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A Quartet's Reunion On Jazz Northwest

A photo from the 1984 Bellevue Jazz Festival brought back nice memories and a desire to have a reunion for four Northwest musicians. Jay Thomas, John Stowell, Bruce Phares and John Bishop hadn't played together as a group since the mid-80s but after a single rehearsal they said it was just like it was then, only better!  

The quartet played a one-nighter at the cozy Egan's Ballard Jam House and it was standing room only when they took the stage for a set of standards and jazz classics. The music was recorded with a single stereo microphone and if you listen to the broadcast or podcast with headphones you'll get a true intimate jazz club experience, sitting right in front of the band with the audience around you.  Be sure to have a suitable beverage at your elbow!

Jazz Northwest airs on Sundays at 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 KPLU and streams at The program is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for KPLU.  Each program is also available as a podcast following the broadcast.

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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.