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Jazz Northwest
1:00 pm
Sun February 23, 2014

Panama Hotel Jazz By Steve Griggs

The Panama Hotel in old Japan town, Seattle, c. 1929

The Panama Hotel is more than a century old and it still operates today in what was known as Japan Town, between China Town and the historic Jackson Street district in Seattle. 

Jamie Ford's novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet captures the World War II era when the hotel became a focal point for the Japanese community, when Japanese Americans were being forcibly removed from coastal areas and sent to inland internment camps.

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Studio Sessions
2:31 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Cécile McLorin Salvant: Creation And Resurrection (Of Songs)

Cécile McLorin Salvant performing live in the KPLU Seattle studios on February 19, 2014.
Justin Steyer KPLU

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Cecile McLorin Salvant is one of the best young jazz singers to appear on the scene in years.  She’s the prefect combination of what many think a great singer should be.  She creates her own songs, allowing us to see the world through her eyes and she also combs American music history looking for semi-obscure gems to polish and present to a new audience. 

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Jazz Northwest
1:00 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

Phil Sparks Trio with Rob Scheps, D'Vonne Lewis

Phil Sparks is one of the Seattle area's most popular jazz bass players, and every Friday afternoon he leads a hand-picked jazz trio for an informal session at The Latona Pub during Happy Hour from 5 p.m.to 7 p.m. 

Most of Seattle's top players have played here with Phil Sparks, and the personnel changes from week to week. It's crowded, it's noisy, but it IS happy and the nearest listeners are drawn in to the energetic but acoustic music. 

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Jazz Northwest
1:00 pm
Sun February 9, 2014

Jazz Northwest: February 9, 2014

Jazz Northwest
1:00 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

The Emerald City Jazz Orchestra At Tula's

This week on Jazz Northwest features highlights from an Emerald City Jazz Orchestra celebration of the Woody Herman Centennial at Tula's in December as well as excerpts from Steve Griggs' Panama Hotel Jazz suite which will receive a full performance at The Seattle Art Museum on February 13. 

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Studio Sessions
11:24 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Grace Kelly With The Marc Seales Trio

Courtesy of the artist

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Saxophonist/vocalist, Grace Kelly has just released her 8th CD, and she is only 21 years old. Those two facts kind of say it all. Grace is a prodigiously talented musician. 

She’s also delightful company, which is why we were so happy to receive a return visit from Grace for a KPLU Studio Session. 

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Jazz Northwest
1:00 pm
Sun January 26, 2014

Norman Durkee remembered on Jazz NW

Norman Durkee died January 12 after a rich and productive life that produced all kinds of music in many different settings. 

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Jazz Northwest
1:00 pm
Sun January 19, 2014

The Jonathan Pugh Quartet

Jonathan Pugh grew up in Wenatchee and his first musical memories include standing by his Dad as he led the band at his Summer youth circus. Later, he connected with Don Lanphere in Wenatchee and studied with him during his teen years.

It was mutual inspiration as Jonathan become a regular member of the Don Lanphere Quintet, touring and recording eight albums with the sax legend during his resurgent career.

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Jazz Northwest
1:00 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

Jazz Northwest: January 12, 2014

Studio Sessions
2:13 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Bucky Pizzarelli With Pearl Django

Bucky Pizzarelli (right) with Pearl Django's Michael Gray in the KPLU studios.
Justin Steyer KPLU

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Recently, guitarist, Bucky Pizzarelli visited Seattle to play a series of shows with Northwest gypsy jazz band, Pearl Django. On a cold January day, they all came into the KPLU studios to play… and things warmed up fast.

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Jazz Northwest
12:00 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

Jim Wilke's Favorite NW Jazz CDs Of 2013

This week on Jazz Northwest, Jim Wilke picks some of his favorite CDs issued in 2013 by Northwest jazz artists.

Not necessarily an exhaustive nor exclusive list, this hour does provide some examples of the high level of jazz recordings produced in the Pacific Northwest.   

The complete list will be posted at jazzafterhours.org/bestcds.html which includes national and international releases as well.  

Best Of 2013
1:00 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

10 Artists You Should Have Known In 2013

Trampled Under Foot
Courtesy of the artist

It's usually easy to keep up with your favorite artists. You can follow them on Twitter, like them on Facebook and check them out when they come to your town.

Falling in love with unfamiliar bands? That's not quite as simple. There are so many aspiring musicians out there, you can't possibly listen to all of them.

But a few lucky people get to listen to random new artists for a living, including public radio hosts. So we asked NPR stations around the country to highlight their favorite musical discoveries of the year. The results ranged from a Pulitzer Prize winner to stars of the Kansas City BBQ circuit.

Read on for more about the 10 artists you should have known in 2013.

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Jazz Northwest
12:30 pm
Sun December 22, 2013

Jazz Northwest: Overton Berry Trio

Overton Berry
Credit Alex Crick

    

Seattle jazz icon pianist Overton Berry leads his trio in an "Art of Jazz" concert in this week's episode.

Overton Berry is a member of the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame and his career goes back for six decades not only in Seattle and the West Coast, but beyond to Hong Kong, Viet Nam, and elsewhere.

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KPLU Christmas Jam
12:20 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

The 2013 KPLU Christmas Jam Featuring Bellingham Vocalist Cheryl Jewell

Cheryl Jewell performing live at the 2013 KPLU Christmas Jam.
Justin Steyer KPLU

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The 17th Annual KPLU Christmas Jam, our much-anticipated holiday concert, featured jazz vocalist Cheryl Jewell and her trio on December 5 live from the Lagerquist Hall in the Mary Baker Russell Music Center on the Pacific Lutheran University campus. 

Cheryl performed Christmas selections with the University Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dr. David Deacon-Joyner.  

Watch a replay of the entire concert, or listen above.  The concert will also be rebroadcast at 2 p.m. on Christmas Day.

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Jazz Northwest
12:01 pm
Sun December 15, 2013

A Jazz Northwest Christmas

Northwest jazz artists have produced a great selection of holiday music, and you can hear a full hour of it this Sunday at 2 PM Pacific on Jazz Northwest from 88.5, KPLU.

Leading off the program is the by-now classic 1989 album "Year 'Round Christmas" by the late Don Lanphere, the same band that played the very first Christmas Jam live from KPLU.

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