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16/02/2018

The New Cool: MAST Takes Monk to Space
 
Multi-instrumentalist Tim Conley, performing as MAST, has just released a new collection of Thelonious Monk tunes. "Another one?" I hear you saying. Well, this collection of Monk tunes, simply titled Thelonious Sphere Monk , takes the jazz giant's music to wild electronic destinations. Thankfully, to a Monk fan like me, it really works.

16/02/2018

Janiva Magness at Jazz Alley
 
Janiva Magness Tickets are for March 13, 7:30 p.m. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, Seattle

16/02/2018

Jazz Caliente: Saxophonist David Sánchez And Carib
 
Grammy-winning Puerto Rican saxophonist David Sánchez has a new musical project called "Carib." The name of the project is a reference to the indigenous people of the region we know as the Caribbean. Sánchez is performing this Saturday night at 8 at the Seattle Art Museum's Plestcheef Auditorium.

14/02/2018

Register for The Workshop at This Year's Jazz Pt. Townsend
 
This year's Jazz Pt. Townsend is July 22-29 at Fort Worden State Park. Spend a week living and learning with some of the finest musicians in the jazz world. Led by Artistic Director John Clayton, Jazz Port Townsend is the summer jazz camp designed to take you to the next level of musicianship. There?s a lot to learn at Jazz Port Townsend in 2018 and you'll be introduced to several faculty who are new this year. Whether it?s your first time here or your 33 rd , you?ll find lots of fresh input on how to improve throughout the year. The Workshop is open to participants high school-aged and above, so whether you?re a journeyman performer, aspiring professional, or an enthusiastic beginner, you?ll find colleagues who are the perfect fit for you to make music with. If you are an educator, please visit Jazz Pt. Townsend's Educator Track section to learn how you can be a part of the week. Artistic Director John Clayton has hand-picked faculty who are outstanding both as performers and teachers

12/02/2018

Catching Up with Saxophonist Joshua Redman
 
Joshua Redman's last visit to the KNKX Seattle studios was in 2015, for a live Studio Session with the Bad Plus. He's coming to Tacoma to perform with the University of Puget Sound Jazz Band on Wednesday night, and he recently took a few minutes to catch us up.

12/02/2018

Portland Jazz Festival Preview
 
Now in its 15th year, the Portland Jazz Festival begins this week , running February 15th through the 25th. Always a great excuse to visit the Rose City, this year's jazz festival is wide-ranging and features jazz greats, Northwest favorites, and a number of tributes from all-star groups. As I began to write this piece, it became obvious that I'd need to limit myself to a Top 15 concerts, but this preview only scratches the surface of the impressive line-up set for PDX Jazz 15. Check out their website for the details on all 11 days of fun! Kurt Elling, Feb. 15 (Revolution Hall) - One of the finest jazz singers of the past 30 years, Chicago's Kurt Elling always provides thrills. As fearless as he is talented, Elling will be celebrating the life of his friend, legendary vocalese singer and lyricist Jon Hendricks. Expect plenty of vocal acrobatics from Elling, New Yorker Kevin Fitzgerald Burke, Portland's own Nancy King, the PSU Jazz Vocal Ensemble and two extra special guests - Jon

09/02/2018

The New Cool: Jazzlandia in Portland
 
The 15th Portland Jazz Festival begins February 15th, running through the 25th with big names like Abdullah Ibrahim, Regina Carter, Kurt Elling, Marcus Roberts and Dr. Lonnie Smith. On this week's New Cool show, we'll highlight a few of the modern jazz shows in Portland at this year's festival. As always, this is just a sampling of the wonderful jazz - traditional to modern and beyond - at this year's Portland Jazz Festival. Check out their website for details on all eleven days of jazz. Mike Dillon Band, Feb. 15 (Goodfoot) - I first encountered Mike Dillon in the late 90s playing vibes and electronics with the Seattle band Critters Buggin' , and thought to myself, "here's a guy playing vibraphone with the attitude of a rock star. That's cool!" He worked with Critters bandmate Skerik in The Dead Kenny G's, and Garage a Trois with Skerik, guitarist Charlie Hunter and drummer Stanton Moore, along with countless other bands. Always playing in that no-man's-land between jazz and punk rock.

09/02/2018

Jazz Caliente: Meet the Rhythm Makers, Part 9
 
It's all about family for percussionist/bandleader Pete Escovedo.

08/02/2018

KNKX Student DJ Kyle Bainbridge
 
Eighteen year-old Kyle Bainbridge attends Edmonds-Woodway High School and is KNKX's guest DJ on February 8 from 8-9 p.m.

