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17/11/2018

Gage Academy of Art: Drawing Jam '18
 
Gage Academy of Art: Drawing Jam '18 December 1, from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Gage Academy of Art

17/11/2018

Run-of-Engagement Passes to The Front Runner
 
The Front Runner Release date: Friday, November 16 Select Theatres, Greater Seattle Area

16/11/2018

The New Cool: Jesse Fischer Flips Jazz
 
Multi-instrumentalist Jesse Fischer is also a songwriter, producer, engineer and musical anthropologist. OK, I added that last one to his bio, but his new album Flipped II seamlessly mixes cultures across decades and generations. Flipped II checks a lot of my boxes. Fischer calls the music "a love letter to the hard bop, soul jazz, and jazz fusion of the late 60?s/early 70?s, as seen thru the lens of golden era hip-hop beats and future jazz sounds of today." Cool, right? The trick is putting these sounds together and making the whole more than just the sum of its parts. Happily, Fischer's mission is accomplished. He calls each song a "flip" as opposed to a cover or a remix. To my ears, I hear each style alongside but not blended with the other. Imagine a kid's dinner plate with the various foods all kept carefully apart. Jesse Fischer initiated this style in 2010 with Flipped . This sequel 8 years later continues the theme with Fischer playing keys, guitar, bass, drums and percussion.

16/11/2018

Jazz Caliente: Latin Jazz and Jazz Education
 
Musicians have always passed along their knowledge and experience to the next generation. For some, taking on students is just an additional revenue stream. But for many others, teaching is a serious mission. We'll hear from a couple of the most dedicated Latin Jazz professors this week on Saturday Jazz Caliente:

09/11/2018

The New Cool: Monika Herzig's SHEroes
 
Though the journey to equality isn't over, women in jazz have been steadily gaining attention in recent years. Just last weekend, Maria Schneider (with the SRJO), Dawn Clement, Tia Fuller, and Jane Bunnett and her all-female latin band Maqueque were the star attractions in Seattle. With her new release SHEroes, pianist and composer Monika Herzig 's all-female band adds another important milestone of great music from still-underappreciated ladies in jazz. Arriving in the US from Germany in 1988, Herzig looked to Marian McPartland as a career role model. The British pianist also dealt with working alongside musicians who were the opposite of these two: white, female, and with a foreign accent. Herzig's band is an all-star crew with international reach. Fellow German Leni Stern is featured on guitar, whose own early trio included drummer Jack DeJohnette and guitarist Bill Frisell. British Columbian trumpeter Ingrid Jensen is a well-known talent to Northwest jazz fans. Other members were

09/11/2018

Jazz Caliente: Chucho Valdés to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award
 
Chucho Valdés, the pianist/composer/bandleader often referred to as "The Duke Ellington of Cuba," will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Latin Grammys in a private ceremony on Tuesday November 13.

08/11/2018

KNKX Student DJ Mauricio Hernandez
 
Trumpet player Mauricio Hernandez plays for the Edmonds Community College Jazz Band and is KNKX's guest DJ on November 8 from 8 - 9 p.m. He also plays trumpet in the band, Mauricio & the Jazzhounds.

02/11/2018

Jazz Caliente: Celebrate Women in Latin Jazz this Weekend
 
A CD release party on Saturday and the final concert of the 30th annual Earshot Jazz Festival on Sunday are perfect reasons to celebrate women in Latin Jazz, and to mark the second anniversary of the debut of Saturday Jazz Caliente on KNKX! Entremundos Quarteto CD release show North City Bistro Saturday 11/3 at 8pm The new CD from Entremundos, O Caminho do Bem, features this outstanding quartet's interpretations of some of Brazil's most beloved composers. Fronted by the charismatic vocalist and maestra of the triangle, Adriana Giordano, this show is certain to be a delight.https://youtu.be/j-hg52r0ZNk Jane Bunnett and Maqueque Triple Door Sunday 11/4 at 6pm and 8:30pm What better way to end the weekend and the Earshot Jazz Festival than with the spirit of a young girl? That's the rough interpretation of "maqueque," and this Cuban women's ensemble led by award-winning Canadian flute and sax player Jane Bunnett overflows with spirit and energy. We'll hear music from Entremundos Quarteto

01/11/2018

Jazz Film Review: A Tuba to Cuba
 
In 2015, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band of New Orleans made a trip to Cuba. Their life-changing journey is documented in the wonderfully entertaining and moving film A Tuba to Cuba .

