in to hear the show. You won’t be disappointed! Joe has been keeping the bar very high for many years and as you know, the folks in the audience always make a difference. I hope you can join us for a wonderful evening.

Joe Locke Quartet
Joe Locke – vibraphone
Jeff Johnson – bass
John Bishop – drums
Thomas Marriott – trumpet

Art Lande Quartet Reunion at Earshot Festival next on Jazz Northwest

One of the many highlights of last Fall’s Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle was the reunion of Art Lande’s Seattle Quartet from the early 80s, when Art Lande was teaching at The Cornish Institute (now Cornish College of the Arts). An hour’s worth of outstanding original music and spontaneous improvisation from the concert will air on Jazz Northwest, Sunday, February 7 at 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 KPLU, simultaneous streaming at kplu.org .

The quartet of musical friends reassembled on the stage of Poncho Theatre at Cornish on Capitol Hill and played mostly compositions by pianist Art Lande and guitarist Dave Peterson. Art Lande has made his home in Boulder, Colorado for many years, bassist Dean Johnson has long been a mainstay on the New York jazz scene, and they were back in Seattle again with guitarist Dave Peterson and drummer Dave Coleman.

This was not a nostalgic retracing of steps, but fresh original music and spontaneous interaction for this reunion quartet, back together again after many years and having fun playing as a group.

Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU and kplu.org. The program airs Sundays at 2 PM Pacific and is also available as a streaming podcast at jazznw.org after the broadcast. Next week (2/14) will feature an all-star septet from last Summer’s Jazz Port Townsend at the Saturday night finale. Sit Down, Hang On features Bob Mintzer, Dayna Stephens, Sean Jones, Terell Stafford, Benny Green, John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton.