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KNKX presents its first-ever virtual Holiday Jam concert, hosted by Abe Beeson. For the health and safety of all event participants, this year’s Holiday Jam will be completely pre-recorded, but you’ll still be able to connect with other KNKX listeners and the KNKX team through a live video and comment stream!
This annual program of yuletide cheer showcases some of the Northwest’s top professional jazz musicians and jazz students. Things kick off with three videos featuring the acclaimed Roosevelt High School Jazz band under the direction of Scott Brown performing selections from Duke Ellington’s “Nutcracker Suite.” (The students were recorded playing in their own spaces and through the magic of technology, you’ll see the entire band on screen performing together.) Our featured musical guest is pianist and vocalist Darrius Willrich, in a solo performance of timeless holiday favorites made famous by Nat King Cole. Abe talks with Darrius before his set gets underway.
The KNKX Holiday Jam will be rebroadcast on 88.5 KNKX and knkx.org on Christmas Eve at 7 p.m. PT and on Christmas Day at 2 p.m. PT. Your support helps make KNKX’s virtual events possible. Thank you!
Led by Scott Brown and Dr. Jean-Marie Kent, Roosevelt Jazz is part of the dynamic performing arts department at Roosevelt High School in Seattle, Washington. The program consists of four instrumental big bands and one vocal jazz group, all supported by the Roosevelt Jazz Booster Club. The Roosevelt Jazz Band has consistently been a finalist in the prestigious Essentially Ellington High School Competition and Festival presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center, and most recently, won first place in the 2019 under the direction of Scott Brown. Roosevelt Jazz has participated in the KNKX School of Jazz program since its inception in 2005.
Darrius Willrich is a singer, songwriter, pianist, and educator from Seattle, WA. He is a Cornish College of the Arts graduate with a degree in jazz piano. He is on faculty at Seattle Central College, North Seattle Continuing Education, Seattle JazzED, Off The Wall Music and Seattle Drum School (Lake City) as a piano and vocal instructor. He is the creator of the Critical Sun Recordings and Critical Sun Publishing. Darrius is currently the keyboard player for Digable Planets. He is a featured vocalist on Wiz Khalifa’s “Rolling Papers 2” and produced South African rapper Nasty C’s song Overpriced Steak along with Jake One and Sam Wish. “Easy To Forget” is his latest single (2020).
Presented by KNKX.