Studio Sessions

KPLU Studio Sessions
2:01 pm
Sat April 20, 2013

Holly Cole: Reinventing the familiar

Canadian vocalist, Holly Cole, is one of greatest song interpreters alive. 

She can take a song you think you know and bring something out of it that you’ve never heard before. 

For example, her latest CD, Night, contains Holly’s inventive re-imagining of a James Bond theme (You Only Live Twice), as well as songs by Danny O’Keefe, Tom Waits, Captain Beefheart, Rod McKuen and Gordon Lightfoot. 

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KPLU Studio Sessions
4:12 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Singer Jackie Ryan's life in music

Jackie Ryan and Seattle pianist, Randy Halberstadt, perform live in the KPLU Seattle studios on March 11, 2013.
Justin Steyer KPLU

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In this studio session singer, Jackie Ryan, gives us three of her favorites:  a gospel-tinged version of Accentuate The Positive, a beautiful reading of I Loves You, Porgy and the Spanish-language song, La Puerta, dedicated to her mother.

As you’ll hear Jackie  say in this interview, she grew up singing.  After years as a touring R&B singer, Jackie discovered jazz and never looked back.  Today, she’s one of America’s finest jazz singers. 

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KPLU Studio Sessions
4:13 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Juan de Marcos and The Afro-Cuban All Stars: The Soul Of Cuba

Juan de Marcos (center) and the Afro-Cuban All Stars performing live on KPLU from the KCTS 9 studios on Feburay 5, 2013. See more photos
Justin Steyer KPLU

Full performance and interview

On a recent visit to Seattle, Juan de Marcos and The Afro-Cuban All Stars stopped by for a three-song studio session with KPLU in the KCTS 9 studios.  How good was it? 

Well, as host, Abe Beeson says, “If this music doesn’t move you, you’ve got no place to go.”

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KPLU Studio Sessions
4:57 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

The intimacy of the duo: Dee Dee Bridgewater and Benny Green

Dee Dee Bridgewater in the KPLU Seattle studios on January 22, 2013.
Justin Steyer KPLU

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Grammy award-winning jazz vocalist, Dee Dee Bridgewater almost always performs with a band accompanying her, while pianist Benny Green is generally heard in a trio configuration and seldom works with vocalists (with the notable exception of being Betty Carter’s pianist when he was in his 20’s). 

So this session was a double treat:  hearing two great musicians, both slightly out of their performance comfort zones, but totally in the moment with each other. 

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KPLU Studio Sessions
10:49 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Graham Dechter: Youth steeped in tradition

Graham Dechter performing live in the KPLU Seattle studios.
Justin Steyer KPLU

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Graham Dechter is a 26-year-old jazz guitarist who is, indeed, currently living his dream. 

Graham was invited to join the world-famous Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra at age 19. Now, 7 years later, he is leading his own group and just released his second CD, “Takin' It There.”  

Here is a video of the quartet performing the title track, "Takin' It There" live in our studios: 

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KPLU Studio Sessions
12:30 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Bill Charlap solo piano: Tradition, invention and wit

Bill Charlap performing live in the KPLU Seattle studios on October 24.
Justin Steyer KPLU

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It’s no wonder that pianist, Bill Charlap, loves the music that has come to be called The Great American Songbook—the songs of great Tin Pan Alley composers such as Jerome Kern, George Gershwin and Irving Berlin.  

He grew up with it. 

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KPLU Studio Sessions
12:56 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Catherine Russell: Keeping the family tradition alive

Catherine Russell performing live in the KPLU Seattle studios.
Justin Steyer KPLU

Vocalist, Catherine Russell was raised in a musical family.  Her father, Luis, was Louis Armstrong’s band-leader and her mother, Carline Ray, was a member of the International Sweethearts Of Rhythm.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
8:00 am
Sat October 6, 2012

Curtis Stigers: Creating new jazz standards from contemporary

Curtis Stigers performing live in the KPLU Seattle Studios on September 11, 2012.
Justin Steyer KPLU

Curtis Stigers is a singer, songwriter, saxophonist who loves the great Tin Pan Alley songs of George Gershwin and Cole Porter, but finds a greater creative challenge in doing jazz versions of songs by more contemporary songwriters. 

