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
3:00 pm
Sun May 12, 2013

New CD by Chris Amemiya & Jazz Coalescence debuts on Jazz Northwest, May 12

Chris Amemiya
Steve Korn

"In the Rain Shadow," a new release by trombonist Chris Amemiya & Jazz Coalescence is one of the features on this week's Jazz Northwest. This sextet includes several top Northwest jazz musicians, including Jay Thomas, Travis Ranney, John Hansen, Jon Hamar and Steve Korn in a live studio session at Music Works Northwest.  The CD has the benefit of imaginative arrangements as well as  the immediacy of a live performance and the quality of a studio recording.  The individual musicians are all at the top of their game.

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Jazz Northwest
12:43 am
Mon May 6, 2013

The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra plays Music of the Harlem Renaissance

Duke Ellington

This concert, given last month at Kirkland Performance Center, was the third SRJO musical program drawn from the rich cultural period of New York’s Harlem in the Twenties and Thirties when African-American writers, visual artists and musicians were creating new and in many cases, daring works.  The concert airs Sunday, May 5 at 2 PM Pacific. 

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Jazz Northwest
12:00 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

Jazz Northwest for April 28

Jazz April

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April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and April 30 is International Jazz Day.  Originally organized and named by the Smithsonian Institution, JAM concludes with International Jazz Day on April 30 with jazz celebrations in many countries around the world.  

The Jazz Journalists Association supports both and adds further encouragement by announcing 26 JJA Jazz Heros, cited for their exemplary work in keeping jazz alive and well in their communities.  Special awards celebrations are taking place in these communities including Seattle, where trombonist and educator Julian Priester will receive his Jazz Hero award on April 30.  (more on the link below)

On this week's Jazz Northwest we'll hear music by Julian Priester and some of the other Jazz Heros in the Pacific Northwest who go above and beyond in keeping the music alive and encouraging new audiences and young musicians.

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Jazz Northwest
3:01 pm
Sun April 21, 2013

Chuck Deardorf - Dave Peterson Group on Jazz Northwest

Dave Peterson & Chuck Deardorf

A Seattle all-star group played this month's Art of Jazz concert at The Seattle Art Museum.  Co-led by Chuck Deardorf on bass and Dave Peterson on guitar, the group also includes Rich Cole on tenor sax, Bill Anschell, piano, and John Bishop on drums.   Highlights from the concert aired on Jazz Northwest, 88.5 KPLU on Sunday, April 20 at 2 PM PDT.

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Jazz Northwest
8:33 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Ballard Jazz Festival featured on Jazz Northwest on 4/14

April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and it's being celebrated with three jazz festivals around Seattle this month.  On this week's Jazz Northwest we'll preview The Ballard Jazz Festival with over 60 musicians performing in various locations around Ballard, April 17-20.  Included are The Brotherhood of the Drum, The Guitar Summit, and The Ballard Jazz Walk with a dozen locations featuring many of Seattle's favorite jazz artists.  The Festival concludes with the mainstage event at the Nordic Heritage Museum featuring Gary Bartz with the George Colligan Trio, and the Lew Soloff Quartet.

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun April 7, 2013

"Just The Two Of Us" on Jazz Northwest, Sunday, April 7

Stanley Jordan, Kevin Eubanks and Jim Wilke at Kirkland Performance Center

Take two imaginative, virtuoso jazz guitarists, blend and mix well and you have the recipe for this unique concert recorded last month at Kirkland Performance Center. Stanley Jordan is a master touch or tap-technique guitarist who has developed a world-wide enthusiastic following since he debuted on the Blue Note label in 1985.  Kevin Eubanks is most widely known as the guitarist/leader of The Tonight Show Band and Jay Leno's sidekick, but he had extensive experience as a jazz guitarist before, and has resumed his solo career since leaving The Tonight Show.  

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Jazz Northwest
10:22 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Jazz Northwest for March 31

The Northwest jazz scene is not only robust, but varied. Sample it on Jazz Northwest Sunday afternoons.  We’ll hear Latin jazz from Johnny Conga and Lary Barilleau,  straight- ahead from Jay Thomas, Milt Kleeb and Kareem Kandi, singer Eugenie Jones makes her debut and some well worn tunes getting unusual treatments.  

Jazz Northwest is produced by Jim Wilke exlusively for 88.5, KPLU.  A podcast is available after the show.

