Groovenotes http://kplu.org en Plenty of celebration on the 85th birthday of Miles Davis http://kplu.org/post/plenty-celebration-85th-birthday-miles-davis <p>Miles Davis would have been 85 years old today, and the birth of the legendary trumpeter is being celebrated in several ways and places around the country today.</p><p>LIFE.com just posted never-before-seen photos of Miles from 1958.</p><p><strong><a href="http://groovenotes.org/2011/05/26/plenty-of-celebration-on-the-85th-birthday-of-miles-davis/">Read more:</a></strong> Thu, 26 May 2011 18:06:19 +0000 Kevin Kniestedt 1679 at http://kplu.org Plenty of celebration on the 85th birthday of Miles Davis Album Review: Pinnacle by Freddie Hubbard http://kplu.org/post/album-review-pinnacle-freddie-hubbard <p>The end of 2008 was a tough time for me as it related to jazz, primarily because the jazz world <a href="http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/news.php?id=27627">lost Freddie Hubbard</a> due to complications from a heart attack right before 2009.</p><p>As a trumpet player myself, Hubbard was my biggest influence, but he also struck me as a &ldquo;survivor&rdquo;. Both Clifford Brown and Lee Morgan were lost before their time, and Freddie tore through the 70&prime;s with mind-blowing recordings (both live and studio) when jazz needed a trumpeter to be mind-blowing.</p><p><strong><a href="http://groovenotes.org/2011/05/23/album-review-pinnacle-by-freddie-hubbard/">Read more:</a></strong> Tue, 24 May 2011 17:30:00 +0000 Kevin Kniestedt 1663 at http://kplu.org Album Review: Pinnacle by Freddie Hubbard A Love Letter to New Orleans - An interview with Irvin Mayfield http://kplu.org/post/love-letter-new-orleans-interview-irvin-mayfield <p>I spoke by phone today with New Orleans trumpeter and educator Irvin Mayfield about his beautiful new book, &ldquo;A Love Letter To New Orleans&rdquo;.</p><p>Mr. Mayfield talks about the beauty of being influenced by the film &quot;Mo Better Blues&quot;, musical and cultural similarities between NOLA and places like Haiti, Cuba, Brazil, and the beauty of New Orleans and the people of the city.</p><p>Click below to listen to the interview, and find a link at the bottom of the page to purchase the book.</p> Tue, 10 May 2011 17:21:28 +0000 Kevin Kniestedt 1562 at http://kplu.org A Love Letter to New Orleans - An interview with Irvin Mayfield Grammy nominations announced http://kplu.org/post/grammy-nominations-announced <p>Nominations for the Grammy Awards were announced last night. KPLU host, and jazz blogger Kevin Kniestedt has <a href="http://groovenotes.org/2010/12/02/grammy-nominations-announced/">compiled a list of nominations in jazz categories</a>, as well as some other categories in which jazz artists are included.</p><p> Thu, 02 Dec 2010 20:10:02 +0000 Justin Steyer 269 at http://kplu.org Grammy nominations announced