Music http://kplu.org en Time is on their side: Ageless jazz drumming http://kplu.org/post/time-their-side-ageless-jazz-drumming I've been listening to two very good new albums led by drummers. After learning that both men are in their early 70s, I can't help but wonder how I process that fact in what I hear.<p>"Killer" Ray Appleton (b. 1941) and Barry Altschul (b. 1943) practice different styles. But they both came of musical age in the hard-bop era, spent many years living in Europe and eventually returned to New York. In other words, they've each got a lot of experience.<p>The new album from Appleton, <em>Naptown Legacy</em>, which is old-school in almost all good ways. Wed, 06 Mar 2013 19:59:15 +0000 Patrick Jarenwattananon 7916 at http://kplu.org Time is on their side: Ageless jazz drumming Can you learn to like music you hate? http://kplu.org/post/can-you-learn-music-you-hate You hear some music you hate. That's fair. We all do on occasion. But can you learn to love — or at least not loathe — that music? Can you intentionally transform the visceral response you have to certain pieces and styles, or does that happen at some more incalculable, subtle level?<p>Researchers at Australia's University of Melbourne say that the more dissonance (which they describe as "perceived roughness, harshness, unpleasantness, or difficulty in listening to the sound") that we hear in music, the less we enjoy said music. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 06:53:53 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 7821 at http://kplu.org Can you learn to like music you hate? How Seattle rapper Macklemore got 'Thrift Shop' to number one http://kplu.org/post/how-seattle-rapper-macklemore-got-thrift-shop-number-one <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK8mJJJvaes</p><p>The number one song in the country right now is "<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK8mJJJvaes">Thrift Shop</a>" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, a rap group out of Seattle.</p><p>Their claim to fame: They got the song to the top of the chart by themselves, without being signed by a major label.</p><p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 18:45:44 +0000 Zoe Chace 7762 at http://kplu.org SFJAZZ Center star-studded opening concert http://kplu.org/post/sfjazz-center-star-studded-opening-concert <p>Thirty years after presenting its first concerts in San Francisco, the organization SFJAZZ has built a permanent home and performance venue. The SFJAZZ Center, conceived as the first stand-alone building for jazz in the U.S., opened with a star-studded concert on Jan. 23.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong><a href="http://www.kplu.org/live-event/watch-live-sfjazz-center-star-studded-opening-concert">Listen to the concert</a>. </strong>Video will be available in the following days.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 03:25:00 +0000 KPLU 7609 at http://kplu.org SFJAZZ Center star-studded opening concert Easy Street bows out, but are local record stores really dying? http://kplu.org/post/easy-street-bows-out-are-local-record-stores-really-dying <p></p><p>This is the last week for a fixture in Seattle’s independent music culture, as <a href="http://easystreetonline.com/">Easy Street Records’</a> lower Queen Anne store prepares to shut its doors Friday. But the move may not signal, as some fear, a death spiral for local independent music stores. Tue, 15 Jan 2013 13:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 7556 at http://kplu.org Easy Street bows out, but are local record stores really dying? John Cage: a great of the musical avant-garde, with Seattle roots http://kplu.org/post/john-cage-great-musical-avant-garde-seattle-roots <p>Many experts call him the greatest iconoclast of 20th-century music.</p><p>The avant-garde composer <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Cage">John Cage</a> is perhaps best known for his pioneering use of silence in music. He also broke ground with the use of everyday objects as instruments, electronics and chance in composition.</p><p>He was born in California and died in New York. But some of his most formative years took place in Seattle.</p> Sun, 15 Jul 2012 12:03:03 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5569 at http://kplu.org John Cage: a great of the musical avant-garde, with Seattle roots Why do people hate rap and opera? http://kplu.org/post/why-do-people-hate-rap-and-opera So what's wrong with rap and opera? Not much, really. Except that last week when we asked readers to name their <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2012/02/03/146365081/where-are-your-musical-blind-spots" target="_blank">musical blind spots</a> (genres or bands they ignored, either by choice or neglect) a distinct refrain emerged within the responses. Two examples:<p><blockquote><p>"Oh, and by the way, rap is not music. Fri, 17 Feb 2012 21:11:17 +0000 Tom Huizenga 4195 at http://kplu.org Why do people hate rap and opera? Remembering Etta James: Songs on YouTube http://kplu.org/post/remembering-etta-james-songs-youtube <p>The &quot;Matriarch of the Blues&quot; has died. Music legend <a href="templates/story/story.php?storyId=15401883">Etta James</a> died at Riverside Community Hospital in California from complications of leukemia. She was 73. In tribute, here are five songs from James.