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 January 27, 2013

Jazz Northwest for January 27

This week on Jazz Northwest we’ll sample some new releases, including Seattle percussionist Lary Barileau & The Latin Jazz Collective, Vancouver bassist Brandy Disterheft with former Seattle flutist Anne Drummond, Jay Thomas  and the Cats, and the Seattle/Tokyo connection; The East West Alliance.   Jim Wilke is host for Jazz Northwest, checking out the regional jazz scene each Sunday afternoon at 2 PM Pacific.

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

Greta Matassa Quartet on Jazz Northwest, KPLU, January 20

Seattle's busiest singer, Greta Matassa sings all over town from jazz clubs to concert halls, tours internationally, has recorded eight CDs and appeared as guest on many more, and makes time to teach and do clinics and workshops.  

Her recent appearance in the Art of Jazz series at the Seattle Art Museum was recorded and an here are some of the highlights.  The program ranges from standards to rarities and more contemporary songs by Stevie Wonder and Pat Metheny.

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun January 13, 2013

Jazz Northwest for January 13

Musicians from Portland, Seattle and Vancouver are regulary featured on Jazz Northwest, and this week, all three cities are represented.  Esperanza Spalding grew up in Portland and has become an international star. We'll feature her in a song in tribute to her home town, "City of Roses". The arrangement for the song has been nominated for a Grammy this year, and so has the CD, "Radio Music Society."  Nancy King, Mary Kadderly and Eric Skye from Portland will also be featured.

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Jazz & Blues
3:00 pm
Sun January 6, 2013

Mundell Lowe - Mike Magnelli Quartet on Jazz Northwest

Mundell Lowe at Tula's
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Guitarist Mundell Lowe played with Charlie Parker, Lester Young, and Billie Holiday among others, was a long-time staff musician at NBC and CBS in New York before moving West to write and play for movies, TV and recording studios. The 90 year old guitarist was in Seattle last Fall to play in a two-guitar quartet with Mike Magnelli during the Earshot Festival.

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Jazz Northwest
12:47 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Jim Wilke's favorite Northwest jazz CDs of 2012

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This week's Jazz Northwest features some of Jim Wilke's  favorite jazz CDs from the past year by Northwest musicians. 

Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun December 23, 2012

Jeff Johnson Quartet concert on Jazz Northwest, December 23

Jeff Johnson at The Seattle Art Museum
Jim Wilke

Earshot award winner and NW Jazz Hall of Fame bassist and composer Jeff Johnson leads his quartet in an Art of Jazz Concert from the Seattle Art Museum on Jazz Northwest  on 88.5 KPLU and kplu.org.   The concert, recorded earlier this month, features the same quartet heard on the new Origin CD "Suitcase": Jeff Johnson on bass, Hans Teuber, woodwinds, Steve Moore, piano and Eric Eagle, drums.  The concert consists of original music by Johnson and one piece by Hans Teuber.

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun December 16, 2012

Sumi Tonooka's solo Earshot Festival concert on Jazz Northwest

Sumi Tonooka in concert at The Earshot Jazz Festival
Credit Daniel Sheehan

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Pianist Sumi Tonooka was born in Philadelphia and is well-established as a pianist, composer and teacher in New York, but her roots are in the Seattle area. Her mother grew up on Bainbridge Island where she lived until at age 16, she and other Japanese-Americans were shipped to the Internment Camps of World War II.  Sumi Tonooka planned a visit last Summer to connect with her mother's early life on Bainbridge, and growing out of that visit she became a Seattle resident last Summer.

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun December 9, 2012

Some of our favorite things on Jazz Northwest

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Jim Wilke shares some of his favorite CDs for the holidays by Northwest jazz musicians who’ve appeared often on the program.... Don Lanphere, The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, Ernestine Anderson, Dave Peck, Greta Matassa, Barney McClure and others.

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun December 2, 2012

George Colligan Organ Trio on Jazz Northwest, KPLU

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New York jazz pianist and organist George Colligan is presently on the faculty at Portland State University in Portland.  He's recorded over 20 CDs on his own and appeared as sideman on many more in addition to concerts with many of today's top jazz headliners. He brought Portland guitarist Dan Balmer with him for an Earshot Festival engagement at Tula's this Fall, and Seattle drummer John Bishop rounded out this new variation on the classic organ trio. The trio played several of George Colligan's original compositions in each set.

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun November 25, 2012

Jazz Northwest for November 25

This week on Jazz Northwest we'll sample some new CDs from Jeff Johnson, Johnny Conga and the Endemic Ensemble, and listen to some of the artists who'll be playing in the area and bring you up to date on best bets for live jazz in the coming week.

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun November 18, 2012

Lorraine Feather featured on Jazz Northwest

Lorraine Feather

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"Lorraine Feather was born in Manhattan. Her parents named her Billie Jane Lee Lorraine after godmother Billie Holiday, her mother Jane (formerly a big band singer), her mother's ex-roommate Peggy Lee, and the song "Sweet Lorraine." She is the daughter of the late jazz writer Leonard Feather."

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Jazz Northwest
2:24 pm
Sun November 11, 2012

Jazz Northwest for November 11

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This week on Jazz Northwest we'll hear some great resident musicians from Portland to Vancouver, and recordings from the 70s to the present.

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun November 4, 2012

Threat of Beauty in concert on Jazz Northwest

Evan Flory-Barnes
Daniel Sheehan

Jazz Northwest

Bassist and composer Evan Flory-Barnes is the Featured Seattle Artist at this year's Earshot Jazz Festival and is playing six concerts at various locations during the festival, each with a different ensemble and distinct music.  

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Jazz Northwest
1:00 pm
Sun October 28, 2012

Sumi Tonooka on Jazz Northwest

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Pianist Sumi Tonooka was born in Philadelphia and has spent most of her career playing, touring and recording while based on the East Coast.  On this week's Jazz Northwest, she talks with Jim Wilke about her development as a musician and how and why she recently moved to Seattle.  

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Jazz Northwest
1:00 pm
Sun October 21, 2012

SRJO plays Jazz of the Harlem Renaissance on Jazz Northwest

The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, co-directed by Clarence Acox and Michael Brockman is featured on Jazz Northwest. The program highlights a concert of Jazz of the Harlem Renaissance with guests Meschiya Lake, a New Orleans-based singer of traditional jazz,  and narrator Robin Lloyd of KPLU, who describes scenes at the Apollo Ballroom where this music was first heard in the Twenties and Thirties.

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