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Studio Sessions from KNKX Public Radio feature some of the best jazz and blues musicians. Performing from downtown Seattle, we feature artists such as Arturo Sandoval, Gregory Porter, Christian McBride and more! KNKX thanks Jim and Birte Falconer for their support of studio sessions and a free, independent and energetic press, who urge listeners to get involved in their local community, and to support KNKX.

Gregory Porter: Football's loss is jazz's gain

On his first trip to Seattle, Grammy-nominated vocalist Gregory Porter stopped by the KPLU Seattle studios for a live studio session that you do not want to miss.  This also happened to be the day that Blue Note Records announced the release of Porter's new album, Liquid Spirit.

You will hear from the man himself in this interview, Porter went to college on a football scholarship to San Diego State, but a shoulder injury in his first season caused him to reconsider what his future might hold.

This gave him the opportunity to focus on his other love, singing jazz.

Between songs he talks about what inspires his songwriting, the influence his parents had over his musical direction and what it’s like for a native-born Californian to immerse himself in the Brooklyn/Harlem jazz worlds.


  1. Liquid Spirit
  2. Be Good
  3. On My Way To Harlem

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Justin joined KNKX in 2009 as the station's first Multimedia Manager. In this role, Justin helped to produce multimedia content, and implement systems and procedures in efforts to transform KNKX from a traditional broadcast station into a multi-platform media organization.
Abe grew up in Western Washington, a 3rd generation Seattle/Tacoma kid. It was as a student at Pacific Lutheran University that Abe landed his first job at KNKX, editing and producing audio for news stories. It was a Christmas Day shift no one else wanted that gave Abe his first on-air experience which led to overnights, then Saturday afternoons, and started hosting Evening Jazz in 1998.
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