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School Of Jazz

Since 2005, School of Jazz has demonstrated a commitment to jazz education; in fact, it’s one of the cornerstones of KNKX’s mission as the station’s signature community outreach program.  School of Jazz provides mentorship, learning and performance opportunities to Western Washington middle school, high school and college jazz students.  Since its inception, School of Jazz has directly impacted over 3,000 jazz students, band directors and professional musicians.

 

Before COVID-19, every month during the school year KNKX invited a student jazz combo and professional mentor to perform in our studios, which were recorded.  KNKX’s Abe Beeson also hosted a year-round monthly student DJ to share an hour of their favorite jazz.  Check out the hundreds of in-student performances and student DJ segments on this page.

 

Now that in-person interactions and public gatherings have been greatly impacted, artists are occupying the virtual events space, which includes music students.  So—if you are the director of a Western Washington school jazz program (including a big band or combo) or a jazz student who’s created digital content during COVID-19—please send it to us and we might post it on the School of Jazz page.  And if you’re a jazz student who’s interested in being a KNKX student DJ, we’d like to know that, too.  Please contact Brenda Goldstein-Young at bgoldstein@knkx.org.

School Of Jazz sponsors: Alaska Airlines and BECU

COURTESY OF SAM LLANILLO

Tenor saxophonist Sam Llanillo from Ingraham High School in Seattle will join Abe Beeson as virtual guest DJ tonight (June 3) on Evening Jazz. He is a senior and in the school's jazz band. He has formed his own indie pop-rock band called Aurora Ave. Last month they participated in the Sound Off! showcase at MoPOP. 


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Musicians of all ages are demonstrating their creativity and resourcefulness while sheltering in place during COVID-19.  Here's what some jazz students from regional middle school, high school and college music programs are doing to keep the music alive, and uplift us during these challenging times.  If you are a jazz student or band director with digital content to share with KNKX, please contact Brenda Goldstein-Young at bgoldstein@knkx.org.

Courtesy of Cade Sando

Saxophonist Cade Sando from Cascade Christian High School in Puyallup will join Abe Beeson as virtual guest DJ tonight (May 6) on Evening Jazz. He is a sophomore and in the school's jazz band. Cade plays alto and soprano saxophone, although he prefers soprano when it comes to jazz.


KNKX presents our next virtual School of Jazz studio session with the Tritone Jazz Trio from Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma and their mentor, saxophonist Tracy Knoop. This is a free live streamed Zoom event on May 13 at 7 p.m.  REGISTER HERE.

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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.

Courtesy of Amy Anderson

Trumpeter Amy Anderson from Henry M. Jackson High School in Mill Creek will virtually join Abe Beeson as guest DJ tonight (April 1) on Evening Jazz. She is a senior and in the school's jazz band. Amy also sings jazz.


COURTESY OF NATE GILBREATH

Trombonist Nate Gilbreath from Bellevue High School will join Abe Beeson virtually as guest DJ at 7 tonight (March 4) on Evening Jazz. He is a senior and in the jazz band at Bellevue High School and Bellevue College. 

COURTESY AUSTIN SCHNEIDER

Tenor saxophonist Austin Schneider from Lynnwood High School will virtually join Abe Beeson as guest DJ tonight (Feb. 4) on Evening Jazz at 7 p.m. He is a senior and in the school's jazz band program. Listen to the show and read their Q&A. 


Some of the most resilient musicians finding ways to keep music alive during COVID-19 are local jazz students. KNKX recently presented its first virtual School of Jazz studio session with the Red Combo from Seattle Academy (SAAS), hosted by Abe Beeson. Watch the performance below.

COURTESY OF ROHAN WASSINK

Tenor saxophonist Rohan Wassink from Shorecrest High School will virtually join Abe Beeson as guest DJ tonight (Jan. 7) on Evening Jazz at 7 p.m. He is a junior and in the school's jazz band program. Listen to the show and read their Q&A. 


COURTESY OF CALVIN LUNDIN

Drummer Calvin Lundin from Seattle Academy virtually joined Abe Beeson Dec. 3 on Evening Jazz. He is a sophmore and in the school's jazz program. Listen to the show and read their Q&A.


Courtesy of Avery Clarke

Drummer Avery Clarke from Ballard High School will virtually join Abe Beeson tonight at 8 p.m. (Nov. 5) as guest DJ during Evening Jazz. He is a junior and in the school's jazz band program. Listen to the show and find his playlist. 


COURTESY OF IAN MCKAIN-PITTS & AIDAN MOORE

Drummer Ian McKain-Pitts and saxophonist Aidan Moore from Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma will virtually join Abe Beeson on Evening Jazz tonight at 8 p.m. (Oct. 1) as guest DJs. Listen to the show and read their Q&A. 


