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Since 2005, KNKX's School of Jazz has provided mentorship, learning and performance opportunities to Western Washington middle school, high school and college jazz students. A cornerstone of the station's signature community outreach program, it has directly impacted thousands of jazz students, band directors and professional musicians. School of Jazz is sponsored by BECU.

Guest Teen DJ Eli Moffatt: 'I Play The Drums Because Rhythm Is Love'

Aaron Hushagen
Eli Moffatt

Note: Each month, KPLU invites a teen guest DJ to play his or her favorite pieces on the air. The program is part of KPLU's School of Jazz.

North Thurston High junior Eli Moffatt is KPLU's guest DJ for the month of November. To get to know him better, we asked 16-year-old Eli to answer a few questions about jazz:

Which instrument do you play and why?

I play the drums because rhythm is love, rhythm is life, YO!!!

What’s your all-time favorite jazz piece?

Sandu by Clifford Brown and Max Roach

Who's your jazz hero?

Buddy Rich

What is jazz, exactly? How would you describe it?

Jazz is experimental art. It’s a style of music that has no limitations.                                  

Listen to DJ Eli's hour: 


1.    Come Fly With Me (Frank Sinatra)

2.    Song For My Father (Horace Silver)

3.    Ceora (Lee Morgan)

4.    Blue Rondo A La Turk (Dave Brubeck)

5.    Sandu (Max Roach)

6.    Cherokee (Max Roach)

7.    I Remember Clifford (Benny Golson)

8.    Tall and Lanky (Jeff Coffin)

9.    Round Midnight (Ella Fitzgerald)

10.   Just Kiss Me (Harry Connick Jr.)