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Jazz is a music based on improvisation, and evolution. Moving through Dixieland, swing, bebop, free jazz, fusion and beyond can make describing what jazz is a difficult proposition. KNKX jazz host Abe Beeson spoke to three generations of musicians to find a definition.

Kate Olson at Seattle Art Museum, Tim Kennedy in background
Lisa Hagen Glynn Photography

After being hit hard by the pandemic, local jazz musicians like saxophonist Kate Olson hope the public will again support live music as venues reopen.

Screen capture by Kate Olson

Springtime is coming on a lot faster than the end of the pandemic, but there are more signs of artists and audiences reuniting in person in the near future. Making the most of quarantine restrictions, saxophonist Kate Olson presents a circus of sounds with her K.O. Solo project streaming live Friday night.

Photo by Shahaan Smith

Awards season is here, and Earshot Jazz's Golden Ear Awards return - virtually, of course - with a look back at bright moments from a difficult year in the Northwest jazz scene. The New Cool will feature a few on this week's show, as voting concludes Monday, March 1.

Snohomish High School's band program celebrates it's 90th year this year, and the allstar jazz ensemble showed us how talented their musicians are. With saxophonists Kate Olson and Brent Jensen in mentor and instructor roles, it's clear there's some fantastic jazz blowing down from the north.

Abe Beeson

One of the Northwest's most exciting reed players has been sidelined by injury for months, and now she's back with a vengeance. Kate Olson talked to New Cool host Abe Beeson about the tough break, the road back, and her exciting musical plans to come.

The New Cool: Monika Herzig's SHEroes

Nov 9, 2018
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Though the journey to equality isn't over, women in jazz have been steadily gaining attention in recent years. Just last weekend, Maria Schneider (with the SRJO), Dawn Clement, Tia Fuller, and Jane Bunnett and her all-female latin band Maqueque were the star attractions in Seattle.  With her new release SHEroes, pianist and composer Monika Herzig's all-female band adds another important milestone of great music from still-underappreciated ladies in jazz.

The New Cool: Syrinx Effect's Dynamic Duo

Mar 9, 2018
Daniel Sheehan, A Beautiful Day Photography

After two well-received shorter EP releases, the Seattle-Missoula connection of reed player Kate Olson and trombonist Naomi Moon Siegel - Syrinx Effect - are back with their first full length album, A Sky You Could Strike a Match On. To say it's striking would be an understatement, but a clever one.