Jazz and Blues

Jazz & Blues
5:00 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Join KPLU for our 16th Annual Christmas Jam Holiday Concert and live broadcast!

The 16th Annual KPLU Christmas Jam, 88.5 KPLU’s much-anticipated FREE holiday concert, features guest artists, Gypsy jazz masters Pearl DjangoThursday, December 6, 2012 from noon to 1 p.m. at Lagerquist Hall in the Mary Baker Russell Music Center on the Pacific Lutheran University campus.  Pearl Django will perform Christmas selections with the University Jazz Ensemble under the direction of  Dr. David Deacon-Joyner.  The event will be hosted by KPLU’s Nick Morrison and broadcast live.

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun November 18, 2012

Lorraine Feather featured on Jazz Northwest

Lorraine Feather

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"Lorraine Feather was born in Manhattan. Her parents named her Billie Jane Lee Lorraine after godmother Billie Holiday, her mother Jane (formerly a big band singer), her mother's ex-roommate Peggy Lee, and the song "Sweet Lorraine." She is the daughter of the late jazz writer Leonard Feather."

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Latin Jazz nominees for tonight's Latin Grammy Awards

Tania Maria
Bruno Bollaert, volume12

The 13th Annual Latin Grammy Awards will  air live  in the United States on the Univision Network  from 8–11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central) tonight.

Here are the nominiees for the Best Latin Jazz Album:

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Jazz & Blues
11:52 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Bob French, New Orleans drummer and bandleader, has died

Bob French sits at his drum set prior to performing at the New Orleans club d.b.a. in 2007.
Morris Schaefer Bloomberg via Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 3:12 pm

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Jazz Northwest
2:24 pm
Sun November 11, 2012

Jazz Northwest for November 11

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This week on Jazz Northwest we'll hear some great resident musicians from Portland to Vancouver, and recordings from the 70s to the present.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

The sad and mysterious death of Hilton Ruiz

Hilton Ruiz
Washington DC Jazz Network

The talented and versatile Latin jazz and be-bop pianist Hilton Ruiz died in June of 2006 in New Orleans.  He'd gone there to make a video to accompany a CD he'd recorded, a tribute to and benefit for the recently flooded and hurricane-ravaged city. 

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun November 4, 2012

Threat of Beauty in concert on Jazz Northwest

Evan Flory-Barnes
Daniel Sheehan

Jazz Northwest

Bassist and composer Evan Flory-Barnes is the Featured Seattle Artist at this year's Earshot Jazz Festival and is playing six concerts at various locations during the festival, each with a different ensemble and distinct music.  

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Timbales provide the beat for Cuban dances

Bobby Sanabria on timbales
TOM EHRLICH © 2008

The drums known as timbales are yet another example of the uniquely Cuban inclination to mix European instrumentation with African rhythms.  Timbales fuel Cuban dances like the Danzón and the Mambo, and are widely used in Salsa music, Latin jazz and rock.

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Jazz Northwest
1:00 pm
Sun October 28, 2012

Sumi Tonooka on Jazz Northwest

Jazz Northwest

Pianist Sumi Tonooka was born in Philadelphia and has spent most of her career playing, touring and recording while based on the East Coast.  On this week's Jazz Northwest, she talks with Jim Wilke about her development as a musician and how and why she recently moved to Seattle.  

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Jazz Caliente
12:01 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Two prominent women in Latin Jazz

Jane Bunnett
taringa.net

Recognition for female instrumentalists in Jazz is rare enough, and it's even tougher for women in Latin Jazz. Most Latin cultures are still, shall we say, a bit chauvinistic.

Here are two women who have overcome cultural and other barriers to follow their dreams of creating music:

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Jazz Northwest
1:00 pm
Sun October 21, 2012

SRJO plays Jazz of the Harlem Renaissance on Jazz Northwest

The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, co-directed by Clarence Acox and Michael Brockman is featured on Jazz Northwest. The program highlights a concert of Jazz of the Harlem Renaissance with guests Meschiya Lake, a New Orleans-based singer of traditional jazz,  and narrator Robin Lloyd of KPLU, who describes scenes at the Apollo Ballroom where this music was first heard in the Twenties and Thirties.

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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 Northwest
1:00 pm
Sun October 14, 2012

Earshot Festival preview on Jazz NW

Seattle’s biggest jazz event of the year begins this weekend. The wide-ranging Earshot Jazz Festival runs over three weeks and includes over 50 concerts by international and regional musicians who perform in many combinations and locations.

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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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