Justin Steyer http://www.kplu.org en 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 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 The East-West Trumpet Summit Live Studio Session http://www.kplu.org/post/east-west-trumpet-summit-live-studio-session <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Trumpeters Ray Vega (East Coast) and Thomas Marriott (West Coast) have joined forces once again for the newest edition of their East-West Trumpet Summit with pianist George </span>Colligan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, bassist Phil Sparks and drummer Matt Jorgensen.</span></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="326" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/jyd1N84Gly8" width="580"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 17:06:00 +0000 Justin Steyer & Abe Beeson 17014 at http://www.kplu.org The East-West Trumpet Summit Live Studio Session 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 How Meditation Is Changing Monroe's Maximum-Security Inmates http://www.kplu.org/post/how-meditation-changing-monroes-maximum-security-inmates <p>Seven maximum-security inmates sit in a room with their eyes closed, not making a sound.</p><p>Shackles bind their hands and feet, confining them to a metal chair bolted to the ground. A guard stands nearby. Yells and clanks from the hallway stray in through the open door.</p><p>This is what meditation class at the Monroe Correctional Complex looks like. The students, murderer and rapists among them, listen as volunteer teacher Cathy Iacobazzi walks them through a practice session.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:34:39 +0000 Martha Kang, Paula Wissel & Justin Steyer 16025 at http://www.kplu.org How Meditation Is Changing Monroe's Maximum-Security Inmates Martin Taylor Strikes Again http://www.kplu.org/post/martin-taylor-strikes-again <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144259354&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Over the past several years, solo jazz guitarist, Martin Taylor, has basically become one of the gang here at KPLU.&nbsp;</p><p>He’s such good company and such a brilliant guitarist that we invite him into our studios for a session almost every time he comes to town.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="326" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/AfFPdLRIjKk" width="580"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:30:44 +0000 Justin Steyer & Abe Beeson 15948 at http://www.kplu.org Martin Taylor Strikes Again 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) 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 Rachelle Ferrell: Singing Her Way To A Higher Plane http://www.kplu.org/post/rachelle-ferrell-singing-her-way-higher-plane <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">To say that the voice of singer Rachelle </span>Ferrel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> &nbsp;is supple would be to understate its magnificence. Ms. </span>Ferrel’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> voice has a 6-octave range which conveys deep and surprising levels of emotion.</span></p><p>As you can imagine, KPLU was very proud to host her and her pianist, Mo Pleasure, in an intimate studio session.</p><p>http://youtu.be/hjEsQWoBU_o</p><p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 21:40:52 +0000 Justin Steyer & Abe Beeson 11364 at http://www.kplu.org Rachelle Ferrell: Singing Her Way To A Higher Plane Why We 'Simply Love' Halie Loren http://www.kplu.org/post/why-we-simply-love-halie-loren <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On a beautiful fall day, jazz singer/songwriter, </span>Halie<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Loren, made her second visit to </span>KPLU’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> performance studio.&nbsp;</span></p><p><a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/halie-loren-putting-eugene-ore-jazz-map">Her first live KPLU performance</a> was so well received in the fall of 2012, we couldn’t resist inviting her back as she passed through town on a tour that celebrates the release of her latest CD, <em>Simply Love</em>.&nbsp;</p><p>http://youtu.be/zh4bIDfxrxQ</p><p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 22:01:01 +0000 Justin Steyer & Abe Beeson 10582 at http://www.kplu.org Why We 'Simply Love' Halie Loren