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Since 2005, KNKX's School of Jazz has provided mentorship, learning and performance opportunities to Western Washington middle school, high school and college jazz students. A cornerstone of the station's signature community outreach program, it has directly impacted thousands of jazz students, band directors and professional musicians. School of Jazz is sponsored by Alaska Airlines and BECU.

Marcus Printup — Mentoring A Northwest All-Star High-School Band

Trumpeter Marcus Printup can really, really play.  He’s also really, really devoted to jazz education and mentorship, which is what brought him to the Northwest.  

He took a break from his work with the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra to mentor and perform with a quintet of young jazz players from several regional high-school jazz programs.  Marcus and the group, led by drummer Will Crandell, came into the KPLU Performance Studio and bowled us over right off the bat with their version of Sonny Rollins’ Pent-Up House.  They followed up with a piece by another great saxophonist, Warne Marsh, called Background Music, and closed their mini-set with Marcus Printup’s composition, the Bishop, which is a perfect combination of grace and groove.

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Will Crandell - drums

Jered Byford - trombone

Santosh Sharma - sax

Ravi Sharma - guitar

Luis Ross - bass

Marcus Printup - trumpet

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