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Jazz Northwest, produced by Jim Wilke, focuses on the regional jazz scene from Portland to Vancouver, B.C. Albums by the best resident musicians from Seattle, Portland and Vancouver are featured, and the program also includes news about the best places to go for live jazz in the region. In addition, Jim goes "on location" to concerts, clubs and jazz festivals to record performances by resident and visiting artists for playback on Jazz Northwest. These one-of-a-kind recordings are available nowhere else!

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    • 4.7 • 29 Ratings

Jazz Northwest, produced by Jim Wilke, focuses on the regional jazz scene from Portland to Vancouver, B.C. Albums by the best resident musicians from Seattle, Portland and Vancouver are featured, and the program also includes news about the best places to go for live jazz in the region. In addition, Jim goes "on location" to concerts, clubs and jazz festivals to record performances by resident and visiting artists for playback on Jazz Northwest. These one-of-a-kind recordings are available nowhere else!

    Performances by Bill Anschell, The Roosevelt Jazz Band, Kelly Eisenhour and more

    Performances by Bill Anschell, The Roosevelt Jazz Band, Kelly Eisenhour and more

    On today's episode of Jazz Northwest, we'll preview some upcoming performances by Bill Anschell, The Roosevelt Jazz Band, Kelly Eisenhour, Brent Jensen and Ben Thomas. Also featured this week, a jazz classic by Warren Rand and Dave Frishberg and two songs by the late Joni Metcalf.

    • 58 min
    Remembering pianist and educator Joni Metcalf

    Remembering pianist and educator Joni Metcalf

    One of the major personalities on the Seattle jazz scene from the '50s through the '80s, Joni Metcalf was a pianist, singer, composer and teacher. Metcalf passed away earlier this month at age 91. We'll remember her singing, playing piano and performing some of her original music on this episode of Jazz Northwest.

    • 58 min
    Ernestine Anderson birthday remembered on Jazz Northwest

    Ernestine Anderson birthday remembered on Jazz Northwest

    Ernestine Anderson made her home in Seattle and the city gladly claimed the world renown singer as her own. Although she passed in 2016, she is fondly remembered around her November birthday by her many friends and fans. Accordingly, Jazz Northwest will feature a couple of her songs that illustrate her range on this week's show.

    • 58 min
    Cory Weeds and strings on Jazz Northwest

    Cory Weeds and strings on Jazz Northwest

    It's past being controversial by now, but the first "Jazz and Strings" albums were not always warmly received. Some regarded it as "selling out" to commercial interests, but in many cases, it was the artists themselves who fought for the opportunity to record with a string orchestra - think Nat King Cole, Charlie Parker, and Billie Holiday.

    • 58 min
    Owen Broder plays Johnny Hodges and other Earshot Jazz highlights

    Owen Broder plays Johnny Hodges and other Earshot Jazz highlights

    Portland based Owen Broder brings his group to the Earshot Jazz Festival next Thursday at The Royal Room. The Portland-based Broder teaches at Portland State University and Pacific University. His new album celebrating Ellington's great lead altoist Johnny Hodges will be featured in two selections on this episode of Jazz Northwest.

    • 58 min
    New album from Melody Diachun debuts on Jazz Northwest 

    New album from Melody Diachun debuts on Jazz Northwest 

    Diachun hails from Nelson, British Columbia and is often heard performing in Vancouver, B.C. and Victoria, B.C. The new album features twelve songs by Sting and was recorded this earlier this year in Vancouver. "Russians," dating from the Cold War years, is included for its sense of timeliness again.

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

SuperShoeDiva ,

Great jazz, episode details don’t do justice to musicians

Wilke has been a long time supporter of PNW jazz but the episode notes don’t include all of the groups in the episodes so people don’t have a reference to learn more and the artists don’t have a reference to promote. Yes this podcast is better than one star, but who reads four star reviews!

TomasWGreen ,

Exquisite jazz podcast

Jim Wilke does a remarkable job of bringing a wide and diverse sampling of the best jazz in the Northwest. I love hearing the names of new and familiar artists and I always look forward to hearing the music they play each week!

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