Studio Sessions

KPLU Studio Sessions
9:20 am
Tue February 15, 2011

If you could sit down and talk with jazz pianist, Benny Green, what would you ask him?

Let us know, because Benny Green will be visiting KPLU for a Studio Session this afternoon at 12:15 PST and we thought it would be fun to ask you to provide us with a question.

Head to our Facebook Page and post your question - If Abe Beeson reads yours during the interview, he'll credit you for it on the air!

KPLU Studio Sessions
3:44 pm
Mon February 14, 2011

Who is Esperanza Spalding?

Esperanza Spalding shocked millions Sunday night as she beat out teen heartthrob Justin Bieber, among others, in the category of "Best New Artist."

Esperanza Spalding walked into the KPLU Seattle studios like some teenaged gunslinger. However, she’d been working full time in music for most of her 25 years, and her chosen weapon was a double-bass that reached just above her impressive afro.

Now a Grammy Award winner for Best New Artist (take that, Justin Bieber!), I’ve recently enjoyed listening back to our meeting a year ago, and specifically our interview.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
5:21 am
Fri February 11, 2011

The Vijay Iyer Trio live at KPLU

2011 Grammy nominee, Vijay Iyer stopped by the KPLU studios with his trio on February 8, 2011 for a live in-studio performance.

The Vijay Iyer Trio’s latest release, Historicity, won a number of "Album Of The Year" awards in 2010 and has been nominated for a 2011 Grammy as "Best Jazz Instrumental Album."

Pianist, Vijay Iyer, seems pleased by this recognition but not really fazed by it. In fact, during his trio’s visit to the KPLU performance studios on February 8, they only played one piece of music from Historicity—"Smoke Stack" by one of Iyer’s mentors, Andrew Hill.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
12:22 pm
Thu February 10, 2011

Benny Green and John Pizzarelli to perform live at KPLU

This month, we welcome swingin’ piano master Benny Green on February 15, hosted by Abe Beeson. Soon to follow, our old friend, guitarist John Pizzarelli, will perform live on March 3.

 All of these performances will air at 12:20 p.m., and can also be heard right here on kplu.org.

KPLU Studio Sessions
12:41 pm
Thu January 20, 2011

Jacky Terrasson Trio's masterful live performance at KPLU

In a stunning three-song set on Jan. 18, Jacky Terrasson left no doubt that his group is one of the most exciting piano trios in jazz today.

This studio session marks the first visit from pianist, Jacky Terrasson, to the KPLU/Jazz24 studios.  We hope it’s the first of many.

In a stunning three-song set, Jacky left no doubt that his group is one of the most exciting piano trios in jazz today.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
12:27 pm
Tue January 18, 2011

Martin Taylor's gypsy gene

Martin Taylor performs in the KPLU studios in Seattle on January 6, 2011.

Martin Taylor is widely considered to be one of today’s finest solo jazz guitarists. While still in his early 20’s, he was introduced to the world’s jazz audience as the guitarist with Stephane Grappelli, a gypsy-jazz violinist and co-founder (along with Django Reinhardt) of the Quintette du Hot Club de France. 

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Best of 2010
12:37 pm
Thu December 30, 2010

The top five Studio Sessions from the past year

This has been an amazing year for KPLU's Studio Sessions. We have had the honor of hosting live in-studio performances from jazz icons Doctor John and The Manhattan Transfer, to rising stars such as Esperanza Spalding and Nikki Yanofsky.

Though it was difficult to narrow these down to a top-five list, here is what I compiled based on attendee & listener response as well as video views and audio plays from across the Web.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
12:20 pm
Tue November 9, 2010

Bethany & Rufus

Vocalist, Bethany Yarrow, and cellist, Rufus Cappadocia gave an incredible performance in the KPLU studios on November 9, 2010.

Vocalist, Bethany Yarrow, and cellist, Rufus Cappadocia make an incredible amount of music for just two people. Bethany, daughter of Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary), first met Rufus at The Knitting Factory in Manhattan. They're reinventing traditional music and transforming it into something that defies genre classification.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
1:20 pm
Fri October 29, 2010

Irma Thomas Live at KPLU

Grammy Award-winning "Soul Queen of New Orleans," Irma Thomas brought her rhythm section to the performance studio on October 29, 2010 to perform live on KPLU's Blue Plate Special hosted by Nick Morrison.