26/10/2018

Boo!! A New Cool Halloween Jazz Preview
 
Autumn in the Seattle area always brings fantastic live music, these days even weeknights are filled with world class live jazz around Puget Sound. So then, a Wednesday night Halloween is due to be full of spooky, funky jazz fun. Rake in the candy for the kids before dark, then get out for some musical treats of your own.

26/10/2018

Jazz Caliente: The Halloween Edition
 
For the Halloween edition of Saturday Jazz Caliente, I've sprinkled the playlist with music about a Peruvian/Bolivian devil, a Cuban spirit, and even one of Dracula's minions; specifically, his chauffeur. Here's some background:

19/10/2018

Jazz Caliente: The Brilliant Brazilian Guitar of Yamandu Costa
 
Brazil is known for producing an astonishing number of guitar virtuosi. Leading the next generation of wizards of the strings, Yamandu Costa is a unique improviser, composer and master of the 7-string guitar.

12/10/2018

The New Cool: Return of Mark Guiliana
 
Among the parade of jazz stars in the Northwest for the Earshot Jazz Festival (through November 4th), one of The New Cool's favorite drummer's makes a return to Seattle on November 6th. The excitement is already building, and KNKX is giving away tickets !

12/10/2018

Jazz Caliente: Music of Protest and Remembrance
 
This week on Saturday Jazz Caliente, we'll hear part of a suite written by percussionist Samuel Torres and dedicated to the victims of violence in his native Columbia. Also, from composer/arranger/educator Socrates Garcia's project Back Home, a selection in remembrance of three sisters who were assassinated in 1960 for their actions against the Dominican Republic's bloodiest dictator, Rafael Trujillo.

05/10/2018

The New Cool: London's Sons of Kemet in Seattle
 
It's been a busy week at KNKX, and thanks to listeners like you, the Fall fund drive has concluded with our incredibly ambitious $600,000 goal reached this past Thursday. Thank you! Now on with the show... London's modern jazz scene continues to impress from across the pond, and Sunday night one of that city's top saxmen brings his quartet to Seattle for a show you shouldn't miss. You've heard Shabaka Hutchings on The New Cool playing sax with Tom Skinner's Hello Skinny project, Austrian band Shake Stew, and singer Zara McFarlane. He's best known, though, for Sons of Kemet . The band formed in 2011 with Skinner and Seb Rochford on drums and Oren Marshall on tuba. Theon Cross plays tuba on their new 3rd album, Your Queen is a Reptile , just released on Impulse! Records. As you might imagine, a two-drummer quartet creates a percussive sound, and the tuba provides the bass that rounds out this rhythm section. Hutchings saxophone is also very rhythmic, and provides most of the melodies in

05/10/2018

Jazz Caliente: 2018 Earshot Jazz Festival Preview
 
The 2018 Earshot Jazz Festival starts on Sunday, October 7, and in keeping with Earshot's committment to diversity and variety, there's something for everyone on the concert schedule. Let's preview the shows of particular interest to Latin Jazz fans:

04/10/2018

KNKX Student DJ Andrew Vinther
 
Fifteen year-old bass player Andrew Vinther is a sophmore at Mountlake Terrace High School and is KNKX's guest DJ on October 4 from 8 - 9 p.m. He is also co-leader of the band, Blue North Trio. See them live at the Red Twig in Edmonds every Friday from 5 - 7 p.m.

28/09/2018

The New Cool turns 100, thanks to you!
 
This Saturday, KNKX presents the 100th episode of The New Cool. This weekly two-hour adventure through the world of cutting edge modern jazz was inspired and informed by our listeners, and wouldn't be here without your support. THANKS! We'll celebrate with more new releases, exclusive studio session performances, and a few of the world-class musicians in our own backyard who continue to make this music their own.

28/09/2018

Jazz Caliente: The 2018 Latin Grammy Nominees
 
Last week, the Latin Recording Academy announced the nominees for the 19th Annual Latin Grammy Awards . On Saturday Jazz Caliente this week we'll hear from one of this year's nominees for Best Latin Jazz Album , flute master Nestor Torres. Let me introduce you to the rest of the nominees:

22/09/2018

The New Cool: Good Times with Seattle's Bad Luck
 
With ten years performing together as the duo Bad Luck , Chris Icasiano (drums) and Neil Welch (tenor saxophone) continue to strain the limits of the duo format. With the release of their new album Four (their 4th, natch), Bad Luck is reining in their longform free improvisations a bit, but without losing any of their epic energy.

 
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