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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 Alaska Airlines and BECU.

Brassy Jazz Classics From The Teens At Juanita High

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Parker Miles Blohm
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KNKX

The all-star combo from Juanita High School's jazz band made their studio session on 88.5 with young trumpeter and educator Jared Hall featured on trumpet, and proved they're ready to take their place among the promising teen jazz ensembles around the Northwest.

Mr. Hall, himself a native of Spokane, has only recently relocated to the Seattle area after his own jazz education segued into teaching opportunities at the University of Miami. He was impressed with the young eastside swingers, noting that one of our recent snow days kept him from one rehearsal with the group, and they found a way to get together on their own.

Their practice paid off - the band clearly enjoyed themselves through three horn-friendly standards, taking full advantage of the band's powerful five-horn front line. Three cheers to Jared Hall; the two trumpets on either side of him - Jonah Kern and Jared Rackley; Gavin Haynes on trombone, the piano/bass/drums rhythm section of Crystal Canales, Omri Ofek and Lander Pridgen, and extra kudos to Shaina Ellis on alto sax. Her feathery delivery was impressively reminiscent of her hero, Johnny Hodges. Straight A's for this School of Jazz combo.

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Abe grew up in Western Washington, a 3rd generation Seattle/Tacoma kid. It was as a student at Pacific Lutheran University that Abe landed his first job at KNKX, editing and producing audio for news stories. It was a Christmas Day shift no one else wanted that gave Abe his first on-air experience which led to overnights, then Saturday afternoons, and started hosting Evening Jazz in 1998.
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