Justin Steyer

Director of Digital Strategy

Justin facilitates management of Pacific Public Media’s digital department,  while implementing new and improved systems and platforms. Additionally, he is responsible for creative user interaction and involvement, as he actively works to improve service to the audience and support for our new media activities.

Before joining the KPLU staff in 2009, Steyer worked as a Web Producer for The Seattle Times; prior to that, he was responsible for photography, video and online content at The Bellingham Herald and worked in the capacity as editor and photographer at other Western Washington publications. In 2007, Steyer was awarded the Mark of Excellence by the Society of Professional Journalists in the area of sports photography.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
10:45 am
Sun September 2, 2012

Bellingham vocalist Cheryl Jewell: Coming home to jazz

Vocalist Cheryl Jewell performing live in the KPLU Seattle Studios on August 2.
Justin Steyer KPLU

Bellingham jazz singer, Cheryl Jewell, was raised in Oak Harbor, Washington.  When she went to college in Bellingham, she fell in love with that city.  She left only to pursue her singing career in Chicago, Detroit and Los Angeles. 

After working for several years as a rock and country singer, Cheryl decided to move back to Bellingham and pursue her first musical love—jazz.  With the release of her first jazz CD, My Blue Heaven, Cheryl has placed herself on the top shelf of West Coast jazz singers. 

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KPLU Studio Sessions
3:26 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Karrin Allyson: Relaxin' in the KPLU studios

Karrin Allyson performing live in the KPLU studios on August 16, 2012.
Justin Steyer KPLU

Over the past 20 years, vocalist, Karrin Allyson, has recorded 13 albums that cover a vast musical territory. She’s explored The Great American Songbook, the musical styles of Brazil and France, the blues and the work of more contemporary songwriters. She’s recorded a tribute to John Coltrane, a CD of late-night ballads and earned 4 Grammy nominations.

Despite being so busy, every time her tour schedule brings her to Seattle, she visits her friend, jazz host Dick Stein, in the KPLU/Jazz24 performance studio to give us a sample of the music she currently exploring ... and there’s no telling what that might be.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
3:49 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Live in the KPLU Studios: A rare solo performance by Ramsey Lewis

In his visit to the KPLU studios this afternoon, we heard Ramsey in a very rare solo piano setting, playing songs that are dear to his heart.
Justin Steyer KPLU

Just in case you haven’t noticed, pianist Ramsey Lewis is having a great career. 

He’s won Grammy awards, hosted successful television and radio jazz programs and even had cross-over hit records on the pop music charts (quite by accident, he assures us).  He’s been playing professionally since about 1950 and has released more than 80 albums so far. 

KPLU Studio Sessions
12:07 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

The Cookers: Bebop supergroup

Left to right: Billy Harper (sax), David Weiss (trumpet), and Eddie Henderson (trumpet) perform live in the KPLU studios on June 26.
Justin Steyer KPLU

If we were to make a list of all the recording and composing credits of the members of The Cookers, it would go on for many pages. 

This is an amazing collection of jazz musicians—Billy Hart (drums), Cecil McBee (bass), Eddie Henderson (trumpet), David Weiss (trumpet), Billy Harper (sax) and George Cables (piano). 

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KPLU Studio Sessions
1:15 pm
Sat May 26, 2012

Blues singer Janiva Magness takes the next step

Blues powerhouse, Janiva Magness, performing in the KPLU Seattle studios on May 15, 2012.
Justin Steyer KPLU

Blues singer Janiva Magness just released a new CD, Stronger For It, and was recently in town performing at Jazz Alley. She and her 4-piece band visited KPLU’s Seattle Studio and performed 4 songs from the new CD. It’s her 9th release, but the first to feature songs written by her.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
12:46 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

All-Star Trio: Jack DeJohnette, Chick Corea and Stanley Clark

Legendary drummer Jack DeJohnette in the KPLU studios on May 11, 2012.
Justin Steyer KPLU

Drummer Jack DeJohnette was 23 years old when he made his first recording with The Charles Lloyd Quartet in 1966.  Since that time he’s been a driving (and we do mean ‘driving’) force in the world of jazz.  This year he’ll be celebrating his birthday (August 9th) all year long with a number of special events, such as his current tour with his old friends, Chick Corea on piano and Stanley Clarke on bass.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
5:00 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

The Tierney Sutton Band: A true group effort

Tierney Sutton performing live in the KPLU studios on May 2, 2012.
Justin Steyer KPLU

Singer Tierney Sutton’s band were in deep discussion five minutes before their live in-studio performance on KPLU last Wednesday, trying to decide which three songs to play for our audience. It was just one example of how interconnected each member of this quartet really is.

