JazzClubsNW
Supporting Live Jazz Performance & Education

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    March 10, 2016

Contact: Gregory Malcolm

gregory.malcolm@jazzclubsnw.org

(425) 223-0035 

JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA SAXOPHONIST

VISITS PACIFIC NORTHWEST

for JazzClubsNW performances, workshops & KPLU School of Jazz Studio Session

 

(North Bend, WA)  Walter Blanding, a saxophonist with the renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, will perform live on KPLU with local high school jazz students on March 22 at 12:15 p.m. and will be featured in a series of live Jazz performances around the Northwest March 23 - 26.  All of these activities are made possible by JazzClubsNW, a local, independent nonprofit established to support live jazz performance and education in the Pacific Northwest.

 

The live studio session is part of KPLU’s School of Jazz mentoring program.  Blanding will perform with the Future Jazz Head All Stars, a group of jazz students who have grown up playing Jazz at Boxley’s in North Bend Washington, hosted by Abe Beeson.  KPLU’s School of Jazz program, now in its 12th year, supports the next generation of local jazz musicians by providing professional mentors for high school and college jazz groups, culminating in live, on-air performances.  Also, once a month KPLU invites a jazz student to program an hour of their favorite jazz and share it with Abe on Evening Jazz.

 

  Above: Walter Blanding performing with Wynton Marsalis

Blanding will join well-known local jazz musicians including pianist Danny Kolke, bassist Michael Glynn, and drummers Greg Williamson and Julian MacDonough in performances at Boxley’s in North Bend on March 24, Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center (WJMAC) in Bellingham on March 23, and the B Sharp Coffee House in Tacoma on March 26. In addition to the performances, Blanding will be conducting clinics and workshops at many area schools.

 

About Walter Blanding

Walter Blanding was born into a musical family on August 14, 1971 in Cleveland, Ohio. He began playing the saxophone at age six and by age 16, he was performing regularly with his parents at the Village Gate. Blanding attended LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts and continued his studies at the New School for Social Research where he earned a B.F.A. in 2005. His 1991 debut release, Tough Young Tenors, was acclaimed as one of the best jazz albums of the year, and his artistry began to impress listeners and critics alike. He has been a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra since 1998 and has performed, toured and/or recorded with his own groups and with such renowned artists as the Cab Calloway Orchestra, Roy Hargrove, Hilton Ruiz, Count Basie Orchestra, Illinois Jacquet Big Band, Wycliffe Gordon, Marcus Roberts, Wynton Marsalis Quintet, Isaac Hayes, and many others. Blanding lived in Israel for four years and had a major impact on the music scene while touring the country with his own ensemble and with U.S. artists such as Louis Hayes, Eric Reed, Vanessa Rubin, and others invited to perform there. He taught music in several Israeli schools and eventually opened his own private school in Tel Aviv. During this period, Newsweek International called him a “Jazz Ambassador to Israel.”

 

About JazzClubsNW

JazzClubsNW is a membership-based, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting live Jazz performance, venues, arts/cultural festivals, that provides educational opportunities for young musicians to meet and perform with professionals across the Northwest.  Since 2010, JazzClubsNW programming has made a significant impact in the communities with hundreds of members throughout the Pacific Northwest.  They started as the Boxley Music Fund which supported one venue in North Bend.  Students who are actively involved in their mentorship program have also received college scholarships for music from various institutions, including Central Washington University, Berklee College of Music in Boston and New School of Music in New York.

 

About Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

With the mission of educating, curating, archiving, and ceremonially capturing the jazz world, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is comprised of 15 of the finest soloists, ensemble players, and arrangers in jazz music. The Orchestra also established an educational initiatives called the Jazz Academy, a program that aims to advance the appreciation, understanding, and performance of jazz through different education platforms to suit the varied interests and capabilities of children, teens, and adults.


Walter Blanding’s schedule is as follows:

Tuesday 3/22 - Live studio session at KPLU in Seattle, 12:15pm with the Future Jazz Head All Stars (jazz students from Boxley's, North Bend, WA).

Wednesday 3/23 - WJMAC, Bellingham, WA - 7:00pm

with Danny Kolke, Piano with Michael Glynn, Bass and Julian MacDonough, Drums.

Ticket info at WJMAC.org

Thursday 3/24 – Boxley’s, North Bend, WA - 7:30pm

with Danny Kolke, Piano with Michael Glynn, Bass and Greg Williamson, Drums.

