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Tribute to Gaye Anderson, friend of music and musicians

Daniel Sheehan
Gaye Anderson in front of the New Orleans Creole Restaurant.

Gaye Anderson was owner and proprietor of the New Orleans Creole Restaurant from 1985 until her death on August 29.  Widely known as a staunch supporter of live music, she presided over thousands of nights of jazz and blues performances at her Pioneer Square restaurant.  Its fame spread all over the country as visitors remarked "I wish we had something like this back home."   The music ranged from traditional New Orleans and Chicago style jazz, through Swing, Bop and modern jazz on weeknights with blues on weekends.

On this Sunday's Jazz Northwest, we'll hear a variety of music recorded in performance at The New Orleans, and reminiscences by some of the musicians who've played there frequently over the past 27 years.   Dave Holo, Ray Skjelbred, Clarence Acox and Maia Santell describe how Gaye Anderson's personality was behind this popular spot and how she's been such a positive influence on the Seattle music scene.  Included are performances by The New Orleans Quintet, the Holotradband, Floyd Standifer, Clarence Acox, Ray Skjelbred, Maia Santell and Thomas Marriott.

Jazz Northwest airs Sundays at 1 PM PDT on 88.5 KPLU and streams simultaneously to the internet via  The program is also available as a podcast following the air date.   Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke, exclusively for KPLU.

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The Dena DeRose Trio plays a concert recorded at Jazz Port Townsend in July.  With Martin Wind on bass and Matt Wilson on drums, Dena DeRose sings from the piano, swinging hard on up tempo tunes, and deliciously slow on the ballads with fresh takes on some familiar songs.  The concert airs Sunday, September 16 at 1PM PDT on 88.5 KPLU.

Jim has been a fixture on Seattle radio since 1961. He was the host of Jazz After Hours on Public Radio International from 1984-2014. Currently Jim has been producing Jazz Northwest for KNKX since 1988. This weekly program focuses on the regional jazz scene and frequently includes performances Jim records on location for Jazz Northwest.