Jazz http://www.kplu.org en Celebrating the Life and Art of Marian McPartland http://www.kplu.org/post/celebrating-life-and-art-marian-mcpartland <p><i>Update: Marian McPartland died of natural causes Tuesday night at her home in Long Island, N.Y. As a remembrance, we are rerunning thi<font color="#111111" face="Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif" size="3"><span style="line-height: 19.200000762939453px;">s piece, which first ran in October 2012.&nbsp;</span></font></i></p><p>A new book chronicles the life and illustrious career of jazz piano legend Marian McPartland. She's known for her role as host of Piano Jazz on NPR for more than three decades, but her fans have known little else about Marian McPartland. Until now. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 15:27:24 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick 6744 at http://www.kplu.org Celebrating the Life and Art of Marian McPartland 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? The 2012 KPLU Christmas Jam featuring Pearl Django http://www.kplu.org/post/2012-kplu-christmas-jam-featuring-pearl-django <p>KPLU’s much-anticipated free holiday concert, featured guest artists, Gypsy-Jazz masters Pearl Django live from Lagerquist Hall in the Mary Baker Russell Music Center on the Pacific Lutheran University campus.&nbsp;</p><p>Pearl Django&nbsp;performed Christmas selections with the University Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dr. David Deacon-Joyner. The event, hosted by Nick Morrison, can be listened to in its entirety above, and will also re-broadcast on KPLU Christmas Day from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.</p><p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 00:19:47 +0000 KPLU 7357 at http://www.kplu.org The 2012 KPLU Christmas Jam featuring Pearl Django Graham Dechter: Youth steeped in tradition http://www.kplu.org/post/graham-dechter-youth-steeped-tradition <p></p><p><a href="http://grahamdechter.com" target="_blank">Graham Dechter</a> is a 26-year-old jazz guitarist who is, indeed, currently living his dream.&nbsp;</p><p>Graham was invited to join the world-famous Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra at age 19. Now, 7 years later, he is leading his own group and just released his second CD, “Takin' It There.” &nbsp;</p><p>Here is a video of the quartet performing the title track, "Takin' It There" live in our studios:&nbsp;</p><p>http://youtu.be/jvpkJdWyXgc</p><p> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 18:49:14 +0000 Justin Steyer & Nick Francis 7322 at http://www.kplu.org Graham Dechter: Youth steeped in tradition 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 Remembering The Vital Force Of Jazz Pianist Dave Brubeck http://www.kplu.org/post/remembering-vital-force-jazz-pianist-dave-brubeck <em>To listen to Neda Ulaby's appreciation of Dave Brubeck's life and career, as heard on </em>All Things Considered<em>, click the audio link.</em><p>For millions of Americans who came of age in the 1950s, Dave Brubeck was jazz. His performances on college campuses, Top 40 radio play, his role as a jazz ambassador for the U.S., his picture on the cover of <em>Time</em> magazine — all made him one of the most recognized and recognizable musicians of the era.<br /> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 18:48:38 +0000 7291 at http://www.kplu.org Remembering The Vital Force Of Jazz Pianist Dave Brubeck 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 Lorraine Feather featured on Jazz Northwest http://www.kplu.org/post/lorraine-feather-featured-jazz-northwest <p></p><div><p></p></div><div>"Lorraine Feather was born in Manhattan. Her parents named her Billie Jane Lee Lorraine after godmother Billie Holiday, her mother Jane (formerly a big band singer), her mother's ex-roommate Peggy Lee, and the song "Sweet Lorraine." She is the daughter of the late jazz writer Leonard Feather."</div><div> Sun, 18 Nov 2012 23:00:00 +0000 Jim Wilke 7123 at http://www.kplu.org Lorraine Feather featured on Jazz Northwest Bob French, New Orleans drummer and bandleader, has died http://www.kplu.org/post/bob-french-new-orleans-drummer-and-bandleader-has-died <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeHCPP3S6dU</p> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 19:52:27 +0000 Patrick Jarenwattananon 7109 at http://www.kplu.org Bob French, New Orleans drummer and bandleader, has died Bill Charlap solo piano: Tradition, invention and wit http://www.kplu.org/post/bill-charlap-solo-piano-tradition-invention-and-wit <p>It’s no wonder that pianist,&nbsp;Bill&nbsp;Charlap, loves the music that has come to be called The Great American Songbook—the songs of great Tin Pan Alley composers such as Jerome Kern, George Gershwin and Irving Berlin. &nbsp;</p><p>He grew up with it.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="248" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/zO4UmbBQTQw" width="440"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 19:30:05 +0000 Justin Steyer & Abe Beeson 6879 at http://www.kplu.org Bill Charlap solo piano: Tradition, invention and wit 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 KPLU School of Jazz is accepting applications for next year's program http://www.kplu.org/post/kplu-school-jazz-accepting-applications-next-years-program <p>KPLU is now accepting applications for 2012/2013 (Volume 9) <em>from schools that are new to the <a href="http://schoolofjazz.org/">School of Jazz</a> program</em>. The goal is to work with diverse schools and jazz programs: those with award-winning jazz bands, those who crave mentoring, and/or those who want the experience of recording a CD.</p><p> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Brenda Goldstein-Young 6617 at http://www.kplu.org KPLU School of Jazz is accepting applications for next year's program 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 Diana Krall Brings Sexy Back In Time http://www.kplu.org/post/diana-krall-brings-sexy-back-swing-era When listening to <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=14862352" target="_blank">Diana Krall</a>'s fun, smart new recording <em>Glad Rag Doll</em>, it's helpful to consider a question recently posed by Gyp Rosetti, the sensitive psychopath lending sparks to this season of HBO's Prohibition-era series <em>Boardwalk Empire</em>. "What the f--- is life if it's <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXz3-QrvFSc" target="_blank">not persona</a>l?" sputtered the Sicilian fireball, expressing some violent doubts about the sincerity of the show's slick boss, Nucky Thompson. Thu, 04 Oct 2012 17:20:41 +0000 6594 at http://www.kplu.org Diana Krall Brings Sexy Back In Time