Jazz Northwest

Sundays at 2PM

Jazz Northwest focuses on the regional jazz scene from Portland to Vancouver. CDs by the best resident musicians from Seattle, Portland and Vancouver are featured, and the program also includes news about the best places to go for live jazz in the region. In addition, Jim goes "on location" to concerts, clubs and jazz festivals to record performances by resident and visiting artists for playback on Jazz Northwest. These one-of-a-kind recordings are available nowhere else!

Host Jim Wilke is a professional recording engineer and writer in addition to his radio programs which include "Jazz After Hours" on Public Radio International, heard nationwide since 1984.

The great Spanish pianist Chano Domínguez played a solo concert in the "Art of Jazz" series presented by The Seattle Art Museum and Earshot Jazz.  The concert was recorded for radio and will air on Jazz Northwest on 88.5 KPLU and kplu.org on Sunday, April 24 at 2 p.m. Pacific.  

Born in Cadíz and now residing in the Seattle area, Chano Domínguez grew up playing guitar in the flamenco tradition.  After discovering jazz and the piano, he began finding ways to combine traditional flamenco styles with jazz improvisation.  

Daniel Sheehan

Pianist Larry Fuller brought his trio to Tula's for the final weekend of last fall's Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle.  The evening was recorded for Jazz Northwest  and will air on Sunday, April 17 at 2 p.m. Pacific on 88.5 KPLU and stream online at KPLU.   

Jim Levitt

For over 40 years, Jazz Port Townsend has provided opportunities for unique combinations of musicians who don't normally play together to form special ensembles that both challenge and delight the musicians and their audiences.  Pianist George Cables, alto saxophonist Steve Wilson, and guitarist Romero Lubambo played such a concert at the 2015 festival and it will be broadcast Sunday, April 3 at 2 p.m. Pacific on Jazz Northwest  on 88.5 KPLU and streaming at KPLU.org.  

Jazz old and new is featured on Jazz Northwest on 88.5 KPLU this Sunday, March 27.   The second East West Trumpet Summit CD featuring Ray Vega and Thomas Marriott (East and West) is sampled, and the late Ham Carson is heard playing at The New Orleans Creole Restaurant where he played every week for over 20 years.  The Full Circle Jazz Ensemble is heard in music from a forthcoming CD, and Portland's Alan Jones Sextet plays a tune inspired by the late bassist Leroy Vinegar, "The Walker."  Vinegar is also heard playing with pianist Jessica Williams at a jazz club in Portland.

The Tiptons have been playing as a saxophone quartet for over 25 years.  Originally known as The Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet, the quartet was named for saxophonist and pianist Billy Tipton who lived life as a man but after his death was found to be a woman.  

Each year since 1990, Earshot Jazz has polled jazz fans in the Seattle area to recognize major accomplishments and contributors to the jazz scene. This Sunday, Jazz Northwest samples some of the nominees for the 2015 awards in each category.   

Categories include Recording of the Year, Instrumentalist of the Year, Emerging Artist, Acoustic Ensemble, Alternative Group, Vocalist, Concert of the Year, and The Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame.  The awards will be presented on March 15 at The Royal Room, with an opening set by Eugenie Jones at 7 PM.  

Jim Levitt

International trumpet star and educator Terell Stafford played a three-concert series in February as special guest with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra. The concerts took place in Edmonds, Seattle and Kirkland and the final performance was recorded for Jazz Northwest to air Sunday, March 6 at 2 p.m. Pacific on 88.5 KPLU and streaming at KPLU.  Music by Duke Ellington, Michael Brecker and Chick Corea are among the highlights included in this concert broadcast. 

Genre-Bending Industrial Revelation In Concert

Feb 21, 2016

 

The popular Seattle quartet Industrial Revelation will be featured in concert on KPLU's Jazz Northwest on Sunday, February 21 at 2 p.m. 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.

 

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Jazz Northwest, Sunday, February 7 at 2 p.m. 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.  

 

The 13th Annual PDX Jazz Festival takes place in Portland, OR, February 18-28 with a special focus on the music and associations of John Coltrane, who would have been 90 years old in 2016.  

Clarence Acox is a professional drummer, a widely-heralded teacher who leads the award-winning Garfield Jazz Ensemble, and serves as co-director of The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra.  He was also the drummer for the 27-year run of a jazz quartet at The New Orleans Creole Restaurant.  Legendary trumpet and tenor saxophonist Floyd Standifer led the group until he died in 2007.  Clarence Acox renamed it The Legacy Quartet in honor of Floyd with various horn players rotating in his place. He continued the tradition until the restaurant closed in 2013.  

Jazz Northwest features music and musicians not only from the Seattle-Tacoma area, but also from Portland Oregon to Victoria and Vancouver BC.  This week's show (Sunday, 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 KPLU and kplu.org) includes Vancouver BC saxophonist Cory Woeeds from the 100th release of the Cellar Live label.  Cory started the label in 2001 and it has been the source of much good music from BC.

This Sunday on Jazz Northwest, Spanish pianist Chano Domínguez and his ensemble will be heard in part 2 of a concert broadcast on 88.5 KPLU and streaming at kplu.org at 2 PM Pacific.  The pianist and composer led his ensemble playing to a capacity audience at Teatro Zinzanni in Seattle as part of the 2015 Earshot Festival. 

Jim Wilke

Internationally renown Spanish pianist Chano Domínguez was born in Cadiz and grew up playing guitar, learning the tradition of flamenco music and dance from his father.  Later, switching to piano and discovering jazz, he was deeply influenced by jazz pianists Thelonious Monk and Bill Evans.  Quite naturally, he soon found ways to combine his Spanish heritage and his new love for jazz.  

