45th Street Brass perform their song PBMJ at John’s Alley in Moscow. KJEM also had the opportunity to interview band leader Peter Daniel before the performance. You can find that interview by clicking on the JEM set tab or scrolling down the news feed on the main page.
KJEM’S Operation and Production Manager Kevin Vallene sits down and chats with Peter Daniel, bandleader of the Seattle based 45th Street Brass ahead of their performance at John’s Alley in Moscow, ID.
KJEM’s Assistant Operations and Production Manager Andrew Swanson sits down and chats with Michael League of Snarky Puppy before their performance at the Roseland Theater in Portland.
KJEM’S Operation and Production Manager Kevin Vallene sits down and chats with Magda Giannikou of Banda Magda at the Roseland Theater before their performance.
KJEM’s Program Manager Preston Snyder recently performed at Rico’s Pub in Pullman with his group Room Temperature.
Comin’ Home Baby (Ben Tucker):
Cool Blues (Charlie Parker):
Bourbon plays an average of over 100 shows per year throughout the world, mainly the US and Europe and he will be performing at the Dahmen Barn this June. His most recent music contains a mix of folk, western, jazz and blues. Bourbon has played on stage alongside musicians who have been a part of Miles Davis’ group as well as Van Morrison’s group. More information can be found at the link provided below.
The WSU School of Music is hosting a Jazz Concert at Kimbrough Concert Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.
Tamir is a renowned pianist who is a faculty member of UCLA and will be performing with the WSU Jazz Band in a free and public concert. Since 2000, Tamir has done tours with the Jeff Hamilton Trio and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. You can find more information at the WSU School Of Music website.
Photo Credit: The University of Idaho Photo Services
The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival is held at the University of Idaho and is a festival inviting student musicians and school jazz bands from around the Pacific Northwest to compete for awards, participate in workshops and clinics put on by professional jazz musicians and experience concerts featuring famous musicians and bands. Started in 1967, this year marked the 50th anniversary of the festival. The University of Idaho made a promotional video commemorating the 50th anniversary:
The Saturday night concert started with the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival Big Band, loud and proud, led by Vern Sielert. Featuring a variety of guests, including Jason Marsalis on Vibraphone, Claudio Roditi on trumpet, and Julia Keefe singing, the band played a variety of songs including a song called 50 and Counting written by Vern and closed with a loud and proud arrangement of Lionel Hampton’s Flying Home featuring Jason Marsalis, in the style of Hampton, and a dancing trumpet section.
The set then transitioned to the best student soloists from the day and each group played their best songs from their set. Then they all came together for a final group performance and one lucky soloist, Max Zhang from Semiahmoo Secondary School in Surrey, British Columbia, was named Outstanding Instrumental Soloist for bass and received a University of Idaho scholarship from Avista Utilities.
After a brief intermission, the stage was reset and, in an outfit far more colorful than the other two performances before her, Esperanza Spaulding took to the stage, had a casual conversation with the audience as she tuned her bass, and then began to play and sing. She was joined by Justin Tyson on drums and Matthew Stevens on guitar. She played a variety of different styles and genres from an Argentinian standard to a mash-up of Humpty Dumpty by Chick Corea and All The Kings Horses by Aretha Franklin because “Those songs just sound like they should go together.” Then Justin left the stage leaving Esperanza and Matthew to play a slow, free version of Have I Stayed Too Long At The Fair. Justin came back and the trio played a loud and engaging Endangered Species. Finally, after asking for some participation, Esperanza Spaulding led a rousing finale of Nina Simone’s Forbidden Fruit. The trio took their bows, the lights came up and as the they walked backstage that was the conclusion of the 50th Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.
For more information about The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and The University of Idaho visit: