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Jazz Northwest Features New Releases And Previews 3 Jazz Festivals

Etienne Charles, Trinidadian trumpet player headlines Bellevue Jazz Festival

May be hard to believe, but there are three jazz festivals in the Seattle/Bellevue area this week and next.  This weekend, the Couth Buzzard Jazz Festival on Greenwood is a mini survey of the history of jazz with a feature on Charles Mingus' music Sunday night.  Etienne Charles and Shemekia Copland headline the Bellevue Jazz and Blues Festival next week, and the IMP fest at the UW features Bill Frisell, Reid Anderson, Bill McHenry and Cuong Vu next week.  

New Releases by Jay Thomas and Gary Smulyan, and Sumi Tonooka and the Alchemy Sound Project will also debut on this week's show.  

Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU and .  The program airs Sundays at 2 PM Pacific. After broadcast, programs are available for streaming at  Next week's show (6/5) will feature Spanish pianist Marina Albero's Quartet in an exciting performance recorded at The Ballard Jazz Walk. 

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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.