Jazz and Blues

Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

The misunderstood drum

Conga drums
ehow.com

The Name

What North Americans call conga drums are actually "tumbadoras." 

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

The Great American Songbook V with Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra and guests on Jazz Northwest

Stephanie Porter with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra
Jim Levitt

Highlights from a concert by the Seattle Repertory Jazz  Orchestra featuring the Great American Songbook aired on Jazz Northwest on Sunday, July 7 at 2 PM PDT.  The concert features Stephanie Porter and Primo Kim as guest vocalists with the SRJO, co-directed by Clarence Acox and Michael Brockman. This is the fifth program in a series featuring great popular songs by George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter and others.

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Blues Time Machine
12:00 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Still 'Broke and Hungry' 80 years later

Blind Lemon Jefferson

The Blues Time Machine

Blind Lemon Jefferson was one of the defining guitarists of Texas Blues of the 1920’s. Influenced by the country and gospel music of Texas, he also heard Mexican music played by farm workers. His unique guitar style and high, eerie voice were memorable; he recorded over 100 songs and was one of the best known bluesmen of his day. Some of his other well-known songs are “Black Snake Moan” and “Matchbox Blues”. He recorded “Broke and Hungry “ in 1926.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Where are the high honors for America's Latin Jazz artists?

Paquito D' Rivera, NEA Jazz Master and National Medal of Arts honoree
Lane Pederson

Looking over the list of the recently announced 2014 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters prompted me to search through the history of the awards for any Latin Jazz artists who have been so honored.

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun June 30, 2013

New York musicians from Chilliwack and Walla Walla returning for Northwest gigs

Bria Skonberg
Tom Concordia

The Pacific Northwest has continued to produce an unbroken stream of excellent musicians since the days of Ray Charles, Quincy Jones and Ernestine Anderson.  This week on Jazz Northwest, we'll introduce you to Bria Skonberg, a trumpet player and singer from Chilliwack, BC who's now active in New York.  She'll return to the Pacific Northwest to teach and perform at Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend at the end of July.

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Blues Time Machine
12:00 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

'My Babe' has gospel roots

The Gospel of the Blues

The Blues Time Machine

Chances are you know the song “My Babe”, made popular by Little Walter in 1955. Except for the lyrics, “My Babe” is nearly identical to the gospel song “This Train is Bound For Glory”, a song that reaches back to the 1920’s.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Historical Latin jazz in book, CD compilation

Cover of Basilio Serrano's book about Juan Tizol
latinjazznet.com

Puerto Rican-born valve trombonist Juan Tizol was a major force in Duke Ellington's orchestra.  With his classical training, an ability to transpose on the spot, skills as a copyist, sight-reader, proofreader of scores and as a composer, he was indispensable to the band.  

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Jazz and Blues
11:45 am
Mon June 24, 2013

The 'Lion of the Blues' Bobby Blue Bland dies

Bobby Blue Bland
wikipedia

Known as the "Lion of the Blues" or the "Sinatra of the Blues," for his ability to sing smooth ballads as well as shout the low-down blues, Bobby Blue Bland started singing gospel in Memphis.  

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun June 23, 2013

Eric Verlinde Quartet in concert on Jazz Northwest, June 23

Pianist and composer Eric Verlinde leads a quartet in an Art of Jazz concert on the next Jazz Northwest on Sunday, June 23 at 2 PM.  The concert highlights come from a monthly series presented by Earshot Jazz at The Seattle Art Museum.   Joining Eric Verlinde in this concert are Thomas Marriott, trumpet and flugelhorn, Dean Schmidt, electric bass and Jeff Busch on drums.

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Blues Time Machine
12:00 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Slide guitar wizardry surfaced in 'Stranger Blues'

Slide Guitar Master Tampa Red

The Blues Time Machine

Tampa Red was a slide guitar pioneer who helped create the template for modern blues. His distinctive use of single-string slide melodies in the 1920’s would go on to influence virtually every slide player who followed him, including Big Bill Broonzy and Muddy Waters.

In the days before amplification, he played a steel-bodied resonator guitar, the loudest and showiest guitar available. And he was one of the early adopters of the electric guitar, making the switch in the 1940’s.

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Jazz and Blues
12:00 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Seattle author and Seattle broadcaster win National awards

Jim Wilke
Steve Korn

Two Seattle natives have been honored by the Jazz Journalists Association Awards for Journalism and Media. 

Seattle author Paul de Barros was presented with the Best Book About Jazz award for his in-depth biography Shall We Play That One Together? The Life and Art of Jazz Piano Legend Marian McPartland.

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Jazz and Blues
8:00 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Join us for KPLU's 2013 Summer Jazz Brunch Cruise!

KPLU's Summer Jazz Brunch Cruise is Sunday, August 25.   Join us for a relaxing, two-and-a-half hour cruise on Elliott Bay aboard the Royal Argosy. 

Enjoy a scrumptious all-you-can-eat brunch, spectacular views, and great music from this year's special guest artist--one of the finest up-and-coming international jazz talents and freshest voices to come along in years--Halie Loren--performing with her quartet.

KPLU's Jazz Brunch Cruises are a summertime favorite for Northwest residents and out-of-town guests. 

This year's cruise will be emceed by KPLU jazz host Kevin Kniestedt.  The boat leaves Seattle's Pier 56 at 10:30 a.m. and returns at 1 p.m.  Tickets are $65.

Get detailed information and purchase your tickets HERE.

Thanks to the LaConner Chamber of Commerce for their support.

Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

Bert Wilson featured on Jazz NW June 16

Bert Wilson (1939-2013)

Bert Wilson was an inspiration, mentor, and brilliant saxophonist who passed on June 6 in Olympia at age 73.  Some of his large output of music was featured on Jazz Northwest on Sunday June 16 at 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 KPLU and kplu.org. Although not widely known to the jazz public, he was sought out by saxophonists who regarded him as a guru of improvisation, extended techniques and the history of the instrument.

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun June 9, 2013

Jazz Northwest for June 9

Multi-instrumentalist Jay Thomas has two tunes with "Cantaloupe" in the title on his latest CD  ("Cantaloupe Island" and "Cantaloupe Woman."  His quartet has hence become known as  "The Cantaloupes" and they've been playing many gigs around the area.  We'll hear them this week on Jazz Northwest , plus a pair of Portland singers Mary Kadderly & Nancy King, Chris Amemiya and Jazz Coalescence, more - plus best bets for live jazz in the coming week including samples from an upcoming Brazilian Choro festival!

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Jazz & Blues
12:00 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

"All Your Love" tracked through time

Otis Rush

Otis Rush brought such passion and emotion to his singing and guitar playing that his music has been called “frighteningly intense”. Rush never achieved the commercial success that he might have, but along with Buddy Guy and Magic Sam, he is acknowledged to be one of the architects of the Chicago blues sound of the 1950’s and 1960’s.

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