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Recent Releases By Northwest Artists On Jazz Northwest

Amber French

A sampling of new and recent releases by resident Northwest musicians is featured on Jazz Northwest this week. One of the most unusual is Recording Ban by Jacob Zimmerman.  The title refers to the musicians' union strike against the recording companies 1942-1944. The Recording Ban occurred at a time when jazz was evolving from Swing to Bop and as a result some significant music was not played in recording studios during those years.  Jacob Zimmerman zeroed in on that period for his debut recording, with compositions by Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Tiny Grimes, Coleman Hawkins, Don Byas and others. 

Other new and recent releases this week include This Happy Madness  by Vancouver BC saxophonist Cory Weeds with LA drummer Jeff Hamilton's Trio, singer Stephanie Porter's Radio Theatre, and The Jill Townsend Big Band's Legacy, The Music of Ross Taggart.

Jazz Northwest  is produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU and  Previous programs are archived and can be streamed at   Next week, The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra plays music of Billy Strayhorn on the 100th anniversary of his birth, November 29, 1915.  December will bring concerts by Mark Taylor and Dawn Clement at Tula's (12/13) and The Marc Seales Trio at the Seattle Art Museum (12/20). 

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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.