Jazz and Blues

Blues Time Machine
12:00 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

'Kokomo Blues' Among the Roots of 'Sweet Home Chicago'

“Sweet Home Chicago” is one of the best known blues songs ever written. But historians seem to agree that when Robert Johnson recorded the song in 1936, he borrowed heavily to make his masterpiece.

“Kokomo Blues” is clearly one of the building blocks of that better known blues song. Scrapper Blackwell came out with it in 1928.

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KPLU Travel Club
5:07 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Jazz, Wine and More Jazz in Chile, Argentina and Uruguay

Santiago, Chile from atop Cerro San Cristobal.
Abe Beeson KPLU
Blues Time Machine
12:00 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Following "Blues With a Feeling" through cutting-edge changes

Little Walter

Here’s a perfect example of a song that changed with the times, and was at the cutting edge of those changes.

Drummer and singer Rabon Tarrant recorded “Blues With a Feeling” in 1947, a time when big band swing music was in transition to rock and roll. This version straddles both genres with the beat of rock and roll, but the more jazzy instrumentation of piano, sax and trumpet.

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Blues Time Machine
12:00 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Robert Johnson at the Crossroads represents Delta blues the best

Robert Johnson, circa 1935.
Hooks Brothers

If I had to pick one person to represent Delta blues at the peak of its expression, it would be Robert Johnson.

Saying that he was a superlative guitar player, impassioned singer and masterful lyricist seems barely adequate to convey the importance of the work he accomplished in his 27 years. Many of his songs became not only blues standards but would be a huge influence on rock music.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Earshot Jazz Festival Preview: Bill Anschell's Peru Trio

Bill Anschell
Steve Korn

Pianist, composer, arranger, humorist and world traveler Bill Anschell brings his "Peru Trio" to the Art of Jazz series at the Seattle Art Museum tonight at 5:30.  It's part of the Earshot Jazz Festival.

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Jazz and Blues
5:00 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Join Us for the 17th Annual KPLU Christmas Jam Holiday Concert and Live Broadcast

The 17th Annual KPLU Christmas Jam, 88.5 KPLU’s much-anticipated FREE holiday concert, features jazz vocalist Cheryl Jewell and her trio--Thursday, December 5, 2013 from noon to 1 p.m. at Lagerquist Hall in the Mary Baker Russell Music Center on the Pacific Lutheran University campus.  Cheryl 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 on KPLU.  A live video stream will also be available at www.kplu.org

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Jazz & Blues
12:00 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

'Eyesight To The Blind' and the Rock Opera 'Tommy'

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. His ability to span eras is a testament to the timelessness of his voice and harmonica.

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Jazz Caliente
11:30 am
Thu November 7, 2013

This Week's Latin Jazz News

Dave Valentin
youtube

 Latin jazz flutist Dave Valentin suffered a stroke in March 2012, and has been unable to work since then.  A benefit concert will take place tonight, Nov. 7, at the Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, N.Y.  The show will help raise funds to pay his medical expenses and basic living needs.

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Jazz Caliente
10:16 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Earshot Jazz Festival Preview: An Interview with Omar Sosa

Omar Sosa
David Sproule

Cuban-born pianist, composer and bandleader Omar Sosa received a lifetime achievement award from the Smithsonian Associates in Washington, DC in 2003 for his contribution to the development of Latin jazz in the United States.  His latest CD Eggun (spirit guides) grew from a commission by the Barcelona Jazz Festival in 2009.  The idea was to pay tribute to Miles Davis’ seminal album, Kind of Blue, on its 50th anniversary.

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Jazz & Blues
11:30 am
Fri November 1, 2013

'Traveling Riverside Blues' and the Roots of Led Zeppelin

Robert Johnson has become a mythical figure of the blues, who acquired his prodigious skills in a deal with the devil at the crossroads. The truth is he was a man who worked very hard to turn himself into a musician. His early attempts at music – sitting in with legends Charley Patton and Son House—were not successful, and he didn’t appear to have much in the way of musical talent.

But then Johnson found a teacher in Ike Zinneman, an unrecorded Mississippi blues player, spending a year developing his musicianship.

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The Blues Time Machine
11:30 am
Fri October 25, 2013

The Piedmont Blues of "Crow Jane"

It’s hard to trace the exact source of “Crow Jane”, but it’s a song that has outlasted many others from the early days of the blues. Its roots lay in the Piedmont region of Virginia and North and South Carolina. Rev. Gary Davis was known to perform it during the 1920’s, and the first recording was made in 1927 by guitarist Julius Daniels. Daniels is important partly because he was one of the first Black guitarists to record in the Southeast, inspiring others to follow.

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Jazz Northwest
12:00 pm
Sun October 20, 2013

Kareem Kandi Band At Seattle Art Museum

Tacoma-based saxophonist Kareem Kandi brought his band to the Art Of Jazz Series at The Seattle Art Museum this month and played a hard-swinging concert enjoyed by an enthusiastic audience that filled Brotman Forum at SAM.  Saxophonist Kreem Kandi was joined by B3 organist Delvon Lamarr and drummer Adam Kessler in a classic organ trio performance that included standards and originals.  

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Jazz & Blues
11:30 am
Fri October 18, 2013

'Sitting on Top of the World' with the Mississippi Sheiks

The Mississippi Sheiks were a popular string band of the 1920’s and 30’s, with a sound that was a crossover between country music and blues. Though Mississippi-based, their music differed from delta blues in some important ways.

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Jazz and Blues
10:00 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Lady Be Good: Instrumental Women in Jazz

International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Girls in Jazz album, Victor HJ-11
bunky's pickle

Female instrumentalists of all types have been part of jazz since its inception, but for the most part, they have been erased from the history of the music. The film "Lady Be Good: Instrumental Women in Jazz" intends to put the spotlight on the many talented women who have nearly been forgotten.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Earshot Jazz Festival Preview: SF Jazz Collective

SF Jazz Collective David Sánchez (left), Warren Wolf, Avishai Cohen, Edward Simon, Robin Eubanks, Matt Penman, Miguel Zenón and Obed Calvaire
Jamie Tanaka, sfjazz.org

The SFJAZZ Collective is an all-star jazz ensemble comprising eight of the finest performer/composers at work in jazz today.  Launched in 2004,  the ensemble annually performs a new list of compositions by a modern jazz master and new pieces by the Collective members.

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