 

It's the time for year-end reviews and Top Ten lists.  On this week's Jazz Northwest, host Jim Wilke sorts through his stack of CDs by regional jazz artists and plays some tunes from the ones he most enjoyed last year.  It's not a count-down and there isn't quite time for ten but these are among those he says he likes to go back and hear again.  

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Pianist-composer and Professor of Piano at the University of Washington, Marc Seales brought his trio to The Seattle Art Museum for the December Art of Jazz concert.  Joining Marc Seales were Jeff Johnson, bass, and Steve Korn, drums. Highlights from the concert will air on Jazz Northwest, Sunday, December 20 at 2 p.m. Pacific on 88.5 KPLU, and streaming at kplu.org.  

Daniel Sheehan

A new Seattle jazz group co-led by Mark Taylor and Dawn Clement made its debut at Tula's during this year's Earshot Jazz Festival.  Both co-leaders are also composer, creating new music and adapting previous compositons for this group. Bassist Phil Sparks and drummer Byron Vannoy complete the group. 

All four musicians are prominent as leaders, soloists and sidemen in Seattle and beyond, and they were joined in this performance by guest trumpet player Russ Johnson who's active on the Chicago jazz scene.  

Jim Levitt

Saxophonist Roxy Coss was a guest soloist with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra in a November concert and she teamed with her former mentor Mark Taylor for a beautiful duet on Billy Strayhorn's A Flower is a Lovesome Thing.  Most of the concert aired on last week's Jazz Northwest,  but this performance was held over for this week's show.  Roxy Coss played in the Garfield High School Band under Clarence Acox, and studied with Mark Taylor and Don Lanphere while still in Seattle.

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Composer Billy Strayhorn was born 100 years ago, November 29, 1915, and his music was played in three concerts this month by The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra co-directed by Clarence Acox and Michael Brockman. Highlights from one of those concerts will air on Jazz Northwest this Sunday, November 29, 2015 at 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 KPLU and kplu.org.  Special guests for the concert include David Hajdu, author of "Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn", and saxophonist Roxy Coss, formerly of Seattle now active on the New York scene.

Amber French

A sampling of new and recent releases by resident Northwest musicians is featured on Jazz Northwest this week. One of the most unusual is Recording Ban by Jacob Zimmerman.  The title refers to the musicians' union strike against the recording companies 1942-1944. The Recording Ban occurred at a time when jazz was evolving from Swing to Bop and as a result some significant music was not played in recording studios during those years.

Jim Wilke

An exciting group with blazing trumpet and sizzling organ trio played opening weekend of the Earshot Jazz Festival at Tula's in Seattle, and highlights from their first set will air on Jazz Northwest  on Sunday, November 15 at 2 p.m. Pacific on 88.5 KPLU and streaming at kplu.org.

Two titans of American music, Count Basie and Frank Sinatra teamed up for concerts and made three albums together in the 1960s.  The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra directed by Clarence Acox and Michael Brockman celebrated that fabulous combination in their November concerts when they were joined by Danny Quintero as guest singer. 

Sasha Arutyunova

The Earshot Jazz Festival continues through November 18 with a wide variety of performers in various venues around Seattle. Earshot's Executive Director John Gilbreath talks with Jim Wilke about some of artists appearing in the latter half of the festival.  

The music includes Flamenco jazz by Chano Dominguez, the brass quartet The Westerlies, solo guitarist Mimi Fox, retro bopper Jacob Zimmerman, the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra celebrating the Billy Strayhorn centennial, and reunions with former Seattle musicians Jay Clayton and Art Lande.

Jim Wilke

Pianist Bill Mays and trumpet and flugelhorn player Marvin Stamm are longtime friends and musical partners in several projects including this duo which played this month's Art of Jazz concert at The Seattle Art Museum.  Describing what they do as "a musical conversation," the duo eschews long solos in favor of frequent exchanges of melody and improvisation.  

Jim Levitt

Bob Mintzer, Grammy-Award winning saxophonist and co-founder of the Yellowjackets, was featured arranger at Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend for 2015.  He conducted a special all-star big band at the Saturday matinee concert at the McCurdy Pavilion at Fort Worden State Park.  

The concert was recorded for radio and will be broadcast Sunday, October 12 at 2 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on KPLU’s Jazz Northwest. It will also be streamed live on KPLU.org.

Dorsay Alavi

Seattle's biggest jazz event of the year is the Earshot Jazz Festival, encompassing dozens of performances from Benaroya Hall to intimate jazz clubs such as Tula's.  The Wayne Shorter Quartet (pictured) headlines this year's festival on October 11, but there are many outstanding jazz groups playing all around Seattle from October 9 through November 18.  Earshot's Executive Director John Gilbreath joins Jim Wilke on Jazz Northwest (Sunday, 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 KPLU) to talk about and share music by some of the performers in the first weeks of the festival.

Jim Levitt

Next in a series of concert broadcasts from Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend is a performance by the Trio da Paz, airing on KPLU's Jazz Northwest on Sunday September 27 at 2 PM Pacific.  Trio da Paz was formed in 1990 by three outstanding Brazilian musicians equally skilled in jazz and Brazilian music, guitarist Romero Lubambo, bassist Nilson Matta, and drummer Duduka Da Fonseca.  Now New York-based. the three musicians have busy individual careers but still tour internationally as Trio Da Paz.

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Violinist Regina Carter demonstrated her varied training and experience during her concert at this Summer's Jazz Port Townsend, presented by Centrum.  The concert ,which will air exclusively on 88.5 KPLU and kplu.org on Sunday September 13 at 2 PM Pacific, includes standards and blues, African music and an original by her drummer Alvester Garnett.  Also joining Regina Carter in this concert are pianist Benny Green and bassist John Clayton.

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