KPLU’s weekly Jazz Northwest program, hosted by Jim Wilke, will air a special broadcast from Centrum’s Jazz Port Townsend 2011, on 88.5 FM at 1 PM (PDT) Sunday, August 14. The broadcast includes the Saturday afternoon performance of the Jazz Port Townsend Faculty All-Star Big Band with NEA Jazz Master Paquito D’Rivera, featuring the music of his fellow Jazz Master Bill Holman.
Festival Artistic Director John Clayton leads the band in a showcase of Holman's work, including the world premiere of his, “Northwest Passages,” featuring the talents of clarinet soloist Paquito D’Rivera. Clayton also premieres a newly commissioned work of his own entitled, “Joe Wheeler,” named for Centrum Founding Director Joseph F. Wheeler, who passed away in 2009. The program was recorded at McCurdy Pavilion, and is one of a series of eight programs which will air on Jazz Northwest in coming weeks.
Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU, and features one-of-a-kind recordings available nowhere else. Jim Wilke is a professional recording engineer, writer, and radio host whose programs include "Jazz After Hours" on Public Radio International, heard nationwide since 1984.
The program airs Sunday at 1 PM (PDT), and streams worldwide at www.kplu.org. It’s also available as a podcast following the broadcast date. Jazz Northwest previously broadcast a recording of the “7-Piece Septet” performance from Saturday night at Jazz Port Townsend, featuring Paquito D’Rivera, Matt Wilson, Terell Stafford, Bruce Forman, Christoph Luty, and Benny Green, which is available HERE.
(pictured: Paquito D'Rivera and Bruce Forman on Saturday at Jazz Port Townsend 2011 - photo by Kay Harper)