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19/09/2018

Dylan Hayes' Jazz College Days
 
We first encountered talented pianist Dylan Hayes performing with a trio at Centrum's Jazz Pt. Townsend camp this Summer, and we knew this young man was ready for the KNKX studios. Hayes is in his final year studying jazz at Cornish College in Seattle, and he brought a fellow student and a few friends in town for a sonic display of his skills as a player, bandleader and composer. He's been working with his own big band and the large ensemble led by Jim Knapp, as well as various small groups around town for a couple years. This Studio Session blended Hayes' talents on acoustic and electric keyboards, with terrific moments for all five members of his quintet. Having known drummer Xavier Lecouturier since high school, their collaborations were the most impressive. Especially noteworthy was their co-written song "XD", but all three originals required plenty of sheet music for all the players. In spite of the concentration on the pages, the music carried the organic feeling of having been

14/09/2018

The New Cool: Robert Walter Innnn Spaaaaace(suit)!!
 
Keys player Robert Walter has been a master of funky grooves with the Greyboy Allstars , his own bands, and as a guest in various settings. With his new release, Spacesuit , Walter is breaking free from the Earth's gravity and exploring the outer limits of electronic keyboard possibilities.

14/09/2018

Keb' Mo' Solo
 
Keb' Mo' Solo Thursday, October 11 at 7:30pm Washington Center Main Stage, Olympia

14/09/2018

Within/Earshot Jazz Festival Ticket Package
 
Within/Earshot Jazz Festival October 7 - Novermber 2 Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Bainbridge Island

14/09/2018

Tacoma Film Festival
 
Tacoma Film Festival October 4 - October 11 Grand Cinema, Tacoma

14/09/2018

Earshot Jazz Festival (New Cool) Ticket Package
 
Earshot Jazz Festival October 7 - November 4 Various Venues, Seattle

13/09/2018

School Of Jazz Triple-Play With Seattle JazzED
 
KNKX hosted students of Seattle JazzED's Summer Advanced Institute for a second time in August, and the kids set a new record for largest group to play in our studios. A total of 29 students split into 3 combos with mentors Riley Mulhelkar (trumpeter with the Westerlies, this Seattle native now lives in New York City), Sammy Miller (New York-based drummer who leads Sammy Miller and the Congregation), and Marina Albero (the Spanish pianist who's thrilled Seattle audiences upon her arrival in 2014). Each of the mentors stressed the importance of teamwork in jazz education, and these kids certainly got along well. Another point of mention to the students was to enjoy each moment you get to play, that seemed baked into the day with Seattle JazzED. The non-profit organization has been working hard to provide the best jazz education possible for Puget Sound area kids since 2010, and this year participation has grown to serve over 900 kids. Their space at the MLK F.A.M.E. Community Center in

07/09/2018

The New Cool: Negative Press Project Visits Seattle
 
The Oakland based Negative Press Project are built from a variety of musical talents, some from the California Jazz Conservatory, but others employing skills honed in the realms of pop, rock, global folk and classical music. Together, the octet delivers a "jazz adjacent" sound that allows for countless creative possibilities. NPP will be exploring some of those possibilities at Cafe Racer in Seattle Sunday night, with the Racer Sessions jam following. Co-led by pianist Ruthie Dineen and bassist Andrew Lion, NPP's first release Seeevileyes - Civilize was comprised of original music celebrating personal moments and reflecting on life and the world around us. The group in 2015 produced cool modern post-jazz with smart pop songcraft, shining playing from individuals and ensembles within the band. Last year's sophomore release was the tribute Eternal Life: Jeff Buckley Songs and Sounds , dedicated to the late artist who produced one massively influential album, Grace , in 1994. Buckley's

06/09/2018

KNKX Student DJ Jahnvi Madan
 
Sixteen year-old Jahnvi Madan is a senior at Newport High School and is KNKX's guest DJ on September 6 from 8 - 9 pm. She plays clarinet and baritone saxophone.

31/08/2018

Jazz Caliente: Fall Forecast for Latin Jazz
 
Watch this space for information about upcoming Latin Jazz concerts in Seattle this fall, and more!

