Jim Wilke

Jazz Northwest and Jazz After Hours Host

Jim has been a fixture on Seattle radio since 1961. His Jazz After Hours on Public Radio International has been heard on stations across the US including KPLU since 1983. Jazz Northwest is a weekly program featuring regional musicians and jazz performances Jim records at various locations.

His most memorable KPLU moment was hosting the 20th Anniversary Live at Jazz Alley show, two hours of live music. He is also a recording engineer and writer. Jim has been named one of the top jazz radio producers nationally by JazzTimes and the Jazz Journalists Association. He is in the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame and several musicians have composed songs in his honor.

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Jazz Northwest
12:00 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

SRJO Presents Take Five: Remembering Dave Brubeck

The Dave Brubeck Quartet was one of the primary groups moving jazz from the dance hall to the concert hall in the 50s. The cooler, more intellectual style of music found great success on college campuses and music departments (which previously discouraged it) started adding jazz to the curriculum.

The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, co-directed by Clarence Acox and Michael Brockman recently presented a concert of big-band arrangements of music by Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond and highlights from that concert can be heard in this episode of Jazz Northwest. 

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Jazz and Blues
3:00 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

Jazz Northwest for December 1

This week on Jazz Northwest we're starting the holiday season by revisiting some of our favorites: the Roosevelt Jazz Band's "Jazz Nutcracker," Don Lanphere's "Year 'Round Christmas" and Hans Teuber and Dave Peterson play "Silver Bells." We'll sample Jim Knapp's new string orchestra "Scrape" plus Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra, Thomas Marriott and more.

Jazz Northwest airs Sundays at 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 KPLU, and streams at kplu.org. There is also a podcast available after the broadcast.

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Jazz and Blues
3:00 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

Bill Anschell's Peru Trio on Jazz NW

Bill Anschell
Credit Steve Korn

 

 Pianist Bill Anschell was born in Seattle and began his career here, but he's ranged far and wide since then. He's been a jazz coordinator for the Southern Arts Federation, produced radio programs, been musical director and pianist for Nnenna Freelon with whom he toured and recorded, and he's toured widely in South America.

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Jazz and Blues
3:00 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

Jazz Northwest for November 17

Charles Lloyd plays the Earshot Jazz Festival finale on Sunday November 17 at Town Hall
Credit Dorothy Darr

Jazz NW is quite site-specific this Sunday. In addition to several resident groups, Charles Lloyd plays "Desolation Sound" and Loraine Feather sings "I Hope I Never Leave This Place." We’’ll hear a woodsy new CD by former resident Aaron Parks, visit a jazz club in Vancouver, and preview some upcoming performances including traditional holiday jazz concerts on Jazz Northwest, Sunday afternoon at 2 on 88.5 KPLU.

Jazz Northwest is produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5, KPLU and airs on Sundays at 2 PM Pacific. A podcast is also available at kplu.org.

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Jazz and Blues
3:00 pm
Sun November 10, 2013

Jazz Northwest for November 10

Overton Berry Trio - Bill Kotick, Chuck Metcalf and Overton Berry - 1970

This week's show ranges from Portland (John Stowell, Rebecca Kilgore) to Vancouver and Victoria (The Nightcrawlers, Kelby MacNayr Quintet). We'll also hear from the young (Ariel Pocock) and the … not so young (Overton Berry, Chuck Stentz & Joe Baque). We even have two Bills on the bill (Bill Anschel and Bill Frisell).

News about where to hear some of these and other NW jazz artists is always part of the show, and we'll look at what's ahead for the last week of Earshot Jazz Festival 25.

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Jazz and Blues
3:00 pm
Sun November 3, 2013

Anthony Wilson's Power of Nine on Jazz Northwest

Anthony Wilson at Jazz Port Townsend
Jim Levitt

Guitarist Anthony Wilson leads his nonet on Jazz Northwest, Sunday, November 3 at 2 PM (PDT) on 88.5 KPLU. The concert was recorded at Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend last summer. Truly an all-star aggregation, the group includes Terell Stafford, trumpet, Jiggs Whigham, trombone, Jeff Clayton, alto sax & flute, Anat Cohen, tenor sax and clarinet, Gary Smulyan, baritone sax, Gerald Clayton, piano, Joe Sanders, bass and Matt Wilson, drums. All were on the faculty for the Jazz Port Townsend Jazz Workshop which took place the week leading up to the festival.

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Jazz Northwest for October 27

Roberta Gambarini
Ben Huggler

Jazz Northwest previews and samples upcoming events every Sunday afternoon at 2 on 88.5 KPLU. This Sunday (10/27) will include CDs by Roy Hargrove, Roberta Gambarini, the Jim Knapp Orchestra, Darcy James Argue and others appearing in Seattle concerts, as well as some new releases by resident Northwest musicians.

