Jazz and Blues

KPLU Schedule Changes
12:00 am
Sun October 21, 2012

Schedule changes coming to KPLU's Sunday lineup

Beginning Sunday, October 28 we’re making some changes to our Sunday program schedule. Here’s a summary:

PIANO JAZZ

I decided to drop Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland because the show has been in reruns for over two years and listening has dropped off significantly over that time. It was not an easy decision as Marian McPartland has been on KPLU for 32 years!

If you still want to listen to Piano Jazz you can subscribe to the podcast: http://www.npr.org/rss/rss.php?id=24

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Three noteworthy Latin music documentaries

Musician Francisco Aguabella in 2011.
Lori Shepler Los Angeles Times

In my never-ending quest to learn as much as possible about the music I love, I often run across interesting books and movies that I'll occasionally share with you on Jazz Caliente.

While not specifically Latin jazz, these movies caught my eye recently, and each provides some insight into various Afro-Cuban music styles:

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Jazz Caliente
12:47 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Legends of Latin Jazz come to Seattle and Tacoma

Candido Camero in concert 2008
Wikipedia

Mark your calendar for some great live Latin Jazz in October and November!

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NPR jazz
8:39 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Thelonious Monk and Art Blakey: 24 years of telepathy

Cover art to the 1957 recording Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers With Thelonious Monk.
Atlantic Records

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 10:10 am

Wednesday is the birthday anniversary of pianist and composer Thelonious Monk. Thursday is the birthday anniversary of drummer Art Blakey. The two were born two years and one day apart: Monk in 1917, Blakey in 1919. The two are among the most influential musicians in jazz history, and — appropriately, somehow — were close colleagues throughout their careers. In fact, Blakey played on Monk's first three recording sessions as a bandleader.

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Jazz & Blues
5:00 am
Mon October 8, 2012

KPLU School of Jazz is accepting applications for next year's program

KPLU is now accepting applications for 2012/2013 (Volume 9) from schools that are new to the School of Jazz program. The goal is to work with diverse schools and jazz programs: those with award-winning jazz bands, those who crave mentoring, and/or those who want the experience of recording a CD.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Here's a rundown of the Latin Grammy Awards

Poncho Sanchez
Jeff Croft

Conguero and bandleader Poncho Sanchez will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Latin Recording Academy (Latin Grammys) in November.  Poncho's collaboration with trumpeter Terence Blanchard Chano y Dizzy is also nominated for Best Latin Jazz Album.

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NPR jazz
10:20 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Diana Krall Brings Sexy Back In Time

Mark Seliger Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 12:26 pm

When listening to Diana Krall's fun, smart new recording Glad Rag Doll, it's helpful to consider a question recently posed by Gyp Rosetti, the sensitive psychopath lending sparks to this season of HBO's Prohibition-era series Boardwalk Empire.

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It's The Fall Pledge Drive!
12:00 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Fall Fund Drive: 5 of your favorite studio sessions from the past year

The Fall Fund Drive is already half way over, and will end at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday. If you enjoy our studio sessions, and all of the programming you hear each day on KPLU, please show your support today and help us reach our goal of $400,000 in 4 days before time runs out!

Speaking of studio sessions, let's take a look back at the five most popular in-studio performances from the past year:

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Clave is key in Latin jazz

Clave (klah-vay) is the basic defining rhythm of Latin Jazz and other types of African, Cuban,  South American and even Australian Aboriginal music.  The claves are wooden sticks used to produce the rhythm.

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NPR jazz
3:12 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Sure the job market's tough, but jazz is also a liberal arts education

David Liebman.
Naoki Hayashi Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 9:17 am

For conservatory-trained jazz musicians, it's a scary job market out there. Saxophonist Dave Liebman, an NEA Jazz Master and veteran statesman, paints a bleak picture:

In the current world of jazz education, the situation vis a vis graduating more and more of the most equipped musicians in history (every year more so) in stark contrast to the scarcity of paid performance and recording opportunities has assumed epic disproportion. To deny this would be like ignoring global warming. Serious educators are and should be concerned.

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Ticket Giveaway
9:21 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Win tickets to see vocalist Kurt Elling at Jazz Alley

Enter here to win!

The Gate (2011) pointed Elling in a new and satisfyingly emotional direction. He has somehow found a way to make a deeply personal statement out of the music of King Crimson, Joe Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and the Beatles, in addition to providing a new and vibrant understanding of Miles Davis, Bill Evans, and Herbie Hancock. That Elling is first and foremost a jazz singer makes the work searching and enthralling. His phrasing is cool and meditative as he ventures into areas usually reserved for instrumentalists. As a lyricist, Elling breathes new life into gems previously known only for their melodies.

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Take Five
12:20 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Cannonball Adderley: 5 Songs From A Joyous Soul

Cannonball Adderley.
Michael Ochs Archives Getty Images

Originally published on Sun September 16, 2012 5:56 pm

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Chico and Rita – A Cuban jazz love story

The animated film Chico y Rita was released to DVD this week.  It's been playing in the UK and in film festivals world-wide for two years, to glowing reviews. It was nominated Best Animated Feature Film for the 2012 Oscars.

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Jazz Caliente
12:01 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

D’Rivera, Sandoval's music banned at 'home,' famous in exile

Arturo Sandoval

The music of saxophonist/clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera and trumpeter/ pianist Arturo Sandoval has been censored from Cuban airwaves for decades now,  since they both defected to the U.S.  

Bandmates and founding members of the legendary Cuban group Irakere, both took advantage of musical world tours to make their escape.  Both have also gone on to make incredibly successful international careers, but still, it has to hurt to know that your name has been erased from your native country's cultural history.

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Jazz & Blues
11:30 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Heavy Metal from the Delta - "When The Levee Breaks"

The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 was a disaster that reshaped the South. With flooding in 10 states, the river below Memphis reached 60 miles across in some places. Not only was farmland swallowed up, but many poor blacks were forced to work rebuilding levees. With no crop that year, many headed north in what was part of a large migration to urban centers.

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