We learned more about each band member’s extra-musical skills were divided, how they’d go about sharing their surely impending Grammy Award (they've been nominated for five so far), and Tierney told us about walking the fine line as lyrical story teller and vocal improviser.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
12:00 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Christian McBride: The bass boss

Bassist Christian McBride and pianist Peter Martin perform in the KPLU studios on April 5, 2012.
Justin Steyer KPLU

In the first generation of be-bop musicians, Ray Brown was King of the Jazz Bass.  Today, the ‘go-to’ jazz bassist is Christian McBride, so we felt quite lucky when he said he had the time to stop into to KPLU studios for a performance with pianist, Peter Martin.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
1:19 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Lynne Arriale: Pianist with that 'something extra'

When pianist Lynne Arriale released her first CD in 1994, KPLU began playing music from it right away.  It was clear to us that Lynne had that "something extra" that separates good musicians from great musicians.

Over the course of her career she’s continued to build on that quality, so we were especially pleased to finally welcome her as a guest artist in our Seattle performance studio.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
2:12 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Benny Golson: The second half-century

Benny Golson perfroms in the KPLU studios on February 29, 2012.
Justin Steyer KPLU

Tenor saxophonist/composer, Benny Golson is now in his second half-century as a touring and recording jazz artist.  He began performing almost 60 years ago and recorded his first LP as a bandleader 55 years ago … and if his stop by the KPLU studios last week is any indication, he shows no signs of slowing down now.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
12:00 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Kim Wilson delivers a blues smackdown in the KPLU studios

Blues singer and harmonica player, Kim Wilson, thinks it’s very healthy for people to drop their emotional guard every now and then and let themselves get smacked around by a great blues performance. 

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KPLU Studio Sessions
12:30 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Arturo Sandoval: Happy, with a heart full of music

Trumpet legend Arturo Sandoval performing live in the KPLU Seattle studios on January 13.
Justin Steyer KPLU

"If you’ve got music in your heart, you’re gonna be a happy person, no matter what."

That’s what trumpeter Arturo Sandoval told KPLU's Jazz on the Grooveyard host Kevin Kniestedt, as he recalls growing up in rural Cuba and having a trumpet teacher tell him (at age 10) that he had no talent and should not pursue music. 

Obviously, Sandoval, who is now known as one of the world’s foremost jazz trumpeters, didn’t listen to the teacher and it’s a pure delight to hear him tell the story in this latest installment of KPLU's Studio Sessions. 

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Holiday Music
2:00 pm
Thu December 22, 2011

Enjoy the 15th Annual KPLU Christmas Jam

Gail Pettis sings at the KPLU Christmas Jam at PLU on Dec. 8, 2011.
John Froschauer PLU

KPLU was pleased to welcome back our special guest from last year, award-winning Northwest jazz vocalist Gail Pettis to the 15th Annual Christmas Jam on December 8. Along with the PLU Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. David Deacon-Joyner, Pettis performed numerous holiday classics.

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NW Craft Brews
2:18 pm
Fri December 16, 2011

The Friday beer: 4 winter ales to warm your holidays (in bottles)

Left to right: Ninkasi's Sleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt, Hopworks' Abominable Winter Ale, Rouge's Yellow Snow IPA, and Elyisan's Bifrost Winter Ale.
Justin Steyer KPLU

If you don't want to brave the chill winds for that walk to your favorite watering hole, here's four Pacific Northwest winter craft beers you can tote home in 22 oz bottles.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
7:23 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Sophie Milman: A young jazz singer on the move

Sophie Milman performs in the KPLU Seattle studios on November 29, 2011.
Justin Steyer KPLU

It would seem that jazz vocalist, Sophie Milman is in motion constantly.  She was born in Russia, raised in Israel and moved to Canada when she was in her late teens.  Now, at age 27, she’s just released her 6th CD and seems to be perpetually on tour.

With someone moving as fast as Sophie, we were lucky to get her and her band into the KPLU studios for a live performance/interview, hosted by Kevin Kniestedt.

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