Abe Beeson

Evening Jazz Host

Abe grew up in Western Washington, a 3rd generation Seattle/Tacoma kid. It was as a student at Pacific Lutheran University that Abe landed his first job at KPLU, editing and producing audio for news stories. It was a Christmas Day shift no one else wanted that gave Abe his first on-air experience which led to overnights, then Saturday afternoons, and he's been hosting Evening Jazz since 1998.

His most memorable KPLU radio moments include introducing Dave Brubeck, Ray Charles, Oscar Peterson and other greats; attending the San Sebastian Jazz Festival in Spain with a group of KPLU jazz fans; and locking himself out of the station on a particularly cold winter night.

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Earshot Jazz Festival
11:25 am
Mon October 31, 2011

The Bad Plus ‘rocked!’ at Earshot Jazz as festival continues

The Bad Plus rocked the house during Earshot Jazz Festival.

The Bad Plus aren’t the kind of trio that swings, you’re much more likely to hear after-show comments like “That rocked!” or “Those guys are epic!”

Playing songs mostly from their upcoming as-yet-untitled new album, the trio used all of the acoustic advantages of Seattle’s Town Hall – having no problem filling the room with at-times pounding piano-bass-n-drums, at times so quiet as to have all of us in the audience holding our breath.

Read the full review on Groove Notes.

KPLU Studio Sessions
12:00 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

The Jazz Crusaders: Putting the 'Jazz' back into the 'Crusaders'

Wayne Henderson, one of the original Jazz Crusaders members, stopped by the KPLU studios with the rest of the band on Thursday for an interview & performance hosted by Abe Beeson.
Justin Steyer KPLU

When Joe Sample (piano), Wilton Felder (saxophone), and Wayne Henderson (trombone) moved from Houston to LA to being their collective recording career, they called their band The Jazz Crusaders.  Their focus was acoustic be-bop tinged with R&B and soul music.  In 1971, they dropped the word ‘Jazz’ from their name, began delving into jazz-funk and became world-famous as The Crusaders

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KPLU Studio Sessions
11:55 am
Fri June 10, 2011

Allen Toussaint live at KPLU

Pianist, vocalist, producer and songwriting legend (and Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame inductee), Allen Toussaint stopped by the KPLU studios on June 1 and took us on a sweet and uplifting trip to New Orleans with his music.

Mr. Toussaint has crossed many paths in his illustrious career in music. He has produced, written for, and performed with music giants such as Dr. John, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Boz Scaggs and Irma Thomas to name a few.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
10:35 am
Wed June 8, 2011

Regina Carter Trio's live performance in the KPLU studios

We were pleased to welcome jazz violin virtuoso, Regina Carter to the KPLU studios on June 1 for a unique performance and interview with Evening Jazz host, Abe Beeson.

Accompanying Carter were Will Holshouser on accordion, and Yacouba Sissoko on the kora, a beautiful and unique African harp. The trio performed two selections from Carter’s latest CD, Reverse Thread: Kanou and N’teri (video below) which explore African music in very fresh, surprising and delightful ways.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
7:40 am
Thu May 19, 2011

Kindred spirits: Taylor Eigsti & Becca Stevens

Taylor Eigsti (left) and Becca Stevens rehearse "In the Midst" before performing live on KPLU May 16, 2011.

Pianist, Taylor Eigsti and vocalist/guitarist, Becca Stevens, stopped by the KPLU Seattle studios on May 16th to brighten an otherwise rainy Monday afternoon in the Pacific Northwest with an performance and interview, hosted by Evening Jazz host Abe Beeson.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
8:30 am
Thu May 5, 2011

Joe Lovano Us Five - Taking Bird to new heights

We were pleased to welcome Joe Lovano and his group, "Us Five," into our studios on April 29 for a live on-air performance in-front of a group of KPLU Leadership members.

Live sessions in the KPLU Performance Studio are always fun.  However, when saxophonist, Joe Lovano, stopped by with his group, Us Five, it was more than fun.  It was also an honor. 

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KPLU Studio Sessions
7:35 am
Wed March 30, 2011

Jake Shimabukuro: Defying genres to bring the ukulele mainland and mainstream

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 recently featured in an installment of Artscape, which explored the rising popularity of the ukulele in local schools.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
3:02 pm
Mon March 14, 2011

John Pizzarelli: Always ‘on’, always John

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.

When he visited us recently for this performance/interview with Abe Beeson, several members of the KPLU Leadership Circle attended the event, and John Pizzarelli played to this small group the same way he'd play to a full house at Lincoln Center.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
9:56 am
Wed February 16, 2011

Benny Green — Remembering Monk … and Shearing

Benny Green joined us in the KPLU Seattle studios on February 15, 2011 for an amazing performance & interview, hosted by Abe Beeson.

When pianist Benny Green 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. 

That was the plan, anyway ...

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KPLU Studio Sessions
3:44 pm
Mon February 14, 2011

Who is Esperanza Spalding?

Esperanza Spalding shocked millions Sunday night as she beat out teen heartthrob Justin Bieber, among others, in the category of "Best New Artist."

Esperanza Spalding walked into the KPLU Seattle studios like some teenaged gunslinger. However, she’d been working full time in music for most of her 25 years, and her chosen weapon was a double-bass that reached just above her impressive afro.

Now a Grammy Award winner for Best New Artist (take that, Justin Bieber!), I’ve recently enjoyed listening back to our meeting a year ago, and specifically our interview.

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