The award-winning broadcaster Jim Wilke is presenting two groups on his Jazz Northwest program Sunday afternoon. He recorded them at last summer’s Centrum Port Townsend Jazz Festival on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. Here is Jim’s illustrated description of the proceedings.
Highlights from concerts by The Jeff Hamilton Trio with organist Akiko Tsuruga and guitarist Graham Dechter, and the grand finale with an all star septet including Terell Stafford, Sean Jones, Grace Kelly, Wycliffe Gordon, Taylor Eigsti, John Clayton and Matt Wilson will be the final offerings from last July’s Jazz Port Townsend. The music includes blues, standards and bop played by a cross-section of the best players at the Festival who also serve as faculty for the weeklong Jazz Workshop that precedes it.
The concerts were recorded for Jazz Northwest in McCurdy Pavilion at Fort Worden, part of a 30 year tradition of broadcasts from the Festival. Jazz Northwest airs every Sunday at 2 PM PDT on 88.5 KNKX and on the web at knkx.org. The program is recorded and produced by host Jim Wilke exclusively for KNKX-FM. Following the broadcast, programs are archived and may be streamed at jazznw.org
If you’re not familiar with Akiki Tsuraga at the organ, here’s your chance, a video of her with Lou Donaldson’s quartet. This performance may make you eager to hear her on Sunday with Jeff Hamilton on Wilke’s show.
Have a good weekend.