Jim Wilke’s Jazz Northwest promises a potpourri of music so interesting that wherever you’re planning to spend the weekend, you might want to have along a radio, cell phone, iPad or other listening device. Mr. Wilke’s announcement serves as a reminder that Seattle has a busy jazz scene.
The broadcast will include organist Barney McClure with the Central Washington University Big Band, a prize winning composition by David Friesen, an original song by Ana Velinova who will be at the Seattle Art Museum next Thursday, and a new CD by Choroloco, a Brazilian band from Seattle. Jazz Northwest airs at 2 p.m. PDT on KPLU-FM, 88.5, and streams on the web at kplu.org.
After this weekend’s many flavors of jazz at the Ballard Jazz Festival, next week promises even more, including the Juno Award winning group Maqueque, led by the Canadian soprano saxophonist and flutist Jane Bunnett fronting a sextet with five young Cuban women. (Maqueque means “spirit of a young girl”) They’re on a West Coast tour next week, including Jazz Alley in Seattle on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Here are Bunnett and Maqueque last summer at the Toronto Botanical Garden.
Jane Bunnett, soprano saxophone; Yissy Garcia, drums; Daymé Arocena, voice; Magdelys Savigne, percussion; Danaé Olano, piano; Yusa, bass; and Celia Jiménez, bass. They also play “Tormenta” on their 2014 self-titled album.