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Remembering pianist and educator Joni Metcalf

A black and white image of a woman smiling and holding a rose.
Bob Peterson
Joni Metcalf.

One of the major personalities on the Seattle jazz scene from the '50s through the '80s, Joni Metcalf was a pianist, singer, composer and teacher.

She and her husband, bassist Chuck Metcalf, hosted weekly jam sessions that stretched into the early morning hours at their large home in the Madrona neighborhood.

Joni performed solo as well with small groups she led, and later taught at Cornish College. Joni passed away earlier this month at age 91. We'll remember her singing, playing piano and performing some of her original music on this episode of Jazz Northwest.

Also on this week's show is a new release by Edmonton alto saxophonist PJ Perry, Tall and Small, Dan Balmer and others.

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.