Grammy Award-winning "Soul Queen of New Orleans," Irma Thomas brought her rythym section to the performance studio on October 29, 2010 to perform live on KPLU's Blue Plate Special hosted by Nick Morrison.

KPLU Studio Sessions
1:20 pm
Thu October 21, 2010

The Manhattan Transfer live at KPLU

The Manhattan Transfer (Tim Hauser, Cheryl Bentyne, Alan Paul, Janis Siegal) came into the KPLU/Jazz24 performance studio ready to sing on October 21, 2010.

When The Manhattan Transfer (Tim Hauser, Cheryl Bentyne, Alan Paul, Janis Siegal) came into the KPLU/Jazz24 performance studio, they had literally just gotten off an airplane. A little jet-lagged but ready to sing, they kicked of the session with their version of Moten Swing.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
1:20 pm
Wed October 13, 2010

Nikki Yanofsky Studio Session

Nikki Yanofsky signs the KPLU Autograph Wall and joins the likes of Dr. John, Kyle Eastwood and Shemekia Copeland.

Jazz and pop singer, Nikki Yanofsky, is a very cheerful 16 year-old. And why not? As you will hear in this interview with KPLU/Jazz 24 host, Kevin Kniestedt, she says that as soon as she learned to talk, she began to say she wanted to be a singer. It was something she began to pursue right away.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
1:20 pm
Tue September 14, 2010

Kyle Eastwood Quintet live on KPLU

The Kyle Eastwood Quintet performs live at KPLU's Seattle Studios on September 14, 2010.

As the son of actor/director/jazz fan, Clint Eastwood, Kyle Eastwood grew up listening to jazz. In this performance-interview hosted by Abe Beeson, Kyle talks about a childhood trip to The Monterey Jazz Festival and how hearing the Count Basie Big Band that day inspired him to become a bass player.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
1:20 pm
Tue September 7, 2010

Dr. John live in the KPLU studios

Mac ‘Dr. John’ Rebennack has been at the heart of New Orleans funk and R&B since the 1950’s so when he paid a visit to the KPLU/Jazz24 studio for a solo piano/vocal performance, we were sure we’d get a good dose of The Crescent City. We certainly did.

Mac ‘Dr. John’ Rebennack has been at the heart of New Orleans funk and R&B since the 1950’s so when he paid a visit to the KPLU/Jazz24 studio for a solo piano/vocal performance, we were sure we’d get a good dose of The Crescent City. We certainly did.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
1:20 pm
Thu August 26, 2010

Guitarist Lee Ritenour performs live in-studio on KPLU

When Lee Ritenour came into the KPLU/Jazz24 studios on an unseasonably cool August afternoon, he arrived with a rhythm section hot enough to raise Seattle’s temperature a few degrees: drummer, Will Kennedy and bassist, Melvin Davis.

When Lee came into the KPLU/Jazz24 studios on an unseasonably cool August afternoon, he arrived with a rhythm section hot enough to raise Seattle’s temperature a few degrees: drummer, Will Kennedy and bassist, Melvin Davis. Together, they laid down three delightful tracks; Water’s Edge, L.P.—For Les Paul, and Freddie Hubbard’s composition, Povo (watch the video below).

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KPLU Studio Sessions
1:20 pm
Thu August 19, 2010

Shemekia Copeland Performance

Blues singer, Shemekia Copeland, along with her guitarist Arthur Neilson, stopped by the KPLU Seattle studios for an intimate live performance on August 19, 2010.

When blues singer, Shemekia Copeland performs live, it's almost guaranteed to be an electrifying experience. In this session, recorded in KPLU's Seattle studios, we get a rare opportunity to hear Shemekia's voice in an intimate performance context. Instead of bringing her whole band, Shemekia arrived with just her guitar player, Arthur Neilson.

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