Justin Steyer http://kplu.org en How Meditation Is Changing Monroe's Maximum-Security Inmates http://kplu.org/post/how-meditation-changing-monroes-maximum-security-inmates <p>Seven maximum-security inmates sit in a room with their eyes closed, not making a sound.</p><p>Shackles bind their hands and feet, confining them to a metal chair bolted to the ground. A guard stands nearby. Yells and clanks from the hallway stray in through the open door.</p><p>This is what meditation class at the Monroe Correctional Complex looks like. The students, murderer and rapists among them, listen as volunteer teacher Cathy Iacobazzi walks them through a practice session.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:34:39 +0000 Martha Kang, Paula Wissel & Justin Steyer 16025 at http://kplu.org How Meditation Is Changing Monroe's Maximum-Security Inmates Martin Taylor Strikes Again http://kplu.org/post/martin-taylor-strikes-again <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144259354&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true"></iframe></p><p>Over the past several years, solo jazz guitarist, Martin Taylor, has basically become one of the gang here at KPLU.&nbsp;</p><p>He’s such good company and such a brilliant guitarist that we invite him into our studios for a session almost every time he comes to town.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="326" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/AfFPdLRIjKk" width="580"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:30:44 +0000 Justin Steyer & Abe Beeson 15948 at http://kplu.org Martin Taylor Strikes Again Relive Our Live Studio Session With The David Sanborn Trio http://kplu.org/post/relive-our-live-studio-session-david-sanborn-trio <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143110359&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s the final day of the&nbsp;</span>KPLU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> spring pledge drive! To show our appreciation for your support, we were thrilled to invite The David Sanborn trio into our Seattle studios this afternoon for an electrifying live studio session, hosted by Abe </span>Beeson<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Accompanying Sanborn were&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">organ master Joey DeFrancesco and drummer Gene Lake.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Please consider how much great live jazz is worth to you make a gift today, in whatever amount fits, to help us reach our goal of</span>&nbsp;3,600 listeners to make a gift by the end of the day today.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="https://secure.publicbroadcasting.net/kplu/Spring_Sustainr_Pledge/pledge.pledgemain"><strong>Make your pledge today!</strong></a></p><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 21:13:25 +0000 Abe Beeson & Justin Steyer 15702 at http://kplu.org Relive Our Live Studio Session With The David Sanborn Trio Anton Schwartz Quintet Featuring Dominick Farinacci & Eric Reed http://kplu.org/post/anton-schwartz-quintet-featuring-dominick-farinacci-eric-reed <p></p><p>When he began his recording career, and for some time thereafter, saxophonist, Anton Schwartz made his home in San Francisco.</p><p>Now, though, he splits his time between San Francisco and Seattle so we invited our new neighbor to the KPLU performance studio to play some music and talk about his new CD, Flash Mob.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="326" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/3mBqW5exxOc" width="580"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 23:55:06 +0000 Justin Steyer & Abe Beeson 14889 at http://kplu.org Anton Schwartz Quintet Featuring Dominick Farinacci & Eric Reed Terence Blanchard's "Magnetic" Studio Session http://kplu.org/post/terence-blanchards-magnetic-studio-session <p></p><p>Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and New Orleans native Terence Blanchard and his sextet stopped by the KPLU Seattle studios for a performance and interview hosted by jazz host, Mary McCann.&nbsp;</p><p>Watch the group perform the title track off his latest album,&nbsp;<em>Magnetic.&nbsp;</em></p><p><iframe width="580" height="326" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/p_O2dfkGWmg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p><p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 20:39:35 +0000 Mary McCann & Justin Steyer 14555 at http://kplu.org Terence Blanchard's "Magnetic" Studio Session Cécile McLorin Salvant: Creation And Resurrection (Of Songs) http://kplu.org/post/c-cile-mclorin-salvant-creation-and-resurrection-songs <p></p><p>Cecile<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">McLorin</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Salvant<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is one of the best young jazz singers to appear on the scene in years.&nbsp; She’s the prefect combination of what many think a great singer should be. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">She creates her own songs, allowing us to see the world through her eyes and she also combs American music history looking for semi-obscure gems to polish and present to a new audience.&nbsp;</span></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="326" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/lpQ_pWev24w" width="580"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 22:31:55 +0000 Justin Steyer & Abe Beeson 13965 at http://kplu.org Cécile McLorin Salvant: Creation And Resurrection (Of Songs) Bucky Pizzarelli With Pearl Django http://kplu.org/post/bucky-pizzarelli-pearl-django <p></p><p>Recently, guitarist, Bucky Pizzarelli visited Seattle to play a series of shows with Northwest gypsy jazz band, Pearl Django. On a cold January day, they all came into the KPLU studios to play… and things warmed up fast.