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Jazz Appreciation Month: Explore legendary live recordings from Cannonball Adderley and Ramsey Lewis

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The important connection between musicians onstage and a crowded jazz club has been missing for more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many fans have been turning to live recordings that captured moments of magic, when the music onstage was matched by the energy in the crowd.

KNKX jazz host Abe Beeson looks at two iconic live recordings to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month. Cannonball Adderley's "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" and Ramsey Lewis' "The 'In' Crowd" remind us that when you can't attend concerts, you can still get that live feeling from records.

Abe grew up in Western Washington, a third 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.