Reservations at boxleysplace.com  

Saturday 3/26 - BSharp Cafe, Tacoma, WA - 8:00pm

with Danny Kolke, Piano with Michael Glynn, Bass and Greg Williamson, Drums.

Ticket info at  tacomajazzassociation.org

 

 

 




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JazzClubsNW hires Gregory Malcolm
to lead next phase of maturation, expansion

Responding to increased demand from local communities, new executive director

will professionalize non-profit’s pursuit of “more jazz everywhere”

North Bend, Wash.December 7, 2015—JazzClubsNW, a non-profit organization dedicated to live jazz performance and educational programs in the Pacific Northwest, has hired Gregory Malcolm as its first executive director. The creation of this leadership role marks a pivotal moment for the organization, going from volunteer-run with a focus on the Snoqualmie Valley to a professionally directed network expanding throughout the Pacific Northwest.

“Over the past six years at Boxley’s we’ve developed and refined a member-supported model for bringing jazz students together with pros on the local and national scenes,” says Danny Kolke, who founded the North Bend, Wash.-based club and the Boxley Music Fund that served as the genesis for JazzClubsNW. “Recently we started replicating the model successfully in Tacoma and Bellingham. When I started getting calls from communities as far south as Portland and as far north as Vancouver, B.C., I knew it was time to bring in a professional to run the organization. Gregory wasn’t just on the short list—he was the short list. We’re lucky we got him.”

Malcolm joins JazzClubsNW with more than 17 years of experience in leadership and advancement positions for local and regional non-profit organizations in the Pacific Northwest including the Swedish Medical Center Foundation, Encompass and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.  Malcolm is a long-standing member of the Boxley Music Fund and has provided informal, strategic guidance throughout the formation and expansion of JazzClubsNW.  In his new role, Malcolm will professionalize the organization’s fundraising and oversee the further development of a sustainable, repeatable, and scalable business model.

“I’ve seen Danny’s passion and vision of ‘more jazz everywhere’ take seminal form, and the potential for this model to transform jazz education throughout the region is inspiring,” says Malcolm, “Teaming with Danny, the board of directors and the membership, I am thrilled about this opportunity to lead an organization that will inspire even more scholarship, education and fund development opportunities, and realize that potential.”

Malcolm takes the reins at a moment when the momentum of JazzClubsNW has reached a new high point. Its recent regional expansion has been fueled by support from local communities and the leadership of Pacific Northwest heavyweights including Kareem Kandi, Julian MacDonough, Jay Thomas and Thomas Marriott. In addition, the organization has conceived, developed and delivered programs featuring nationally renowned artists including Louis Hayes, Pete Christlieb, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Joey DeFrancesco, and Marcus Printup of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

"In October, my combo supported Marcus Printup for an in-studio performance at KPLU," says Will Crandell, a senior at Mt. Si High School in Snoqualmie. Crandell has been an active participant in the program at Boxley's since the sixth grade, and is now applying to five conservatories in pursuit of a career in music. "Without this program, Marcus Printup doesn’t come to me. He stays in New York City and mentors those kids instead."

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Malcolm and his wife, Carolyn, have lived in the Snoqualmie Valley since 1994, currently residing in North Bend, and have been very active in the local community. Mrs. Malcolm serves as the public information officer for the Snoqualmie Valley School District. They have two sons, one a sophomore at Mt. Si High School, the other a sophomore at the University of Washington.

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JazzClubsNW is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to supporting live jazz performance and educational programs in local communities across the Pacific Northwest.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

JazzClubsNW

Danny Kolke

jazzclubsnw@gmail.com

425-358-0751

Tacoma Jazz Association

Kareem Kandi

kareemkandi@hotmail.com

253-307-4057

Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center

Julian MacDonough

julianmacdonough@hotmail.com

206-612-5967




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    October 6, 2015

Contact: Brenda Goldstein-Young

Dir. of Community Outreach/Events

(206) 922-1027

bgoldstein@kplu.org

JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA TRUMPETER

VISITS PACIFIC NORTHWEST

KPLU School of Jazz Studio Session, JazzClubsNW performances

 

(Seattle-Tacoma, WA)  Marcus Printup, a trumpeter with the renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, will perform live on KPLU with local high school jazz students on October 15 at 12:15 p.m., and will be featured in a series of live Jazz performances  in the Northwest from October 13-17.  All of these activities are made possible by JazzClubsNW.

