Ernie Watts live at the 2019 Ballard Jazz Festival

Ernie Watts has built an enviable musical résumé. The sax player was a key member of Charlie Haden’s Quartet West, played with the “Tonight Show” band for 20 years, and lent his jazz expertise to the rock music of The Rolling Stones and Frank Zappa’s band. Watts is a two-time

The Walking Hat Trio struts into the spotlight

Making a debut appearance in the KNKX studios, the Seattle-based The Walking Hat Trio seemed a little nervous while warming up for their first-ever live broadcast. But once the music started, our audience got an earful of fresh, confident swinging and impressive new music. Formed after a jam session four

Jacob Zimmerman keeps swinging in Seattle

On both saxophone and clarinet, Jacob Zimmerman is a versatile musician working with various bands around Puget Sound. For his own group, this master of creative swinging jazz focuses on the remarkable transition from big-band swing to small group bebop in the 1940s. In 2015, he released his first batch