Jazz and Blues http://kplu.org en Jazz Northwest For July 20: Preview Of Jazz Port Townsend http://kplu.org/post/jazz-northwest-july-20-preview-jazz-port-townsend <p></p><p>Jazz Northwest offers a preview of Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend. Jazz Port Townsend is Washington State's longest running jazz festival, and regularly presents internationally-renown, poll-winning jazz artists on the last weekend of July each Summer. Among the artists who'll be heard on the radio preview and at the festival are NEA Jazz Master Bill Holman who will directed the Festival All Star Big Band in his compositions and arrangements. &nbsp;Others include sisters Christine and Ingrid Jensen who first attended the festival as students in the jazz workshop, trombone master Wycliffe Gordon, pianist George Cables who will be the subject of a piano tribute, Matt Wilson's Arts &amp; Crafts, the Benny Green Trio, a singer's showcase with Sachal Vasandani, Dena DeRose and Johnaye Kendrick, and more.&nbsp;</p><p> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 19:00:00 +0000 Jim Wilke 17783 at http://kplu.org Jazz Northwest For July 20: Preview Of Jazz Port Townsend Win Tickets to Halie Loren at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley http://kplu.org/post/win-tickets-halie-loren-dimitrious-jazz-alley <ul><li><a href="http://halieloren.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Halie Loren</strong></a></li><li><a href="http://www.jazzalley.com/www-home/artist.jsp?shownum=1436" target="_blank">Dimitriou's Jazz Alley</a></li><li>Tuesday, August 26th&nbsp;at 7:30pm</li></ul><p></p><p>If you didn't get your tickets to see Halie Loren on the <a href="http://www.kplu.org/kplus-2014-summer-jazz-brunch-cruise-sold-out" target="_blank">KPLU Jazz Cruise</a> here is your chance to see her at Jazz Alley!</p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Aaron Hushagen 17808 at http://kplu.org Win Tickets to Halie Loren at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley Jazz Northwest: July 13, 2014 http://kplu.org/post/jazz-northwest-july-13-2014 <p></p><p>This week, Jazz Northwest samples some of the rich variety of jazz coming up this month. &nbsp;Flugelhorn player Dmitri Matheny was a protege of the late Art Farmer and plays a horn that belonged to his mentor. &nbsp;Sarah Gazarek was featured with the Roosevelt High School Jazz Band not so many years ago and is back in town with a featured spot at Jazz Alley, &nbsp;Jim Cutler's Jazz Orchestra plays Sunday nights at Tula's and has a new CD.</p><p> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Jim Wilke 17700 at http://kplu.org Jazz Northwest: July 13, 2014 Win Tickets To John Pizzarelli Quartet At Jazz Alley http://kplu.org/post/win-tickets-john-pizzarelli-quartet-jazz-alley <ul><li><a href="http://www.johnpizzarelli.com/" target="_blank"><strong>John Pizzarelli&nbsp;Quartet</strong></a></li><li>@ <a href="http://www.jazzalley.com/www-home/artist.jsp?shownum=1401" target="_blank">Dimitriou's Jazz Alley</a></li><li>Thursday, July 31st at 7:30pm</li></ul><p></p><p>The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley welcomes pop-jazz guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli. Band members are John Pizzarelli (guitar and vocals), Martin Pizzarelli (bass), Konrad Paszkudzki (piano), and Kevin Kanner (drums).</p> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Aaron Hushagen 17648 at http://kplu.org Win Tickets To John Pizzarelli Quartet At Jazz Alley The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra Plays Music Of Stan Kenton And Gerry Mulligan http://kplu.org/post/seattle-repertory-jazz-orchestra-plays-music-stan-kenton-and-gerry-mulligan <p></p><p>Highlights from the final concert of the season by the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra is featured on this week's Jazz Northwest</p><p> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 19:00:00 +0000 Jim Wilke 17578 at http://kplu.org The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra Plays Music Of Stan Kenton And Gerry Mulligan Jazz Northwest: June 29, 2014 http://kplu.org/post/jazz-northwest-june-29-2014 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are jazz festivals at each end of the </span>Salish<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Sea this week, from The American Classic Jazz Festival in Lacey to the Vancouver International Jazz Festival.&nbsp;</span></p><p>There's also jazz in the Seattle area ranging from the ambitious Alchemy Project premiering original music by Sumi Tonooka, Erica Lindsay, Salim Washington, David Arend and Samantha Boshnack with Max Wood and Willem De Koch, playing at The Royal Room Sunday.