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UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 17, 2019, 9:32 p.m.

Review: Diana Krall at the FICA is an all-around showcase of talent and skill

Canadian jazz singer-songwriter and pianist Diana Krall – dressed in black boots, black pants and a rock-star black leather jacket with noise-making accoutrements – strolled onstage Monday night at 7:40 …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 17, 2019, 8:11 a.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: With soldiers back from World War I, city experiences shortage of housing – and jazz musicians

Spokane was experiencing an upsurge in demand for professional musicians, especially those who could play jazz.


Jazz concert by Frankie and Tom Magnuson to benefit Buddhist Institute

Jazz musicians and London regulars Frankie and Tom Magnuson are back in Spokane, and the son-and-father music duo are performing Sunday at the Benefit Gala for Peace & Friendship in …


St. Mark’s Lutheran Church to host all that jazz in Fat Tuesday Mass

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church on Spokane’s South Hill is celebrating Fat Tuesday with a jazz Mass featuring local musicians and the congregation’s 45-voice choir.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 13, 2018, 10:05 p.m.

Nancy Wilson, Grammy winning jazz singer, dies at 81

Nancy Wilson, the Grammy-winning “song stylist” and torch singer whose polished pop-jazz vocals made her a platinum artist and top concert performer, has died.


Caleb Tipton, grandson of the late jazz singer Billy Tipton, suffered sudden, violent end to a complicated life

Like the dozens of snapshots hanging from a large picture frame on their dining room wall, Roberta and Eric “Sven” Svenonius can see memories of their son Caleb Tipton wherever …


Then and Now: The Harlem Club

Ernest James “Jim” Brown, born around 1891 in Tennessee, arrived in Spokane in the mid-1920s as the chauffeur for H.D. Lee, the businessman responsible for Lee overalls. By the early …


Competition is back at University of Idaho’s Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival

After 11 years, the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival at the University of Idaho is officially competitive again. And some local schools are already reaping the rewards.


Newsmakers: South African judge denies appeal for harsher Pistorius sentence

A South African judge dismissed an appeal by prosecutors for a harsher sentence against


Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival artistic director says he’s out of that job

The artistic director of the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival at the University of Idaho says he is out of that job.


President Obama to host International Jazz Day concert at White House

International Jazz Day, one of the world’s biggest celebrations of jazz, is coming to the White House.


Jazz trombonist Ryan Keberle brings his band for homecoming show

Ryan Keberle has been on tour before. He’s toured as a member of the jazz big band the Maria Schneider Orchestra. He’s toured as a backing musician for indie pop …


Jazz trombonist Ryan Keberle brings his band for homecoming show

Ryan Keberle has been on tour before. He’s toured as a member of the jazz big band the Maria Schneider Orchestra. He’s toured as a backing musician for indie pop …


Ryan’s song

When David Bowie, rock music’s original and most enduring chameleon, records a jazz song, the world notices. It’s not like he hasn’t gone there before. In 1984, he recorded the …


Doug Clark: Mead’s jazz choir sings its way to the top

With the annual March Madness phenomenon barely upon us, one Spokane team has already made it into the elite eight. Not that Mead High School’s jazz choir has anything to …


Doug Clark: Taking in Billy Tipton’s legacy, 25 years later

It all began 25 years ago with a tip from Spokane County Coroner Graham McConnell. “Clark,” he told me, “you’re not going to believe this, but …”


With 80 acts, New Orleans Jazz Fest hopes for another splash

NEW ORLEANS – As this year’s New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival’s detailed lineup was released Tuesday, a month before the gates open, organizers said they are energized and expecting …


Mead High students jazzed by Grammy winner’s visit

In the past three years, the University of Idaho’s Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival has engaged in more outreach to regional schools. Last week it was the Mead High School jazz …


Manager: Jazz composer, pianist Dave Brubeck dies

HARTFORD, Conn. — Jazz composer and pianist Dave Brubeck, whose pioneering style in pieces such as “Take Five” caught listeners’ ears with exotic, challenging rhythms, has died. He was 91.


Jazz pianist’s Montana memories to be heard in local shows

George Winston spent his first 12 years in Eastern Montana. There was no TV, one radio station. “The seasons were the entertainment,” he said. “In fall, the color of the …


‘World’s Best Cajun band’ to play benefit for Spokane Public Radio

With two Grammy Awards and nearly a dozen nominations to its name, it’s no secret the BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet is one of the world’s greatest Cajun bands. With its …


Spotlight: Bing will host accordion-fest

Spokane this fall will play host to a prestigious accordion competition. Really.


Clayton-Hamilton brings the big sounds

Their sound is boisterous, their rhythm infectious. If you think big band music has gone the way of pin curls and shoulder pads, think again. Or better yet, check out …


Hip harmonies

“Cool and Swingin’ ” is the title of Saturday’s Spokane Symphony SuperPops concert, which should be your first hint that this will not be a solemn evening of Baroque harpsichord. …


Spotlight: Much ado about Shakespeare

We have plenty of Shakespeare in the region this month, including: • “Much Ado About Nothing,” on the lawn at Gonzaga Prep, 1224 E. Euclid Ave., weekends through Aug. 21 …


SJO caps year with Latin twist

The Spokane Jazz Orchestra closes its season Saturday night with a Latin flair. San Francisco vocalist Sandy Cressman joins the 17-piece big band for “Brazilian Fire,” a program of Brazilian …


Jazz virtuoso Benny Green plays Friday

Jazz legend Benny Green made his name with the Ray Brown Trio, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and Freddie Hubbard. Now you can see the virtuoso in person on Friday at …


In addition to jazz, Brubeck Brothers will hit other notes as well

Growing up the son of jazz giant Dave Brubeck meant hanging around with some big musical names: Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie and Leonard Bernstein. That heady combination of jazz and …


Spotlight: Martin, Lang, Moody Blues highlight bookings

We have a solid list of new concert bookings to announce: • Steve Martin and his banjo act, July 22, 8 p.m., Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox – This …


Sandoval crashes party at Whitworth

Is Arturo Sandoval the best-known jazz artist Whitworth University has ever hosted? Dan Keberle, the college’s director of jazz, thinks he just may be. He called Sandoval “one of the …