COURTESY OF ANNA MCPHERSON

Alto saxophonist Anna McPherson from Snohomish High School will virtually join Abe Beeson on Evening Jazz tonight at 8 p.m. (Sept. 3) as guest DJ. She is a sophomore and in the school's band program. Listen to her show and read her Q&A.


COURTESY OF JONAH ELBAUM

Trumpeter Jonah Elbaum from West Seattle High School will take over Evening Jazz with Abe Beeson tonight at 8 p.m. (Aug. 6) as guest DJ. He is a junior and in the school's jazz band. He is also an aspiring filmmaker. Listen to his show and read his Q&A. 

Austin Miller

Trumpeter Austin Miller from Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens joins Abe Beeson tonight at 8 p.m. (July 2) during Evening Jazz as guest DJ. Austin also plays the horn and is in the wind ensemble at his high school. Listen to the show and read his Q&A.


Pianist Elijah Allen-White from Chief Sealth International High School in Seattle will accompany Abe Beeson tonight at 8 p.m. (March 4) during Evening Jazz as guest DJ.  Elijah is KNKX's first virtual guest student DJ.  Listen to the show and read his Q&A.

NICOLAS LOFGREN

Multi-instrumentalist Nicolas Lofgren from Bainbridge High School on Bainbridge Island will take over Evening Jazz with Abe Beeson as guest DJ at 8 p.m. tonight (March 5). Nicolas is a senior and plays lead alto in the jazz band at his high school. He also plays clarinet, soprano and tenor saxophones. Listen to the show and read his Q&A. 


G. Alvarado

Saxophonist and singer G. Alvarado from Bellarmine Preparatory High School in Tacoma will join Abe Beeson as guest DJ during Evening Jazz at 8 p.m. tonight (Feb. 6). G. is a senior and does solo and trio performances outside of school. Listen to the show and read his Q&A and playlist. 


Located between the cities of Seattle and Tacoma, Decatur High School in Federal Way is in prime position to soak up all the arts activities on offer. And these teenagers are creating their own art as part of a successful and still-growing jazz program.

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.

Adrian Florez

Ingraham High School's jazz program is booming, expanding to include a pair of big bands under the direction of Shane Henderson. With their mentor, saxophonist Peter Daniel, Ingraham's all-star jazz ensemble showed off their passion for this music in the KNKX studios with a trio of classic tunes.

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Trumpeter David Kaiser from Shorecrest High School in Shoreline will join Abe Beeson as guest DJ during Evening Jazz at 8 p.m. tonight (Jan. 2). David is a senior and play’s in the Shorecrest High School jazz band. Listen to his show and playlist. 


Drummer E.J. Brannan from Edmonds-Woodway High School in Edmonds will join Abe Beeson as guest DJ during Evening Jazz at 8 p.m. tonight (Dec. 5). E.J. is a senior and play's in Edmond-Woodway's jazz band. Listen to his show and playlist.
 


For a third time, KNKX hosted an all-star jazz ensemble from Central Washington University for a studio session performance. The fresh faces of this combo did have some familiarity, with two former School of Jazz high schoolers in the group as well as our friend, saxophonist Mark Taylor, acting as mentor.

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Saxophonist Ethan Buck at Tahoma High School in Maple Valley joins Abe Beeson tonight (Nov. 7) in the 8 o' clock hour as guest DJ during Evening Jazz. Ethan is a senior and plays in Tahoma's jazz band. Listen to the show and read his playlist. 
 


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Guitarist Faye Alesse from Roosevelt High School in Seattle joins Abe Beeson tonight (Oct. 10) at 8 p.m. as guest DJ during Evening Jazz. Faye is a junior and plays in Roosevelt's jazz band. Listen to the show and read her Q&A and playlist. 


Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

Jazz musicians are always learning, and thanks to Seattle's nonprofit Jazz Night School program, students ages 10-74 are getting that education. An all-star ensemble mentored by trumpet and sax player Jay Thomas showed us how fun the early stages of learning jazz can be at any age.

ABE BEESON / KNKX

Alto Saxophonist Shaina Ellis from Central Washington University in Ellensburg will join Abe Beeson tonight (Sept. 5) at 8 p.m. as guest DJ. Listen to the show and read her Q&A and playlist. 


Drummer Matt Wilson's student ensemble at Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend.
Tom Collins

Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend jazz camp is an educational opportunity for students of all ages. On my visit to the camp and jazz festival last month, I took my opportunity to ask some of the younger campers what they thought of modern jazz, who their favorite modern musicians are, and what they're generation will contribute to the future of this ever-changing art form.

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