The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra opened its 25th anniversary season with concerts in Seattle's Benaroya Hall and the Kirkland Performance Center last weekend. The program in both locations featured music from a 1961 album that brought the Count Basie Orchestra and the Duke Ellington Orchestra together in a recording studio for the first and only time. They shared repertoire and soloists from both bands and many selections recorded that day were performed in these concerts by the SRJO.
Music on today’s show includes famous hits such as Corner Pocket, Jumpin' at The Woodside, Segue in C, Concerto for Cootie, Harlem Airshaft and Take the A Train. The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra's season includes five sets of concerts, plus the annual holiday favorite, The Sacred Music of Duke Ellington. For more information on the season and individual tickets, see the SRJO website, srjo.org.
Jazz Northwest airs every Sunday at 2 p.m. on KNKX and knkx.org, About half the shows have been recorded on location at regional festivals, concerts and jazz clubs specifically for these broadcasts. The program is recorded and produced by host Jim Wilke. Next week, Cuban music played by Ann Reynolds and Clave Gringa in an Art of Jazz concert presented this month by Earshot at The Seattle Art Museum.