Music

KPLU Listener trip
6:39 am
Mon May 23, 2011

Only a few spots left: Red, White & Blues Weekend in Portland!

KPLU listeners will join more than 100,000 blues fans from around the world who descend upon the Rose City's Waterfront Park!

There are only a few spots left to join All Blues host John Kessler for KPLU's "Red, White & Blues Weekend" 2011 at the 24th Annual Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland July 1-4, 2011.

If you have been waiting to book your spot, the time to act is now as we are almost at capacity!

KPLU has put together a specially-priced listener package which reflects a 25% discount compared to retail prices. 

A world-class blues lineup will perform against the backdrop of the Willamette River with a view of the glacial peaks of Mt. Hood, including: Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Maceo Parker, Lucinda Williams, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Chubby Carrier, Black Joe Louis and the Honeybears, and many, many more!

Book your reservation now!

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School of Jazz
11:24 am
Wed May 11, 2011

KPLU School of Jazz wins national education award!

KPLU School of Jazz - Volume 7 will be available beginning June 7, 2011.

KPLU has received the Service to America Award from the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) for its School of Jazz program. 

The award recognizes outstanding community service by local broadcasters.  Winners will be honored at the Celebration of Service to America Awards dinner on Monday, June 6, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

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DEADLINE FOR BOOKING IS MAY 31!
3:35 pm
Tue May 10, 2011

KPLU's Red, White & Blues Weekend

KPLU listeners will join more than 100,000 blues fans from around the world who descend upon the Rose City's Waterfront Park!

Join us for KPLU's "Red, White & Blues Weekend" 2011 at the 24th Annual Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland July 1-4, 2011.

KPLU has put together a specially-priced listener package which reflects a 25% discount compared to retail prices. 

A world-class blues lineup will perform against the backdrop of the Willamette River with a view of the glacial peaks of Mt. Hood.  This year's artists include Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Maceo Parker, Lucinda Williams, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Chubby Carrier, Black Joe Louis and the Honeybears, and many, many more.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
1:40 pm
Thu April 14, 2011

Kurt Elling to perform live tomorrow on KPLU

The New York Times heralds Kurt Elling as "the standout male vocalist of our time." We can't wait to heard Elling perform live at KPLU on April 15, 12:15 p.m. He'll is in town at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley April 14-17 in support of his new album, The Gate.

Elling talked about his new album with Liane Hansen on NPR's Weekend Sunday Edition.

Spring Fund Drive: March 30 - April 4
12:26 am
Thu March 31, 2011

Our shortest Spring Fund Drive ever: Today is Jazz Alley Day!

All day your $60 pledge (or greater) earns you a 2-for-1 coupon at Jazz Alley in Seattle!

You don’t even have to give $60 all at once. Become a Sustaining Member and break that down to only $5/month and a hassle free membership to KPLU!

Click here to make your gift and receive the 2-for-1 coupon!

Click here or call 1-800-NPR-KPLU to make your gift receive the 2-for-1 coupon!

Many of our Studio Sessions feature musicians who have shows at Jazz Alley, so be sure to check out some of our recent performances!

We really appreciate your support! Here are some fun extras to get you in the giving mood this spring:

Alec Baldwin doesn't want you to pledge ... or does he?  -  VIDEO: Public Radio Rap  -  Jake Shimabukuro live at KPLU

 

Jazz news
1:45 pm
Mon March 7, 2011

Herman (Roscoe) Ernest III, famed New Orleans drummer, dies

Herman Ernest III, musical director and drummer for Dr. John, died Sunday.
123people.com

Herman Ernest III, the beloved drummer and musical director for Dr. John lost his nearly 3-year-long battle with cancer on Sunday morning.  

A funeral service will be held in New Orleans on Saturday, March 12 at First Pilgrim Baptist Church, 1228 Arts Street, preceded by a viewing at the church starting at 8 a.m. Burial will follow at St. Louis No. 3, 3421 Esplanade Avenue.

Artscape
9:27 am
Sun March 6, 2011

A horse, a donkey and Seattle Opera's "Don Quixote"

Millie as Dapple and her human co-star Richard Bernstein in Seattle Opera's production of "Don Quixote."
Photo by Rozarii Lynch

Seattle Opera’s latest production is “Don Quixote.” The show is a spectacle, featuring sets that look like humongous books; computer-animated windmills; and flamenco dancers.

