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Studio Sessions

Exclusive Studio Sessions from KNKX feature some of the best jazz and blues musicians performing in the KNKX studios in downtown Seattle, WA. Featuring artists such as Arturo Sandoval, Gregory Porter, Christian McBride and more!

Watch this space for audio and video from recent studio performances.  Also, subscribe to KNKX's YouTube channel for more exclusive, archived content including performances from regional jazz festivals.

Will Bernard in the KNKX Seattle studios.
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Before starting our studio session with Brooklyn-based guitarist Will Bernard, with Seattle favorites Joe Doria and Tarik Abouzied on organ and drums, I told him most of the interview would focus on "the out-of-towner." Will said, "wait, I'm here all the time!" 

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Performing in the KNKX studios, young jazz upstarts Dylan Hayes (keyboards) and Xavier Lecouturier compose intricate jazz with improvisational energy. It's a tricky balancing act that these two Californians continue to refine, made easier by their relatively longtime working relationship.

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Seattle Rep’s show “Nina Simone Four Women” plays through June 2. It’s not a biography and it’s not a musical review. This “play with music” imagines Nina Simone in the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, just after the 1963 bombing that killed four young girls. 

LaVon Hardison
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Vocalist LaVon Hardison joined KNKX Public Radio for a fun-filled studio session. She kicked off with a playful version of “Should I Stay or Should I Go” by The Clash. Hardison says she chooses songs based on interesting or beautiful melody, or a lyric that tells a story. 

The Rumba Kings performing
Courtesy of The Rumba Kings

There are only a handful of artists who have performed more than twice on our live KNKX Studio Sessions. We’re thrilled that The Rumba Kings have hit the mark!  

Catherine Russell in the KNKX Studios.
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It seems the timing was just right for Catherine Russell’s third KNKX studio session. Her new album, Alone Together, had risen to the top of the jazz charts. Also, the just-ended fund drive had all of us in the mood to celebrate.

Omar Sosa
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The message of Transparent Water is to heed nature’s warnings and protect our most important resource.

Pianist Omar Sosa travels the world, looking to make musical connections. His Afro-Cuban heritage blends magically with the other members of this trio.     

BrandonLee Cierley of 322.
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Saxophonist BrandonLee Cierley has now performed in the KNKX studios four times, the first as a student at PLU with his band director, David Deacon-Joyner in the lead. Now, after a third session with his own band, 322, Cierley is coming into his own as a player and a band leader.

Sinne Eeg
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With her recent debut at Jazz Alley nearly selling out, there’s no doubt that Danish jazz singer Sinne Eeg is gradually growing her fanbase in the United States.

Reid Anderson of The Bad Plus in the KNKX studios.
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After 17 years with pianist Ethan Iverson, Orrin Evans made his Seattle debut with The Bad Plus to sold out shows. Stopping by for a live session at the KNKX studios, it was clear that the moods of bassist Reid Anderson and drummer Dave King had improved for the better, and their playing showed it.

Los Angeles-based Seattle native Sara Gazarek returned to Seattle for a series of performances at Jazz Alley recently, billed as a Seattle-only, new-album preview. 


Wayne Horvitz in the KNKX Seattle studios.
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The perpetually busy pianist, composer, arranger, educator and bandleader Wayne Horvitz brought his recently formed Snowghost Trio to the KNKX studios for a live performance. Added to his piano and the bass-and-drums combo of Geoff Harper and Eric Eagle, Sarah Shoenbeck brought her bassoon to the proceedings for a wonderful selection of music, both beautiful and strange.

Pianist Jonas Myers
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Making a debut appearance in the KNKX studios, the Seattle-based The Walking Hat Trio seemed a little nervous while warming up for their first-ever live broadcast. But once the music started, our audience got an earful of fresh, confident swinging and impressive new music.

Cory Weeds in the KNKX Seattle studios.
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Four of the Northwest's top jazz musicians teamed up to celebrate a new release of sax great Cannonball Adderley's band with concerts around Puget Sound. A delightful addition to the group was the longtime drummer in Adderley's '60s band, the charming Roy McCurdy.

Jacob Zimmerman in the KNKX Seattle studios.
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On both saxophone and clarinet, Jacob Zimmerman is a versatile musician working with various bands around Puget Sound. For his own group, this master of creative swinging jazz focuses on the remarkable transition from big-band swing to small group bebop in the 1940s.

Pearl Django live in the KNKX Studios.
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After a quarter century, the mighty engine of rhythm that is Pearl Django is still hittin’ on all five: accordionist and recording engineer David Lange, violinist Michael Gray, guitarists Tim Lerch and Jim Char, and bassist Rick Leppanon.

Alex Monfort
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How does a talented young jazz pianist find himself in the upper left corner of the United States? Well, it's a funny story from both sides of the Atlantic.