</p><p><iframe width="575" height="323" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/LVhlRJ8BCDs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p><p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:13:25 +0000 Abe Beeson & Justin Steyer 12477 at http://kplu.org Bucky Pizzarelli With Pearl Django Rachelle Ferrell: Singing Her Way To A Higher Plane http://kplu.org/post/rachelle-ferrell-singing-her-way-higher-plane <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">To say that the voice of singer Rachelle </span>Ferrel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> &nbsp;is supple would be to understate its magnificence. Ms. </span>Ferrel’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> voice has a 6-octave range which conveys deep and surprising levels of emotion.</span></p><p>As you can imagine, KPLU was very proud to host her and her pianist, Mo Pleasure, in an intimate studio session.</p><p>http://youtu.be/hjEsQWoBU_o</p><p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 21:40:52 +0000 Justin Steyer & Abe Beeson 11364 at http://kplu.org Rachelle Ferrell: Singing Her Way To A Higher Plane Why We 'Simply Love' Halie Loren http://kplu.org/post/why-we-simply-love-halie-loren <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On a beautiful fall day, jazz singer/songwriter, </span>Halie<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Loren, made her second visit to </span>KPLU’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> performance studio.&nbsp;</span></p><p><a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/halie-loren-putting-eugene-ore-jazz-map">Her first live KPLU performance</a> was so well received in the fall of 2012, we couldn’t resist inviting her back as she passed through town on a tour that celebrates the release of her latest CD, <em>Simply Love</em>.&nbsp;</p><p>http://youtu.be/zh4bIDfxrxQ</p><p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 22:01:01 +0000 Justin Steyer & Abe Beeson 10582 at http://kplu.org Why We 'Simply Love' Halie Loren Pat Martino And James Carter: Two Generations Of Jazz Power http://kplu.org/post/pat-martino-and-james-carter-two-generations-jazz-power <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Guitarist Pat Martino and saxophonist James Carter might be separated in age by a generation but musically, they&rsquo;re absolute equals&mdash;Martino is just as agile and innovative on his guitar as Carter is on his saxophone.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">http://youtu.be/k6wotPRvWyg</span></p><p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 19:45:15 +0000 Abe Beeson & Justin Steyer 10504 at http://kplu.org Pat Martino And James Carter: Two Generations Of Jazz Power Karrin Allyson Brings Sunshine to the KPLU Studios http://kplu.org/post/karrin-allyson-brings-sunshine-kplu-studios <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Every time her tour schedule brings her to Seattle&#39;s Jazz Alley, Grammy-nominated vocalist </span>Karrin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Allyson makes a stop in the </span>KPLU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> performance studio to visit her friend, Dick Stein.</span></p><p>http://youtu.be/2Y0ddDhcPEQ</p><p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 21:29:44 +0000 Dick Stein & Justin Steyer 10459 at http://kplu.org Karrin Allyson Brings Sunshine to the KPLU Studios Nellie McKay: Quiet Anarchist http://kplu.org/post/nellie-mckay-quiet-anarchist <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">OK, maybe &quot;anarchist&quot; is too harsh a word to apply to singer/songwriter/pianist/ukulele player, Nellie McKay, but as you will hear in this interview, Nellie is a woman of strong beliefs, which she presents pleasantly, politely and often with great wit.&nbsp; But in her conversation and in her songs, her opinions and social observations are definitely on display.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">http://youtu.be/fxY7NQd1wEM</span></p><p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 09:23:31 +0000 Justin Steyer & Abe Beeson 10231 at http://kplu.org Nellie McKay: Quiet Anarchist Larry Coryell and The Eleventh House Reunion Band http://kplu.org/post/larry-coryell-and-eleventh-house-reunion-band <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Forty years ago, a band called Eleventh House helped set the standard for what would become known as Jazz-Rock Fusion.&nbsp; The band consisted of Larry Coryell (guitar), Alphonse Mouzon (drums), Mike Mandel (keyboards), Danny Trifan (bass) and Randy Brecker (trumpet). &nbsp;</span></p><p>On this leg of the Eleventh House Reunion Tour, Mandel couldn&rsquo;t make the gig so Larry brought in one of Seattle&rsquo;s finest pianists, Marc Seales, to fill in.&nbsp;</p><p>As you&rsquo;ll hear in this performance, Marc more than holds his own.</p><p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:21:00 +0000 Abe Beeson & Justin Steyer 10119 at http://kplu.org Larry Coryell and The Eleventh House Reunion Band Marcia Ball Performs Live in the KPLU Studios http://kplu.org/post/marcia-ball-performs-live-kplu-studios <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pianist/singer Marcia Ball is one of the best-known &nbsp;players of Louisiana blues, swamp blues and </span>boogie-woogie<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. While in town for a show at Jazz Alley, we were lucky enough to have Marcia stop by for a solo performance and interview hosted by All Blues&#39; John Kessler.&nbsp;</span></p><p>http://youtu.be/uBWjaKgGxac</p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 21:31:44 +0000 John Kessler & Justin Steyer 9931 at http://kplu.org Marcia Ball Performs Live in the KPLU Studios Monty Alexander, John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton—‘Nuff Said http://kplu.org/post/monty-alexander-john-clayton-jeff-hamilton-nuff-said <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&ldquo;&rsquo;Nuff said,&rdquo; is right.&nbsp; When jazz fans hear the names Monty Alexander, John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton in conjunction, they know they&rsquo;ll be treated great music, played with inspiration, joy and absolutely amazing technical chops. &nbsp;</span></p><p>Monty (piano), John (bass) and Jeff (drums) have performed together off and on for almost 40 years.&nbsp;</p><p>http://youtu.be/U3K_5gpoMQY</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 22:00:21 +0000 Justin Steyer & Abe Beeson 9789 at http://kplu.org Monty Alexander, John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton—‘Nuff Said