On March 1, tenor saxophonist Steve Treseler will be recorded for the NPR show by Seattle radio host Jim Wilke and the next night, he’ll be filmed for a webcast.
“Jazz Night in America,” the new National Public Radio (NPR) show hosted by bassist Christian McBride (whose trio played Jazz Alley earlier this week), treks to Seattle’s Royal Room this weekend to showcase some local talent on the Earshot Jazz spring series.
On Sunday, estimable tenor saxophonist Steve Treseler (pictured at left) will be recorded for the show by Seattle radio host Jim Wilke and on Monday he will be filmed by an NPR crew for a future webcast. Treseler is performing with the great Canadian trumpeter Ingrid Jensen (center), who’s bringing an all-star band: Geoffrey Keezer (piano), Martin Wind (bass) and Jon Wikan (drums). Seattle vocalist Katie Jacobson is also on the bill.
The NPR connection came through a serendipitous connection. When the show’s producers said they were looking to “expand the geographical range of the show,” says Treseler, a former intern at Earshot, NPR multimedia producer Josie Holtzman suggested they call him. Jensen’s band was already booked for the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow, Idaho, says Treseler, so including them was a no-brainer.
They’ll be doing a tribute to the late British trumpeter Kenny Wheeler, then going into the studio to record additional material. Treseler was drawn to Wheeler, he says, because of his “warm, powerful sound” and the way he bridges straight-ahead jazz and avant-garde improvisation. Jensen collaborated with Treseler on his last album, “Center Song.”
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8 p.m. Sunday, March 1, with 6:30 p.m. opener by student groups from Mercer Island, and 9 p.m. Monday, March 2, with 8 p.m. opener by the Royal Room Collective, with Jensen. The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle; $8-$15 nightly (206-906-9920 or theroyalroomseattle.com).