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Seattle Art Fair
Seattle Art Fair August 2-5, 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM CenturyLink Field Event Center. Seattle


Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band
Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band August 2, 7:30 PM Dimitriou?s Jazz Alley, Seattle


The New Cool: Producers Out Front
Music producers have traditionally been behind the scenes, but this week's New Cool brings new releases from three multi-talented knob-twisters and fader-riders getting a lot of attention recently. Now to be sure, these three are multi-instrumentalists. But, like Ellington, Basie and all the big band leaders, they have their minds focused on the sound of the group first. Toshio Matsuura is well-known for pioneering the "nu-jazz" movement in the early 90s with the United Future Organization. The music is based in electronica and trip-hop soundscapes, but heavily influenced by jazz. The new release, Loveplaydance , reunites Matsuura with his UK-based DJ/producer friend Gilles Peterson , who gets much of the credit for the exploding modern jazz scene in England. These two conceived this new album, a collection of covers of favorite electro-jazz club jams. The musical direction for the project is led by Tom Skinner, drummer for modern jazz stars Sons of Kemet and also leader of his own new


Brew Five Three: Tacoma's Beer and Music Festival
Brew Five Three: Tacoma's Beer and Music Festival August 11, 1:00?8:00 PM Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, Tacoma


Jazz Film Review: 'I Called Him Morgan'
Legendary trumpeter Lee Morgan would have celebrated his 80th birthday today. The story of Lee Morgan's death in 1972 pops up every few years to be hashed over and nit-picked by jazz enthusiasts, critics and journalists. I've read the articles, the essays, and even the transcripts of the taped interview of Helen Morgan, the "lady who shot Lee Morgan." None of the above prepared me for the emotional depths of the story told in the 2016 film "I Called Him Morgan."


The New Cool: Holiday Weekend Funk Party
With the Independence Day parties landing smack in the middle of this week, the New Cool helps you keep the barbecue hot through the weekend with two hours of funky modern jazz. It's a mix to get you moving Saturday afternoon, from the funk origins of New Orleans to Africa-via-London, from cutting edge dance floor experiments to good ol' greasy organ trios, KNKX has what you need.


Jazz Caliente: A Live Cuban Serenade
Son Cubano is one of the most popular musical styles of Cuba. We're lucky to have one of its foremost practioners right here in Seattle. His name is Kiki Valera, and he's presenting a Cuban serenade at the Triple Door next week: La Serenata Cubana.


KNKX Student DJ Conrad Medina
Eighteen year-old Conrad Medina, who recently graduated Auburn Mountainview High School is KNKX?s guest DJ on July 5 from 8-9pm. Conrad received the ?Louis Armstrong Award? at his High School in recognition of his outstanding musical achievement and an incredible dedication to the program. It is the highest level interscholastic award given to a musician. He will be attending The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the fall.


Jazz Caliente: Meet the Rhythm Makers, Part 12- José "Buyú" Mangual
Bongocero José Mangual performed with nearly all of the American musicians who were discovering Latin rhythms from the 1940s through the 1970s, including Count Basie, Miles Davis and Erroll Garner. He was also a huge inspiration to the founder of the one of the most popular percussion instrument manufacturing companies in the United States.


Dee Dee Bridgewater And The Memphis Soulphony Live At The 2018 Victoria JazzFest
Memphis-born singer Dee Dee Bridgewater broke into jazz with the great Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, and she's collaborated with Ray Charles and Dizzy Gillespie. In 1975 she won a Tony Award for her role as Glenda the Good Witch in The Wiz, and also won accolades for her tributes to Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Horace Silver. Three times a Grammy winner, Bridgewater is renowned for her live performances, including her recent album and tour honoring the soul music she grew up with, Memphis... Yes, I'm Ready. Watch Dee Dee Bridgewater and the Memphis Soulphony perform 'Giving Up' and 'Going Down Slow' at the Royal Theatre in Victoria, B.C. for the Victoria Jazz Society's 2018 International JazzFest. The festival celebrated its 35th year and as the longest-running music festival on Vancouver Island. The performance took place on June 22, 2018. https://youtu.be/eJTEIOFc9Kc


