Nick Morrison http://www.kplu.org en Here's The Man To Thank For The Sound Of The Harmonica As We Know It http://www.kplu.org/post/heres-man-thank-sound-harmonica-we-know-it <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/142387195&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The song “Juke” by Little Walter Jacobs might not sound revolutionary to modern ears, but when it first came out in 1951, nobody had ever had heard harmonica played like this — ever. It really has an aggressive, in-your-face sound.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 John Kessler & Nick Morrison 15506 at http://www.kplu.org Here's The Man To Thank For The Sound Of The Harmonica As We Know It This, We Agree, Was The First-Ever Recorded Rock And Roll Song http://www.kplu.org/post/we-agree-was-first-ever-recorded-rock-and-roll-song <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What was the first recorded rock and roll song?</span></p><p>Before we can answer that question, we have to go back and figure out the ingredients of rock and roll. We can identify three most important ingredients: gospel, jump and blues.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Kessler & Nick Morrison 14298 at http://www.kplu.org This, We Agree, Was The First-Ever Recorded Rock And Roll Song Jazz salutes its disc jockeys http://www.kplu.org/post/jazz-salutes-its-disc-jockeys <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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 </span>nightflies<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. 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.</span></p><p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 02:01:00 +0000 Nick Morrison 8498 at http://www.kplu.org Jazz salutes its disc jockeys Take 5 goes meta: A list of 5 songs about lists http://www.kplu.org/post/take-5-goes-meta-list-5-songs-about-lists <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Over the past few years, Take 5’s theme-based music lists have covered a wide variety of subjects. We’ve covered all the seasons of the year, all the holidays, different types of weather, the careers of jazz legends, the cutting-edge work of up-and-coming jazz artists and have gotten into the musical minutiae of things like flowers, birds, baseball, prohibition and civil rights.&nbsp; And now it’s time for Take 5 to go meta and present a five-song list of songs about….LISTS.&nbsp; It had to happen sooner or later.</span></p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Nick Morrison 7960 at http://www.kplu.org Take 5 goes meta: A list of 5 songs about lists Cold Weather Blues: 5 songs that feel your mid-winter pain http://www.kplu.org/post/cold-weather-blues-5-songs-feel-your-mid-winter-pain <p></p><p>In the Western Hemisphere, January is typically the coldest month of the year.&nbsp; Most of us feel that if we can somehow drag ourselves through January, things will begin to turn around and we’ll be on the road to springtime.&nbsp;</p><p>But January is also typically the month that feels as if it will never end.&nbsp; So as we slog through the cold rain and snow, awaiting January’s demise, here are five winter blues songs to help get us through:</p><p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Nick Morrison & Kirsten Kendrick 7590 at http://www.kplu.org Cold Weather Blues: 5 songs that feel your mid-winter pain Cannonball Adderley: 5 Songs From A Joyous Soul http://www.kplu.org/post/cannonball-adderley-5-songs-joyous-soul <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPsJtaFonZg</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCqRYneOdIM</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3djKXcsqDM8</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HSFhixO-uo</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69uh2T1TtTY</p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 19:20:58 +0000 Nick Morrison 6414 at http://www.kplu.org Cannonball Adderley: 5 Songs From A Joyous Soul Dick Hyman: A living, breathing encyclopedia of jazz http://www.kplu.org/post/dick-hyman-living-breathing-encyclopedia-jazz <p>Dick Hyman was born March 8, 1927, in New York City. Classically trained, Hyman was drawn to jazz at an early age. Today, he&#39;s a living, breathing, swinging encyclopedia of jazz piano history, from ragtime and stride to bebop and beyond.</p><p>To hear my conversation with KPLU&#39;s Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick, click on the listen button above.</p><p> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 06:44:09 +0000 Nick Morrison 4568 at http://www.kplu.org Dick Hyman: A living, breathing encyclopedia of jazz Kim Wilson delivers a blues smackdown in the KPLU studios http://www.kplu.org/post/kim-wilson-delivers-blues-smackdown-kplu-studios <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkfXhD-Nk2M</p><p>Blues singer and harmonica player, Kim Wilson, thinks it’s very healthy for people to drop their emotional guard every now and then and let themselves get smacked around by a great blues performance.&nbsp;</p><p>And he should know.