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Register to Attend KNKX Studio Sessions

KNKX records and produces exclusive Studio Sessions every month with world-class jazz and blues musicians from around the world and the Northwest. We also like to use Studio Sessions as an opportunity to showcase the talented local students participating in our award-winning School of Jazz program.

Studio Sessions typically last around an hour, but the exact program will depend on the artist. You can usually expect about 15-45 minutes of sound check and mingling, followed by 20-30 minutes of recorded studio session time. This consists of 2 to 3 songs followed by an interview from one of our hosts.

We'd love for you to join us for a session in our new Seattle studios next to Pike Place Market. Below you will find more information about each upcoming Studio Session along with a link to register.

Studio Sessions are very popular and are free to attend.

Please register for only one per three months so others can enjoy the show!

Spencer Day

Hosted by Justus Sanchez

Friday, June 14, 2024, 1:00 PM

Spencer Day is a #1 Billboard jazz/pop singer and songwriter, and has played venues as diverse as Lincoln Center, the Hollywood Bowl and London’s West End. Spencer is a widely acclaimed songwriter creating witty and sophisticated pop songs in the tradition of classic jazz American writers. The Washington Post praised his “cool jazz sensibilities” and “cleverly crafted tales.” Time Out New York called him “a compelling, quirky singer-songwriter.” Spencer's most recent project, Broadway by Day is a collection of reimagined theater songs from South Pacific, Evita, A Chorus Line and beyond, with surprising and genre-blurring arrangements. He's performing June 18-19 at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley.


Jim O'Keefe

Karrin Allyson

Hosted by Paige Hansen

Tuesday, June 25, 2024, 1:00 PM

We're so excited to host our good friend, Grammy-nominated vocalist Karrin Allyson in our new Seattle studios! This marks the 10th studio session we've recorded with her over the years. Karrin is touring in support of her new album, A Kiss for Brazil, which will be released on Origin Records this spring. Throughout her live performances and her 15 previous albums, Karrin’s talent runs the musical gamut between French chansons, The Great American Songbook, instrumental jazz standards with new lyrics, pop, blues, bossa nova, a tribute to Rodgers and Hammerstein, and her all-original CD Some of That Sunshine (2018), along with another special project, Shoulder to Shoulder: Centennial Tribute to Woman’s Suffrage (August 2019), featuring a vast array of talent including Madeleine Peyroux, Rosanne Cash, Harry Belafonte, Rapsody, and Kurt Elling, to name just a few. Karrin is always composing and released two new original singles in 2023: “Falling Up” and “Just Passin’ Through.” Karrin is a storyteller who swings and is still singing to you—in the key of now. Get ready for some serious fun! Karrin is performing June 25-26 at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley.


Kiki Valera y su Son Cubano performs in Henderson, Nevada, August 28, 2021.
Kiki Valera y su Son Cubano performs in Henderson, Nevada, August 28, 2021.

Kiki Valera

Host TBD

Tuesday, July 16, 2024, 1:00 PM

Son cubano is one of the most popular musical styles in Cuba and Kiki Valera is one of its foremost exponents. Over the last century, this style of traditional Cuban music has contributed to many other genres of music including jazz, cha cha cha, mambo, salsa, songo and timba. Kiki is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, sound engineer and producer, and he’s best known as one of the world’s greatest players of the Cuban cuatro, a mid-size guitar with eight strings grouped in sets of two. He picked up the Cuban tres under the guidance of his father Felix when he was a child. He later attended one of the most prestigious music schools in Cuba, the Conservatorio Esteban Salas, in Santiago de Cuba and by age 15 was touring internationally. In addition to contributing to the vibrant music scene of the Pacific Northwest, Kiki also teaches in Seattle.


