Piano http://www.kplu.org en 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 Nellie McKay: Quiet Anarchist http://www.kplu.org/post/nellie-mckay-quiet-anarchist <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">OK, maybe &quot;anarchist&quot; is too harsh a word to apply to singer/songwriter/pianist/ukulele player, Nellie McKay, but as you will hear in this interview, Nellie is a woman of strong beliefs, which she presents pleasantly, politely and often with great wit.&nbsp; But in her conversation and in her songs, her opinions and social observations are definitely on display.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">http://youtu.be/fxY7NQd1wEM</span></p><p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 09:23:31 +0000 Justin Steyer & Abe Beeson 10231 at http://www.kplu.org Nellie McKay: Quiet Anarchist Marcia Ball Performs Live in the KPLU Studios http://www.kplu.org/post/marcia-ball-performs-live-kplu-studios <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pianist/singer Marcia Ball is one of the best-known &nbsp;players of Louisiana blues, swamp blues and </span>boogie-woogie<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. While in town for a show at Jazz Alley, we were lucky enough to have Marcia stop by for a solo performance and interview hosted by All Blues&#39; John Kessler.&nbsp;</span></p><p>http://youtu.be/uBWjaKgGxac</p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 21:31:44 +0000 John Kessler & Justin Steyer 9931 at http://www.kplu.org Marcia Ball Performs Live in the KPLU Studios Monty Alexander, John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton—‘Nuff Said http://www.kplu.org/post/monty-alexander-john-clayton-jeff-hamilton-nuff-said <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&ldquo;&rsquo;Nuff said,&rdquo; is right.&nbsp; When jazz fans hear the names Monty Alexander, John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton in conjunction, they know they&rsquo;ll be treated great music, played with inspiration, joy and absolutely amazing technical chops. &nbsp;</span></p><p>Monty (piano), John (bass) and Jeff (drums) have performed together off and on for almost 40 years.&nbsp;</p><p>http://youtu.be/U3K_5gpoMQY</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 22:00:21 +0000 Justin Steyer & Abe Beeson 9789 at http://www.kplu.org Monty Alexander, John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton—‘Nuff Said Passing of Dave Brubeck leaves impact on many http://www.kplu.org/post/passing-dave-brubeck-leaves-impact-many <p>Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, responsible for the recording of the seminal album <em>Time Out</em> which still ranks as one of the best selling albums of all-time, and the first jazz musician to have a single sell 1 millions albums, died this morning of heart failure. He was 91.</p><p>In 1951, he formed the Dave Brubeck Quartet, and made a regular habit of touring and and performing at college campuses, bringing his musical approach to a younger audience. In 1954, Brubeck became only the second musician at that time to appear on the cover of Time Magazine.</p><p>The career that Brubeck sustained had an enormous impact on musicians and fans.</p><p><strong><a href="http://groovenotes.org/2012/12/05/passing-of-dave-brubeck-leaves-impact-on-many/#.UL_hxpPjnsk">Read More on Groove Notes</a></strong></p><p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 00:34:32 +0000 Kevin Kniestedt 7301 at http://www.kplu.org Passing of Dave Brubeck leaves impact on many Jazz legend Dave Brubeck has died http://www.kplu.org/post/jazz-legend-dave-brubeck-has-died <p></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;">Jazz icon Dave Brubeck has died this morning in a Connecticut hospital one day short of his 92nd birthday.&nbsp;</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;">Long-time manager-producer-conductor Russell Gloyd told&nbsp;<a data-mce-="" href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/chi-dave-brubeck-dead-20121205,0,7126256.column" target="_blank">The Chicago Tribune</a>&nbsp;that Brubeck died of heart failure en route to "a regular treatment with his cardiologist."&nbsp;</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;">Brubeck attained pop-star status over the course of his long career with songs such as "Blue Rondo a la Turk" and "Take Five" (which easily secured the #1 spot on our&nbsp;<a data-mce-="" href="http://jazz24.org/jazz-100" target="_blank">Jazz 100 list</a>).