Nelda Swiggett photo courtesy of artist

SWOJO Announces Composition Contest Winner

Jazz pianist Nelda Swiggett, a Seattle native and UW graduate, won the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra third annual composition contest with her piece, “Cat Dreams.” SWOJO will perform the winning composition with guitarist Mimi Fox as part of the 2015 Earshot Jazz Festival. Migiwa Miyajima’s “Follow the Yellow Fish” and Gizem Gokoglu’s “Inhale” each received Honorable Mentions. The Jazz Composition Contest for Women Composers was created to encourage the composition and performance of the highest possible quality jazz ensemble literature playable by high school, college, and professional bands alike. More information at swojo.org.

The Royal Room Presents New Weekly Lounge Residencies

The Royal Room is presenting three new weekly residencies. Following mainstage performances, patrons can enjoy music from the bar for new weekly late-night hangs beginning at 10pm, including a jazz jam session, funky organ trio classics, and early jazz and rock n’ roll hits. On Mondays, new jazz jam The Salute Sessions will have a special focus on a specific jazz legend for a period of several weeks, beginning with Thelonious Monk. Tuesdays, beginning September 15, the Delvon Lamarr Trio (Delvon Lamarr – Hammond B3, Colin Higgins – guitar, David McGraw – drums) performs soul jazz from the late ‘60s. And on Wednesdays starting September 16, Birch Pereira & The Gin Joints draw from the repertoire of Hoagy Carmichael, Bing Crosby, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, and more.

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.

Jazz Northwest’s September schedule: Sept. 13, Regina Carter with Benny Green, John Clayton, and Alvester Garnett, and Sept. 27, Trio Da Paz (Romero Lubambo, Nilson Matta, & Daduka da Fonseca).

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 September schedule: Sept. 6, Burning Man 2007, an ambient soundtrack of night on the playa; Sept. 13, The Pornadoes, drawing from The Ventures, Country and Western and jazz influences, Jason Goessl (guitar), Ethan Sobotta (bass), Tom Zgonc (drums), and Robb Davidson (space processing) create cinematic music; Sept. 20, Josuha Medina/Paurl Walsh, noise power ambience for guitar, electronics, and field recordings; Sept. 27, Jeff Johnson Trio, a unique setting with Johnson (electric bass), Ivan Arteaga (sax), and Chris Icasiano (drums).

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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August 26, 2015

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