Michael White photo by Mirza Todorovich, courtesy of Leisei Chen
RIP Michael White: 1933-2016
Michael White was a consummate artist, an absolute individualist, and a very kind soul. While he lived here in Seattle as a faculty member at Cornish College, he served as an important mentor and guiding light, both as an educator and performing artist. We were fortunate to work with Michael as part of the Living Spirit Band – with Hadley Caliman, Rickey Kelley, Phil Sparks, and Larry Jones – that served as the house band for Earshot’s weekly series at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley for six years in the 1990s.
Carmen Rothwell Featured in Paste Magazine
Bassist Carmen Rothwell, a University of Washington grad and Seattle native, who recently moved to New York City, was featured in Paste Magazine last month as one of “10 Women Instrumentalists Who Redefine Jazz.” Joining the ranks of Lil Hardin Armstrong, Alice Coltrane, Mary Lou Williams, and others, Rothwell was highlighted for her “compositional and improvisation work [that] pushes the envelope, especially focusing on timbral improvisation, extended techniques, and other unorthodox, undiscovered ways of looking at sound and the acoustic bass.” Read the full article at pastemagazine.com.
Jazz Night School Moves to New Facility
Jazz Night School is moving into a new facility in January at 5415 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle. The new space will have five rehearsal rooms, one large enough for big bands to rehearse and small ensembles to hold performances. Jazz Night School is currently conducting a capital campaign to raise $250,000 to cover building costs at the new location.
Founded in 2009, Jazz Night School is a non-profit offering jazz instruction for all ages, skill levels, and means. Learn more about Jazz Night School, sign up for classes, or make a contribution, at jazznightschool.org.
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.
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.
Jazz NW January schedule: January 1, Year In Review, some of the best CDs from the Northwest; January 8, Nancy King & Steve Christofferson in a home concert; January 15, preview of the PDX Jazz Festival (Feb. 16-26); January 22, LineUp! with Dawn Clement & Mark Taylor from the Art of Jazz at SAM; January 29, TBA.
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 1, The Last Dog House New Year’s Sing-a-Long, Seattle history from 1994: packed house, stiff drink, and Dik Dickerson at the organ; January 8, Burn List, two generations of new musicmakers – Cuong Vu (trumpet), Greg Sinibaldi (tenor sax), Aaron Otheim (keyboard), and Chris Icasiano (drums) – bring innovation and deep listening to this project; January 15, Library Science, electro post-dub psychedelic disco slo-dance music; January 22, Mik Quantius Occasion, a brilliant hour of free improvisation, with Mik Quantius (vocals, keys), Lori Goldston (cello), Greg Campbell (percussion), Susie Kozawa (vocals, objects), Mike Gamble (guitar), and Simon Lott (percussion, electronics); January 29, The Lunar Ensemble, bebop with a contrapuntal infusion, with Jake Svendsen (piano, arrangements & compositions), Steve Treseler (saxes), Eric Vanderbilt-Matthews (saxes), Adrian Noteboom (tenor sax), Nate Parker (bass), and Remy Morrit (drums).
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.
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.
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.