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New York musicians from Chilliwack and Walla Walla returning for Northwest gigs

Tom Concordia
Bria Skonberg

The Pacific Northwest has continued to produce an unbroken stream of excellent musicians since the days of Ray Charles, Quincy Jones and Ernestine Anderson.  This week on Jazz Northwest, we'll introduce you to Bria Skonberg, a trumpet player and singer from Chilliwack, BC who's now active in New York.  She'll return to the Pacific Northwest to teach and perform at Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend at the end of July.

We'll also include music from guitarist Brad Shepik, originally from Walla Walla.  Brad graduated from Cornish College in Seattle and earned a Masters Degree from New England Conservatory before establishing a busy career in New York.  He's back in Seattle next week to play at The Royal Room on Tuesday night.

Also this week, some recent releases and some picks for best bets for live jazz in the coming week.  Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke, exclusively for 88.5, KPLU.  The program airs and streams Sundays at 2 PM Pacific and is also available as a podcast at following the airdate.

Next week:  A concert by the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra featuring The Great American Songbook, with guest vocalists Stephanie Porter and Primo Kim.

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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.