Studio Sessions http://www.kplu.org en New Orleans Piano Man Jon Cleary http://www.kplu.org/post/new-orleans-piano-man-jon-cleary <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jon Cleary has the rare ability to transcend his geographical background. As you will learn in his </span>interview<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> with All Blues host, John Kessler, Cleary grew up in England and was exposed to the New Orleans sound by his uncle at a young age.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Cleary saved up enough money to visit New Orleans, planning to stay a few weeks, but 33 years later he is still there and has become one of the city's best known musicians.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="326" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/XRHlyPbvfII?list=PL7612AD7C5FE466FA" width="580"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:11:11 +0000 Justin Steyer & John Kessler 18195 at http://www.kplu.org New Orleans Piano Man Jon Cleary 'Hooray' For Curtis Stigers http://www.kplu.org/post/hooray-curtis-stigers <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We were thrilled to welcome back this week </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">singer/saxophonist Curtis </span>Stigers<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The last time&nbsp;Curtis visited the KPLU Performance Studio, he had just released his ‘break up’ CD.&nbsp; Well, time heals all wounds and this time around he touring with his ‘happy’ CD—<em>Hooray For Love</em>. &nbsp;</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="326" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Z0sjj4ZK5wQ?list=PL7612AD7C5FE466FA" width="580"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 22:33:34 +0000 Justin Steyer & Abe Beeson 18074 at http://www.kplu.org 'Hooray' For Curtis Stigers Welcoming Home Sara Gazarek http://www.kplu.org/post/welcoming-home-sara-gazarek <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We were very excited to welcome back singer/songwriter, Sara </span>Gazarek<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a graduate from the Roosevelt High School jazz program who has since made a home in the L.A. jazz scene.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Sara stopped by the KPLU Seattle studios for this interview and performance while in town at Jazz Alley with Band members Josh Nelson (piano), Hamilton Price (bass), Zach Harmon (drums) and Larry Koonse (guitar).</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="326" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/3y5c29GSla0" width="580"></iframe></p><p></p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:06:05 +0000 Justin Steyer & Abe Beeson 17841 at http://www.kplu.org Welcoming Home Sara Gazarek Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood http://www.kplu.org/post/medeski-scofield-martin-wood <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Though this was not guitarist John </span>Scofield's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> first stop into the </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">KPLU</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Seattle studios this time he was joined John </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Medeski (piano)</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Billy Martin (drums), and Chris Wood (bass). As you will hear in this session, the group mixes j</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">azz</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, funk and modern soul to create what host Abe </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Beeson</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;called&nbsp;a groovy sound of their own.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:43:59 +0000 Justin Steyer & Abe Beeson 17573 at http://www.kplu.org Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood Justin Kauflin: A Pianist And His Mentor http://www.kplu.org/post/justin-kauflin-pianist-and-his-mentor <p></p><p>Justin Kauflin is a 23-year-old jazz pianist who is also one of the subjects of a new documentary film called <a href="http://keeponkeepinon.com/" target="_blank">Keep On Keepin’ On</a>.</p><p>The other subject of the film is Justin’s musical and spiritual mentor, jazz trumpet legend, Clark Terry. Kauflin has been a musician since childhood. He’s also been blind since age 11. The film deals with Justin’s apprenticeship and friendship with the 93-year-old Terry.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:16:42 +0000 Abe Beeson & Aaron Hushagen 17424 at http://www.kplu.org Justin Kauflin: A Pianist And His Mentor Ernie Watts With The Marc Seales Trio http://www.kplu.org/post/ernie-watts-marc-seales-trio <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Most </span>KPLU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> listeners are familiar with tenor saxophonist, Ernie Watts, though his excellent work with Charlie </span>Haden’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Quartet West.&nbsp;</span></p><p>However, as we learn in this performance/interview with jazz host Abe Beeson, Mr. Watts has had a multifaceted career, working with everyone from Buddy Rich to The Rolling Stones.</p><p>Ernie is joined in this performance by Seattle pianist, Marc Seales, bassist Dave Captain and drummer Gary Hobbs.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="326" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/DQkoybHJUeU" width="580"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 18:14:58 +0000 Justin Steyer & Abe Beeson 17061 at http://www.kplu.org Ernie Watts With The Marc Seales Trio Join Us For KPLU's 2014 Summer Jazz Brunch Cruise! http://www.kplu.org/post/join-us-kplus-2014-summer-jazz-brunch-cruise-0 <p>Get more information and purchase your tickets <a href="http://www.kplu.org/join-us-kplus-2014-summer-jazz-brunch-cruise">here</a>!</p><p></p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Brenda Goldstein-Young 16866 at http://www.kplu.org Join Us For KPLU's 2014 Summer Jazz Brunch Cruise! The Bellevue High School Jazz Combo With Trombonist David Marriott http://www.kplu.org/post/bellevue-high-school-jazz-combo-trombonist-david-marriott <p></p><p>We wrapped up KPLU's School of Jazz week with a special treat for our audience: a live in-studio performance from the Bellevue High School Jazz Combo, accompanied by trombonist David Marriott and led by director Edd George.