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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.

KNKX Student DJ Kyle Bainbridge

Eighteen year-old Kyle Bainbridge attends Edmonds-Woodway High School and is KNKX's guest DJ on February 8 from 8-9 p.m.

Which instrument do you play and why?

I play the baritone saxophone. I really enjoy the power that the bari has both within the big band, and as an improvisational instrument. I especially love the sound of the bari’s high register; it’s unlike any other saxophone’s sound.

What’s your all-time favorite jazz piece?

I've recently been really into the compositions of Bob Brookmeyer.  I also love "Claudette's Way," a composition by Pepper Adams, one of my favorite bari players.  It's a great feature for the bari's unique sound and range.

Who is your jazz hero?

Julian "Cannonball" Adderley is one of my jazz heroes. I love the energy and life that he brings to his playing, and I strive to captivate people in the way that he can with every solo.

Why jazz?

I love how jazz acts as a common language for people to connect. One of the highlights of the last few years for me has been going to the Centrum jazz camp in Port Townsend, and I always love getting the opportunity to connect with people that I wouldn’t normally connect with through music.

Kyle's playlist for February 8, 8-9 p.m.:

Cannonball Adderley, "Gemini" (Live in New York)
Pepper Adams, "Claudette's Way" (The Adams Effect)
Gerry Mulligan/Bob Brookmeyer, "The Lady is a Tramp" (Paris)
Stan Getz, "Con Alma" (Sweet Rain)
Tom Harrell, "Angela" (Upswing)
Pepper Adams, "Lady Luck" (Julian)
Cannonball Adderley, "Planet Earth" (Live in New York)