Starting with a trickle of albums years ago, there's now a constant stream of excellent CDs by NW Jazz artists each year.
We'll feature some of the best from 2011 on Jazz Northwest this Sunday at 1:00 PM on 88.5 KPLU.
JIM WILKE'S TOP NORTHWEST JAZZ CDs OF 2011
For Pacific Northwest jazz fans in particular, here are some of the exceptional releases from artists living in Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver.
Chuck Deardorf, Transparence (Origin)
Thomas Marriott, Human Spirit (Origin)
Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto, Current (Adventure Music)
Bill Anschell, Figments (Origin)
Elspeth Savani, Flights of Mind (Elspeth Savani)
Cory Weeds, Just Like That (Cellar Live)
Wellstone Conspiracy, Humble Origins (Origin)
Milt Kleeb Dectet, Something If Nothing Else (Pony Boy)