&nbsp;</p><p> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 21:05:16 +0000 Jim Wilke 17470 at http://kplu.org Jazz Northwest: June 29, 2014 The Rhythm That's A Way Of Living http://kplu.org/post/rhythm-thats-way-living-0 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Compared to American rock and roll, Afro-Cuban music sounds complicated to the point of intimidation. Sure the rhythms make you want to move, but if you stop to think about what's going on, your feet won't know what to do. And that's just the point — some rhythms are better felt than counted off. NPR's </span>Frannie<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Kelley learned how easy they can be to play, once you abandon a central tenet of rock: the one.</span></p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Frannie Kelley 17359 at http://kplu.org The Rhythm That's A Way Of Living Jazz Northwest: June 22, 2014 http://kplu.org/post/jazz-northwest-june-22-2014 <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Helvetica; line-height: normal;">This show comes from&nbsp;</span><span class="aBn" data-term="goog_1471242683" style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Helvetica; line-height: normal; border-bottom-width: 1px; border-bottom-style: dashed; border-bottom-color: rgb(204, 204, 204); position: relative; top: -2px; z-index: 0;" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ" style="position: relative; top: 2px; z-index: -1;">Friday</span></span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Helvetica; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;Harbor on San Juan Island, where we recorded Chris Amemiya's Jazz Coalescence at the 14th Annual Jazz at the Labs, a benefit for the&nbsp;</span><span class="aBn" data-term="goog_1471242684" style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Helvetica; line-height: normal; border-bottom-width: 1px; border-bottom-style: dashed; border-bottom-color: rgb(204, 204, 204); position: relative; top: -2px; z-index: 0;" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ" style="position: relative; top: 2px; z-index: -1;">Friday</span></span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Helvetica; line-height: normal;">Harbor</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Helvetica; line-height: normal;"> Labs K-12 Science Outreach Program.&nbsp;&nbsp;Although well-known as a trombonist in the jazz community, Dr.Amemiya is by day a research biologist at the Benaroya Research Institute and a full professor in the Biology Department at The University of Washington.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; margin: 0px; font-family: Helvetica;">The&nbsp;<span class="aBn" data-term="goog_1471242685" style="border-bottom-width: 1px; border-bottom-style: dashed; border-bottom-color: rgb(204, 204, 204); position: relative; top: -2px; z-index: 0;" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ" style="position: relative; top: 2px; z-index: -1;">Friday</span></span>&nbsp;Harbor Labs are on a 484 acre biological preserve on the North side of&nbsp;<span class="aBn" data-term="goog_1471242686" style="border-bottom-width: 1px; border-bottom-style: dashed; border-bottom-color: rgb(204, 204, 204); position: relative; top: -2px; z-index: 0;" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ" style="position: relative; top: 2px; z-index: -1;">Friday</span></span>&nbsp;Harbor and well located for research on many aspects of marine biology and oceanography. It’s a fascinating place to visit, and very friendly to visiting jazz musicians and fans. &nbsp;</div><div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; margin: 0px; font-family: Helvetica;">This concert by Jazz Coalescence features some of Seattle’s best: Chris Amemiya on trombone, Jay Thomas on trumpet and saxes, John Hansen at the piano, Jon Hamar on bass and Steve Korn on drums. Kelley Johnson will also be heard in a few songs.</div><p> Sun, 22 Jun 2014 19:00:00 +0000 Jim Wilke 17297 at http://kplu.org Jazz Northwest: June 22, 2014 Legendary Pianist Horace Silver Dies At 85 http://kplu.org/post/legendary-pianist-horace-silver-dies-85 Pianist <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15404943/horace-silver">Horace Silver</a>, whose potent and catchy combination of blues, funk and Latin sounds shifted the jazz landscape in the 1950s and '60s, died Wednesday morning at his home in New Rochelle, N.Y. He died of natural causes, according to his son, Gregory Silver. He was 85.<p>As a bandleader, Horace Silver mentored some of the hottest musicians of his era. As a composer, he devised numerous jazz standards still played today.<p>Silver grew up in Norwalk, Conn. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:28:13 +0000 17240 at http://kplu.org Jazz Pianist, Composer Horace Silver Dies At 85 http://kplu.org/post/jazz-pianist-composer-horace-silver-dies-85 <strong>This post was updated at 5:40 p.m. ET.</strong><p>Pianist and composer Horace Silver, who created a rhythmic jazz known as "<a href="http://www.jazzinamerica.org/LessonPlan/8/6/211">hard bop</a>" that combined R&B and gospel to go along with his eclectic style of piano playing, has died at age 85, his son confirms.