24/08/2018

The New Cool: Cool Earshot Festival Preview
 
Our friends at Earshot have another amazing jazz festival coming up October 7th and continuing through November 4th. I'm particularly excited about the shows featuring some of the coolest modern musicians in the world, and on this week's New Cool, I'll preview a half dozen of my most eagerly anticipated concerts.

24/08/2018

Jazz Caliente: Farewell, "Mr. Bongo"- Jack Costanzo 1919-2018
 
Chicago-born Jack Costanzo fell in love with Afro-Cuban rhythm instruments when he was 14. By the time of his passing last Saturday at age 98, he'd lived a life full of music, become a friend and teacher to Hollywood stars, and introduced a generation of Americans to bongos and conga drums.

17/08/2018

The New Cool: A Taste of Shake Stew
 
The New Cool's explorations of modern jazz in Europe moves to Austria this week with a spotlight on bassist Lukas Kranzelbinder's septet Shake Stew . Their new album Rise and Rise Again is a wild trip in itself.

17/08/2018

Clave Rhythm Is Key In Latin jazz
 
This week on Saturday Jazz Caliente, we'll hear a performance from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in Cuba. It's called "2/3's Adventure," and the title is a reference to a configuration of the clave rhythm. Let's learn more about clave:

10/08/2018

The New Cool: Alex Monfort's Modern Swing
 
French pianist Alex Monfort honors his jazz heroes on the new trio release Introspection . Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea are all on the list of legends who inspire him, but Monfort makes his own statements here. This is modern jazz piano that brings the legacy of jazz into the 21st Century. The album's a strictly acoustic affair, and might stand out to The New Cool's fans of Hammond organ, Fender rhodes and the world of synths - which you'll hear plenty of this week. The modern edge on Introspection is a subtle one. Known to their fans as A.M.T. , which must confuse visiting Americans looking to find a cash machine, the Alex Monfort Trio adds Rafael Aguila Artega's tenor sax and Jorge Vistel's trumpet to "Mc Coltrane". A clever nod to pianist McCoy Tyner's work with the sax icon, it's modern jazz in the same mold as Seattle's post-bop groups led by Thomas Marriott, Matt Jorgensen and others. Monfort swings hard on "Mulgrew's Mood", for the late great Jazz Messengers pianist

06/08/2018

South Puget Sound Community College And The Evergreen State College
 
It was a fun jazz session with a great group of students, which included two different schools and a variety of age groups. The energy brought by some of the young lions melded nicely with the older aesthetic. The first song by Sun Ra titled ?El is a Sound of Joy.? Mentor Keyboardist Josh Rawlings was happy to hear the group was already doing the song and encouraged them to ?get weirder on it? and to explore the dynamic range and tempo. Next the group tackled ?Angel Eyes? by Earl Bent and Matt Dennis with an arrangement by Rawlings. The final tune the group played ?Climbing Stairs? written by Rawlings and patterned after the works of Abdulla Ibrahim and Ahmad Jamal. Josh played a vintage Rhodes organ made popular in the 1970s by artists such as Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock. He was first introduced to the instrument by a trumpeter who brought one to a gig at a Vietnamese restaurant and was hooked when he first played it. Danielle Westbrook is a continuing education student at SPSCC

03/08/2018

The New Cool: Nick Francis Edition
 
He's been the KNKX Music Director since 2005, and this summer Nick Francis wraps up a stellar run on 88.5 as he enters a well-earned retirement. Before we let him go, Nick is covering for Abe Beeson on The New Cool this week.

03/08/2018

Jazz Caliente: Meet the Rhythm Makers, Part 13- Yissy García
 
Cuban drummer/composer/bandleader Yissy García is breaking new ground with her group Bandancha; a heady mix of jazz, Afro-Cuban rhythms and electronic music. She's part of the wave of young, foward-looking artists creating the new sound of Cuban music.

02/08/2018

KNKX Student DJ Ben McCall
 
Eighteen year-old Ben McCall, who recently graduated Stadium High School is KNKX?s guest DJ on August 2 from 8-9pm on Evening Jazz . He will be attending Gonzaga University in the Fall.

27/07/2018

The New Cool: Heat Beating Live Preview
 
As temperatures rise around the Pacific Northwest, there are some extra cool modern jazz shows coming up soon. I'll preview of a few of them, and also play cool new releases from some of today's hottest musicians.

 
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