In One Ear

Steve Treseler photo by Steve Korn

Racer, Re-Vamped

Approaching their six-year-anniversary, the Racer Sessions are planning to enhance the weekly music series by expanding the opening presentations to include multidisciplinary acts such as dance, poetry, and visual art. There will be a kick-off event on October 4, with events throughout the day that include a Listening Party Brunch in the Ravenna Median, an afternoon Free-Jazz Kickball game, and a multi-curator evening for the Racer Sessions.

The Racer Sessions are also launching an improvisation fundamentals class called Improvisation is for Everyone! and a Masterclass series that will function in collaboration with Cornish College of the Arts.

Steve Treseler Launches New Blog

Saxophonist/composer/educator Steve Treseler is excited to announce the launch of his Creative Music Blog, as a resource for musicians and educators alike. He says he created this blog for two reasons: “To help empower musicians to be independent and creative artists [and] to explode the status quo of ‘theory-first’ jazz education.” Read Treseler’s online musings at stevetres.com/blog.

Jazz Radio

88.5 KPLU, kplu.org, 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, kexp.org, 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, now into its 20th year on air. Full schedule information is available at kexp.org and jackstraw.org.

Sonarchy’s October schedule: October 4, Seattle Phonographers Union, Mark Cooper, Pete Comley, Steve Barsotti, Suzie Kozawa, and Steve Peters create new sonic worlds with field recordings; October 11, Spontaneous Music Collective, new music from Kenny Mandell (woodwinds, percussion), Tim Volpicella (electric guitar), and Curtis Dahl (piano and keys); October 18, Analog Honking Device, Cynthia Mullis (tenor sax) leads this bass-heavy band with Chris Symer (upright bass), Steve Kim (electric bass), Chris Icasiano (drums), and Chad McCullough (trumpet); October 25, Marcus Price/Dustin Williams, an electric night out with Price on electronics and processing and Williams on guitar and processing.

91.3 KBCS, kbcs.fm, 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.

91.7 KSVR, ksvr.org, Skagit Valley Community Radio, broadcast from the Skagit Valley College Campus, features jazz host Dr. D, Mondays, 10pm-midnight.

94.9 KUOW, kuow.org, 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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