<p>Silver began as a tenor saxophonist playing in clubs in his native Connecticut, where he was discovered by Stan Getz. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:08:11 +0000 Scott Neuman 17234 at http://kplu.org Jazz Pianist, Composer Horace Silver Dies At 85 Jazz Northwest: June 15, 2014 http://kplu.org/post/jazz-northwest-june-15-2014 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jazz Northwest samples the wide variety of jazz available in the Pacific Northwest each week. This week we have a sneak preview of the forthcoming CD by the young Chilean saxophonist Melissa </span>Aldana<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> who will play a single gig on the West Coast next week.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's at Jimmy </span>Mak's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Portland presented by </span>PDX<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Jazz. She was the winner of the </span>Thelonious<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Monk Competition last year.</span></p><p> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 19:00:00 +0000 Jim Wilke 17147 at http://kplu.org Jazz Northwest: June 15, 2014 Jazz Serendipity http://kplu.org/post/jazz-serendipity <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Serendipity is defined as the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.</span></p><p>It's also a word that can apply to a lot of good jazz experiences... the unexpected combination of musicians, a scrap of improvisation that inspires a new development in the music or even an unusual location to hear jazz.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>This episode of Jazz Northwest includes several unusual encounters between musicians, audiences and spaces, most of them from live performances with Steve Kaldestad, Jay Thomas, Danny Kolke, Pete Christlieb, Jacqueline Tabor, Mike Allen, Hugh Fraser and others, plus a 1984 UW Studio Jazz Band that includes some of today's top Seattle players.</p><p> Sun, 08 Jun 2014 19:00:00 +0000 Jim Wilke 17016 at http://kplu.org Jazz Serendipity Film Tells Story Of How A 90-Year-Old Jazz Icon Became Friends With A Young Pianist http://kplu.org/post/film-tells-story-how-90-year-old-jazz-icon-became-friends-young-pianist <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/153062715&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Justin&nbsp;</span>Kauflin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a young </span>twentysomething<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> pianist who, at age 11, lost his eyesight.</span></p><p>Jazz legend Clark Terry —&nbsp;the revolutionary&nbsp;flugelhornist&nbsp;who played with Count&nbsp;Basie&nbsp;and Duke Ellington, and mentored Quincy Jones and Miles Davis — shares something with Kauflin. Diabetes claimed his eyesight.</p><p>But that’s not the only reason the two musicians, who are separated by nearly 70 years, became close friends. The story of the bond between teacher and mentee is told in the new documentary “Keep On Keepin’ On,” which is being shown at this year’s Seattle International Film Festival. The film also celebrates Terry, who, even from his hospital bed, coaches&nbsp;Kauflin&nbsp;as he sets out to forge his own jazz career.</p><p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Florangela Davila 17002 at http://kplu.org Film Tells Story Of How A 90-Year-Old Jazz Icon Became Friends With A Young Pianist It's All About Family For Juan de Marcos And The Afro-Cuban All Stars http://kplu.org/post/its-all-about-family-juan-de-marcos-and-afro-cuban-all-stars <p>I had a delightful telephone chat last week with Juan de Marcos, leader of the Afro Cuban All Stars.</p><p>Known as the "Quincy Jones of Cuba," Juan de Marcos comes from a family of musicians.&nbsp; His father was a well-known singer with famed&nbsp;tres player and bandleader Arsenio Rodriguez, and his uncle, Ruben Gonzalez, was one of Cuba's most beloved pianists.&nbsp; Juan grew up with some of the finest Cuban musicians visiting and playing music in his home.</p><p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Robin Lloyd 16919 at http://kplu.org It's All About Family For Juan de Marcos And The Afro-Cuban All Stars Revisiting The Sunny Side Of The Street http://kplu.org/post/revisiting-sunny-side-street <p>I got my start in public/community radio at WFBE in Flint, Michigan in the late 1970s. I talked my way into being the self-appointed assistant, apprentice and substitute for a Thursday night program called John's Jazz.</p><p>The show was hosted by John R. Davis, journalist and unmatched jazz enthusiast. He very kindly let me tag along and learn things about music and radio.</p><p>John’s Jazz theme song was "On The Sunny Side Of The Street<i>"</i>&nbsp;featuring Johnny Hodges on sax.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Robin Lloyd 16739 at http://kplu.org Revisiting The Sunny Side Of The Street