 

The live studio session is part of KPLU’s School of Jazz mentoring program.  Printup will perform with the Will Crandell Project, a group of jazz students from three area high schools (Santosh Sharma, tenor sax and Ravi Sharma, guitar--Roosevelt; Luis Ross, bass--Edmonds-Woodway; Will Crandell, drums and Jered Byford, trombone--Mt Si), hosted by Abe Beeson.  KPLU’s School of Jazz program, now in its 12th year, supports the next generation of local jazz musicians by providing professional mentors for high school and college jazz groups, culminating in live, on-air performances.  Also, once a month KPLU invites a jazz student to program an hour of their favorite jazz and share it with Abe onEvening Jazz.

 

Printup will join well-known local jazz musicians including pianist Danny Kolke, bassist Michael Glynn, and drummers Greg Williamson and Julian MacDonough in performances at Boxley’s in North Bend, Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center (WJMAC) in Bellingham, Bellevue College, and at venues in Tacoma and Lynnwood.  He’ll conduct pre-concert clinics and workshops and in-school rehearsals with students.  (See schedule below.)

 

About Marcus Printup

Printup was born and raised in Conyers, Georgia.  He is known as a facilitator for master classes and clinics at middle schools, high schools, and universities across the U.S. When he was a student at the University of North Florida, he won the prestigious International Trumpet Guild Jazz Trumpet Competition. In 1993, his talent in jazz and trumpet brought him an invitation to join the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.  Printup has recorded with Betty Carter, Dianne Reeves, Eric Reed, Madeline Peyroux, Ted Nash, Cyrus Chestnut, Wycliffe Gordon, and Roberts, among others. He has recorded several albums as a leader: Song for the Beautiful Woman, Unveiled, Hub Songs, Nocturnal Traces, The New Boogaloo, Peace in the Abstract, Bird of Paradise, London Lullaby Ballads All Night, and A Time for Love. He made his screen debut in the 1999 movie Playing by Heart and recorded on the film’s soundtrack. August 22 has been declared “Marcus Printup Day” in his hometown of Conyers, Georgia.  

 

About JazzClubsNW

JazzClubsNW is a membership-based, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting live Jazz performance, venues, arts/cultural festivals, that provides educational opportunities for young musicians to meet and perform with professionals across the Northwest.  Since 2010, JazzClubsNW programming has made a significant impact in the communities with hundreds of members throughout the Pacific Northwest.  They started as the Boxley Music Fund that supports one venue in North Bend.  Students who are actively involved in their mentorship program have also received college scholarships for music from varies institutions, including Central Washington University, Berklee College of Music in Boston and New School of Music in New York.

 

About Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

With the mission of educating, curating, archiving, and ceremonially capturing the jazz world, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is comprised of 15 of the finest soloists, ensemble players, and arrangers in jazz music. The Orchestra also established an educational initiatives called the Jazz Academy, a program that aims to advance the appreciation, understanding, and performance of jazz through different education platforms to suit the varied interests and capabilities of children, teens, and adults.

 

Marcus Printup’s schedule is as follows:

Tues 10/13 – Boxley’s, North Bend, WA - 7:30pm *

with Danny Kolke, Piano with Michael Glynn, Bass and Greg Williamson, Drums.

 

Wed 10/14 - WJMAC, Bellingham, WA - 7:30pm **

Danny Kolke, Piano with Michael Glynn, Bass and Julian MacDonough, Drums.

 

Thurs 10/15 - Live studio session at KPLU in Seattle, 12:15pm with the Will Crandell Project (jazz students from Edmonds-Woodway, Roosevelt and Mt. Si high schools).

 

Thurs 10/15 - Bellevue College, Bellevue, WA - 7:30pm*

with the Bellevue College Band under the direction of Jim Sisko

Danny Kolke, Piano with Michael Glynn, Bass and Julian MacDonough, Drums.

 

Fri 10/16 - BSharp Cafe, Tacoma, WA - Concert at 8:00pm

Danny Kolke, Piano with Michael Glynn, Bass and Julian MacDonough, Drums.

 

Sat 10/17 - Roy's Place, Lynnwood, WA - Concert at 7:30pm*

with Danny Kolke, Piano with Michael Glynn, Bass and Greg Williamson, Drums.

