Photo of Ham Carson.
Hamilton Carson: 1930-2016
Hamilton “Ham” Carson, a major figure on Seattle’s trad jazz scene, passed away on January 14.
Known for joyous interpretations of swing, hot jazz, and blues, the celebrated swing clarinetist led a weekly gig at the New Orleans Creole Restaurant in Pioneer Square for 25 years. Before that, he was a frontman for the Great Excelsior Jazz Band. A memorial service date has yet to be announced.
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. “Save KPLU” aims to raise $7 million by June 30, 2016. To date, the campaign has raised over $1.3 million. Visit kplu.org/save-kplu to make your pledge today.
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 March schedule: March 6, Lowmen Markos, an orchestral post-rock soundtrack for hot weather and the desert magic hour; March 13, Brad Linde and Patrick Booth, new music for soprano sax; March 20, Benoit Pioulard, beatific ambient explorations for guitar and voice; March 27, Big Baron archive show from 2003 with Byron Vannoy (drums), Delvon Lamarr (keys), Adam Arcano (guitar), and Tige Decoster (bass).
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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