Jazz and Blues http://www.kplu.org en Song Of The Day: Roy Hargrove's 'Strasbourg-St. Denis' http://www.kplu.org/post/song-day-roy-hargroves-strasbourg-st-denis <p style="margin-bottom: 1.3em; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;">A "jazz standard" is defined as "a musical composition which is an important part of the musical repertoire of jazz musicians, in that they are widely known, performed, and recorded by jazz musicians, and widely known by listeners" (forgive me for quoting Wikipedia, but I think that's a pretty good description).</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:15:01 +0000 Jason Parker 16116 at http://www.kplu.org Song Of The Day: Roy Hargrove's 'Strasbourg-St. Denis' Song Of The Day: Joe Henderson's 'Ishfahan' http://www.kplu.org/post/song-day-joe-hendersons-ishfahan <div><p>Joe Henderson is one of those musicians that didn't gain huge recognition from the casual jazz lover, but every jazz musician and fanatic will sing his praises for days. He had awesome command of the tenor saxophone, a unique sound and harmonic conception, and composed some classics of the jazz idiom, including "Recorda&nbsp;Me" (which he wrote at 14 years old!), "Inner Urge" and "The Kicker." He was equally at home playing hard bop and more avant&nbsp;garde&nbsp;music, and had a real way with a ballad.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:41:27 +0000 Jason Parker 16079 at http://www.kplu.org Song Of The Day: Joe Henderson's 'Ishfahan' Song Of The Day, Lunar Eclipse Edition: Lee Morgan's 'Desert Moonlight' http://www.kplu.org/post/song-day-lunar-eclipse-edition-lee-morgans-desert-moonlight <p style="margin-bottom: 1.3em;"><em>"There are no natural barriers. It's all music. It's either hip or it ain't." - Lee Morgan</em></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.3em; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px;">Lee Morgan is one of the most recorded and celebrated trumpeters in jazz, and one of my personal favorites. His playing is brash, assured, big-toned and has a swagger not matched by many other trumpeters of his day or since.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:36:49 +0000 Jason Parker 16048 at http://www.kplu.org Song Of The Day, Lunar Eclipse Edition: Lee Morgan's 'Desert Moonlight' Song Of The Day: Coltrane's Classics, Including A Beautiful Ballad For His Daughter http://www.kplu.org/post/song-day-coltranes-classics-including-beautiful-ballad-his-daughter <p style="margin-bottom: 1.3em;"><em>“My music is the spiritual expression of what I am — my faith, my knowledge, my being. When you begin to see the possibilities of music, you desire to do something really good for people, to help humanity free itself from its hangups...I want to speak to their souls.” ― John Coltrane</em></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:05:57 +0000 Jason Parker 16019 at http://www.kplu.org Song Of The Day: Coltrane's Classics, Including A Beautiful Ballad For His Daughter Win Tickets to Hot Java Cool Jazz http://www.kplu.org/post/win-tickets-hot-java-cool-jazz <ul><li><a href="http://www.starbucks.com/seattle" target="_blank">Hot Java Cool Jazz</a></li><li><a href="http://www.stgpresents.org/paramount" target="_blank">Paramount Theatre</a></li><li>Friday, April 25 @ 7:00pm</li></ul><p></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Aaron Hushagen 13575 at http://www.kplu.org Win Tickets to Hot Java Cool Jazz 12th Annual Ballard Jazz Festival Preview http://www.kplu.org/post/12th-annual-ballard-jazz-festival-preview <div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"></div><div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Jazz artists from around the US will join resident musicians April 16-19 for the 12th annual Ballard Jazz Festival, and Jazz Northwest samples some of the music to be heard over the four-day event. &nbsp;</div><div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;</div><div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Festival artists featured this week on Jazz Northwest include Corey Christiansen, Jay Thomas, George Colligan, Thomas Marriott, Mimi Fox, and Sonny Fortune.</div><div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:07:22 +0000 Jim Wilke 15980 at http://www.kplu.org 12th Annual Ballard Jazz Festival Preview Song Of The Day: Thelonious Monk's 'Epistrophy' http://www.kplu.org/post/song-day-thelonious-monks-epistrophy <p style="margin-bottom: 1.3em;"><em>"A genius is the one most like himself." - Thelonious Monk</em></p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:00:00 +0000 Jason Parker 15977 at http://www.kplu.org Song Of The Day: Thelonious Monk's 'Epistrophy' Song Of The Day: Ella Fitzgerald Takes Scatting To New Level With ‘Airmail Special’ http://www.kplu.org/post/song-day-ella-fitzgerald-takes-scatting-new-level-airmail-special <p style="margin-bottom: 1.3em;"><em>“Just don't give up on trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong.” - Ella Fitzgerald</em></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.3em; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px;">Yesterday I mentioned that we'd talk about Thelonious Monk today, but I realized that it's Ella Fitzgerald's birthday, so I'd be remiss if I didn't feature her.