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Seattle Swings Into The First Week Of Jazz Month On Jazz Northwest

John Rogers
Ryan Keberle & Catharsis

April is celebrated as National Jazz Month, and the month begins in Seattle with a flurry of activity including both touring and resident musicians playing in the the first week.  One of the visiting groups featured on Jazz Northwest this Sunday is Ryan Keberle & Catharsis (pictured) which begins a West Coast tour at the Poncho Theatre at Cornish College in Seattle on April 7.  

Ryan Keberle is originally from Spokane and now active on the New York scene. The band will also play Missoula, Spokane, Ellensburg, Eugene and Arcata, including clinics and workshops along the way. 

Among other artists playing in the area and featured on this week's Jazz Northwest are Elspeth Savani, Rick Mandyck, Eric Hullander, Kelly Eisenhour and Steve Griggs.  Jazz Northwest will go "on location" several times this month to record concerts for future broadcasts.  Next  Sunday, April 12 will feature a performance by the Greenblatt Generations Band, Tatum Greenblatt and Dad Dan at Tula's playing  jazz standards and originals.  Future weeks will include the Jacob Zimmerman Quintet at the Seattle Art Museum and the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra with guest soloist Wycliffe Gordon.

Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU and the program airs Sundays at 2 PM Pacific, streaming at   Podcasts are available after the initial broadcast at .

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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.