The cast also features a memorable pair from Bothell who is making its operatic debut: Millie, a donkey, and Desperado, a horse.

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Jazz 100 Analysis
12:22 pm
Sun February 20, 2011

Jazz 100: Thoughts by jazz hosts Abe Beeson and Robin Lloyd

So now you’ve seen the Jazz 100 list selected by our listeners, and you’ve got some introductory analysis on by Kirsten Kendrick and myself.

I felt that it was appropriate for the next step to be getting some thoughts from a fresh pair of eyes…and who better than two of the best in the business, KPLU’s Midday Jazz host Robin Lloyd and Evening Jazz host Abe Beeson?

See their thoughts on the Groove Notes blog

KPLU Studio Sessions
10:56 am
Fri February 18, 2011

Happy birthday to the Soul Queen of New Orleans!

Irma Thomas celebrates her 70th birthday today.  She's been enthralling audiences for 50 years now, just as she delighted us with her Studio Session at KPLU last October.

Robin Lloyd will be playing a selection from that session on today's Blue Plate Special starting at noon.

Artist Profile
10:22 pm
Mon February 14, 2011

George Shearing 1919-2011

This disc features his early recordings from the late 40s to the late 50s

Sad to report the passing of British jazz pianist George Shearing, who died Monday from congestive heart failure in New York. He was 91. 

He came to the U.S. in 1947 and quickly established himself as a popular instrumentalist and composer. His recording of "September In The Rain" sold nearly a million copies, and his tune "Lullaby of Birdland" became a popular jazz favorite.

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Record Bin Roulette
8:02 am
Thu January 27, 2011

The CD, in memoriam

The dust of progress is collecting on the compact disc.
Mr Tickle - Wachoo Wachoo Tribe Congressman Flickr

It's a sign of the times for the lowly CD: Sony closes a huge CD manufacturing plant, and the same week the band Cake sells a dismal 44,000 copies, the lowest ever for a number one album.

Downloads and file sharing are undeniably edging out the Compact Disc. So, in memoriam, we offer a retrospective of the short but flashy career of the venerable CD.

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The Jazz 100 - Coming February 7
9:48 am
Mon January 24, 2011

The Jazz 100: One hundred quintessential jazz songs

Over the past few weeks, we’ve asked you to vote for your favorite jazz songs so that KPLU (along with our 24-hour jazz stream - Jazz24.org) can create a webstream of the 100 quintessential jazz songs of all time. 

Well, the response has been overwhelming! Thousands of votes have come in and we’re now tabulating the results and gathering the songs.

Best of 2010
9:36 pm
Sat January 1, 2011

John Kessler's top ten blues albums of 2010

This is one of KPLU's All Blues host John Kessler's top 10 blues albums of the year.
Courtesy Sony/BMB Masterworks

He's made his list, and checked it twice. KPLU All Blues host John Kessler has his 2010 top 10 blues albums list, and he's ready to share it with you.  What albums are on your list? Which from John's list would you not include?  Let's hear what you have to say!

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KPLU Christmas Jam
8:25 pm
Mon December 13, 2010

Relive the 2010 KPLU Christmas Jam concert

Gail Pettis and Dr. David Deacon-Joyner perform the classic holiday duet, "Baby It's Cold Outside," during the 14th-Annual KPLU Christmas Jam on December 9, 2010.
Justin Steyer KPLU

The 14th-Annual KPLU Christmas Jam, our much-anticipated annual free holiday concert and live broadcast, was held on the Pacific Lutheran University campus on December 9, 2010.

This year we featured acclaimed jazz vocalist Gail Pettis, as well as the PLU Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Robert Miller. They performed classic holiday favorites from "This Christmas" to "Baby It's Cold Outside," and closed the program with an audience sing-along of "White Christmas."

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Groove Notes
10:44 am
Fri December 10, 2010

‘JAZZ: The Smithsonian Anthology’ to be released in March

Seven years in the making, ‘JAZZ: The Smithsonian Anthology’ will be released by Smithsonian Folkways on March 29th, 2011.

The six-CD box set traces the turning points of this 20th-century tale through its legendary innovators and exemplary exponents: Armstrong, Ellington, Basie, Parker, Gillespie, Davis, Hancock, Corea, Coltrane and many more. The set opens with Scott Joplin’s 1899 “Maple Leaf Rag” and spans the entire century, closing with Tomasz Stańko’s 2003 “Suspended Night Variation VIII.”

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