Raymond Larsen of Tyrant Lizard in the KNKX Seattle Studios.
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With bassist Carmen Rothwell and guitarist Gregg Belisle-Chi settling into New York City in the past couple of years, trumpeter Raymond Larsen keeps them coming back to Seattle. It had been two years since their last performance in the Northwest, but their musical development shows on their new album "Story Time."

Delvon Lamarr in the KNKX Seattle Studios.
Courtesy of Tom Collins

One of Seattle's most beloved organ players, Delvon Lamarr and his wife/manager Amy Novo are moving to Austin, Texas, in the new year. They close this chapter with New Year's Eve shows at the Triple Door, and stopped by the KNKX studios to share a few musical pages of the chapters to come.


Alex Chadsey of Duende Libre in the KNKX Seattle studios.
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While recording two albums as a trio (mostly), Seattle's Duende Libre has worked with singers Chava Mirel and Frank Anderson in live settings almost since the group's founding. In a recent visit to the KNKX studios, Mirel and Anderson truly felt like integral members of the band.

Grammy-award winner Paula Cole graced the KNKX studios in support of her current release, “Ballads.” It's a collection of songs in honor of her musician father, who left the music business to support the family.  

Cole says she began as jazz singer, and featured herself as a "female Chet Baker." She was offered two jazz recording contracts, which she turned down.  She chose, instead, to write her own music, honoring her voice in homage to her mother.  

Emmet Cohen in the KNKX Studios.
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There are 100 years of jazz recordings, most available a click away. Emmet Cohen says he wants to make music that honors all of it.

Cohen is two albums into his Masters Legacy Series. The first featured legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb, the second with bass icon Ron Carter. Future releases include Cohen's work with jazz giants Benny Golson, Tootie Heath and George Coleman.

When our friend Anton Schwartz came into our studios to lead his sextet of Seattle all-stars, it was an opportunity to see the saxman in the spotlight after his sideman work in a series of live collaborations on KNKX.

Singer Karrin Allyson in the KNKX Seattle Studios.
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Singer Karrin Allyson brought sunshine to Seattle last Wednesday afternoon with a live performance in our studios.  

Allyson and her band were at Jazz Alley last week for the CD release celebration of her latest, Some of That Sunshine.  All songs on the album are originals by her or with collaborator Chris Caswell.   

Karrin, backed by pianist Miro Sprague and bassist Jeff Johnson, sang three tunes from Some of That Sunshine.

Chad McCullough
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A quartet split between American and Belgian musicians, it's strangely logical that trumpeter Chad McCullough and pianist Bram Weijters first met in Banff, Canada about a decade ago. It's been a long-distance relationship made in heaven ever since.

Both co-leaders say the collaborations have many side benefits beyond their music. They're able to coordinate tours of the US and Europe with an adopted home base, and they can market their music from two locations as well.

Jazzmeia Horn in the KNKX Seattle Studios.
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I like to fantasize about using a time machine to catch early concerts by jazz legends of the past. Every once in a while, a young talent emerges that has me searching their crowd for curious time-traveling jazz fans from the future. Jazzmeia Horn is certainly worthy of such a trip.

Christian Sands in the KNKX Studios.
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Talking before our live session with pianist Christian Sands and his trio, I told him his former boss, bassist Christian McBride, formed his New Jawn without a pianist because Sands is irreplaceable. He laughed out loud and said, "I like the way you think!" After hearing his phenomenal trio in our Seattle studios, that idea may not be so farfetched.

Ben Thomas in the KNKX Seattle studios.
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The Seattle-based group Torch took their name from a Thomas Mann quote:  “Art is the sacred torch that must shed its merciful light into all life’s terrible depths.”  

It’s a lofty idea that they not only live up to, but also turn into fun, expressive and soul-satisfying music.

All four band members are conservatory-trained, all are music educators, and all are masterful improvisers and composers. 

Enjoy this session of original music and delightful conversation!

Kelsey Mines of SmackTalk in the KNKX Seattle studios.
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The two-sax quintet SmackTalk is well trained for jazz, but their music is more than that. Much more.

Performing live in the KNKX studios, the band’s energy, and a good deal of their sound was reminiscent of the indie rock that filled nightclubs in Seattle 20 years ago, filtered through cool modern jazz swagger.

Kandace Springs in the KNKX Seattle Studios.
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Growing up a jazz fan in the country music capital of the world, Nashville native Kandace Springs has never fit comfortably into any single musical category. Today, that's just the way she likes it, and we do, too.

The singer, songwriter and pianist has just released her second album. Indigo is a collection of original songs, and soulful interpretations of her favorite pop tunes. It's also a showcase for Springs' incredible voice and impressive piano skills.

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