Jazz Northwest

Jazz Northwest samples the regional jazz scene every Sunday afternoon.  This week's show also takes note of the increasing variety and quality of the Brazilian music scene in Seattle, including recent releases by Eduardo Mendonça and Michel Navedo. Also featured on this program are new and old CDs by Larry Coryell, Chuck Deardorf, Ariel Pocock and others as well as best bets for live jazz in the coming week.

Jim Levitt

Brazil's Bossa Nova music swept the US and much of the world in the 1960s.  Singers, small groups and big bands embraced the subtle and lyrical songs of A.C.Jobim, Luiz Bonfa and other Brazilian composers who blended samba rhythms and West Coast cool jazz.  Stan Getz and many other American jazz artists embraced the music, often recording with Brazilian musicians for added authenticity and their records were heard often on radio around the world.  Quincy Jones had a popular album titled Big Band Bossa Nova in 1962 which provided the inspiration for the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra's la

John Abbot

Seattle, Vancouver, Victoria, Renton - great jazz is available around the Pacific Northwest this first weekend of summer.  Sunday, June 26, Jazz Northwest will preview some of music available in the coming week, including Vancouver and Victoria International Jazz Festivals, as well as in clubs in Seattle and Renton. 

Seattle artists Jay Thomas, Thomas Marriott and The Full Circle Jazz Ensemble (playing in Renton Sunday night) are among the highlights, along with visiting artists playing at Vancouver and Victoria festivals.

Jim Levitt

 

 

 

The Ballard Jazz Walk is a very popular part of the annual Ballard Jazz Festival.  This year, 22 bands played in 10 venues around Old Ballard.  

 

LineUp, led by pianist Dawn Clement and saxophonist Mark Taylor had a special guest in trombonist Julian Priester, who played with Max Roach, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock and many others before a long teaching career at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.  

 

There's an easy interplay between New York and Seattle musicians and several recent releases illustrate this. Trumpet players Ray Vega and Thomas Marriott reunited for a second CD together, and Jay Thomas and Gary Smulyan have a new release (on a Japanese label!).

Jim Levitt

Spanish pianist Marina Albero brought a new quartet and two sets of new music to the Ballard Jazz Walk in May as part of the 14th annual Ballard Jazz Festival.

The SRO performance was recorded for broadcast and will air on Jazz Northwest on Sunday, June 5 at 2 p.m. Pacific on 88.5 KPLU, and streaming at kplu.org.

Joining Marina Albero at the piano are Ben Thomas, vibes, Chuck Deardorf, bass and Mark Ivester at the drums.   Marina Albero also plays hammered dulcimer on one selection.

May be hard to believe, but there are three jazz festivals in the Seattle/Bellevue area this week and next.  This weekend, the Couth Buzzard Jazz Festival on Greenwood is a mini survey of the history of jazz with a feature on Charles Mingus' music Sunday night.  Etienne Charles and Shemekia Copland headline the Bellevue Jazz and Blues Festival next week, and the IMP fest at the UW features Bill Frisell, Reid Anderson, Bill McHenry and Cuong Vu next week.  

Jim Wilke

The Michael Brockman Quartet played the May concert in the Art of Jazz series at The Seattle Art Museum. With Michael on tenor sax, Randy Halberstadt at the piano, Phil Sparks, bass and D'vonne Lewis at the drums, the quartet played two sets featuring music by Billy Strayhorn and others with originals by Michael Brockman.  

The concert was recorded for broadcast and will air on Jazz Northwest on Sunday, May 22 at 2 p.m. Pacific on 88.5 KPLU and streaming at KPLU.  

Jim Levitt

One of the world's most widely-known and respected jazz arrangers, Bill Holman conducted the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra in three concerts of his music in Edmonds, Seattle and Kirkland last month. The final concert was recorded for broadcast and highlights will air on Jazz Northwest on Sunday, May 8 at 2 p.m. Pacific on 88.5 KPLU and streaming at kplu.org.   

Jazz Northwest For May 1

May 1, 2016

Jazz Northwest celebrates May Day with a bouquet of Northwest favorites old and new.  This week's show includes a 1990 duet by Larry Coryell and Marc Seales playing "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most" as well as new releases by trumpet players Ray Vega and Thomas Marriott, and Jazz Port Townsend favorite Matt Wilson's "Big Happy Family."

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.   

Jazz Northwest previews some of the live jazz performances coming up and samples new releases by resident artists. Pianist Chano Domínguez; born in Cadiz, Spain and now living in our area; blends his Flamenco tradition with his love of jazz. He'll play a solo concert in the Art of Jazz Series at The Seattle Art Museum Thursday at 5:30 - and there's no charge for admission.  

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. 

Truman Buffett

This Sunday 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 of 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).

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.

 

Jim Levitt

 

 

Tim Coleman

 

 

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.  

Michael Craft Photography

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.  

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