20 episodes

The Northwest jazz scene is enhanced by some of the finest high school bands in the country, including Garfield and Roosevelt who are perennial finalists in the national Essentially Ellington Competition. Jazz has a tradition of teaching, learning and sharing and for KNKX, jazz education and performance is vital to the music’s future. School Of Jazz sponsors include, Integrative Family Law , BECU , Beacon Plumbing and Half Price Books .

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The Northwest jazz scene is enhanced by some of the finest high school bands in the country, including Garfield and Roosevelt who are perennial finalists in the national Essentially Ellington Competition. Jazz has a tradition of teaching, learning and sharing and for KNKX, jazz education and performance is vital to the music’s future. School Of Jazz sponsors include, Integrative Family Law , BECU , Beacon Plumbing and Half Price Books .

    School of Jazz studio session with the all-stars of Ingraham High

    School of Jazz studio session with the all-stars of Ingraham High

    Ingraham High School's jazz program is booming, expanding to include a pair of big bands under the direction of Shane Henderson. With their mentor, saxophonist Peter Daniel, Ingraham's all-star jazz ensemble showed off their passion for this music in the KNKX studios with a trio of classic tunes.

    • 24 min
    CWU jazz all-stars return to the KNKX studios

    CWU jazz all-stars return to the KNKX studios

    For a third time, KNKX hosted an all-star jazz ensemble from Central Washington University for a studio session performance. The fresh faces of this combo did have some familiarity, with two former School of Jazz high schoolers in the group as well as our friend, saxophonist Mark Taylor, acting as mentor.

    • 33 min
    A magical visit from the jazz all-stars of Eckstein Middle School

    A magical visit from the jazz all-stars of Eckstein Middle School

    Saxophonist Anton Schwartz wished he'd had more time to work with the young jazz combo from Eckstein Middle School. In the KNKX studios, these six young women stepped up and showed Schwartz there was no need to be nervous. These kids can really play. Eckstein Middle School's stellar reputation for early jazz education comes largely from the director of the school's jazz bands, Moc Escobedo. Last year he was given the Jazz Education Achievement Award from Downbeat Magazine, which noted Mr.

    • 26 min
    Jazz kids of all ages: Hear the Jazz Night School studio session

    Jazz kids of all ages: Hear the Jazz Night School studio session

    Jazz musicians are always learning, and thanks to Seattle's nonprofit Jazz Night School program, students ages 10-74 are getting that education. An all-star ensemble mentored by trumpet and sax player Jay Thomas showed us how fun the early stages of learning jazz can be at any age.

    • 28 min
    Jazz students at Bellevue College show off many skills

    Jazz students at Bellevue College show off many skills

    Under the direction of Jim Sisko for the past seven years, the jazz program at Bellevue College is emphasizing a more diverse set of musical skills. The well respected big band remains, but students are focusing more on small groups, improvisation, arranging and composition. When Sisko brought an all-star combo from the college into the KNKX studios, he told us that new focus is paying dividends.

    • 32 min
    Ballard High's jazz ensemble hits the KNKX studios, ya betcha!

    Ballard High's jazz ensemble hits the KNKX studios, ya betcha!

    With one of the area's finest trumpet players acting as mentor, the all-star ensemble from Ballard High School's award-winning jazz program proved that these young musicians belong in any conversation about the northwest's finest teenage jazz bands.

    • 30 min

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