The Jim Knapp Orchestra CD Release

Jim Knapp CD cover art for the album It's not business, It's Personal

Album Cover art by John Bishop, Origin Records.

Sunday, December 19, 7:30pm
In-person & Livestream
Town Hall Seattle, Forum
1119 8th Avenue

Jim Knapp, the legendary Seattle educator, composer, and band leader’s latest CD, It’s Not Business, It’s Personal, was released on Seattle’s Origin Records label. 

On Sunday, December 19, The Jim Knapp Orchestra, under the direction of Jay Thomas, will perform an evening concert comprised of music from the new CD. The long-standing Jim Knapp Orchestra (JKO) includes many of Seattle’s top jazz artists, and has remained active even through Knapp’s declining health.

Knapp has been referred to as “Seattle’s Gil Evans,” because of his distinctive large-ensemble compositions and arrangements. As the founding member of the Jazz Department at Cornish College of the Arts and a visible pillar of the Seattle jazz scene, Knapp has inspired thousands of other artists over his 50+-year career.

Appearing in the JKO reed section will be Mark Taylor, Pete Gallio, Steve Tressler, and Jim DeJoie; the brass section features Brad Allison, Michael Van Bebber, Jay Thomas, Jeff Hay, Nathan Vetter, and Greg Campbell; and rounding out the rhythm section are John Hansen, Phil Sparks, and Xavier Lecouturier. Join us in celebrating the music of this incredible artist and his many contributions to this vibrant art form. Tickets on sale now at earshot.org.


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December 2, 2021