Robin Lloyd

Midday Jazz Host

Robin Lloyd was born and raised in the Detroit area. She performed radio plays in junior high and high school, took various radio apprenticeships in high school and college, and has held a number of different positions at community and public radio stations in Michigan and Western Washington, including Jazz and Blues Host, Producer, Production Manager, Station Operations Manager and Program Director. Robin is married to drummer Michael Slivka; together they manage a household full of dogs, cats and percussion.

Her most memorable KPLU moment: dancing with the Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indians on stage at Jazz Alley on my birthday.

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Jazz and Blues
10:00 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Jazz April Birthday: Bessie Smith

Bessie Smith 1894-1937
wikipedia

Bessie Smith started out as a street musician in Chattanooga.  She was mentored in traveling shows and vaudeville by Ma Rainey.

By the early 1920s she was one of the most popular Blues singers in vaudeville.

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Jazz and Blues
10:00 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Jazz April Birthday: Herbie Hancock

Herbie Hancock
jazzuality.com

Pianist, bandleader, composer and producer Herbie Hancock has had a career that's lasted five decades and garnered 14 Grammy® Awards.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Cuban guitar master Manuel Galbán's music lives on

Manuel Galbán 1931-2011
(Credit: Alejandro Perez/HiRes)

Ry Cooder called him a "guitar wizard."

Jon Pareles of The New York Times wrote in 2003:  “Mr. Galbán was one of the wonders of Cuban music in the 1960s.  His playing pulled together two almost contradictory approaches: the floating reverb of surf guitar and the percussive, snapping sound of the tres, the small guitar that’s a fulcrum between rhythm and melody in Cuban son groups.”

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Jazz and Blues
10:00 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Jazz April Birthday: Joey DeFrancesco

Joey DeFrancesco
theamiagency.com

The incredibly talented organist Joey DeFrancesco comes from a musical family, brought up in the rich Philadelphia jazz scene: his grandfather played reeds, his dad Papa John DeFrancesco is a fine jazz organist.  Joey went to jazz clubs with his father and learned the piano and the B-3, and by age 6, he was sitting in on his father's gigs.

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Jazz and Blues
10:00 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Jazz April Birthday: Carmen McRae

Carmen McRae
Ron Hudson

Singer, composer, pianist, and actress Carmen McRae was considered one of the most influential jazz vocalists of the 20th century. 

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Jazz and Blues
12:00 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Jazz April Birthday: Stanley Turrentine

Stanley Turrentine
Francis Wolff Mosiac Records

His unmistakable big warm sound was based in the blues, and he polished it on the road as a 17 year-old addition to bluesman Lowell Fulson's band in the early 1950s.  That band also included Ray Charles.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Prolific percussion master Paulinho da Costa

Paulinho da Costa
drummerworld.com

Paulinho da Costa was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, and like many master percussionists, started exploring rhythms at a very early age.

Playing over two hundred percussion instruments, he has participated in thousands of recording sessions, Grammy Award-winning albums, hit songs, movie soundtracks, radio and television commercials.  He's collaborated with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie and Quincy Jones to Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie.

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Jazz and Blues
12:00 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Jazz April Birthday: Organist Jimmy McGriff

Jimmy McGriff 1936-2008
© Jack Vartoogian/FrontRowPhotos

One of the most popular jazz and blues organists, Jimmy McGriff was born in Philadelphia, a city which was known for its many great Hammond B-3 players:   Jimmy Smith, Trudy Pitts and Charles Earland, to name just a few.

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Jazz and Blues
12:00 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Jazz April birthday: Trumpeter Booker Little

Booker Little 1938-1961
danmillerjazz.com

Jazz April has begun! 

Many influential jazz musicians were born in this month, and we'll be celebrating both the legendary and the lesser-known by telling you a little more about their lives and music on their birthdays.

Booker Little was one of a handful of trumpeters born in 1938 (the list includes Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard) who were touched by Clifford Brown’s genius and ready to take be-bop to the next level.

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Jazz and Blues
12:00 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Celebrate Jazz April!

Jazz April
Jazz Journalists Association

Jazz April is the combination of Jazz Appreciation Month and the second annual International Jazz Day, April 30, 2013.

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Jazz Caliente
12:18 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

A giant of Cuban music, Bebo Valdes dies

Bebo Valdes 1918-2013
FOTOSONS.COM

Bebo Valdes, Cuban pianist, composer, arranger and bandleader died Friday March 22, 2013.  He was 94.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Award-winning trumpeter Arturo Sandoval returns to Seattle

Arturo Sandoval
kuumbwajazz.org

A protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, a founding member of the innovative Cuban group Irakere, a renowned classical musician who performs regularly with symphony orchestras around the world:  trumpeter, pianist and composer Arturo Sandoval returns to Seattle's Jazz Alley this week.

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Jazz Caliente
11:05 am
Thu March 14, 2013

How the Puerto Ricans saved Afro-Cuban Jazz

The extremely quotable drummer, percussionist, producer and educator Bobby Sanabria
Joe Conzo, Jr.

“If it wasn’t for the Puerto Rican community of Spanish Harlem, of the South Bronx, Afro Cuban music would never have survived in this country, and expanded to the heights that it has.”—Bobby Sanabria from the film “From Mambo to Hip Hop”

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Innovators in Cuban Jazz: Grupo Irakere

Irakere album cover
stereophile.com

The pioneering Cuban jazz band, Irakere, nurtured some of Cuba's leading musicians who went on to gain international fame.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Latin Jazz Birthday: Willie Bobo

Willie Bobo February 28, 1934-September 15, 1983
afrocubanlatinjazz4.blogspot.com

William Correa was born to Puerto Rican parents in Brooklyn, and was raised surrounded by music in El Barrio.  At 14 he began learning to play bongos, later graduating to conga, timbales and trap drums.  

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