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Abe Beeson

With Earshot's festival shows and much more, I've been delighted to see so many friendly faces at jazz concerts recently. The audience's job is so important. Thanks for coming out!

It's been a busy time in a lot of jazz clubs for yours truly, and I'm off next week for a much needed vacation. I'll bring you a fantastic New Cool show Saturday afternoon before I get out of town, and encourage you to catch some cool shows I won't be around to see next week.

Nate Wood of Kneebody.
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

Having just flown in that day from Vancouver, the four men of Kneebody settled into the KNKX studios to briefly catch their breath and play a few songs. Their new album Chapters comes out Oct. 18, and their world tour is kicking into gear.

Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

On the afternoon of opening up for Kneebody, one of their favorite bands, our Portland friends Trio Subtonic played the same role in the KNKX studios. Spirits were high, and the trio brought a pair of exciting additions.

Kneebody photo by Robbie Suharlim.

The Earshot Jazz Festival has kindly offered three pair of tickets to see Kneebody with openers Trio Subtonic at Nectar Lounge in Fremont October 9. Enter to win on the New Cool fan page now!

The Earshot Jazz Festival returns to venues all over Seattle (*and beyond) from Oct. 4 through Nov. 6, and this week The New Cool highlights a few of the top modern jazz concerts on this year's impressive schedule.

Ben Wendell of Kneebody performing at The Triple Door on Sepetember 23, 2018.
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

One of the world's foremost modern jazz groups, Kneebody, exudes rock 'n' roll energy with chamber music sensibilities and dynamic, angular compositions. They're a communal group collecting the sax and trumpet work of Ben Wendel and Shane Endsley, respectively. With the keyboard skills of Adam Benjamin and the bass and drums rhythm section of Kaveh Rastegar and Nate Wood, Kneebody have developed a genre all their own.

Abe Beeson

Best known for his nearly two decades with the modern jazz fusion group Kneebody, Ben Wendel explored the endless possibilities of the duet format with 12 videos released in 2015 featuring 12 different collaborators from across the wide jazz spectrum. I spoke to Wendel recently about his career, his many young fans, and this diverse recent project, The Seasons, just released in CD and vinyl formats as performed by Wendel in a quintet setting.