Vocalist 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 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) 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 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 Gregory Porter: Football's loss is jazz's gain http://www.kplu.org/post/gregory-porter-footballs-loss-jazzs-gain <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On his first trip to Seattle, Grammy-nominated vocalist Gregory Porter stopped by the </span>KPLU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Seattle studios for a live studio session that you do not want to miss. &nbsp;This also happened to be the day that Blue Note Records announced the release of Porter's new album, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Liquid Spirit.&nbsp;</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">http://youtu.be/NS6JV-veVAE</span></p><p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 16:05:00 +0000 Justin Steyer & Abe Beeson 9171 at http://www.kplu.org Gregory Porter: Football's loss is jazz's gain Ann Hampton Callaway: Singing the standards, Streisand and making it up as she goes http://www.kplu.org/post/ann-hampton-callaway-singing-standards-streisand-and-making-it-she-goes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Vocalist, pianist and composer, Ann Hampton Callaway has had success in the worlds of jazz, Broadway and cabaret. She’s also one of our favorite </span>KPLU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Studio Session guests.</span></p><p>We invite her to perform every time she passes through Seattle because, from one visit to the next, we never know what kind of surprises she’ll treat us to.</p> Thu, 16 May 2013 20:06:16 +0000 Justin Steyer & Abe Beeson 8760 at http://www.kplu.org Ann Hampton Callaway: Singing the standards, Streisand and making it up as she goes Molly Ringwald: Rediscovering her jazz roots http://www.kplu.org/post/molly-ringwald-rediscovering-her-jazz-roots <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 2010, actress/singer, Molly </span>Ringwald<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> wrote her first book, Getting The Pretty Back. The "pretty" in the title is a reference to what is perhaps Molly’s most famous movie, "Pretty In Pink" (1986), directed by John Hughes.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">She also worked with Hughes in "Sixteen Candles" and "The Breakfast Club." But before Molly </span>Ringwald<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> became one of the world’s most famous teenagers, she was a jazz singer.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 07 May 2013 21:51:14 +0000 Justin Steyer & Abe Beeson 8688 at http://www.kplu.org Molly Ringwald: Rediscovering her jazz roots Holly Cole: Reinventing the familiar http://www.kplu.org/post/holly-cole-reinventing-familiar <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Canadian vocalist, Holly Cole, is one of greatest song interpreters alive.&nbsp;</span></p><p>She can take a song you <em>think</em> you know and bring something out of it that you’ve never heard before.&nbsp;</p><p>For example, her latest CD, <em>Night,</em> contains Holly’s inventive re-imagining of a James Bond theme (<em>You Only Live Twice</em>), as well as songs by Danny O’Keefe, Tom Waits, Captain Beefheart, Rod McKuen and Gordon Lightfoot.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 20 Apr 2013 21:01:00 +0000 Abe Beeson 8487 at http://www.kplu.org Holly Cole: Reinventing the familiar Listen to the 50 Greatest Jazz Vocals of All Time http://www.kplu.org/post/listen-50-greatest-jazz-vocals-all-time <p>Last month more than 4,600 votes were cast by our listeners for the songs they felt were the greatest jazz vocal of all time.</p><p>The votes have been counted and the top 50 songs are now available below in our 24/7 stream!</p><p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 08:51:41 +0000 KPLU 7750 at http://www.kplu.org Listen to the 50 Greatest Jazz Vocals of All Time 50 Great Jazz Vocals: What songs should make the list? http://www.kplu.org/post/50-great-jazz-vocals-what-songs-should-make-list <p>We are putting together a list of the 50 Quintessential Jazz Vocals of All Time.&nbsp;</p><p>According to who? Well, according to you! &nbsp;</p><p>This is your chance <strong><a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/50vocals" target="_blank">to cast your vote</a></strong> for the songs you think should be on a 'best-of'' jazz vocals list. Vote for up to three songs, and please include the song title and artist's name.&nbsp;</p><p>After we compile the results, the quintessential 50 will be available for streaming on Jazz24.org and KPLU.org.</p><p><a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/50vocals" target="_blank"><strong>VOTE NOW!</strong></a></p><p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 23:19:50 +0000 KPLU 7288 at http://www.kplu.org 50 Great Jazz Vocals: What songs should make the list? Catherine Russell: Keeping the family tradition alive http://www.kplu.org/post/catherine-russell-keeping-family-tradition-alive <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; ">Vocalist, Catherine Russell was raised in a musical family.</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; ">Her father, Luis, was Louis Armstrong’s band-leader and her mother, Carline Ray, was a member of the International Sweethearts Of Rhythm.</span></p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MO3JccAHRjo&amp;hd=1 Wed, 24 Oct 2012 19:56:50 +0000 Justin Steyer & Abe Beeson 6821 at http://www.kplu.org Catherine Russell: Keeping the family tradition alive Curtis Stigers: Creating new jazz standards from contemporary http://www.kplu.org/post/curtis-stigers-creating-new-jazz-standards-contemporary <p>Curtis Stigers&nbsp;is a singer, songwriter, saxophonist who loves the great Tin Pan Alley songs of George&nbsp;Gershwin&nbsp;and Cole Porter, but finds a greater creative challenge in doing jazz versions of songs by more contemporary songwriters.&nbsp;</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWE_wx93KR0 Sat, 06 Oct 2012 15:00:00 +0000 Abe Beeson & Justin Steyer 6620 at http://www.kplu.org Curtis Stigers: Creating new jazz standards from contemporary Halie Loren: Putting Eugene, Ore. on the jazz map http://www.kplu.org/post/halie-loren-putting-eugene-ore-jazz-map <p></p><p>In this studio session, hosted by Kevin Kniestedt, we&rsquo;re pleased to introduce you to a woman who we believe is one of the finest up-and-coming international jazz talents to come along in years, Halie Loren.&nbsp;</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zd6A99oSvw</p><p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 18:20:57 +0000 Justin Steyer & Kevin Kniestedt 6595 at http://www.kplu.org Halie Loren: Putting Eugene, Ore. on the jazz map Bellingham vocalist Cheryl Jewell: Coming home to jazz http://www.kplu.org/post/bellingham-vocalist-cheryl-jewell-coming-home-jazz <p>Bellingham jazz singer, Cheryl Jewell, was raised in Oak Harbor, Washington.&nbsp; When she went to college in Bellingham, she fell in love with that city.&nbsp; She left only to pursue her singing career in Chicago, Detroit and Los Angeles.&nbsp;</p><p>After working for several years as a rock and country singer, Cheryl decided to move back to Bellingham and pursue her first musical love—jazz.&nbsp; With the release of her first jazz CD, My Blue Heaven, Cheryl has placed herself on the top shelf of West Coast jazz singers.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 02 Sep 2012 17:45:57 +0000 Nick Francis & Justin Steyer 6121 at http://www.kplu.org Bellingham vocalist Cheryl Jewell: Coming home to jazz