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Jazz Appreciation Month: Stride Piano

Apr 13, 2021
Stride master Fats Waller at the piano
New York World-Telegram and the Sun staff photographer: Fisher, Alan, photographer. - Library of Congress Prints and Photographs / Public domain

Historically speaking, jazz and blues met at the piano. For Jazz Appreciation Month, KNKX Music Director Carol Handley traces the development of the irresistible style called "stride" from its beginnings to the present day.

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This story is the second in a three-part series, “Divided Together,” looking at the urban-rural divide in the United States through the lens of one town: Lynden, Washington. The project was funded by a grant from Election SOS, which works to improve news coverage of elections. You can find the first installment here.

Native American advocate Carl Moore sits next to Native American imagery painted along a walkway which leads from the Bountiful High School parking lot up to the football field Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in Bountiful, Utah.
Rick Bowmer / The Associated Press

The Washington Legislature has approved a measure to ban the use of Native American names, symbols and images as school mascots, logos and team names at most public schools in Washington.

Three counties will return Friday to Phase 2 of the Healthy Washington plan.
Office of the Governor

Gov. Jay Inslee announced Monday afternoon that three Washington counties are not meeting the Phase 3 Healthy Washington metrics for reopening activities. 

Arnett Cobb at Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, Half Moon Bay CA 1979
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During the 1940s Swing Era, certain big bands began to popularize a saxophone style that would become known as the "Texas Tenor" sound. Nick Morrison’s going to take us back to the beginning of that sound and follow its evolution from the big-band era to 1960s soul music.

The son-in-law of the Washington State Patrol chief resigned as a trooper after investigations into allegations of on-the-job sex and sexual assault. He is now fighting to keep his badge, testing the state's narrow law for decertifying police.

Courtesy of VIA Architecture

Just in time for the debut of the Seattle Kraken hockey team this fall, the monorail is getting a major revamp. The one-mile line connects Westlake Center and Seattle Center, home to Climate Pledge Arena. 

Starting Monday, monorail service will be suspended until April 30. After that, the monorail will remain open through the rest of the construction process. 

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This story is the first in a three-part series, “Divided Together,” looking at the urban-rural divide in the United States through the lens of one town: Lynden, Washington. The project was funded by a grant from Election SOS, which works to improve news coverage of elections.


Floyd Standifer Quartet at The New Orleans, 1996
Eduardo Calderón

This week's Jazz Northwest includes The Floyd Standifer Quartet playing at The New Orleans Creole Restaurant in Seattle, and the Bridge Quartet playing at LV's Uptown in Portland. We'll preview singer Rebecca Kilgore's new CD coming out April 30, and hear former Seattle pianist Gene Argel who's been performing on Maui for years. There's also music from Eric Verlinde, The BC Double Quartet and Ann Reynolds Clave Gringa.  

Lowering the amount of carbon that comes out of your tailpipe has become a quest for some Washington lawmakers. Now, new standards that would promote biofuels over gasoline are closer to becoming law than ever before.

If signed into law, the low carbon fuel standard would make fuel coming out of tailpipes cleaner and cleaner through 2035.

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