 

The clinics are open to the public and targeting students

for JazzClubsNW's combo/mentor program.

 

Clinics:

*Clinic/Master Class pre-concert at 5:30pm

**5pm Clinic/Master Class start time.

 

 

 

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Pacific Public Media broadens the international content of KPLU to include all forms of listener-supported media including KPLU FM's "NPR News and All That Jazz" and its all-jazz webstream, Jazz24.org.  Ranked as one of the most popular public radio stations in the nation, KPLU provides local and National Public Radio news, and jazz and blues on 88.5 in Seattle/Tacoma, 89.3 in Port Angeles/Victoria, 88.9 in Sedro-Woolley and 90.1 in Olympia.  At www.kplu.org, the station provides a live stream of NPR News and All That Jazz, which is also available on HD Radio.  Jazz24 is one of the most listened-to webstreams in the world and is available at www.Jazz24.org and on KPLU's HD2 channel.  Pacific Public Media is a community service of Pacific Lutheran University.




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

08-11-2015

JazzClubsNW to launch
Tacoma Jazz Association under the

leadership of Kareem Kandi

Latest in expanding footprint of community-supported programs

 furthers the goal of “more jazz everywhere”

 

North Bend, Wash.August 11, 2015—JazzClubsNW, a non-profit organization dedicated to live jazz performance and educational programs in the Pacific Northwest, will launch on August 24 the Tacoma Jazz Association, led by Tacoma native Kareem Kandi, a jazz saxophonist, bandleader, composer and educator well known in the Puget Sound music scene. With this launch, Tacoma joins a growing number of Puget Sound communities offering a proven jazz program that is led by professional musicians, and delivered and supported at the local level.

“Bringing this program to my home town is one of the highlights of my career,” said Kandi. “Tacoma has always had a lively jazz scene, and this program creates a super-local center of gravity to bring students and professionals together in a spirit of sharing—with each other and with the community they live in. That immediacy of opportunity is one of the keys to ensuring a vibrant future for this music.”

JazzClubsNW began in North Bend as Boxley Music Fund in 2010, led by pianist and educator Danny Kolke. After five years of perfecting its member-supported formula in the Snoqualmie Valley,the organization changed its name to JazzClubsNW and made plans to expand to other communities in western Washington. In late 2014, JazzClubsNW launched Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center in Bellingham, under the direction of professional drummer and educator Julian MacDonough.

 “Before our program, these kids and their families had to travel some distance for opportunities like this,” said MacDonough. “Satisfying their appetite right here at home has uncovered a surprising amount of demand—enrollment has more than doubled in ten months.”

In addition to live performances hosted by B-Sharp Coffee House and Ted Brown Music, among other local venues, Tacoma Jazz Association will offer jazz instruction through 12-week workshops led by Kandi and other area professionals. Student groups will be formed in September and their 12-week workshops will begin in October. The educational program is available to all high-school students in the Tacoma area. Interested students can apply at http://www.tacomajazzassociation.org. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.

“Those of us who have been lucky enough to play jazz professionally know that it’s a living thing. It has a heartbeat,” said Kolke. “Our program in North Bend has proven that there’s tremendous interest and support to keep that heartbeat going. By bringing students and professionals together in the communities where they live, we’re creating a platform for more jazz everywhere.”

The launch event will be held at the B Sharp Coffee House in Tacoma and will feature live performances by Kandi (with Kolke on piano and MacDonough on drums, along with trumpeter Thomas Marriott and bassist Michael Glynn) as well as student performers from North Bend and Bellingham. The event will begin at 6:30 PM, and is free and open to the public.

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JazzClubsNW is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to supporting live jazz performance and educational programs in local communities across the Pacific Northwest.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Tacoma Jazz Association

Kareem Kandi

kareemkandi@hotmail.com

253-307-4057

JazzClubsNW

Danny Kolke

jazzclubsnw@gmail.com

425-358-0751

Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center

Julian MacDonough

julianmacdonough@hotmail.com

206-612-5967


JazzClubsNW Supporting Live Jazz Performance & Education

JazzClubsNW is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to supporting live Jazz performance and
educational opportunities across the Pacific Northwest and within the communities in which we live.

PO Box 1161 North Bend Washington 98045 USA
jazzclubsnw@gmail.com
(802)266-0690

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