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun March 24, 2013

Bernie Jacobs Quartet in concert on Jazz Northwest, March 24

Bernie Jacobs, flute at Seattle Art Museum (drummer Adam Kessler in bg)
Brian David Casey

Multi-instrumentalist and singer Bernie Jacobs fronts his quartet in highlights from an Art of Jazz Concert at The Seattle Art Museum on Jazz Northwest, March 24 at 2 PM PDT on 88.5 KPLU.   The concert was presented by Earshot Jazz and recorded for this broadcast on KPLU.   Joining Bernie Jacobs, who plays mostly flute on this broadcast, are Bill Anschell, piano, Phil Sparks, bass and Adam Kessler on drums.  The music includes standards and jazz classics from Fats Waller to Wayne Shorter.

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun March 17, 2013

Jazz Northwest for March 17

New CDs by Northwest Jazz artists are featured on this week's Jazz Northwest.  Tenor saxophonist Bill Harris leads his Portland quintet , Cory Weeds and Bill Coon front a quartet from Vancouver BC, singer Gail Pettis, and Jay Thomas and The Cats represent Seattle.  Also included this week is former Seattle trumpet player Tatum Greenblatt and some New York friends billed as the Verve Jazz Ensemble.  Jazz Northwest is broadcast Sunday afternoons at 2 on 88-5, KPLU and kplu.org. 

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun March 10, 2013

SRJO plays Thad Jones: from Basie to The Village Vanguard on Jazz Northwest

Album cover by Meirsdorff for the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra

Thad Jones played trumpet with the Basie Band and he brought the jazz orchestra into the modern age with his unique compositions and arrangements for the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra at The Village Vanguard.  The current incarnation of that orchestra still plays every Monday night at the hallowed New York club as The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra 47 years after it began.   The music of Thad Jones still feels current and is played by jazz orchestras around the world, including The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra which featured Thad Jones' music in two sold out concerts last weekend. 

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun March 3, 2013

Latin Jazz and more on Jazz Northwest this week

Latin jazz is one of the features on this week's Jazz Northwest, 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 KPLU.  Recent CD releases from veteran Seattle percussionists Johnny Conga and Lary Barilleau are included as well as a new solo CD by Brazilian pianist Jovino Santos Neto at the Fazioli Piano Salon in NYC.

Also this week, Vancouver reed man James Danderfer leads a New Orleans-style street band, and Jay Thomas' latest CD The Cats plays some neo-boogaloo!

Jazz Northwest is hosted by Jim Wilke, exclusively for 88.5 KPLU and kplu.org.  A podcast is available online following the broadcast.

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun February 24, 2013

Dmitri Matheny Valentine's Day concert on Jazz Northwest on February 24

Dmitri Matheny, Nick Manson at Seattle Art Museum
Jim Wilke

Flugelhorn player Dmitri Matheny was in Seattle for a Valentine's Day concert at The Seattle Art Museum. The concert was recorded for Jazz Northwest and this week's episode will showcase some of the highlights.

Dmitri Matheny was a student of the late Art Farmer, one of the most highly regarded musicians to play the instrument.  Joined by a former Seattle resident, Nick Manson on piano, with Chris Higgins, bass and Robert Rushing, drums, the quartet played a mix of standards, ballads and originals for an appreciative crowd. 

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun February 17, 2013

Jazz Northwest for February 18

Esperanza Spalding and Thara Memory at the 55th Grammy Awards

Esperanza Spalding grew up in Portland, and one her mentors was trumpet player and educator Thara Memory.  The two were reunited on stage at the 55th Grammy Awards as they were awarded a Grammy for their co- arrangement of "City Of Roses" named for their hometown, Portland, OR.  The song is one of the originals on Esperanza Spalding's latest CD, "Radio Music Society" which also won a Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album.  The song is one of the features on this week's Jazz Northwest.

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun February 10, 2013

Icelandic pianist Sunna Gunnlaugs, and Trombonasaurus Wrecks on Jazz NW

Sunna Gunnlaugs Trio: Scott McLemore,Porgrímur Jóhnsson, Sunna Gunnlaugs.
Credit Hör∂ur Sveinsson

A double bill featuring a piano trio from Iceland, and a six trombone band is featured on Jazz Northwest this week.  The groups were recorded on separate occasions playing at Tula's in Seattle. 

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun February 3, 2013

East-West Alliance on Jazz Northwest

Atsushi Ikeda, Yasuhiro Kohama, Jay Thomas

Seattle musician Jay Thomas frequently performs in Japan and has become friends with numerous musicians there with whom he has performed and recorded.   A new release by this "East West Alliance" presents Jay in Japan with his friends and the CD is sampled on this week's Jazz NW.  There's also music by Vern Sielert’s Dektet, Kelley Johnson, Douce Ambiance (a string trio), some Latin jazz with Lary Barilleau and much more, including recommendations for live jazz in the coming week.

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