Jazz and Blues

Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

Jazz Northwest for July 28

Every Sunday afternoon at 2 we check out the local jazz scene with the latest CDs by resident musicians and on alternate weeks, location recordings that are available nowhere else!   This week, there's music from CDs by Jay Thomas, Chris Amemiya, Jovino Santos Neto, Larry Barilleau, Clipper Anderson and others.  We'll also remember Floyd Standifer and Don Lanphere.

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Jazz & Blues
12:00 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

The Wolf Howls on 'Smokestack Lightning'

Howlin' Wolf

In the span of Howlin’ Wolf’s life and career he saw virtually the entire progression of blues from a rural, acoustic music through the birth of modern rock music. As a young man, he learned guitar from Delta master Charley Patton, and as an elder statesman performed with Eric Clapton and The Rolling Stones. In between he sang some of the most compelling and memorable songs in all of American music, including “Back Door Man”, “Killing Floor” and “Spoonful”.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Mambo Madness with the Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Spanish Harlem Orchestra
Atael Weissman Latin Jazz Network

This Sunday, July 28, the award-winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra presents a dance concert in the Sculpture Garden of the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, CA.

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun July 21, 2013

Joe Locke-Thomas Marriott Quartet at Tula's on Jazz Northwest

John Bishop, Thomas Marriott, Jeff Johnson, Joe Locke

Vibes master Joe Locke re-visted Seattle recently to play at Tula's with musical friends Thomas Marriott (trumpet, flugelhorn), Jeff Johnson (bass)and John Bishop (drums).   Highlights from that appearance will air on Jazz Northwest, Sunday, July 21 at 2 PM PDT on 88.5 KPLU.  The music includes mostly standards with one stellar original, "Verrazano Moon" by Joe Locke.

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Blues Time Machine
12:00 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Obscure Origins of a Blues Classic: 'Catfish Blues'

Robert Petway

The Blues Time Machine

It’s one of the most widely played songs in the blues, but not much is known about Robert Petway, the man who recorded the definitive early version of “Catfish Blues”. The scant information that exists tells a familiar story of a Delta musician who headed to Chicago to make records. But after recording a mere 16 songs in 1941 and 1942, Petway seems to have disappeared from view.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Live Latin Jazz and Dance Music This Week and Next

The Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band
Centrum Foundation

Grammy Award winner and Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement honoree Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band return to Seattle's Jazz Alley tonight through Sunday, July 21. 

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun July 14, 2013

Jazz Port Townsend Preview on Jazz Northwest

Stefon Harris at Jazz Port Townsend 2011.
Jim Levitt

The longest-running Jazz Festival in the Pacific Northwest is Jazz Port Townsend on the last weekend of July each year.  On Sunday, July 21 at 2 PM (PDT) on Jazz Northwest we’ll sample some of the world-class artists who’ll be at Jazz Port Townsend this year to teach workshops during the week and perform in concerts and intimate clubs on the weekend. Included in this preview are The Clayton Brothers, Steffon Harris (pictured), Anat Cohen, René Marie, Cyrille Aimée & Diego Figueiredo, and Anthony Wilson.

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Jazz & Blues
12:00 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Trance Blues Inspired by Skip James

The Blues Time Machine

Skip James was one of the first influential blues players. Although he came from the same Mississippi culture that produced Delta blues, James had a unique sound, built around unusual guitar tunings and his eerie falsetto. Robert Johnson based his song “32-20 Blues” around James’ lesser known “22-20 Blues”, and Cream famously covered his song “I’m So Glad” on their 1966 debut Fresh Cream. (a future BTM episode)

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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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