</p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:30:58 +0000 Jason Parker 15962 at http://www.kplu.org Song Of The Day: Ella Fitzgerald Takes Scatting To New Level With ‘Airmail Special’ Win Tickets to Regina Carter at Jazz Alley http://www.kplu.org/post/win-tickets-regina-carter-jazz-alley <ul><li><a href="http://www.jazzalley.com/www-home/artist.jsp?shownum=1366" target="_blank"><strong>Regina Carter's Southern Comfort</strong></a></li><li><a href="http://www.jazzalley.com/www-home/" target="_blank">Dimitriou's Jazz Alley</a></li><li>Thursday, April 24th at 7:30 pm</li></ul><p></p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Aaron Hushagen 15893 at http://www.kplu.org Win Tickets to Regina Carter at Jazz Alley Song Of The Day: Charles Mingus' 'Better Get It In Your Soul' http://www.kplu.org/post/song-day-charles-mingus-better-get-it-your-soul <p style="margin-bottom: 1.3em;"><em>"Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple." - Charles Mingus</em></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.3em; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px;">Bassist and composer Charles Mingus was a true original. Everything he did was from his heart and was remarkably fresh while still respecting the tradition of jazz. He led his own bands of various sizes from the '50s until his death in the late '70s. His best known bands were medium-sized ensembles of eight to 12 musicians, which is fairly uncommon but allowed him to sound both like a big band and a smaller ensemble as he saw fit.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.3em; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px;">His compositions are remarkable in that they are both highly-structured and very free at the same time. He was a big fan of collective improvisation, which dates back to the early jazz from New Orleans that we talked about when discussing Louis Armstrong.</p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:48:04 +0000 Jason Parker 15947 at http://www.kplu.org Song Of The Day: Charles Mingus' 'Better Get It In Your Soul' Song Of The Day: Darcy James Argue's Secret Society 'Transit' http://www.kplu.org/post/song-day-darcy-james-argues-secret-society-transit <p style="margin-bottom: 1.3em;"><em>“Jazz isn’t dead, it just smells funny” – Frank Zappa</em></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.3em; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px;">Since the 1980s, there has been much talk about the “death” of jazz. Some people claim that since that time jazz music has become a kind of museum piece, with current musicians just trying to recreate what has happened in the past.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.3em; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px;">This view came about because in the early '80s there was a big crop of young musicians who were reacting to the fusion and electrified jazz of the' 70s, and in so doing they were trying to bring jazz back to where it was in the '60s before fusion hit. For better or for worse, these musicians got a lot of press and attention and their brand of retro-jazz became the predominant model. While all this is undisputed, those who say jazz is dead just aren’t paying attention!</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:00:00 +0000 Jason Parker 15765 at http://www.kplu.org Song Of The Day: Darcy James Argue's Secret Society 'Transit' Song Of The Day: Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers 'Moanin'' http://www.kplu.org/post/song-day-art-blakey-and-jazz-messengers-moanin <p>T<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px;">oday we turn our attention to drummer and band leader Art Blakey. Blakey was one of the most powerful and gregarious drummers in jazz, and not many can match his sheer exuberance and communication. However, he is most known for his band, The Jazz Messengers, which he led from the early '50s until his death in 1990.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.3em; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px;">In that nearly 40-year span, almost every great young jazz musician went through the band. Blakey would hire the best young cats he could find, make them all compose for the band, teach them all he could, and then kick them out to become their own leaders, only to start the process over again. "Jazz University" was what they called the band.</p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:38:00 +0000 Jason Parker 15764 at http://www.kplu.org Song Of The Day: Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers 'Moanin'' Song Of The Day: Freddie Hubbard's 'Birdlike' http://www.kplu.org/post/song-day-freddie-hubbards-birdlike <p>Freddie Hubbard was one of the most powerful and expressive trumpet players in the history of jazz. He started playing professionally in his teens, moved to New York at 20, and immediately began playing with the top jazz musicians of the day, including Sonny Rollins, Quincy Jones, Eric Dolphy and others.</p><p>He is primarily associated with what's called "hard-bop,” a sub-genre that came after bebop and focused more on soul and blues and less on complicated chord changes. But he was at home in almost any setting, from the free jazz of Dolphy to the the big band of Jones and more.</p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:00:00 +0000 Jason Parker 15763 at http://www.kplu.org Song Of The Day: Freddie Hubbard's 'Birdlike' Song Of The Day: On Her Birthday, Billie Holiday's 'Strange Fruit' http://www.kplu.org/post/song-day-her-birthday-billie-holidays-strange-fruit <p><em>"No two people on earth are alike, and it's got to be that way in music or it isn't music. If I'm going to sing like someone else, then I don't need to sing at all." - Billie Holiday</em></p><p>Today would have been the 98th birthday of Billie Holiday, so I can't think of a better person to feature.</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:00:00 +0000 Jason Parker 15686 at http://www.kplu.org Song Of The Day: On Her Birthday, Billie Holiday's 'Strange Fruit' Susan Pascal's "Soul Sauce" Quintet At Tula's http://www.kplu.org/post/susan-pascals-soul-sauce-quintet-tulas <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Vibist Susan Pascal is a versatile musician who leads her ensembles in a variety of music. On previous appearances on Jazz Northwest she has played the music of The Modern Jazz Quartet at Seattle Art Museum and led a Standards Quintet at Tula's.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Recently she brought her "Soul Sauce" Quintet to Tula's to play the music of the Latin jazz vibist Cal Tjader.&nbsp;</p><p> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 19:00:00 +0000 Jim Wilke 15705 at http://www.kplu.org Susan Pascal's "Soul Sauce" Quintet At Tula's