Jazz Northwest is produced and hosted by Jim Wilke, exclusively for 88.5 KPLU. The program is also available as a podcast at kplu.org.

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Jazz Northwest
12:00 pm
Sun October 20, 2013

Kareem Kandi Band At Seattle Art Museum

Tacoma-based saxophonist Kareem Kandi brought his band to the Art Of Jazz Series at The Seattle Art Museum this month and played a hard-swinging concert enjoyed by an enthusiastic audience that filled Brotman Forum at SAM.  Saxophonist Kreem Kandi was joined by B3 organist Delvon Lamarr and drummer Adam Kessler in a classic organ trio performance that included standards and originals.  

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JazzNW
12:00 pm
Sun October 13, 2013

Tribute to Bill Ramsey

Bill Ramsey shouts encouragement to the front line: Travis Raney, Jay Thomas and Dan Marcus at Tula's
Daniel Sheehan

Saxophonist Bill Ramsay is a Northwest treasure who's been both leader and sideman in dozens of bands, not only in this region but also internationally. He recently played concerts in Brazil with former Count Basie Band members. He's played with many of the best known bands ever - Basie, Ellington, Goodman, Les Brown, Quincy Jones, Grover Mitchell, Maynard Ferguson and others. He was a regular at Red Kelly's in both Tumwater and Tacoma, is co-leader of the Ramsay-Kleeb Band, a founding member of the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, and in the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame.

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Jazz Northwest
3:38 pm
Sun October 6, 2013

Jazz NW Previews the 25th Annual Earshot Jazz Festival

John Hollenbeck's Claudia Quintet, appears at Earshot Festival on October 6

John Gilbreath is guest on Jazz Northwest preview of the 25th Earshot Jazz Festival

 John Gilbreath, Executive Director of Earshot Jazz, talks with Jim Wilke about the current Earshot Jazz Festival on this episode of Jazz Northwest.

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

Bria Skonberg Jazz Port Townsend Concert on Jazz Northwest

Bria Skonberg, Wycliffe Gordon, Dan Balmer
Jim Levitt

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Bria Skonberg plays trumpet and sings as she leads an all-star sextet in concert at Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend on Jazz Northwest on 88.5 KPLU on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 at 2 p.m. PDT.  

Born in Chilliwack, British Columbia, she studied at Capilano University in North Vancouver before moving to New York. She has been endorsed by veteran musicians and is active on the New York scene as well as an international touring star while still in her 20s.

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun September 22, 2013

Jazz Northwest for Sept. 22

The 15th Earshot Jazz Festival begins October 1 with more than 50 concerts in various venues around Seattle.  On today's show we'll sample some of the music at this year's festival including Keith Jarrett, Vinicius Cantuaria, Dave Douglas, Darcy James Argue.  We'll also highlight live jazz for the coming week.

Next week: A concert by the Bria Skonberg Sextet recorded at Jazz Port Townsend.

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

René Marie and Sachal Vasandani in Jazz Port Townsend Concert on Jazz Northwest

Sachal Vasandani and René Marie in concert at Jazz Port Townsend
Jim Levitt

Two excellent jazz singers, René Marie and Sachal Vasandani team up in concert on this Jazz Northwest broadcast from Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend, held the last weekend of July each summer.  The concert aired on Sunday, September 15 at 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 KPLU.  It was recorded before a large audience in McCurdy Pavilion at Fort Worden during the Festival.  The two singers, obviously enjoying each other, trade songs and join in some duets.   They were accompanied by an all-star rhythm section of George Cables (piano), Chuck Deardorf (bass) and Joe LaBarbera (drums).

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun September 8, 2013

Jazz Northwest for September 8

Anne Drummond

Jazz Northwest this week will feature several new CDs by Northwest jazz artists, including former Seattle flutist and pianist Anne Drummond who has an active career in New York.   Several artists appearing at this Sunday's Pony Boy Jazz Picnic have new or recent CDs on this show including The Greg Williamson Quartet, and Jay Thomas' neo Boogaloo band, the Cantaloupes.  

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun September 1, 2013

Big Band Salute to Quincy Jones on Jazz Northwest

Thomas Marriott solos with Centrum All Star Big Band directed by Clarence Acox
Jim Levitt

The Centrum All-Star Big Band directed by Clarence Acox played a Salute to Quincy Jones at Jazz Port Townsend last July, and Jazz Northwest was there to record the concert.  The full-length concert broadcast aired on Sunday, September 1 at 2 pm (PDT) as part of a series of live concert recordings from this year's festival.

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