Ghost-Note Live At The 2018 Victoria JazzFest
Ghost-Note is co-led by Snarky Puppy rhythm section mates Robert Searight (drum kit) and Nate Werth (percussion). Originating as a percussion duo, they've built a band with a "rotating cast of serious cats" including former Prince bass player MonoNeon on their new album Swagism. Funky grooves with more than a touch of psychedelic improvisation is their trademark, with rhythm in the spotlight. Watch Ghost-Note perform at the main stage in Victoria, B.C. for the Victoria Jazz Society's 2018 International JazzFest. The festival celebrated its 35th year and as the longest-running music festival on Vancouver Island. The performance took place on June 24, 2018. https://youtu.be/y9TERZ78Evs


The New Cool: Duende Libre's American Drift
Seattle-based trio Duende Libre is releasing its new album Drift with a party at the Rainier Arts Center on Friday, June 29th. Band leader and keys player Alex Chadsey sat down to talk with me about the trio's latest release, and their continuing exploration of musical influences from around the globe.


The New Cool: Loads Of Live Action In Seattle
Summer officially arrives June 21st, and the busy concert season is kicking into high gear for fans of modern jazz in Seattle. Along with popular international jazz festivals in Victoria and Vancouver, BC beginning next weekend, there are some amazing modern jazz shows happening around the Emerald City in the next few days. Do your stretches, put your phone on mute, and try to catch 'em all!


Jazz Caliente: The Special Energy And Integrity Of The Spanish Harlem Orchestra
The Spanish Harlem Orchestra returns to Seattle's Jazz Alley June 21-24. It's their 15th anniversary tour, and a celebration of the release of their latest CD Anniversary . I caught up with bandleader Oscar Hernández by phone, and we talked about his early days as musician and arranger in New York, forming the SHO, and more:


The New Cool: trioKAIT's New Adventure
A listener recently asked about a pianist they heard on KNKX, who "sounded like Lyle Mays. Thanks!" A little research led me to L.A. based pianist Kait Dunton's cover of "Under the Bridge" by Red Hot Chili Peppers. While she may remind you of the great keys player from the Pat Metheny Group, the TrioKAIT do things their own way.


Jazz Caliente: Four Views Of "Viva Tirado"
This week's Latin Soul selection on Saturday Jazz Caliente is "Viva Tirado," from the Fania All Stars 1974 collection Latin-Soul-Rock . The composition, written by the great jazz arranger Gerald Wilson, has an interesting history and has proved to be an enduring piece of shared culture. Here's the original and just a few of the many different recordings of "Viva Tirado."


Student DJ Joe Fotheringham
Seventeen year-old Ballard High School junior Joe Fotheringham shares his favorite jazz with Abe Beeson on Thursday, June 7 from 8-9 p.m. on KNKX's Evening Jazz . Joe received an Honorable Mention-Trumpet Soloist at the recent Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition in New York City.


The New Cool: The Expansions' Funky Fusion
Unleashing their debut album nearly five years after their first single, the London-based quartet The Expansions lay down the jazz fusion grooves that will have you reaching for bellbottoms and wide collars. The sounds of the funky 70s are back on the six-song effort Murmuration , and on The New Cool this week, you'll hear a tune that could've been a lost track from Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters.


The New Cool Stage at Folklife
The KNKX modern jazz show The New Cool returns to host a stage at the Northwest Folklife Festival on Saturday, presenting three of our favorite forward-thinking groups from our own backyard. Yours truly, Abe Beeson, will be on stage to introduce Tacoma group 322 , recent studio session guests Bad News Botanists , and the powerful horns of the Ten Man Brass Band .


Central Washington University Jazz Ensemble With Mentor Pianist Dawn Clement
Students from Central Washington University and pianist Dawn Clement performed in our Seattle studios for a special School of Jazz performance. Bassist Domi Edson arranged the first tune, a lively fun rendition of Chick Corea?s ?Spain.? She said she has most of her ideas for arrangements at night when trying to fall asleep. It was fun watching Owen Evans, Ryan McKnight and Henry Sparks trading solos on the alto saxophone, tenor saxophone and trombone. Next, they played ?Dance A Little Mandezza? by Renee? McClaine. Alto saxophonist Owen Evans did this arrangement. The group ended with a boozy bluesy rendition of ?Driftin?? by Herbie Hancock with an arrangement for Domi Edson.

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