Jazz and Blues

School of Jazz
12:45 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

KPLU School of Jazz-Volume 9 is now available

Several of Western Washington’s finest high school jazz programs and jazz professionals are showcased on KPLU School of Jazz-Volume 9, the station’s latest CD release which is the culmination of this year’s mentoring project.

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Blues Time Machine
1:12 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Obscure origins of 'You Don't Love Me'

Willie Cobbs

"You Don’t Love Me" is a classic blues song that has roots in the 50's and is still being recorded and re-invented. Willie Cobbs, an Arkansas rice farmer, made his way to Chicago in the late 1940's, playing his blues on Maxwell Street, eventually releasing "You Don't Love Me" in 1961.

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Jazz Caliente
4:55 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Jazz Caliente salutes 2013 JJA winners

Edmar Castaneda
wikipedia

The Jazz Journalists annual awards for musicians were announced yesterday, May 1.  

Jazz Caliente celebrates Latin Jazz winners Luciana Souza (Best Female Vocalists), Bobby Sanabria (Best Percussionist), and Edmar Casteneda (Player of Instruments Rare in Jazz of the Year).

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Jazz and Blues
10:18 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Jazz April Birthday #30: Percy Heath

Percy Heath (1923-2005) with his brothers Jimmy and Albert
Jack Vartoogian/FrontRowPhotos

Best known for his work with the Modern Jazz Quartet for its entire run (1952-1974), Percy Heath had only been playing bass for about four years when he joined the band.

Heath also recorded with most of the leading musicians in modern jazz, including Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman.

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Jimmy Jazzoid
2:21 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Relive KPLU's Jimmy Jazzoid Rides Again

Justin Steyer KPLU

Need more Jimmy?

You can listen to the wildly popular, live radio performance of Jimmy Jazzoid Rides Again below! Want to take Jimmy Jazzoid with you, wherever you go?  You can download the podcast here

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Jazz and Blues
10:46 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Jazz April Birthday #29: Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington, 1946
Library of Congress

One of the most influential figures in American music and one of the twentieth century's best known African-American personalities, pianist, composer and bandleader Duke Ellington was, to use one of his signature phrases, "beyond category."

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Blues Time Machine
12:00 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Bo Diddley's 'Before You Accuse Me' influential as the master

Bo Diddley

Bo Diddley may not have had the commercial success of some other performers, but his contributions to American musical culture are huge.

Besides his trademark "Bo Diddley beat," he had a brash sense of style, dressing in outlandish outfits, playing custom-made square guitars and generally having a lot of fun on stage. In fact, he was a key player in the transition from blues to rock and roll, using a hard-edged guitar sound that would influence Buddy Holly, The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix.

Bo Diddley recorded "Before You Accuse Me" in 1957.

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Jazz and Blues
12:00 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Jazz Caliente celebrates Jazz April, part 2

Mario Bauza 1911-1993
goldstar.com

Jazz April birthday celebrations continue on Jazz Caliente!

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Jazz and Blues
10:00 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Jazz April Birthday: Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald 1917-1996
pbs.org

The "first lady of song" Ella Fitzgerald was the most popular female jazz singer in the U.S. for more than half a century. In her lifetime, she won 13 Grammy awards and sold more than 40 million albums.

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Jazz and Blues
10:00 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Jazz April Birthday: Joe Henderson

Joe Henderson 1937-2001
wikimedia commons

Influenced by Lester Young initially, then by Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane, Joe Henderson created his own unique sound. 

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Jazz and Blues
7:01 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Jazz salutes its disc jockeys

Symphony Sid Torin (left) hosts a program at WHOM featuring the saxophonist Arnett Cobb.
William Gottlieb The Library of Congress

The advent of bebop added a fresh sound to American music. It also added new voices to some metropolitan radio stations: the late-night jazz DJs who specialized in presenting this new music to their fellow hipster nightflies. To recognize the work of the groundbreaking DJs who lent them critical exposure, jazz musicians of the period would occasionally write songs in their honor. Here are five of those songs.

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Jazz and Blues
10:00 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Jazz April Birthday: Charles Mingus

Charles Mingus 1922-1979
wolfgangsvault.com

Charles Mingus was a virtuoso bass player, accomplished pianist, bandleader and composer.  Influenced both by church choirs and Duke Ellington, he studied double bass and composition with classical masters.

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Jazz & Blues
12:01 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

'Another Man Done Gone' - a powerful tale of woe on a chain gang

Vera Hall

Repression of African Americans didn’t stop at the end of the Civil War, and prisons and chain gangs were full of black people arrested for minor violations. This song, “Another Man Done Gone”, tells of the death of a man on one of those chain gangs.

Folklorist Alan Lomax recorded Vera Hall singing “Another Man Done Gone” in 1940, and praised her as having the "loveliest untrained voice [he] had ever recorded."

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Jazz Caliente celebrates Jazz April

Tito Puente 1923-2000
chipboaz.com

We've been celebrating Jazz April (Jazz Appreciation Month + International Jazz Day April 30) by posting birthday remembrances of the legendary jazz artists who were born this month.

Latin Jazz innovators, percussionists and bandleaders are well-represented in April too: 

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Jazz and Blues
10:00 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Jazz April Birthday: Buster Williams

Buster Williams
lushlife.com

Bassist Buster Williams is a living legend of jazz,who has worked with Miles Davis, Count Basie, Herbie Hancock, Art Blakey, Chet Baker, McCoy Tyner, Woody Shaw, Benny Golson, and Kenny Baron, Sarah Vaughan, and Nancy Wilson.

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