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Two-Tenor teams on Jazz Northwest

Two saxophone players inside a small jazz club.
Jim Levitt
Pete Christlieb, left, and Hadley Caliman on the right.

Tenor sax "battles" have been a tradition in jazz since the late 30s and pairing tenor saxophonists with contrasting styles has continued to the present day. Usually, more of a friendly exchange than a battle per se, two examples recorded in Seattle in 1962 and 2009 are featured on this week's episode of Jazz Northwest.  

Pete Christlieb and Hadley Caliman reunited in a Seattle Studio X in 1990, and Johnny Griffin and Lockjaw Davis played a live radio show from The Penthouse in 1962. The Griffin and Davis performance will be issued on LP and CD for the first time on November 29 for Record Store Day.  

Also on this week's show, Jessica Williams solo piano, Kelley Johnson's new CD, Edmonton alto saxophonist PJ Perry and more, including news of upcoming concerts at The Earshot Festival.

Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by host Jim Wilke and airs Sundays at 2 p.m. Listeners may also subscribe to the podcast at KNKX, NPR, AppleGoogle or Spotify

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.