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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.

Janiva Magness Studio Session

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Janiva Magness is one of our best known and most decorated singers, with 26 Blues Music Award nominations, and seven wins, among them BB King Entertainer of the Year. Her 2016 album Love Wins Againwas nominated for a Grammy, and she just released her 15th studio album, Change in the Weather.

Janiva’s musical success, however, is just one part of her amazing life story, and she has just released a gripping and poignant memoir "Weeds Like Us" about her difficult upbringing and struggles with addiction, domestic violence and loss. 

After years of singing other people’s material, since at least 2014, Janiva started to write her own songs, and since then her music has taken on a more autobiographical tone, which in some ways set the stage for the memoir. 

To take a creative break from the introspection, her new release Change in the Weather features material written by John Fogerty, either from Creedence Clearwater Revival or his solo work. Three of the four songs she performed this day are Fogerty tunes from the new album.

Janiva’s band features her longtime bassist Gary Davenport with drummer Topher Allis and guitarist Steve Dawson. 

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John has worked as a professional bassist for 20 years, including a 15 year stint as Musical Director of the Mountain Stage radio program. John has been at KNKX since 1999 where he hosts “All Blues”, is producer of the BirdNote radio program, and co-hosts “Record Bin Roulette”. John is also the recording engineer for KNKX “In-Studio Performances”. Not surprisingly, John's main musical interests are jazz and blues, and he is still performing around Seattle.
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