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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.

Graduation Celebration With Shorecrest High's Jazz Allstars

The energy in the KNKX studios was evident just days from graduation for three of the Shorecrest High School Jazz Band's Allstar quintet. With their mentor, saxophonist Mark Taylor's guidance, the fellows found the groove and wouldn't let go.

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Swinging rhythm met thoughtful solos and wide smiles from the band and our audience, as the bands director, Vince Caruso - in his 7th year at Shorecrest High, beamed with pride.

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Modern jazz is surely familiar to these musicians, as they showed on Roy Hargrove's modern classic "Strasbourg/St. Denis", with smart, modern-pop influences decorating many of the solos. This band surely found it's groove.

The end of the school year may be bittersweet for the KNKX School of Jazz, but we're already getting excited to hear what new sounds await us in the coming year.
 

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Band:

Zach Gordon-Sandweiss – trumpet, Jake Bentley – trombone, Lyle Hamm – piano, Hamoon Milaninia – bass, Zane Smith - drums

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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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