It’s not often the bass player steps from the back of the band to front his own group but there are notable exceptions…. Charles Mingus, Ray Brown, and Ron Carter among others come to mind.  There are three with strong Seattle connections on Jazz Northwest this Sunday: Chuck Deardorf, the late Chuck Metcalf and Clipper Anderson.

We’ll also hear an outstanding young alto saxophonist from Portland, Hailey Niswanger who recently graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston. She’s playing two gigs in the area next week.  The program includes info about best bets for live jazz in the area next week and samples some of them.

Jazz Northwest airs every Sunday afternoon at 1 on KPLU and features music by outstanding regional jazz artists and visitors from CDs and location recordings.  The program is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU and is also streamed live and available as a podcast at

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