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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.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra's Marcus Printup at KPLU October 15

Marcus Printup, a trumpeter with the renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, will perform live on KPLU with local high school jazz students on October 15 at 12:15 p.m., and will be featured in a series of live jazz performances  in the Northwest from October 13-17.  All of these activities are made possible by JazzClubsNW.

The live studio session is part of KPLU’s School of Jazz mentoring program.  Printup will perform with the Will Crandell Project, a group of jazz students from three area high schools (Santosh Sharma, tenor sax and Ravi Sharma, guitar--Roosevelt; Luis Ross, bass—Edmonds-Woodway; Will Crandell, drums and Jered Byford, trombone--Mt Si) hosted by Abe Beeson.  KPLU’s School of Jazz program, now in its 12th year, supports the next generation of local jazz musicians by providing professional mentors for high school and college jazz groups, culminating in live, on-air performances.  Also, once a month KPLU invites a jazz student to program an hour of their favorite jazz and share it with Abe on Evening Jazz.

Printup will join well-known local jazz musicians including pianist Danny Kolke, bassist Michael Glynn, and drummers Greg Williamson and Julian MacDonough in performances at Boxley’s in North Bend, Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center (WJMAC) in Bellingham, Bellevue College, and at venues in Tacoma and Lynnwood.  He’ll conduct pre-concert clinics and workshops and in-school rehearsals with students.  (See schedule below.)

About Marcus Printup

Printup was born and raised in Conyers, Georgia.  He is known as a facilitator for master classes and clinics at middle schools, high schools, and universities across the U.S. When he was a student at the University of North Florida, he won the prestigious International Trumpet Guild Jazz Trumpet Competition. In 1993, his talent in jazz and trumpet brought him an invitation to join the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.  Printup has recorded with Betty Carter, Dianne Reeves, Eric Reed, Madeline Peyroux, Ted Nash, Cyrus Chestnut, Wycliffe Gordon, and Roberts, among others. He has recorded several albums as a leader: Song for the Beautiful Woman, Unveiled, Hub Songs, Nocturnal Traces, The New Boogaloo, Peace in the Abstract, Bird of Paradise, London Lullaby Ballads All Night, and A Time for Love. He made his screen debut in the 1999 movie Playing by Heart and recorded on the film’s soundtrack. August 22 has been declared “Marcus Printup Day” in his hometown of Conyers, Georgia. 

About JazzClubsNW

JazzClubsNW is a membership-based, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting live Jazz performance, venues, arts/cultural festivals, that provides educational opportunities for young musicians to meet and perform with professionals across the Northwest.  Since 2010, JazzClubsNW programming has made a significant impact in the communities with hundreds of members throughout the Pacific Northwest.  They started as the Boxley Music Fund that supports one venue in North Bend.  Students who are actively involved in their mentorship program have also received college scholarships for music from varies institutions, including Central Washington University, Berklee College of Music in Boston and New School of Music in New York.

Marcus Printup’s schedule is as follows:

Tues 10/13 – Boxley’s, North Bend, WA - 7:30pm *

with Danny Kolke, Piano with Michael Glynn, Bass and Greg Williamson, Drums.

Wed 10/14 - WJMAC, Bellingham, WA - 7:30pm **

Danny Kolke, Piano with Michael Glynn, Bass and Julian MacDonough, Drums.

Thurs 10/15 - Live studio session at KPLU in Seattle, 12:15pm with the Will Crandell Project (jazz students from Edmonds-Woodway, Roosevelt and Mt. Si high schools).

Thurs 10/15 - Bellevue College, Bellevue, WA - 7:30pm*

with the Bellevue College Band under the direction of Jim Sisko

Danny Kolke, Piano with Michael Glynn, Bass and Julian MacDonough, Drums.

Fri 10/16 - BSharp Cafe, Tacoma, WA - Concert at 8:00pm

Danny Kolke, Piano with Michael Glynn, Bass and Julian MacDonough, Drums.

Sat 10/17 - Roy's Place, Lynnwood, WA - Concert at 7:30pm*

with Danny Kolke, Piano with Michael Glynn, Bass and Greg Williamson, Drums.

The clinics are open to the public and targeting students

for JazzClubsNW's combo/mentor program.


*Clinic/Master Class pre-concert at 5:30pm

**5pm Clinic/Master Class start time.