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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.

School of Jazz: Bridget Shelton joins KNKX as guest DJ

Abe Beeson

Bass player Bridget Shelton from Bainbridge High School will take over our KNKX studios as guest DJ at 8 p.m. tonight (March 7). Listen to the show and read her Q&A and playlist. 

Which instrument do you play and why?

Bass, because you can feel the vibrations of the bass up against your body. It feels like the instrument is singing. The first time I played it I felt a deep connection because of this. 

What’s your all-time favorite jazz piece?

"Eye of the Hurricane," by Herbie Hancock 

Who is your jazz hero?

Esperanza Spalding. She a powerful woman in jazz. Her voice is stunning and her playing is transformative. 

Why jazz?

It leaves so much room for your own thoughts and feelings. Whenever I hear jazz solos I can feel what they are playing, not just notes. In my opinion, it is the ultimate platform to express creativity. 


“Hub-Tones,” Kamasi Washington (Heaven and Earth)

“Precious,” Esperanza Spalding (Esperanza)

"Spain," Chick Corea (Light as a Feather)

"Zero Point," Kashmere Stage Band (Texas Thunder Soul)

"But Not For Me," Chet Baker (Chet Baker Sings)

"The Night in Question," R+R=Now (Collagically Speaking)

"Haitian Fight Song," Mingus Big Band (Blues and Politics)

Follow Bridget Shelton on Instagram: @bridgett_sheltonn