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Jazz Northwest
1:00 pm
Sun April 20, 2014

Kendra Shank And John Stowell Performing At SAM

Kendra Shank and John Stowell in concert at Seattle Art Museum.
Jim Levitt

Former Seattle resident Kendra Shank now lives in New York, and John Stowell resides in Portland when he's not touring. They first performed together in Portland over twenty years ago but when they re-discovered how much they liked making music together, it resulted in a new CD "New York Conversations."

The duo is currently on a West Coast tour with 13 dates which began in Seattle with a concert at The Seattle Art Museum.

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Jazz Northwest
1:07 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

12th Annual Ballard Jazz Festival Preview

Mimi Fox, appearing at this year's Ballard Jazz Festival.
David Belove

Jazz artists from around the US will join resident musicians April 16-19 for the 12th annual Ballard Jazz Festival, and Jazz Northwest samples some of the music to be heard over the four-day event.   Festival artists featured this week on Jazz Northwest include Corey Christiansen, Jay Thomas, George Colligan, Thomas Marriott, Mimi Fox, and Sonny Fortune.

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Studio Sessions
2:30 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Martin Taylor Strikes Again

Guitarist, Martin Taylor, performing live in the KPLU Seattle studios.
Justin Steyer KPLU

Over the past several years, solo jazz guitarist, Martin Taylor, has basically become one of the gang here at KPLU. 

He’s such good company and such a brilliant guitarist that we invite him into our studios for a session almost every time he comes to town. 

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Jazz Northwest
12:00 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Susan Pascal's "Soul Sauce" Quintet At Tula's

Vibist Susan Pascal is a versatile musician who leads her ensembles in a variety of music. On previous appearances on Jazz Northwest she has played the music of The Modern Jazz Quartet at Seattle Art Museum and led a Standards Quintet at Tula's. 

Recently she brought her "Soul Sauce" Quintet to Tula's to play the music of the Latin jazz vibist Cal Tjader. 

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Studio Sessions
2:13 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Relive Our Live Studio Session With The David Sanborn Trio

Left to right: Joey DeFrancesco, Gene Lake and David Sanborn performing live in the KPLU studios.
Justin Steyer KPLU

It’s the final day of the KPLU spring pledge drive! To show our appreciation for your support, we were thrilled to invite The David Sanborn trio into our Seattle studios this afternoon for an electrifying live studio session, hosted by Abe Beeson. Accompanying Sanborn were organ master Joey DeFrancesco and drummer Gene Lake. 

Please consider how much great live jazz is worth to you make a gift today, in whatever amount fits, to help us reach our goal of 3,600 listeners to make a gift by the end of the day today. 

Make your pledge today!

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Jazz Northwest
1:00 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

Jazz Northwest: March 30, 2014

Jazz Northwest
1:00 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

The Duke Meets The Bard — Part 2

Duke Ellington's Such Sweet Thunder (1957) was inspired by and dedicated to the Stratford, Ontario Shakespeare Festival. This suite of musical portraits of Shakespearean characters ranks among his finest work. 

The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra and the Seattle Shakespeare Company teamed up in February to present the first known performance of Ellington's music combined with related scenes from Shakespeare's plays.

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Studio Sessions
4:55 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Anton Schwartz Quintet Featuring Dominick Farinacci & Eric Reed

Anton Schwartz performing live in the KPLU Seattle studio on March 11, 2014.
Justin Steyer KPLU

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When he began his recording career, and for some time thereafter, saxophonist, Anton Schwartz made his home in San Francisco.

Now, though, he splits his time between San Francisco and Seattle so we invited our new neighbor to the KPLU performance studio to play some music and talk about his new CD, Flash Mob.

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Jazz Northwest
1:00 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

The Duke Meets The Bard In 'Such Sweet Thunder'

  In 1957, Duke Ellington completed and presented "Such Sweet Thunder" in concert for the first time. Working with Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington composed a suite of musical portraits of characters from Shakespeare's plays; Hamlet, Lady MacBeth, Caesar, Cleopatra, Henry V, Iago and others. 

In two unique performances last month, The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra was joined by actors from the Seattle Shakespeare Company to perform the Ellington suite with related excerpts from Shakespeare's plays. 

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Studio Sessions
12:39 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Terence Blanchard's "Magnetic" Studio Session

Terence Blanchard performing live in the KPLU Seattle Studios.
Justin Steyer KPLU

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Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and New Orleans native Terence Blanchard and his sextet stopped by the KPLU Seattle studios for a performance and interview hosted by jazz host, Mary McCann. 

Watch the group perform the title track off his latest album, Magnetic. 

Behind The Beat
5:00 am
Tue March 4, 2014

This, We Agree, Was The First-Ever Recorded Rock And Roll Song

John Lee Hooker
Stevesworldofphotos Flickr

What was the first recorded rock and roll song?

Before we can answer that question, we have to go back and figure out the ingredients of rock and roll. We can identify three most important ingredients: gospel, jump and blues. 

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Jazz Northwest
1:00 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

Jazz Northwest Checks Out The Local Scene

This week on Jazz Northwest, we check out some new releases by The Young Lizards, Scenes, Dee Daniels and others. On the live music scene, The Portland Jazz Festival ends this weekend, but the Frank DeMiero Jazz Festival begins Thursday with Dee Daniels back in the area to sing.

We'll also sample some of the music to be heard at the Highline Classic Jazz Festival next Saturday and include an old record with Ken Wiley playing trombone! (It is an electrical recording)

Jazz Northwest
1:00 pm
Sun February 23, 2014

Panama Hotel Jazz By Steve Griggs

The Panama Hotel in old Japan town, Seattle, c. 1929

The Panama Hotel is more than a century old and it still operates today in what was known as Japan Town, between China Town and the historic Jackson Street district in Seattle. 

Jamie Ford's novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet captures the World War II era when the hotel became a focal point for the Japanese community, when Japanese Americans were being forcibly removed from coastal areas and sent to inland internment camps.

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Studio Sessions
2:31 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Cécile McLorin Salvant: Creation And Resurrection (Of Songs)

Cécile McLorin Salvant performing live in the KPLU Seattle studios on February 19, 2014.
Justin Steyer KPLU

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Cecile McLorin Salvant is one of the best young jazz singers to appear on the scene in years.  She’s the prefect combination of what many think a great singer should be.  She creates her own songs, allowing us to see the world through her eyes and she also combs American music history looking for semi-obscure gems to polish and present to a new audience. 

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Jazz Northwest
1:00 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

Phil Sparks Trio with Rob Scheps, D'Vonne Lewis

Phil Sparks is one of the Seattle area's most popular jazz bass players, and every Friday afternoon he leads a hand-picked jazz trio for an informal session at The Latona Pub during Happy Hour from 5 p.m.to 7 p.m. 

Most of Seattle's top players have played here with Phil Sparks, and the personnel changes from week to week. It's crowded, it's noisy, but it IS happy and the nearest listeners are drawn in to the energetic but acoustic music. 

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