Saxophonist Walter Blanding — With The Future Jazz Head All-Stars

By KPLU • APR 28, 2016
(Jazz heads featuring original arrangements by Danny)


Listen Listening…28:33 Future Jazz Head All-Stars | School Of Jazz

Tenor saxophonist Walter Blanding has been a member of the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra (directed by Wynton Marsalis) since 1998. One of the things that got him there was a great jazz education. Walter attended LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and the Performing Arts, followed by more study at the New School of Social Research.

And now Walter Blanding is ‘giving back,’ by providing mentorship to many young musicians, including the four members of The Future Jazz Head All-Stars, who are also in the Mt. Si High School Jazz Orchestra. In addition to excellently performing three songs, Walter and the Jazz Heads talk about the importance of jazz education and joys of mentorship.

Also in these recordings: Max Cannella – Piano, Nate Sharp – Bass, Greg Williamson – Drums, Leslie Kolke – Trumpet, Hayden KajerCline – Alto Sax

Marcus Printup JazzClubsNW

Jazz Clubs NW sponsors a week of Marcus Printup concerts, clinics and workshops.

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 on Evening 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.

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.


  • *Clinic/Master Class pre-concert at 5:30pm
  • **5pm Clinic/Master Class start time.



JazzClubsNW & KPLU Sponsor School of Jazz with Marcus Printup and the Will Crandell Project

Will Crandell – drums, Jered Byford – trombone, Santosh Sharma – sax, Ravi Sharma – guitar, Luis Ross – bass, Marcus Printup – trumpet

Listen to the entire show here:


Video excerpts below:



Festival names Danny Kolke Grand Marshal

EVAN PAPPAS,  Snoqualmie Valley Record Reporter 

Aug 7, 2015 at 1:00PM updated Aug 10, 2015 at

Danny Kolke, founder of Boxley’s  Place, has been named Grand Marshal for the Festival at Mount Si.

Being named a Grand Marshal of a city event is something that he never pictured.

“My reaction was ‘wow.’ I think I said that seven times in a row,” Kolke said.

Having lived in the Valley for almost 18 years, Kolke has made his mark on the town of North Bend. He founded Boxley’s Place, a live jazz club and restaurant, with his wife six years ago. From there he created the Boxley Music Fund, A non-profit foundation that now owns the club, manages the music programming and hosts events like the North Bend Jazz Walk and Blues Walk.

“You can make the argument that it would be more successful in a bigger city but I don’t know if that’s true or not. I think it has the advantage of being part of a small town and in a big city, if it goes away, nobody cares,” Kolke said. “In a small town we become part of the experience, so it’s nice to be part of a community.”

Kolke not only created a jazz club in the city but also teaches kids jazz. He teaches piano, improvisation, and leads Mount Si High School’s Jazz Band 2.

“The kids are learning everything from basic team collaboration, because there are a bunch of them on stage, there’s no arrangement so they are figuring this out on the fly, they also have to learn to be good communicators, who is going to do what first and who goes next,” Kolke said. “There is so much thinking on your feet. I think it’s really great for kids.”

According to Kolke, the reward from all of this is just to see students get excited about the music.

“It’s fun to see kids learn it, and get excited about it, and do well with it,” Kolke said. “It’s rewarding in ways I never expected. We didn’t start this venue to do kids’ programming, it happened by accident and now I can’t imagine not doing it because it’s one of the best things about it.”

One of the opportunities Boxley’s has given young players is the venue to play with older, more experienced musicians. There are times that Kolke has a 12-year-old playing with people who are 70, playing with somebody who’s 40.

“These guys have become friends with people who could be their grandparents,” Kolke said. “It’s really cool to see them develop friendships performing together.”

Last year Kolke let the Boxley Music Fund take over the restaurant, in addition to already running the music programming. More than 200 families are members of the Boxley Music Fund.

“The goal is that it’s less about me and more about the community doing this together,” Kolke said. “I think it’s easy to get so busy and so wrapped up into routines and it’s easy to lose sight of things that are important and doing this project and connecting with the kids as often as I do is a great reminder that it’s very rewarding to invest in other people.”

Through investing in other people, creating events like the jazz and blues walks and Boxley’s itself, Kolke has been able to share his love of music with the community.

“Music is a magical thing, especially when you share it with other people and do it with other people; I can’t say enough positive about that.”


This is what it’s all about…

Some people just don’t get why it’s a big deal…

On the eve of the fourth annual Jazz Walk I am reflecting on two conversations that I just had with two patrons of Boxleys while at Pioneer Coffee – the local morning hang.

Within 5 minutes, 2 people came up to me.

The first person had some suggestions to help us compete with the Bar & Grill down the street.  His suggestion was about expanding the bar area – more space away from the music so it can be in the background, “…but people can talk.”  Obviously they want Boxleys to be successful.  They were focusing on the ambiance.

Hmmm.  This is not the first time that this idea has come up, and it’s not that I haven’t thought it myself.  How do we “compete” with other places?  “How do we make everyone happy?”

As I sat in my chair thinking about these suggestions, the the next person came up to me and said, “…thank you so much for last night. We loved watching those students perform.  Watching them point at eachother for solo’s, learning how to lead the band.  Developing their confidence…”  they continued, “… I think I would rather see that than the professionals.”

That’s it. Right there.  That’s the magic of Boxleys.

It’s about the music people.  It’s about the students. It’s about the community.

Not that we don’t want people to have a place to talk. But is that what we want to “compete for?”  I think we want to focus on the music. Focus on the students.  Keep lifting them up.  Keep encouraging them.

Everybody is different.  But what makes Boxleys different and most special is not the food.  It’s the music.  It’s making it accessible for young students to play. And also be mentored and encouraged by musicians with decades more experience.  

You can get better food.  You can get better service.  You can’t get Boxleys anywhere else.

Middle School student Jason Berquist playing with Legends Ray Price and Michael Barnett