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Album Review

Jim Knapp Orchestra: It's Not Business, It's Personal

Read "It's Not Business, It's Personal" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The Jim Knapp Orchestra's CD It's Not Business, It's Personal, recorded in February 2009, was set to be released on November 19, 2021—six days after Knapp died at age eighty-two in Kirkland, Washington. Apart from his role as bandleader, Knapp was a trumpeter, composer, arranger and longtime faculty member at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Described by Grammy-winning composer/pianist Jim McNeely as “a brilliant musician, great teacher and a humble, sweet [and] generous man," Knapp was widely recognized ...

Live Review

The Jim Knapp Orchestra at the L.A.B. Performance Space in Seattle

Read "The Jim Knapp Orchestra at the L.A.B. Performance Space in Seattle" reviewed by Bill Bennett

Jim Knapp Orchestra L.A.B. Performance Space Seattle, WA January 9th, 2006

The Jim Knapp Orchestra inaugurated a first Monday of the month series at the Seattle Drum School's intimate and acoustically friendly L.A.B. Performance Space with a superb concert of Knapp originals and arrangements on January 9th, 2006. The sound reinforcement was crystalline in its clarity, the music performed adventurous yet accessible, the solo work by the Orchestra's members consistently creative and often inspired. ...

Album Review

The Jim Knapp Orchestra: Secular Breathing

Read "Secular Breathing" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The cleverly titled Secular Breathing is the third recording by composer/arranger Jim Knapp's Seattle-area orchestra and arguably the best to date, thanks to Knapp's handsome and provocative charts, the presence of guest trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and the return of former JKO drummer Jon Wikan, who now lives in New York City. Knapp's richly textured arrangements lend muscle to the ensemble, making it seem larger and more robust than its actual thirteen pieces would lead one to imagine. But lyricism and ...

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Music Industry

Jim Knapp Orchestra Goes On Hiatus

Jim Knapp Orchestra Goes On Hiatus

Source: Seattle Jazz Scene

from Jim Knapp:

The Jim Knapp Orchestra will no longer be performing on a regular basis. We have been going 18 years and that seems to be the lifespan for this group as a regular performing organization. I am eternally grateful for the musicians of such great talent who have made up the band including several who have been in the group since its inception.

And thanks to you listeners, friends and fellow musicians. It has been a particular pleasure ...


Performance / Tour

Jim Knapp Orchestra at the Seattle Drum School

Jim Knapp Orchestra at the Seattle Drum School

Source: All About Jazz


827 NE 130th St., Seattle, WA 98125

Devin Reilly
composer / conductor


Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

It's Not Business,...

Origin Records


Secular Breathing

Origin Records


Gray Skies

From: It's Not Business, It's Personal
By Jim Knapp

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