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Some of the most resilient musicians finding ways to keep music alive during COVID-19 are local jazz students.  The kids are alright—and KNKX is proud to bring you our first virtual School of Jazz studio session with the Red Combo from Seattle Academy (SAAS) on Thursday, January 28 at 7 p.m., hosted by Abe Beeson.  REGISTER HERE.  The event is pre-recorded and will be live streamed on Zoom.  We invite you to join the live chat during the event.

The Washington State Historical Society is collaborating with Write253 on a poetry event to honor Martin Luther King Jr.
Washington State Historical Society

In Tacoma, the observation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day is typically marked by celebrations, workshops and performances across the city. But this year, civic-minded organizations are finding ways to engage participants from a distance. The Washington State Historical Society, in collaboration with literary arts organization Write253, is doing this through poetry. 

Art by Jason Chatfield

While the pandemic precluded most live music last year, Ryan Burns recorded seven singles over six months with a variety of personnel and locations. The singles have been collected in an album titled "Postponed Parade." Ryan Burns composed all the music and plays piano, electric keyboard and organ on various tracks in the album issued on vinyl and CD.  Two selections from the recent album are featured on this week's Jazz Northwest. Also, on this week's show are selections by The Endemic Ensemble. Kelley Johnson, Steve Treseler Group and others. 

Republican gubernatorial candidate Loren Culp smiles while greeting supporters at a rally Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Mount Vernon, Wash.
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Losing Republican gubernatorial candidate Loren Culp has withdrawn his lawsuit against Secretary of State Kim Wyman that alleged widespread election irregularities and fraud.

The U.S. Department of Education has launched a probe of what it called “disturbing reports” regarding Seattle Public Schools’ alleged failure to provide specialized instruction to students with disabilities during the pandemic.

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Health officials say fatal overdoses in King County have increased sharply over the last two weeks. The Medical Examiner's Office has identified 42 suspected or confirmed overdoses for the period ending Jan. 9.

Officials say it’s the highest number ever recorded in a two-week period in King County.

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With the Seahawks' early exit from the playoffs this season, many fans are wondering what the team will do in the offseason. Some questions were answered this week, as we hear from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick. 

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It’s been about one month since the first coronavirus vaccine arrived in Washington state. Residents, some of them in tears, watched a nurse receive the first injection. This event was supposed to herald the beginning of the end of the coronavirus pandemic.

But, since then, the vaccine rollout has progressed more slowly than some had hoped. More than 600,000 doses have arrived in Washington, but only about a third of those have been administered.

Most major US airlines ban guns in luggage for DC flights

Jan 14, 2021
TSA officers wear protective masks at a security screening area at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on May 18, 2020, in SeaTac. Airlines say they are stepping up security on flights to Washington, D.C., before next week’s presidential inauguration.
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Airlines and airports say they are stepping up security before next week's presidential inauguration, with Alaska, Delta and other major airlines saying they will prohibit passengers flying to the Washington area from putting guns in checked bags.

Really cool black & white band photo by Janine Chiorazzi..

Seattle's premier soul jazz ensemble has released a new single, "Sunday Afternoon," moving its world-class horns to the front of the band's powerful rhythm section engine. Tune in for Friday night's New Cool to hear The True Loves' hip soundscape for relaxing and recharging for a new week, or a new year.