&nbsp; He’s been doing a fair amount of the smacking for almost 40 years with his bands, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and (more recently) The Kim Wilson Blues All-Stars.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 07 Feb 2012 20:00:00 +0000 Justin Steyer & Nick Morrison 4080 at http://www.kplu.org Willie 'The Lion' Smith: Stride piano's uptown Rruler http://www.kplu.org/post/willie-lion-smith-stride-pianos-uptown-rruler <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDMOkgSdy3E</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJc2mNHLg2Y</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArVhGSY0Spw</p> Thu, 29 Dec 2011 17:56:41 +0000 Nick Morrison 3570 at http://www.kplu.org Texas Tenors have their own distinct sound http://www.kplu.org/post/texas-tenors-have-their-own-distinct-sound <p>KPLU&#39;s Nick Morrison is glad the word &quot;robust&quot; is coming back into common parlance. He says that&#39;s the perfect word to describe the Texas Tenor saxophone sound. He&#39;s compiled a list of five titans of Texas Tenor. Sun, 30 Oct 2011 16:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Nick Morrison 2984 at http://www.kplu.org Texas Tenors have their own distinct sound 5 Titans of Texas Tenor sax http://www.kplu.org/post/5-titans-texas-tenor-sax <p>When jazz fans talk about the Texas Tenor saxophone sound, they&#39;re talking about a sound which is very robust, sometimes raw, and which mixes the musical vocabularies of swing, bebop, blues and R&amp;B</p><p>It&#39;s that honking, bar-walking saxophone sound that used to blast from jukeboxes coast-to-coast. Here are five examples of that sound from saxophonists who hail (and wail) from Texas.</p><p> Thu, 06 Oct 2011 21:31:03 +0000 Nick Morrison 2830 at http://www.kplu.org 5 Titans of Texas Tenor sax A Tour of Treme with Donald Harrison and Glen David Andrews http://www.kplu.org/post/tour-treme-donald-harrison-and-glen-david-andrews <p>In this studio session, we welcomed Donald Harrison (alto saxophone, congas) and Glen David Andrews (trombone), both of whom were born in New Orleans’ Treme neighborhood, cut their musical teeth on the music of Treme, and can be seen in the HBO television series, <a href="http://www.hbo.com/treme/index.html" target="_blank"><em>Treme</em></a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Currently they’re also part of an ever-changing line-up of New Orleans musicians touring with a show called <em>A Night In Treme</em> which is bringing the music of Treme’s Congo Square to cities all over America - <a href="http://events.publicbroadcasting.net/kplu/events.eventsmain?action=showEvent&amp;eventID=1163067">including Seattle's Jazz Alley through Sunday night</a>.</p><p> Fri, 02 Sep 2011 22:47:45 +0000 Justin Steyer, Kevin Kniestedt & Nick Morrison 2533 at http://www.kplu.org A Tour of Treme with Donald Harrison and Glen David Andrews Karrin Allyson: Looking for hope in heartbreak http://www.kplu.org/post/karrin-allyson-looking-hope-heartbreak <p>Relive last week’s studio session with vocalist/pianist, <strong><a href="http://www.karrin.com" target="_blank">Karrin Allyson</a></strong>, who was joined by guitarist <strong><a href="http://www.myspace.com/quotlightningrodquotfleeman" target="_blank">Rod Fleeman</a></strong>.</p><p> Wed, 17 Aug 2011 02:13:38 +0000 Justin Steyer, Nick Morrison & Dick Stein 2330 at http://www.kplu.org Karrin Allyson: Looking for hope in heartbreak 5 Texas bluesmen who paved the way for Stevie Ray Vaughan http://www.kplu.org/post/5-texas-bluesmen-who-paved-way-stevie-ray-vaughan <p>When blues guitarist and vocalist <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/93510584/stevie-ray-vaughan">Stevie Ray Vaughan</a> released Texas Flood in 1983, he introduced Texas blues to a much broader audience than it had previously known. His impact was great enough that even today, 21 years after his death, if you ask a music lover to name a Texas blues guitarist, he or she will probably reply, &quot;Stevie Ray Vaughan.&quot;</p><p>But, like many great musicians, Vaughan was not sui generis. He synthesized his unique style by combining a huge number of influences from Albert King and Johnny &quot;Guitar&quot; Watson to Lonnie Mack and <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15320513/kenny-burrell">Kenny Burrell</a>. That being the case, here&#39;s a list of five Texas bluesmen (out of many) who, in addition to creating their own great legacies, paved the way for Vaughan to create a great legacy of his own.</p><p> Fri, 05 Aug 2011 19:37:42 +0000 Nick Morrison 2268 at http://www.kplu.org 5 Texas bluesmen who paved the way for Stevie Ray Vaughan 5 ways to sail away on an 'inner' Caribbean jazz cruise http://www.kplu.org/post/5-ways-sail-away-inner-caribbean-jazz-cruise <p>With the non-summer we&#39;ve been having and the fact that a lot of people can&#39;t afford to get away, allow us to give you a vacation for your mind.</p><p>Think beaches. Sunshine. Frozen drinks. Your soundtrack? Five great musicians who hail from the Caribbean. Sun, 31 Jul 2011 16:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Nick Morrison 2174 at http://www.kplu.org 5 ways to sail away on an 'inner' Caribbean jazz cruise