02/02/2018

The New Cool: Bad News Botanists Blooming in Seattle
 
The landscape of talented jazz musicians in the Pacific Northwest continues to bloom, despite an especially wet January threatening to wash us all away. Take a look at the nominees for this year?s Earshot Golden Ear Awards and you?ll see the name Bad News Botanists and those of two band members, a solid indication that this band?s time has come. Formed after collaborations between the musicians in various jam sessions around Seattle a couple years ago, The Bad News Botanists have spent that time composing and recording their debut album Venomous Nightshade . Released last Fall, it?s nominated for NW Recording of the Year at the Earshot Awards and the group is up for the Alternative Jazz Group of the Year award. Even more praise comes the band?s way with nominations for Emerging Artist of the Year for both the band?s leader, saxophonist Frank Vitolo and bass player Marina Christopher. Drawing inspiration from modern soul/funk groups like their NW neighbors Polyrhythmics and McTuff,

02/02/2018

Jazz Caliente: The 2018 Grammys, Part 2
 
There was more Latin Jazz nominated for Grammys this year than you might have realized. A couple of nominees went overlooked, because they were nominated in categories other than Latin Jazz.

02/02/2018

Jazz Film Review: "Django"
 
As part of their Tuesday Film Series , Tacoma's Grand Cinema will be showing Django on February 6. No, definitely not the one with cowboy hats and six-shooters. This beautifully constructed French film directed by Etienne Comar is about the legendary jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt.

26/01/2018

Jazz Caliente: The 2018 Grammy Nominees
 
The 60th Annual Grammy Awards show will be televised on Sunday January 28, at 4:30pm Pacific Time. This week on Saturday Jazz Caliente, we'll feature the nominees for Best Latin Jazz Album, a nice selection this year spanning Brazilian, Cuban, Puerto Rican and Argentinian jazz.

23/01/2018

Hugh Masekela, South African Jazz Master And International Chart-Topper, Dies At 78
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKcGCObEb28 Updated at 3 p.m. ET Hugh Masekela, the legendary South African jazz musician who scored an unlikely No. 1 hit on the Billboard chart with his song "Grazing in the Grass" and who collaborated with artists ranging from Harry Belafonte to Paul Simon, has died at 78 after a protracted battle with prostate cancer, his family announced Tuesday. "[Our] hearts beat with profound loss," the Masekela family said in a statement. "Hugh's global and activist contribution to and participation in the areas of music, theatre, and the arts in general is contained in the minds and memory of millions across 6 continents." Over his career, Masekela collaborated with an astonishing array of musicians, including Harry Belafonte, Herb Alpert, Bob Marley, Fela Kuti, Paul Simon ? and his ex-wife, Miriam Makeba. For almost 30 years, "Bra Hugh," as he was fondly known, was exiled from his native country. And almost despite himself ? as he struggled for decades with

19/01/2018

The New Cool: Kraken Quartet Keeps the Beats
 
The four drummers of The Kraken Quartet studied their instruments together at Ithaca College, but few expected the rhythm section to evolve into their own band. Now based in Austin, Texas, their 2017 debut release Separate / Migrate is bringing the four well-deserved attention. Chris Demetriou, Andrew Dobos, Taylor Eddinger, and Sean Harvey can all play all the instruments, but they've settled into roles at the vibraphone, a pair of marimbas, and a drum kit. All members also play floor tom, as well as several miscellaneous percussion items. Synthesizers have worked into the band's music since their formation nearly a decade ago, as have amplification for the vibes and marimba that would be otherwise blown out by the drum kit. Musically, the Kraken Quartet builds layers of relatively simple melodies. It's that layering, with complex and shifting rhythms and dynamics that make their songs so compelling. The resulting music is sure to attract fans of rhythmically complex math rock ,

19/01/2018

Jazz Caliente: The Cubans Are Coming!
 
No, it's not another story about immigration policy. Starting next week, Dimitriou's Jazz Alley in Seattle will be hosting some of the brightest stars in today's Cuban music. Here's a preview.

15/01/2018

Dr. King On The Importance Of Jazz
 
On the day we celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., let's revisit his thoughts on Jazz and Blues from his address to the 1964 Berlin Jazz Festival:

12/01/2018

The New Cool: A Saxman Raises His Voice
 
When I first met Braxton Cook, he was playing saxophone with the amazing trumpeter Christian Scott's band, live in our studios in the Fall of 2015. There was something intangible I noticed, maybe just his gregarious personality, but I knew there was more to be heard from Mr. Cook. How much more is a pleasant surprise.

12/01/2018

Jazz Caliente: The Conga Drum
 
According to Nolan Warden, whose well-researched article " The History of the Conga Drum" appeared in the February 2005 edition of Percussive Notes (a publication of the Percussive Arts Society): what North Americans call conga drums are actually " tumbadoras ."

05/01/2018

The New Cool: Favorites of 2017
 
I'm not crazy about "best of" lists. Who could possibly listen to enough music to produce an objective list of the best recordings in a year? I prefer to list "favorites", and on this week's New Cool, you'll hear two hours of Abe Beeson's favorite modern jazz from 2017. I hope you enjoy it as much as I will!

 
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