In One Ear

Protestors hold a demonstration at Pacific Lutheran University on December 3.
Photo by Dave Ellgen.

Save KPLU Campaign Launches

A fundraising campaign, led by KPLU itself, has launched, after Pacific Lutheran University announced it was selling the radio station to KUOW back in November. In order to “Save KPLU,” the community needs to raise $7 million by June 30, 2016. To date, the campaign has raised over $770,000. Visit kplu.org/save-kplu to learn more information or to make your pledge today.

Harold Wayne Thompson: 1936-2016

Harold Wayne Thompson, the celebrated writer and 2015 Portland Jazz Master, passed away January 10, 2016, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland, Oregon, at the age of 79. Thompson, an indefatigable jazz warrior and lifelong jazz advocate, was an original member of the Jazz Journalist Association, and honored by his esteemed colleagues as their 2014 Jazz Hero. He was a freelance jazz writer who wrote album notes for several major record labels; an editor/publisher for Jazz Society of Oregon’s Jazzscene Magazine from 1987-2006; and TIME Magazine correspondent for Oregon from 1973-1981. A Portland Trail Blazers enthusiast, Thompson served as beat writer for The Oregonian, and authored the book BlazerMania: This Is Our Story. “Wayne was such a professional, intelligent, and passionate guy filled with kindness,” says PDX Jazz President Joe Maita. “Portland was so lucky to experience his presence, and we were very fortunate to have his counsel.”

Jazz Radio

88.5 KPLU hosts Saturday Jazz Matinee, Jazz Sunday Side Up, Ken Wiley’s the Art of Jazz, and Jazz Northwest, in addition to its weekday NPR and late-night and prime-time jazz programs. For KPLU’s full jazz schedule, see kplu.org/schedule.

Jim Wilke’s Jazz Northwest, Sundays, 2pm, features the artists and events of the regional jazz scene. For JazzNW podcasts of archived programs, see jazznw.org.

90.3 KEXP, late-night Sundays, features Jazz Theater with John Gilbreath, 1am, and Sonarchy, midnight, a live-performance broadcast from the Jack Straw Productions studio, produced by Doug Haire. Full schedule information is available at kexp.org and jackstraw.org.

Sonarchy’s Februray schedule: February 7, The Daphnes, new chamber-pop compositions featuring Monica Schley (harp, vocals), Julie Baldridge (violin), and Nate Omdal (bass); February 14, Focus on Sanity, Ornette Coleman tribute band with Don Berman and Steve Cavit (drums), Ken Masters and Dennis Rea (guitar), John Seman and Ryan Berg (bass), Matt McCluskey (keys), James DeJoie (sax) and Jim Knodle (trumpet); February 21, Carl Lierman explores textures, tones, and mass with analog electronics (modular synthesizer) and heavily layered and processed recordings and digital sound sources; February 28, Istvan & Farko, a unique flamenco sound influenced by world, funk, and jazz, with Istvan Rez (nylon-string guitar), Farko Dosumov (electric bass), and Anil Prasad (tabla).

91.3 KBCS, late Sundays and prime-time Mondays, features Floatation Device with John Seman and Jonathan Lawson; Straight, No Chaser with David Utevsky; Giant Steps with John Pai. A rotation of programmers Gordon Todd, John Midgley, and Megan Sullivan host “The Sound of Modern Jazz,” Mondays at 7pm. More about jazz on KBCS at kbcs.fm.

94.9 KUOW, Saturdays, 7pm, features Amanda Wilde’s the Swing Years and Beyond, popular music from the 1920s to the 1950s. More at kuow.org/swing_years.php.

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