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Steve Griggs Ensemble Awarded CMA/ASCAP

Steve Griggs Ensemble was recently selected to receive a 2016 CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. The ensemble includes saxophonist Griggs, trumpeter Jay Thomas, vibraphonist Susan Pascal, guitarist Milo Petersen, and bassist Phil Sparks. The awards will be presented at the Chamber Music America National Conference in New York City on January 10.

Established jointly by CMA and ASCAP, the annual awards recognize U.S.-based professional ensembles and presenters for distinctive programming of music composed within the past 25 years. The recipients, chosen by an independent panel of classical and jazz chamber music professionals, were evaluated on the basis of their programming and innovations in attracting audiences to performances of new music.

Wayne Horvitz Featured on Jazz Night in America

Seattle composer/keyboardist Wayne Horvitz was recently featured on NPR. Christian McBride’s Jazz Night In America produced a documentary and radio show on Horvitz’s latest project, the Richard Hugo-inspired Some Places Are Forever Afternoon. Both versions include live recordings from the Earshot Jazz Festival performance in October. Watch and listen at npr.org/event/music/458327063/wayne-horvitz-the-pianist-and-the-poet.

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 January schedule: January 3, Subduction Zone, acoustic-electric power trio of Dennis Rea (guitar), Wally Shoup (alto sax), and Tom Zgonc (drums); January 10, Craig Flory (tenor sax), Hans Teuber (alto sax, clarinet, flute), Matt Weiner (bass), Jose Martinez (drums), jazz compositions for an acoustic ensemble; January 17, Tea with Mr. Patton, Michele Khazak and Beth Fleenor master the new art of conversation with vocals and electronics; January 24, Eric Verlinde/Steve Kindler, freely improvised music from two masters of their instruments; January 31, Popstronauts, massive sound pressure in the exploration on new terrain, with Clifford Kimbrel-Dunn (flute, piccolo, sax, custom supercollider driven electronics) and Dio Jean-Baptiste (drums).

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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