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School Of Jazz Live At Seattle Pacific University
The KNKX School of Jazz hit the road for a performance at Seattle Pacific University's beautiful Nickerson Studios and we were knocked out by the talented sextet that makes up the S.P.U. Jazz Ensemble. Guitarist Chase Rabideau told us that S.P.U. is one of the few places you can earn a degree in his chosen field, Music Therapy, right after showing off his beautiful acoustic guitar technique on the Antonio Carlos Jobim song "Look to the Sky." We heard from bassist Tim Bartlett that today's young jazz musicians need to understand the long history of this music in order to create their own new styles. The ensemble selected a pair of lesser-known hard bop compositions by the great saxophonist Hank Mobley, each player soloing with confidence throughout. Not everyone in the band is pursuing a degree in music. Logan Bryan is an engineering student who joined the group to expand his skills on saxophones and to give his tired brain some much needed moments away from the stacks of math books.


The New Cool: Return Of Kamasi Washington
He sure has changed the idea of what a "full length" record is. Kamasi Washington follows his debut triple-album The Epic from 2015 with his double-LP follow up Heaven and Earth this Summer, and The New Cool previews an "epic" song from the new release this Saturday on KNKX.


Jazz Caliente: Cuban (Music) Invasion Continues, Brazil Comes Along Too
Another stellar week of live Latin Jazz starts this Sunday in Seattle, including Cuban jazz and dance music, a Brazilian spin on the Tony-winning Broadway musical Man of La Mancha, and an artist who is at the forefront of the wave of Cuban millennials who are forging a new path with their music. Here's the rundown:


Lean On Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers
José James Monday, May 14 at 7:30pm 3 pairs of tickets Dimitriou's Jazz Alley


Trio Brasileiro
Trio Brasileiro Monday, May 7 at 7:30pm 3 pairs of tickets The Triple Door, Seattle WA


Joey DeFrancesco Trio
Joey DeFrancesco Trio 3 pairs of tickets Tuesday, May 8 at 7:30pm Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, Seattle


Lake Chelan Wine and Jazz Festival
Lake Chelan Wine and Jazz Festival May 17th-20th ONE ticket for full festival and shuttle pass


Tahoma ?Five? Jazz Combo With Mentor Bobby Medina
The students from Tahoma High School in Maple Valley, Wash. performed effortlessly in our studios for their School Of Jazz studio performance. Led by trumpeter and mentor Bobby Medina, the group kicked off their performance with a rendition of ?Girl From Ipanema.? Next, the group performed ?Just The Two Of Us? by American singer-songwriter Bill Withers. The group listed their influences that ranged from their parents to jazz legends. The group finished their performance playing the jazz standard ?Killer Joe? composed by Benny Golson. Matthew Cole directs the band at Tahoma High School. Band Bobby Medina - trumpet Haylee Frame - sax Zach Ceccato - guitar Lizzy Burt - piano Trevor Lind - bass Caleb Hays - drums


John Kessler Wins 2018 Best Blues DJ Award
KNKX's long-time All Blues host, John Kessler was named Best Blues DJ at the 2018 Washington Blues Society "Best of the Blues" (B.B.) Awards on Sunday, April 15 at the Northwest Music Hall in Everett. The awards show honored musicians, artists, events and venues nominated by Blues Society members in 32 award categories. John was also nominated for this year's Keeping the Blues Alive Award. He won a national Keeping the Blues Alive Award from the Memphis-based Blues Foundation in 2009.


The New Cool: Live Coolness In the PNW
April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and there are countless ways to celebrate around Puget Sound. Listen to jazz on KNKX, buy some jazz for Record Store Day , and take advantage of the plentiful opportunities to see and hear live jazz. This week on the New Cool we'll preview a few modern jazz shows in the coming weeks.


Jazz Caliente: Pianist Roberto Fonseca Leads the "Cuban Invasion"
So many wonderful Cuban musicians are performing in Seattle in the next few months, I've started to refer to it as the "Cuban Invasion," and I'm excited to be introducing you to their music on Jazz Caliente.


The New Cool: Soulive Returns With Movies For Your Ears
The Boston-based trio Soulive are a busy bunch, though in most recent years you'll find guitarist Eric Krasno, keys player Neal Evans and drummer Alan Evans playing with their own groups and as valuable sidemen. So the 5-song EP Cinematics, Vol 1 is like a desert oasis for thirsty fans of the original trio. As the title suggests, Soulive are playing movie music on the new release. But the movies only exist in the imagination. The idea, they say, is "to turn the backs of your eyelids into a vibrant, action-packed movie screen." So what's playing? That depends on the song, but the overall era recalls drive-in miscellany from the 70s. My own record collection has been growing in the "soundtracks/scores" category, and I'm not alone. Soundtrack music and film scores have become increasingly popular among collectors and open-minded fans for the past decade. In demand vinyl reissues coming for Record Store Day on April 21st include Dave Grusin's music for 1973's The Friends of Eddie Coyle ,


Jazz Caliente: Gregor Huebner And El Violin Latino
Violinist Gregor Huebner has developed a signature sound inspired by traditional Latin American music. This week on Saturday Jazz Caliente, we'll hear a selection from his recording El Violin Latino .


KNKX Student DJ Daniella Rodriguez
Seventeen-year-old Daniela Rodriguez, who plays the trumpet in Lynnwood High School's Jazz Band, is KNKX's guest DJ on April 5 from 8-9 p.m.


Jazz Appreciation Month Starts With Awards in Seattle
April is Jazz Appreciation Month; a celebration of America's homegrown art form all month long, ending with a global all-star concert on International Jazz Day , April 30. This year's concert will be held in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation. In Seattle, the festivities began with a night of awards for musicians, presenters, educators and heroes.


Jazz Caliente: Puerto Rican Innovator, Brenda Hopkins Miranda
This week on Saturday Jazz Caliente, we'll hear a selection from innovative pianist and composer Brenda Hopkins Miranda. Her sixth album is Puentes ? (bridges), and with this recording she succeeds in her intent to bridge differences in musical styles, traditions, languages and generations.


Support The New Cool on KNKX!
The Spring fund drive has arrived, and with it comes your opportunity to support The New Cool, your home for modern jazz on KNKX. Today's show will feature long time favorites like Snarky Puppy, The Bad Plus and The New Mastersounds.


The New Cool: Modern Jazz in the PNW
The Pacific Northwest has a long musical tradition going back to vaudeville acts during the Gold Rush, and this corner of the country became home to early jazz, garage rock pioneers, the so-called "grunge" movement and many less-recognized but incredibly talented musicians. In the 2nd decade of the 21st Century, the Puget Sound region is filled with creative jazz musicians pushing their music past easily categorized genres. You'll hear a group of our Northwest neighbors in every set this week on The New Cool.


Jazz Caliente: The Irish in Cuba
For St. Patrick's Day, Jazz Caliente takes a brief look at the long, rich history of Irish people in Cuba. Even the most iconic sight in Havana's harbor, the towering lighthouse at Morro Castle, was once known as the O'Donnell Lighthouse. It was named in 1844 for Leopold O'Donnell, the Captain General and Governor of Cuba.


The New Cool: Syrinx Effect's Dynamic Duo
After two well-received shorter EP releases, the Seattle-Missoula connection of reed player Kate Olson and trombonist Naomi Moon Siegel - Syrinx Effect - are back with their first full length album, A Sky You Could Strike a Match On . To say it's striking would be an understatement, but a clever one.

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