Nine recent and forthcoming jazz CDs will be sampled on Jazz Northwest on Sunday, January 11 at 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 KPLU. Among them is a name that will be familiar to longtime followers of the Seattle Jazz scene, Gene Argel. Originally from Tacoma, he played both organ and piano up and down the West Coast before finally settling on the island of Maui where he’s lived and worked since 1982. He still visits Seattle periodically and over the last three years has recorded material for his debut release (!) titled Luminescent. Joining pianist Gene Argel on the new Origin release are long time friends Jay Thomas, Chuck Deardorf and Mark Ivester.
Among other new releases on this program are CDs by Thomas Marriott, Marc Seales, Bryan Smith, George Colligan, Oliver Gannon and Wayne Horvitz representing a range of styles by musicians from Portland to Vancouver BC. 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. The program is also available as a podcast at jazznw.org following the broadcast.