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Thanks to everyone who voted for their favorite small business and nonprofit during the KNKX Summer Sustainer Campaign! So many listeners stepped forward to support public radio and to nominate the organizations and businesses that bring happiness, health, and vibrance to our local communities. 

 Each winner will receive $2,000 worth of promotions through the KNKX Business Support team! We’re also including a few honorable mentions below. Multiple donors recognized these businesses and nonprofits during the campaign.

Kent Superintendent Calvin Watts
Ashley Gross / KNKX

The superintendent of the Kent School District is the sole finalist to lead the largest school district in Georgia.

COURTESY OF RYAN HSI

Pianist Ryan Hsi from Mercer Island High School in Seattle will join Abe Beeson as virtual guest DJ tonight (July 1) on Evening Jazz. He is in the school's jazz band and will start his junior year in the fall.


It's June 30: Most COVID restrictions lifted in Washington

Jun 30, 2021
June 30 is the day for Washington state to fully reopen.
Eric Gay / The Associated Press file

Updated 1:30 p.m. June 30:

Fifteen months after Washington state's first “stay at home” order was issued in response to the coronavirus, businesses across the state are now allowed to return to pre-pandemic operations.

Bassist Christian McBride performs with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra.
Jim Levitt

Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra will be heard today (Wednesday) on NPR's All Things Considered as part of an interview with Christian McBride. McBride will be talking about the jazz world getting back into the swing of things post-COVID.

courtesy brubeck brothers quartet

Just in time for Father’s Day, Chris and Dan Brubeck paid tribute to their Dad--jazz giant Dave Brubeck--along with the rest of the Brubeck Brothers Quartet (pianist Chuck Lamb and guitarist Mike DeMicco) by putting their own spin on some of Dave’s timeless tunes including “Take Five” and “Blue Rondo a la Turk.”  This KNKX exclusive performance by the Brubeck Brothers Quartet was prerecorded in the Brubeck Room at the Wilton (Connecticut) Library, home of the Brubeck Archives and preceded by Abe’s Q&A with Chris Brubeck. 

On June 1, weather commentator Cliff Mass wrote a blog post attacking KNKX staff. The post is one of many Dr. Mass has published since our station ended his weather segment ten months ago. These posts contain numerous mistruths that attempt to discredit KNKX and our reputation, as well as the reputations of our staff members (both past and current), our board, and our Community Advisory Council.

Office of the Governor

A chance at winning a $1 million jackpot or a $250,000 prize. Tuition assistance, airline tickets, gaming systems and gift cards. Those are just some of the incentives announced Thursday to entice more Washington residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

COURTESY OF SAM LLANILLO

Tenor saxophonist Sam Llanillo from Ingraham High School in Seattle will join Abe Beeson as virtual guest DJ tonight (June 3) on Evening Jazz. He is a senior and in the school's jazz band. He has formed his own indie pop-rock band called Aurora Ave. Last month they participated in the Sound Off! showcase at MoPOP. 


The three officers charged in Manuel Ellis' death are, from left, Matthew Collins, Timothy Rankine, Christopher Burbank.
Tony Overman / The News Tribune via AP

The three Tacoma Police officers charged in the death of Manuel Ellis pleaded not guilty Friday in Pierce County Superior Court.

Marcia Carter, the mother of Manuel Ellis, speaks about her son Thursday at a news conference in Tacoma.
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

Family members of Manuel Ellis recalled the 33-year-old man as a brother, a son and an uncle at a news conference Thursday afternoon in Tacoma. They spoke about missing him at their family dinner table for more than a year. 

A mural in Tacoma's Hilltop neighborhood calls for justice for Manuel Ellis, who was killed while being restrained by Tacoma police on March 3.
Kari Plog / KNKX

Numerous state and local leaders and organizations released statements Thursday following Attorney General Bob Ferguson's announcement that three Tacoma police officers will be charged in the March 2020 death of Manuel Ellis. 

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Musicians of all ages are demonstrating their creativity and resourcefulness while sheltering in place during COVID-19.  Here's what some jazz students from regional middle school, high school and college music programs are doing to keep the music alive, and uplift us during these challenging times.  If you are a jazz student or band director with digital content to share with KNKX, please contact Brenda Goldstein-Young at bgoldstein@knkx.org.

