Jazz and Blues

Blues Time Machine
12:00 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

'My Babe' has gospel roots

The Gospel of the Blues

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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Jazz and Blues
11:45 am
Mon June 24, 2013

The 'Lion of the Blues' Bobby Blue Bland dies

Bobby Blue Bland
wikipedia

Known as the "Lion of the Blues" or the "Sinatra of the Blues," for his ability to sing smooth ballads as well as shout the low-down blues, Bobby Blue Bland started singing gospel in Memphis.  

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Blues Time Machine
12:00 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Slide guitar wizardry surfaced in 'Stranger Blues'

Slide Guitar Master Tampa Red

Tampa Red was a slide guitar pioneer who helped create the template for modern blues. His distinctive use of single-string slide melodies in the 1920’s would go on to influence virtually every slide player who followed him, including Big Bill Broonzy and Muddy Waters.

In the days before amplification, he played a steel-bodied resonator guitar, the loudest and showiest guitar available. And he was one of the early adopters of the electric guitar, making the switch in the 1940’s.

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Jazz and Blues
12:00 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Seattle author and Seattle broadcaster win National awards

Jim Wilke
Steve Korn

Two Seattle natives have been honored by the Jazz Journalists Association Awards for Journalism and Media. 

Seattle author Paul de Barros was presented with the Best Book About Jazz award for his in-depth biography Shall We Play That One Together? The Life and Art of Jazz Piano Legend Marian McPartland.

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Jazz and Blues
8:00 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Join us for KPLU's 2013 Summer Jazz Brunch Cruise!

KPLU's Summer Jazz Brunch Cruise is Sunday, August 25.   Join us for a relaxing, two-and-a-half hour cruise on Elliott Bay aboard the Royal Argosy. 

Enjoy a scrumptious all-you-can-eat brunch, spectacular views, and great music from this year's special guest artist--one of the finest up-and-coming international jazz talents and freshest voices to come along in years--Halie Loren--performing with her quartet.

KPLU's Jazz Brunch Cruises are a summertime favorite for Northwest residents and out-of-town guests. 

This year's cruise will be emceed by KPLU jazz host Kevin Kniestedt.  The boat leaves Seattle's Pier 56 at 10:30 a.m. and returns at 1 p.m.  Tickets are $65.

Get detailed information and purchase your tickets HERE.

Thanks to the LaConner Chamber of Commerce for their support.

Jazz & Blues
12:00 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

"All Your Love" tracked through time

Otis Rush

Otis Rush brought such passion and emotion to his singing and guitar playing that his music has been called “frighteningly intense”. Rush never achieved the commercial success that he might have, but along with Buddy Guy and Magic Sam, he is acknowledged to be one of the architects of the Chicago blues sound of the 1950’s and 1960’s.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Hilton Ruiz tribute, Arsenio Rodriguez honored

Hilton Ruiz
youtube.com

Latin Jazz pianist Hilton Ruiz died in New Orleans in 2006 from unexplained injuries.  He left behind an unfinished musical project that was to have benefited Hurricane Katrina victims.

Marco Matute has launched a PledgeMusic project that will produce the CD that Hilton intended, along with a documentary film about Hilton Ruiz.  Here's a preview of the film.  And here's some of Hilton's music:

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

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

Sonny Boy Williamson

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 & Blues
12:00 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

'High Water Everywhere' and the father of Delta Blues

Charley Patton
Charley Patton

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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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

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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