A little over four years ago, we asked 88.5 knkx listeners if they wanted to hear more Latin Jazz in our Mid Day Jazz programs. The response was overwhelmingly positive, and so the Jazz Caliente feature debuted at 2 p.m. on Thursday July 19, 2012. The 3-song, 15 minute set of Afro-Cuban and Brazilian jazz has been a highlight of Midday Jazz afternoons.
Now it's time to take it to the next level. Jazz Caliente expands to a one-hour show starting this Saturday, November 5 at 5 p.m. That will give us more time to explore the mixture of jazz and world rhythms that move us. I'll also be able to include interviews with some of the local and international artists who produce this great music.
This week, I'll feature some music by young Cuban pianist/composer Jorge Luis Pacheco. I had the immense pleasure of hearing him play in Havana in 2013. He'll be performing in Bellingham for the Friends of the South Whatcom Library's Jazz Series on Sunday November 6 at 3 p.m., at Ben Moore's Restaurant in Olympia on Wednesday November 9, and he'll be making an appearance at Seattle's Royal Room on Thursday November 10 with the Entremundos Quarteto and the Brazilian drum and dance ensemble VamoLá.
Join me for the new expanded version of Jazz Caliente, this Saturday at 5 p.m. on 88.5 knkx!