Parker Miles Blohm

KNKX and Jazz24 presented a live streamed studio session with the Cory Weeds Trio on International Jazz Day—April 30, 2021. The Vancouver, B.C. based saxophonist was joined by bassist Jodi Proznick and pianist Tilden Webb, performing from Will and Norah's. The event was hosted by Abe Beeson.

Courtesy of Cade Sando

Saxophonist Cade Sando from Cascade Christian High School in Puyallup will join Abe Beeson as virtual guest DJ tonight (May 6) on Evening Jazz. He is a sophomore and in the school's jazz band. Cade plays alto and soprano saxophone, although he prefers soprano when it comes to jazz.


KNKX presents our next virtual School of Jazz studio session with the Tritone Jazz Trio from Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma and their mentor, saxophonist Tracy Knoop. This is a free live streamed Zoom event on May 13 at 7 p.m.  REGISTER HERE.

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have a rich heritage thousands of years old and have both shaped the history of the United States and had their lives dramatically influenced by moments in its history.  KNKX's events and resources page supported by Washington's Lottery.

Here are some regional events marking Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month:

Thanks to everyone who participated in our Spring Drive Small Business Challenge by mentioning your favorite local business when you donated. Because listeners were so enthusiastic about the opportunity to support the small businesses they value in communities across Western Washington, we're thrilled to announce six winners:

Courtesy of Amy Anderson

Trumpeter Amy Anderson from Henry M. Jackson High School in Mill Creek will virtually join Abe Beeson as guest DJ tonight (April 1) on Evening Jazz. She is a senior and in the school's jazz band. Amy also sings jazz.


Individual listeners are the largest source of financial support for the jazz, blues, and NPR news you count on at KNKX.  Your vital support makes everything we do possible. These initiatives, along with all of our daily jazz, blues, and news services, are fueled by the generosity of listeners:

Photo: Mike Hamilton

On March 11, KNKX and BirdNote presented an immersive online journey to Western Washington’s Skagit Valley to see and hear the spectacular array of migratory birds that make this region their home during the winter.  

Here's a Zoom session on how to produce audio diaries, produced by KNKX for the Journalism Education Association. We hope you find it useful and will share it widely. It's another way we're trying to encourage you to tell your story through the power of audio.  Enjoy!

             

          

COURTESY OF NATE GILBREATH

Trombonist Nate Gilbreath from Bellevue High School will join Abe Beeson virtually as guest DJ at 7 tonight (March 4) on Evening Jazz. He is a senior and in the jazz band at Bellevue High School and Bellevue College. 

Alana Bridgewater hosts The Journey to Jazz and Human Rights, the award-winning documentary produced by Jazz.FM91 in Toronto, Canada is a look at how the music, and the men and women who made the music, laid claim to human rights around the world. The four part series airs Monday February 15 through Thursday February 18 at 7 p.m. on KNKX.

COURTESY AUSTIN SCHNEIDER

Tenor saxophonist Austin Schneider from Lynnwood High School will virtually join Abe Beeson as guest DJ tonight (Feb. 4) on Evening Jazz at 7 p.m. He is a senior and in the school's jazz band program. Listen to the show and read their Q&A. 


Some of the most resilient musicians finding ways to keep music alive during COVID-19 are local jazz students. KNKX recently presented its first virtual School of Jazz studio session with the Red Combo from Seattle Academy (SAAS), hosted by Abe Beeson. Watch the performance below.

Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press

At least two people were injured when a police officer responding to a report of a street race plowed his car through a crowd of pedestrians that had gathered around him and were pounding on the car's windows in downtown Tacoma on Saturday night, officials said.

COURTESY OF ROHAN WASSINK

Tenor saxophonist Rohan Wassink from Shorecrest High School will virtually join Abe Beeson as guest DJ tonight (Jan. 7) on Evening Jazz at 7 p.m. He is a junior and in the school's jazz band program. Listen to the show and read their Q&A. 


Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington.
Julio Cortez / The Associated Press

The violent takeover of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday prompted sharp criticism of President Donald Trump by the Washington state congressional delegation, including from one leader who has been a staunch supporter.

At KNKX we are always evaluating the best ways we can serve our listeners. We look at all aspects of our programming and thoughtfully review data and listener feedback. With that in mind, we want to let you know about some exciting changes to the KNKX schedule!

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