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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.

School of Jazz: Cade Sando serves as guest DJ

Courtesy of Cade Sando

Saxophonist Cade Sando from Cascade Christian High School in Puyallup will join Abe Beeson as virtual guest DJ tonight (May 6) on Evening Jazz. He is a sophomore and in the school's jazz band. Cade plays alto and soprano saxophone, although he prefers soprano when it comes to jazz.

Which instrument do you play and why? 
Saxophone because in fifth grade, my brother played it, and we wouldn’t have to buy a new instrument. 

What’s your all-time favorite jazz piece?
"Watermelon Man" by Herbie Hancock.

Who is your jazz hero?
John Coltrane.

Why jazz? 
I was invited to join jazz band and quickly fell in love with it. I love improvisation and fast bebop solos.


"Mr. P.C." John Coltrane (Giant Steps)

"Straight Life" Freddie Hubbard (Straight Life)

"Watermelon Man" Herbie Hancock (Watermelon Man)

"One for Daddy-O" Cannonball Adderley (Somethin' Else)

"Blue Train" John Coltrane (Blue Train)