Category Archives: Music & Podcasts

Tune to KPLU for “The Peaceful Warrior Suite”

SRJO performs Peaceful Warrior SuiteHighlights from a recent concert by The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra will air on Jazz Northwest from 88.5 KPLU on Sunday, April 8 at 1 PM PDT.  The concert features music by jazz great Benny Carter and the centerpiece is “The Peaceful Warrior Suite” – a Tribute to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King.  

The live recording of the SRJO performance of this five-movement suite includes excerpts from Rev. King’s speeches, and features bass-baritone Everett Greene and a small string section accompanying the band, co-directed by Clarence Acox and Michael Brockman.

JIm Wilke - Jazz NorthwestJazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU and streamed at kplu.org.  A podcast is available on the KPLU jukebox after the air date.

For more information visit the SRJO website or Jazz NW.

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SRJO Sinatra Concert on KPLU


For many, the golden age of popular song in America was in the middle of the last century when those songs were sung by Frank Sinatra.  This week Jim Wilke’s Jazz Northwest will revisit those songs on An Evening with Ol’ Blue Eyes – a concert by the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra with singers Danny Quintero and James Caddell.

Highlights from the concert will air Sunday, December 4 at 1 PM Pacific on Jazz Northwest on 88.5 KPLU, or online at KPLU.org.

The songs include Come Fly with Me, The Second Time Around, The Song Is You, I Won’t Dance, I’ve Got You Under My Skin and many others.  Most of the arrangements come from two albums Frank Sinatra recorded with the Count Basie Orchestra in the mid 1960s.

Jim Wilke KPLUThis concert was recorded by Jim Wilke, November 6 at the Kirkland Performance Center as part of the 17th season of the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, co-directed by Clarence Acox and Michael Brockman.

Jazz Northwest is produced exclusively for 88.5 KPLU by Jim Wilke. It is also available as a series of podcasts.

Jazz Northwest to feature “Jazz of the Harlem Renaissance”

Tune in to Jim Wilke’s “Jazz Northwest” show on Sunday, July 2 at 1 PM on KPLU FM 88.5, or on the web at kplu.org  to hear highlights from the SRJO’s two recent sold out concerts, “Jazz of the Harlem Renaissance.”

Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra SRJO LiveHarlem in the Twenties and Thirties was bursting with creativity, exemplified by the jazz of the period: Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Jimmy Lunceford and others.

Hear examples of this great music played live by SRJO, with trumpeters Jay Thomas and Tom Marriott; saxophonists Bill RamsayMark Taylor, Michael Brockman and Travis Ranney; drummer Clarence Acox, clarinetist Dan Wickham, trombonists David MarriottScott Brown, David Bentley and Bill Anthony, pianist Randy Halberstadt, and bassist Phil Sparks.

Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for KPLU and kplu.org. The program is also available as a podcast on Monday following the broadcast, along with an archive of past podcasts.

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An audience favorite from the “Jazz of the Harlem Renaissance” show.

From SRJO’s latest release “The Endless Search”, this haunting tune first recorded by Duke Ellington in 1927 was an audience favorite at last night’s performance in the Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall. We’re looking forward to a reprise this afternoon at the Kirkland Performance Center.

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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 KPLU.org

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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Mingus & Monk concert highlights to air April 11

Highlights from the recent Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra concert of big band arrangements of music by two jazz icons, Thelonious Monk and Charles Mingus will air on Jim Wilke’s Jazz Northwest on KPLU 88.5 FM on Sunday, April 11 at 1 PM  PDT.

Bob Hammer with Michael Brockman

Mike Brockman & Bob Hammer | photo by Robert Wade

Among the classic compositions are Fables of Faubus, Haitian Fight Song, Misterioso and Boogie Stop Shuffle, featuring arrangements by Sy Johnson, Bob Hammer, Chuck Israels, Scott Mcpherson and SRJO co-director Michael Brockman.

The concert was recorded during a sold out performance at the Kirkland Performance Center on March 7, 2010.  Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for KPLU 88.5 and kplu.org. The program is also available as a podcast from kplu.org following the airdate.

Revisit Soundcheck Moments… scenes from before the Mingus & Monk shows.

Tune in and Pledge: Jazz Northwest Spring Fund Drive Edition airs March 28, 2010

Jim Wilke - Jazz NW on KPLU

This is your opportunity to support the program which delivers the best of Pacific Northwest jazz to the airwaves, and Internet, Jim Wilke’s Jazz NW on KPLU 88.5 FM. Whether you want historical perspective, comprehensive coverage of current releases by the area’s best players, or exclusive live recordings captured by Jim at a variety of venues, Jazz NW broadcasts playlists which define our region for jazz fans worldwide, every Sunday afternoon.

Hadley Caliman with SRJO

This special edition of Jazz Northwest features highlights from the past six months of programs, and some concert recordings not previously aired. Included are excerpts from two concerts celebrating Seattle jazz legends Ernestine Anderson and Hadley Caliman, The Susan Pascal Quartet’s salute to the Modern Jazz Quartet, The Jim Knapp Orchestra in a festival performance and a preview of next week’s broadcast of the music of Monk and Mingus by the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra.

This program is part of the Spring Fund Drive at KPLU. Please support the only radio program devoted exclusively to regional jazz performers and presenters. Pledges may be made by calling 1 (800) 677-5758, or online at kplu.org . Tell them Jim sent you.

Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke for 88.5, KPLU and kplu.org. The program is also available as a podcast from kplu.org after the airdate.