Piano http://www.kplu.org en 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 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