Jazz Pianist Billy Wallace: 1929–2017
Jazz pianist Billy Wallace passed away on December 9, 2017, in Denver, Colorado.
Wallace got his start performing with Buddy Ryland, Max Roach, Clifford Brown, and Charlie Parker, and played as an accompanist for Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae, Anita O’Day, and many others. As for his impact on the Seattle jazz scene, he performed with Floyd Standifer, and recorded Soulful Delight (1994) with Phil Sparks and Clarence Acox.
In his later years, Wallace became a steadfast member of the Denver jazz scene, performing regularly until his passing. He will be missed by many in the music communities of Chicago, Seattle, and Denver.
88.5 KNKX 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. Full schedule and info at knkx.org.
Abe Beeson hosts The New Cool, Saturdays, 3pm, featuring 21st century jazz inspired and informed by the sounds of today, hip-hop, funk, electronic & punk rock, followed by Robin Lloyd’s Jazz Caliente, 5pm, where jazz meets Latin rhythms.
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 January schedule: January 7, William Monteleone & Stephen Fandrich, stellar improvisation between saxophones and piano; January 14, Devil’s Club, live patched modular synthesizer and cut-up samples flying above the wreck on the highway; January 21, Kevin Nortness Trio, new jazz music from Nortness (tenor sax), Troy Schiefelbein (bass), and Mike Gebhart (drums); January 28, Lori Goldston & Judith Hamann, deep listening exploration of the big world of cello.
91.3 KBCS, features creative and improvised music on Flotation Device with John Seman and Jonathan Lawson, Sundays at 10pm. The Monday night lineup includes The Caravan with John Gilbreath at 7pm, Straight No Chaser with David Utevsky at 9pm, Giant Steps with John Pai at 11pm, and The Shape of Modern Jazz with Gordon Todd at 1am Tuesdays. Shows can be streamed anytime at kbcs.fm.
91.7 KSVR Mount Vernon, Doctor Dee hosts two nights of jazz, Fourth Corner Jazz, featuring recordings of live performance in Northwest Washington, Sundays, 6-7pm, and The Doctor’s Den, Mondays, 8-10pm.
102.9 KLOI-LP Lopez Island, Mondays & Fridays, 3pm, Joy Spring with Gary Alexander, classic jazz and the Great American Songbook.
Hollow Earth Radio, hollowearthradio.org, Fridays at 6pm, biweekly, Black Roots Radio, hosted by Jordan Leonard, promotes jazz as a dynamic genre rooted in the Black American experience.
Hollow Earth Radio is Seattle’s freeform online radio station that supports the local music communities in the greater Pacific Northwest and tries to create an open, encouraging stage for underrepresented voices. More at facebook.com/blackrootsradiojl and hollowearthradio.org.
2017 Golden Ear Award Nominations Wanted
The Golden Ear Awards recognize and celebrate the outstanding achievements of the previous year in Seattle jazz. Nominations for the 2017 awards are currently being accepted. Please e-mail nominations to [email protected] by January 15.
The official voting ballots for the 2017 awards will be printed in the February issue of this publication and available online at earshot.org.
Send us your suggestions for: NW Recording of the Year; NW Acoustic Jazz Ensemble of the Year; Alternative Jazz Group of the Year; NW Concert of the Year; NW Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year; Emerging Artist of the Year; NW Vocalist of the Year; and Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame.
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