</p><p> Fri, 20 Jan 2012 17:30:41 +0000 KPLU News Staff 3843 at http://kplu.org Remembering Etta James: Songs on YouTube Frampton's dream guitar, recovered decades later http://kplu.org/post/framptons-dream-guitar-recovered-decades-later <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/129000782/peter-frampton" target="_blank">Peter Frampton</a> sold millions of records with the help of a customized Gibson guitar. Three decades ago, that guitar was destroyed in a plane crash ... or so he thought.<p>The story begins in 1970, when Frampton and his old band Humble Pie scored a gig playing two sets a night at the Fillmore West in San Francisco. Frampton says the first night was a rough go: The guitar he was using fed back at loud volumes and made soloing a chore. Sun, 08 Jan 2012 16:51:33 +0000 3637 at http://kplu.org Frampton's dream guitar, recovered decades later In the studio with Kurt Elling - The complete jazz singer http://kplu.org/post/studio-kurt-elling-complete-jazz-singer <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-964427.mp3</p><p>Some jazz singers excel at singing standards. Others excel at scat-singing or vocalese (writing lyrics for instrumental improvisations and singing them). However, Grammy award-winning vocalist Kurt Elling can do it all.</p><p>He easily proved it in front of a small studio audience of Leadership Circle members on April 15th with along with two long-time musical colleagues; pianist, Laurence Hobgood, and guitarist, John McLean.</p><p> Thu, 21 Apr 2011 17:20:09 +0000 Justin Steyer, Nick Francis & Nick Morrison 1247 at http://kplu.org In the studio with Kurt Elling - The complete jazz singer Jake Shimabukuro: Defying genres to bring the ukulele mainland and mainstream http://kplu.org/post/jake-shimabukuro-defying-genres-bring-ukulele-mainland-and-mainstream <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-960407.mp3</p><p>KPLU was pleased to welcome ukulele virtuoso, Jake Shimabukuro, into our studios on March 29, 2011. Jake played before not only a record number of KPLU Leadership Circle members, but four young ukulele players from Foster High School we <strong><a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/ukuleles-bring-islands-tukwila">recently featured in an installment of Artscape</a>, </strong>which explored the rising popularity of the ukulele in local schools.</p><p> Wed, 30 Mar 2011 14:35:44 +0000 Justin Steyer, Abe Beeson & Nick Morrison 1102 at http://kplu.org Jake Shimabukuro: Defying genres to bring the ukulele mainland and mainstream John Pizzarelli: Always ‘on’, always John http://kplu.org/post/john-pizzarelli-always-always-john <p><img alt="" src="file:///C:/Users/JUSTIN%7E1.KPL/AppData/Local/Temp/moz-screenshot.png">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-957718.mp3</p><p>We've said it before and we'll say it again: Having guitarist/vocalist/storyteller, John Pizzarelli, as a guest in the KPLU studios is always great fun. He loves making music, he loves telling stories and he loves entertaining his fans.</p> Mon, 14 Mar 2011 22:02:46 +0000 Abe Beeson, Nick Morrison & Gary Davis 964 at http://kplu.org John Pizzarelli: Always ‘on’, always John Benny Green — Remembering Monk … and Shearing http://kplu.org/post/benny-green-remembering-monk-and-shearing <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-952742.mp3</p><p>When pianist <a href="http://www.bennygreenmusic.com/">Benny Green</a> agreed to come to KPLU’s Seattle studios for a solo piano performance he was on tour with his band doing a tribute to the music of Thelonious Monk so it seemed logical to have his studio session consist of Monk compositions.&nbsp;</p><p>That was the plan, anyway ...</p><p> Wed, 16 Feb 2011 17:56:18 +0000 Justin Steyer, Abe Beeson & Nick Morrison 808 at http://kplu.org Benny Green — Remembering Monk … and Shearing The Vijay Iyer Trio live at KPLU http://kplu.org/post/vijay-iyer-trio-live-kplu <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-951634.mp3</p><p>The Vijay Iyer Trio’s latest release<em>, Historicity</em>, won a number of "Album Of The Year" awards in 2010 and has been nominated for a 2011 Grammy as "Best Jazz Instrumental Album."</p><p>Pianist, <a href="http://www.vijay-iyer.com/">Vijay Iyer</a>, seems pleased by this recognition but not really fazed by it. In fact, during his trio’s visit to the KPLU performance studios on February 8, they only played one piece of music from <em>Historicity</em>—"Smoke Stack" by one of Iyer’s mentors, Andrew Hill.</p><p> Fri, 11 Feb 2011 13:21:22 +0000 Justin Steyer & Nick Morrison 769 at http://kplu.org The Vijay Iyer Trio live at KPLU