Jazz and Blues

Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun June 2, 2013

Two-guitar trio in Ballard, and an anniversary in Pioneer Square on Jazz Northwest

John Stowell, Bruce Phares and Dave Peterson at Ballard Jazz Walk
Jim Wilke

Jazz Northwest visits two gigs this week. First is a two-guitar trio with John Stowell and Dave Peterson on guitars and Bruce Phares on bass playing at Skarbos during the Ballard Jazz Walk last April. The trio of long-time friends plays a set of standards in very comfortable surroundings with an attentive audience.

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Blues Time Machine
12:00 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

John Henry's legend lives through music

John Henry, Steel Driving Man
Ken Thomas

The Legend of John Henry is an iconic myth of American railroad history, a battle between man and steam drill. One of the intriguing things about the legend is that no one knows for sure if John Henry existed. At least part of the myth is based  on historical events from the mid-1800’s; some say the source lies in Alabama, others point to West Virginia, both places where significant railroad tunnels were dug.

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun May 26, 2013

Jazz Northwest for May 26

Joshua Wolff

The Sixth Annual Bellevue Jazz Festival starts next Wednesday and runs through the weekend.  There will be more than 40 live free performances in restaurants and other public areas in downtown Bellevue, plus three headliner concerts featuring Carlos Cascante y su Tumbao, Kendrick Scott Oracle, and the Cyrus Chestnut Trio + Stefon Harris.   This week we preview the festival and provide more info about other jazz events on Jazz Northwest.

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Blues Time Machine
8:00 am
Fri May 24, 2013

'Bring it on Home,' the long way through time

Sonny Boy Williamson

'Bring it on Home,' the long way through time

Sonny Boy Williamson was a blues originator who helped shape the sound of modern blues. In his life, he knew the first generation of Delta bluesmen, and would go on to see the birth of modern rock music. He played with Robert Johnson in the 1930’s, and with Eric Clapton in the 1960’s.

He was a major radio star in the 1940’s on King Biscuit Time, America’s first live blues radio show. He wrote dozens of songs that became blues standards, notably “Help Me” and “Eyesight to the Blind." He recorded “Bring It On Home” in 1963, but didn’t release it until 1966.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Two new Latin Jazz recordings to anticipate!

Gonzalo Rubalcaba
wikipedia

To be released this spring (date TBD): Gonzalo Rubalcaba's Volcan

This band is comprised of musical masters, experienced bandleaders and good friends:  Jose Armando Gola-bass, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez-drums, Giovanni  Hidalgo-congas and Gonzalo Rubalcaba-piano.

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun May 19, 2013

Saxophonist Tineke Postma in concert on Jazz Northwest

Tineke Postma at SAM
Daniel Sheehan

Noted Dutch saxophonist Tineke Postma recently played in Seattle as part of the Art Of Jazz Series at The Seattle Art Museum.  The concert was recorded for broadcast on Jazz Northwest and aired this Sunday, May 19 on 88.5, KPLU.

The Seattle appearance was the first for the saxophonist and composer who was on a nationwide tour that concluded with a performance at the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival at The Kennedy Center in Washington.  For her concert at SAM she was joined by Seattle musicians Tim Kennedy, piano, Evan Flory-Barnes, bass and D'Vonne Lewis, drums.

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Jazz & Blues
12:00 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

'High Water Everywhere' and the father of Delta Blues

Charley Patton
Charley Patton

The Blues Time Machine

Charley Patton is considered by many to be the father of Delta Blues. What does that actually mean? A combination of location, timing and talent, put him at the leading edge of the new musical direction of the 1920s. He was one of, if not the first, to play what we might recognize as blues.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Local Latin Jazz Forecast

Lary Barilleau and the Latin Jazz Collective
Kathleen Gillette

Two upcoming not-to-be missed performances of Latin jazz, Seattle-style:

Thursday May 16 (tonight)  Tula's, 2214 Second Avenue  Fred Hoadley's Sonando

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun May 12, 2013

New CD by Chris Amemiya & Jazz Coalescence debuts on Jazz Northwest, May 12

Chris Amemiya
Steve Korn

"In the Rain Shadow," a new release by trombonist Chris Amemiya & Jazz Coalescence is one of the features on this week's Jazz Northwest. This sextet includes several top Northwest jazz musicians, including Jay Thomas, Travis Ranney, John Hansen, Jon Hamar and Steve Korn in a live studio session at Music Works Northwest.  The CD has the benefit of imaginative arrangements as well as  the immediacy of a live performance and the quality of a studio recording.  The individual musicians are all at the top of their game.

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essentially ellington
5:17 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Three area high school jazz bands competing in prestigious festival

This image shows a jam session held in the Allen Room of the Lincoln Center on Friday, May 10, 2013.
Essentially Ellington's Facebook page

Three area high schools jazz bands are in New York this weekend to compete in the 18th annual Essentially Ellington Festival, the most prestigious high school jazz band competition in the country. 

Edmonds-Woodway High School, as well as bands from Seattle's Garfield and Roosevelt high schools are among the 15 national finalists from across the U.S. and Canada. 

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Jazz & Blues
12:00 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Early blues with fife & drum

Fife & Drum players

Early Blues with Fife & Drum

In 1942, Alan Lomax discovered a community of musicians in North Mississippi, who played their own hybrid music that was unmistakably African-sounding. Called “Fife & Drum” music because of its military background, it hearkens back to post Civil War days, when this special and local tradition originated.

Although drumming is a central element of African music, drumming was generally banned during the slavery era. With restrictions easing after the War, and the availability of one-time military drums, Fife and Drum music became a key part of North Mississippi culture.

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School of Jazz
12:45 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

KPLU School of Jazz-Volume 9 is now available

Several of Western Washington’s finest high school jazz programs and jazz professionals are showcased on KPLU School of Jazz-Volume 9, the station’s latest CD release which is the culmination of this year’s mentoring project.

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Jazz Northwest
12:43 am
Mon May 6, 2013

The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra plays Music of the Harlem Renaissance

Duke Ellington

This concert, given last month at Kirkland Performance Center, was the third SRJO musical program drawn from the rich cultural period of New York’s Harlem in the Twenties and Thirties when African-American writers, visual artists and musicians were creating new and in many cases, daring works.  The concert airs Sunday, May 5 at 2 PM Pacific. 

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Blues Time Machine
1:12 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Obscure origins of 'You Don't Love Me'

Willie Cobbs

The Blues Time Machine

"You Don’t Love Me" is a classic blues song that has roots in the 50's and is still being recorded and re-invented. Willie Cobbs, an Arkansas rice farmer, made his way to Chicago in the late 1940's, playing his blues on Maxwell Street, eventually releasing "You Don't Love Me" in 1961.

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Jazz Caliente
4:55 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Jazz Caliente salutes 2013 JJA winners

Edmar Castaneda
wikipedia

The Jazz Journalists annual awards for musicians were announced yesterday, May 1.  

Jazz Caliente celebrates Latin Jazz winners Luciana Souza (Best Female Vocalists), Bobby Sanabria (Best Percussionist), and Edmar Casteneda (Player of Instruments Rare in Jazz of the Year).

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