Bria Skonberg Quintet

Hosted by Abe Beeson

Wednesday, July 24, 2024, 1:00 PM

New York based and Canadian born singer, trumpeter, and songwriter Bria Skonberg has been described as one of the “most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation” (Wall Street Journal). Bria stormed onto the jazz scene with her smoky vocals, blistering trumpet, and compelling compositions and arrangements. The Juno Award winner has sung the music of Aretha Franklin alongside Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child, played with U2 at the iconic Apollo Theater, sat in with the Dave Matthews Band, was a featured guest with Jon Batiste, performed as part of The Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour, and sang the National Anthem at Madison Square Garden for a NY Rangers game. Bria’s 2024 release, What It Means forges a way forward, in particular by returning to what inspired her in the first place: the sounds of New Orleans jazz. Recorded at Esplanade Studios during Mardi Gras of 2023, Bria is joined by an ensemble of established veterans and up and coming talent, including master Crescent City drummer Herlin Riley. This collection tells stories of life lessons that range from upbeat to down-to-earth to emotionally deep, all the while exhibiting both her mastery of the trumpet and her soulful and undeniably connective voice. We are so excited to do another session with Bria and her first in KNKX's new Seattle studios! The Bria Skonberg Quintet performs July 23 and 24 at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley.


Francesco Crosara

Hosted by Abe Beeson

Friday, August 9, 2024, 1:00 PM

Francesco Crosara is a Seattle-based Italian jazz pianist, composer and educator, typically performing in a range of formats, from solo, duet, trio, quartet, or more. Originally from Milan, Italy, Francesco's music melds an impressive mix of jazz improvisation, a romantic vein from his classical training, along with Latin influences. His major piano influences are Chick Corea, Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, and Herbie Hancock. His new album, Circular Motion, is out on Origin Records. From a lifetime of music creation, Francesco selected 10 of his compositions from the last 40 years with the idea of highlighting the nexus between early work, with its simplicity and youthful appeal, to later works where he expressed richer harmonic textures and possibilities.


Ali Jackson, Kareem Kandi, and George Colligan

Kareem Kandi Trio with George Colligan and Ali Jackson

Hosted by Abe Beeson

Monday, August 26, 2024, 1:00 PM

A native of the Pacific Northwest, saxophonist Kareem Kandi is a performer, composer, and educator, in high demand for his talents both on and off the stage. He's also the host of KNKX's Jazz Northwest program (heard Sundays at 2 p.m.). Kareem is a versatile saxophonist and composer with strong roots in the traditions of jazz, blues, classical and funk, and has been performing throughout the U.S. and abroad for years, gaining attention from critics and audiences alike. While staying true to musical styles of the past, he also keeps an eye towards the future by composing original music as well as new arrangements of timeless songs from the great American songbook.

New York native George Colligan is not only one of the great jazz pianists of his generation, but he has earned an international reputation as a multi-instrumentalist (drums, trumpet, organ, keyboards), composer, accompanist, teacher, and bandleader, as well as popular blogger( George has worked with a long list of jazz greats. His latest album is King's Dream, released in 2022.

Award-winning musician, composer, arranger, educator, and percussionist Ali Jackson has performed and recorded with a multitude of artists including Wynton Marsalis, Jon Batiste, Willie Nelson, Tony Bennett, Norah Jones, Eric Clapton, and Aretha Franklin. As a composer, his voice is unique in its command of the universal language of the groove and the power of thoughtful use of space — both rhythmically and harmonically. Ali's most recent masterworks include the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra-commissioned Living Grooves: A World in Jazz Rhythm and a ballet composed for the Alvin Ailey Dance Company titled r-Evolution, Dream.


BrandonLee Cierley

Host TBD

Friday, September 20, 2024, 1:00 PM

Saxophonist BrandonLee Cierleywas born in Tacoma and relocated to Portland, Oregon. He effortlessly combines elements from sounds that have influenced his musical voice such as jazz, hip hop, Lofi and groove. BrandonLee Cierley's first two albums were acclaimed by Portland jazz station KMHD and All That Jazz. His most recent release is an EP entitled Letters to Japan, paying homage to his Japanese heritage. His third studio album will be released later this year. KNKX has hosted BrandonLee for past sessions and we're excited to welcome him to our new Seattle studios! He'll be joined in studio by Machado Mijiga on drums, Dylan Hayes on keys, and Moe Weisner on bass.