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KPLU Studio Sessions
11:20 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Halie Loren: Putting Eugene, Ore. on the jazz map

Halie Loren performing live in the KPLU Seattle studios on September 5, 2012.
Justin Steyer KPLU

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In this studio session, hosted by Kevin Kniestedt, we’re pleased to introduce you to a woman who we believe is one of the finest up-and-coming international jazz talents to come along in years, Halie Loren. 

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KPLU Studio Sessions
12:34 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Bela Fleck & Marcus Roberts Trio 'Crossing the Imaginary Divide'

The Marcus Roberts Trio and Bela Fleck perform in the KPLU Seattle studios earlier this month.
Justin Steyer KPLU

On a tour to promote their first collaboration, Crossing The Imaginary Divide, Bela Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio stopped by the KPLU Seattle studios for a live performance and interview, hosted by Mary McCann.  If you’re looking for music that will lift your heart, this is the session for you!

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KPLU Studio Sessions
2:07 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Cyrus Chestnut: Solo piano with ‘The Nutman’

Pianist Cyrus Chestnut performing live in the KPLU Seattle studios on August 28, 2012.
Justin Steyer KPLU

Pianist Cyrus Chestnut came onto the jazz scene slowly. From the mid-1980’s to mid-1990’s, he apprenticed as pianist for Jon Hendricks, Better Carter, Donald Harrison and Wynton Marsalis. Since then he has toured the world numerous times and recorded 15 albums as a leader.

KPLU Studio Sessions
10:45 am
Sun September 2, 2012

Bellingham vocalist Cheryl Jewell: Coming home to jazz

Vocalist Cheryl Jewell performing live in the KPLU Seattle Studios on August 2.
Justin Steyer KPLU

Bellingham jazz singer, Cheryl Jewell, was raised in Oak Harbor, Washington.  When she went to college in Bellingham, she fell in love with that city.  She left only to pursue her singing career in Chicago, Detroit and Los Angeles. 

After working for several years as a rock and country singer, Cheryl decided to move back to Bellingham and pursue her first musical love—jazz.  With the release of her first jazz CD, My Blue Heaven, Cheryl has placed herself on the top shelf of West Coast jazz singers. 

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KPLU Studio Sessions
3:26 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Karrin Allyson: Relaxin' in the KPLU studios

Karrin Allyson performing live in the KPLU studios on August 16, 2012.
Justin Steyer KPLU

Over the past 20 years, vocalist, Karrin Allyson, has recorded 13 albums that cover a vast musical territory. She’s explored The Great American Songbook, the musical styles of Brazil and France, the blues and the work of more contemporary songwriters. She’s recorded a tribute to John Coltrane, a CD of late-night ballads and earned 4 Grammy nominations.

Despite being so busy, every time her tour schedule brings her to Seattle, she visits her friend, jazz host Dick Stein, in the KPLU/Jazz24 performance studio to give us a sample of the music she currently exploring ... and there’s no telling what that might be.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
3:49 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Live in the KPLU Studios: A rare solo performance by Ramsey Lewis

In his visit to the KPLU studios this afternoon, we heard Ramsey in a very rare solo piano setting, playing songs that are dear to his heart.
Justin Steyer KPLU

Just in case you haven’t noticed, pianist Ramsey Lewis is having a great career. 

He’s won Grammy awards, hosted successful television and radio jazz programs and even had cross-over hit records on the pop music charts (quite by accident, he assures us).  He’s been playing professionally since about 1950 and has released more than 80 albums so far. 

KPLU Studio Sessions
12:07 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

The Cookers: Bebop supergroup

Left to right: Billy Harper (sax), David Weiss (trumpet), and Eddie Henderson (trumpet) perform live in the KPLU studios on June 26.
Justin Steyer KPLU

If we were to make a list of all the recording and composing credits of the members of The Cookers, it would go on for many pages. 

This is an amazing collection of jazz musicians—Billy Hart (drums), Cecil McBee (bass), Eddie Henderson (trumpet), David Weiss (trumpet), Billy Harper (sax) and George Cables (piano). 

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