Tribute to Benny scheduled for Jazz Northwest

Jim WilkeIn addition to hosting Jazz Northwest and Jazz After Hours, Jim Wilke is a professional recording engineer. He was in the house two weeks ago at the Kirkland Performance Center, capturing the last two of three sold-out performances of SRJO’s Tribute to Benny Goodman. Along with co-Artistic Director, Michael Brockman, he selected the best performances from both shows to feature on the March 27th installment of Jazz Northwest.

The program can be heard  Sunday, March 27th, on 88.5 KPLU at 1:00 P.M. or on the web at

Four special guest artists were featured in the shows to help the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra bring Benny’s music to life. Ham Carson, (clarinet) originally from Philadelphia, studied music off-and-on again at various colleges including the University of Georgia (where he apparently flunked clarinet studies due to bad posture) and the Schillinger House of Music, now known as the Berklee College in Boston. Since 1988 he has led a quartet that plays most Thursdays at the New Orleans Creole Restaurant, and has released two CDs featuring such local jazz luminaries as Buddy Catlett, Mickey Martin, and Bob Hammer.

Carl Majeau picked up the clarinet in 4th grade and the sax in 6th, and went on to study under Robert Knatt at Washington Middle School before playing in the award-winning Garfield High School jazz band led by SRJO co-artistic director Clarence Acox. In 2008 he earned the Outstanding Soloist Award at the prestigious Essentially Ellington competition. He has performed with Seattle Symphony, at the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, and made two European tours. Carl is now a sophomore at Columbia University in New York City, studying Computer Science and Physics, but assures us there is plenty of jazz to be played in New York City.

Susan Pascal (vibraphone) is a Seattle native, and a graduate of the University of Washington. She plays regularly around the region with her group, the Susan Pascal Quartet. Her recent projects include a Latin jazz quintet, “Soul Sauce: the Music of Cal Tjader,” and a quartet featuring the music of John Lewis, Milt Jackson and the Modern Jazz Quartet: “MJQ Revisited.”

Susan can also be heard on many motion picture soundtracks, and has performed with the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, the Seattle Men’s Chorus Orchestra, and the Seattle Baroque Orchestra. She recently completed her fourth tour of Singapore.

Dan Wickham on clarinetDan Wickham is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Music and the University of Puget Sound. He has studied with William O. Smith, Don Lanphere, and Michael Brockman, and is one of the premier clarinet/saxophone performers and teachers in the Seattle area. He has taught music for the Highline School District since 1999.  Over his twenty year career as a musician, Dan has played with such luminaries as The Temptations, Clint Holmes, and Frank Sinatra, Jr. He can be seen locally performing with SRJO, Type A! Band, Fred Radke and the Harry James Orchestra, and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, as well as his own group, Swing City.

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