</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1S_vA0ougg</p><p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 17:01:33 +0000 Justin Steyer 7290 at http://www.kplu.org Jazz legend Dave Brubeck has died Bela Fleck & Marcus Roberts Trio 'Crossing the Imaginary Divide' http://www.kplu.org/post/bela-fleck-marcus-roberts-trio-crossing-imaginary-divide <p>On a tour to promote their first collaboration, <em>Crossing The Imaginary Divide</em>, Bela&nbsp;Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio stopped by the KPLU Seattle studios for a live performance and interview, hosted by Mary McCann.&nbsp; If you’re looking for music that will lift your heart, this is the session for you!</p><p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 19:34:57 +0000 Justin Steyer & Mary McCann 6506 at http://www.kplu.org Bela Fleck & Marcus Roberts Trio 'Crossing the Imaginary Divide' Cyrus Chestnut: Solo piano with ‘The Nutman’ http://www.kplu.org/post/cyrus-chestnut-solo-piano-nutman <p>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.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="330" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/zT4AJSWyjLI" width="440"></iframe></p> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 21:07:55 +0000 Abe Beeson & Justin Steyer 6422 at http://www.kplu.org Cyrus Chestnut: Solo piano with ‘The Nutman’ Live in the KPLU Studios: A rare solo performance by Ramsey Lewis http://www.kplu.org/post/live-kplu-studios-rare-solo-performance-ramsey-lewis <p>Just in case you haven’t noticed, pianist Ramsey Lewis is having a great career.&nbsp;</p><p>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).&nbsp; He’s been playing professionally since about 1950 and has released more than 80 albums so far.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 22:49:46 +0000 Abe Beeson & Justin Steyer 5719 at http://www.kplu.org Live in the KPLU Studios: A rare solo performance by Ramsey Lewis The Cookers: Bebop supergroup http://www.kplu.org/post/cookers-bebop-supergroup <p>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.&nbsp;</p><p>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).&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 19:07:16 +0000 Kevin Kniestedt & Justin Steyer 5561 at http://www.kplu.org The Cookers: Bebop supergroup Lynne Arriale: Pianist with that 'something extra' http://www.kplu.org/post/lynne-arriale-pianist-something-extra <p>http://youtu.be/ovlSyHIBEJw?hd=1</p><p>When pianist Lynne Arriale released her first CD in 1994, KPLU began playing music from it right away.&nbsp; It was clear to us that Lynne had that "something extra" that separates good musicians from great musicians.</p><p>Over the course of her career she’s continued to build on that quality, so we were especially pleased to finally welcome her as a guest artist in our Seattle performance studio.</p><p> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 20:19:28 +0000 Justin Steyer & Abe Beeson 4534 at http://www.kplu.org Eliane Elias - Playing what comes naturally http://www.kplu.org/post/eliane-elias-playing-what-comes-naturally <p>Brazilian-born, New York-based pianist/vocalist, Eliane Elias, has covered a lot of musical territory in her recording career.&nbsp; Some of her CD’s have been straight-ahead be-bop. Others have focused on Brazilian music. She has also very successfully transformed familiar pop tunes into fresh-sounding jazz.&nbsp;</p><p>In this interview, KPLU’s Nick Francis asks Eliane how she balances all these approaches to music.</p><p> Fri, 23 Sep 2011 18:15:25 +0000 KPLU 2681 at http://www.kplu.org Eliane Elias - Playing what comes naturally 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 Kindred spirits: Taylor Eigsti & Becca Stevens http://www.kplu.org/post/kindred-spirits-taylor-eigsti-becca-stevens <p>Pianist, Taylor Eigsti and vocalist/guitarist, Becca Stevens, stopped by the KPLU Seattle studios on May 16th to brighten an otherwise rainy Monday afternoon in the Pacific Northwest with an performance and interview, hosted by Evening Jazz host Abe Beeson.</p><p> Thu, 19 May 2011 14:40:00 +0000 Justin Steyer, Abe Beeson & Nick Morrison 1625 at http://www.kplu.org Kindred spirits: Taylor Eigsti & Becca Stevens Dianne Reeves On Piano Jazz http://www.kplu.org/post/dianne-reeves-piano-jazz This <em>Piano Jazz</em> episode from 1999 features one of today's preeminent jazz singers. Wed, 18 May 2011 19:40:05 +0000 Grant Jackson 1623 at http://www.kplu.org Dianne Reeves On Piano Jazz