&nbsp;</p><p>The combo includes:</p><ul><li>Trumpet: Alex Clark</li><li>Alto Sax: Griffin Hale</li><li>Tenor Sax: Winston Zhang</li><li>Baritone Sax: Jungwoo Lee</li><li>Bass: Jake Escobar</li><li>Piano: Melvin Soestrisno</li><li>Drums: Sean Mahoney</li></ul><p>The KPLU School of Jazz, Volume 10 CD is <strong><a href="http://schoolofjazz.org/2014/05/12/school-of-jazz-volume-10-available-now/" target="_blank">now available</a></strong>.</p><p>For more information about the School of Jazz program, and to purchase your copy of this years CD, please visit <strong><a href="http://www.schoolofjazz.org" target="_blank">SchoolofJazz.org</a>.</strong></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="326" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/elIQ8Sp_fUQ" width="580"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 28 May 2014 20:54:59 +0000 Justin Steyer & Abe Beeson 16849 at http://www.kplu.org The Bellevue High School Jazz Combo With Trombonist David Marriott Jazz Violinist Regina Carter: Bringing 'Southern Comfort' To KPLU http://www.kplu.org/post/jazz-violinist-regina-carter-bringing-southern-comfort-kplu <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/147601238&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Regina Carter has been pushing the limits of what jazz violin can be.<a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/regina-carter-trios-live-performance-kplu-studios"> Last time Ms. Carter was in the KPLU studios</a>, she had just released her album,&nbsp;<em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Reverse Thread</em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">:&nbsp;</span><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Kanou</em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;and&nbsp;</span><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">N’teri,</em> which explored African music in a fresh new way.&nbsp;</p><p>On this visit to Seattle, with guitarist Marvin Sewell and bassist&nbsp;Jesse Murphy, she had just released her new album&nbsp;<em>Southern Comfort,</em>&nbsp;which features traditional folk tunes of the American South. This studio session features three tracks from the album:&nbsp;<em>Cornbread Crumbled in Gravy, I'm Going Home, and Miner's Child.&nbsp;</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You can also find our Studio Sessions available as a video podcast in iTunes. &nbsp;</span><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/kplu-studio-sessions-video/id657517777" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/kplu-studio-sessions-video/id657517777</a></p><p> Fri, 02 May 2014 19:51:56 +0000 Abe Beeson & Justin Steyer 16376 at http://www.kplu.org Jazz Violinist Regina Carter: Bringing 'Southern Comfort' To KPLU Relive Our Live Studio Session With The David Sanborn Trio http://www.kplu.org/post/relive-our-live-studio-session-david-sanborn-trio <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143110359&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 21:13:25 +0000 Abe Beeson & Justin Steyer 15702 at http://www.kplu.org Relive Our Live Studio Session With The David Sanborn Trio Anton Schwartz Quintet Featuring Dominick Farinacci & Eric Reed http://www.kplu.org/post/anton-schwartz-quintet-featuring-dominick-farinacci-eric-reed <p></p><p>When he began his recording career, and for some time thereafter, saxophonist, Anton Schwartz made his home in San Francisco.</p><p>Now, though, he splits his time between San Francisco and Seattle so we invited our new neighbor to the KPLU performance studio to play some music and talk about his new CD, Flash Mob.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="326" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/3mBqW5exxOc" width="580"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 23:55:06 +0000 Justin Steyer & Abe Beeson 14889 at http://www.kplu.org Anton Schwartz Quintet Featuring Dominick Farinacci & Eric Reed Terence Blanchard's "Magnetic" Studio Session http://www.kplu.org/post/terence-blanchards-magnetic-studio-session <p></p><p>Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and New Orleans native Terence Blanchard and his sextet stopped by the KPLU Seattle studios for a performance and interview hosted by jazz host, Mary McCann.&nbsp;</p><p>Watch the group perform the title track off his latest album,&nbsp;<em>Magnetic.&nbsp;</em></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="326" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/p_O2dfkGWmg" width="580"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 20:39:35 +0000 Mary McCann & Justin Steyer 14555 at http://www.kplu.org Terence Blanchard's "Magnetic" Studio Session Cécile McLorin Salvant: Creation And Resurrection (Of Songs) http://www.kplu.org/post/c-cile-mclorin-salvant-creation-and-resurrection-songs <p></p><p>Cecile<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">McLorin</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Salvant<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is one of the best young jazz singers to appear on the scene in years.&nbsp; She’s the prefect combination of what many think a great singer should be. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.&nbsp;</span></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="326" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/lpQ_pWev24w" width="580"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 22:31:55 +0000 Justin Steyer & Abe Beeson 13965 at http://www.kplu.org Cécile McLorin Salvant: Creation And Resurrection (Of Songs) Grace Kelly With The Marc Seales Trio http://www.kplu.org/post/grace-kelly-marc-seales-trio <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Saxophonist/vocalist, Grace Kelly has just released her 8th&nbsp;CD, and she is only 21 years old. Those two facts kind of say it all.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Grace is a prodigiously talented musician.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">She’s also delightful company, which is why we were so happy to receive a return visit from Grace for a </span>KPLU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Studio Session.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 19:24:11 +0000 Abe Beeson 13095 at http://www.kplu.org Grace Kelly With The Marc Seales Trio Bucky Pizzarelli With Pearl Django http://www.kplu.org/post/bucky-pizzarelli-pearl-django <p></p><p>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.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="323" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/LVhlRJ8BCDs" width="575"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:13:25 +0000 Abe Beeson & Justin Steyer 12477 at http://www.kplu.org Bucky Pizzarelli With Pearl Django