Groove Notes http://www.kplu.org en 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 5 ways jazz musicians can help themselves with technology http://www.kplu.org/post/5-ways-jazz-musicians-can-help-themselves-technology <p></p><p>These days getting the word out is probably easier and quicker than it has ever been, and for whatever reason jazz musicians seem to struggle to understand this.</p><p>So I have decided to offer up these five easy tips on how jazz musicians can better promote themselves and their music with very minimal time and effort using “modern” technology.</p><p><a href="http://groovenotes.org/2012/11/27/5-ways-jazz-musicians-can-help-themselves-with-technology/#.ULZaXaUx_zI" target="_blank"><strong>Read the story on Groove Notes.</strong></a></p><p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 18:54:37 +0000 Kevin Kniestedt 7224 at http://www.kplu.org 5 ways jazz musicians can help themselves with technology 10 best jazz albums of 2012 http://www.kplu.org/post/10-best-jazz-albums-2012 <p>Groove Notes writer and KPLU jazz and news host <a href="http://www.kplu.org/people/kevin-kniestedt">Kevin Kniestedt</a> lists the 10 jazz releases (and some honorable mentions) that he feels rose to the top in 2012.</p><p><a href="http://groovenotes.org/2012/11/26/10-best-jazz-albums-of-2012/#.ULUbt2fAHU0">Read more on Groove Notes</a>.</p> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 22:32:28 +0000 Kevin Kniestedt 7205 at http://www.kplu.org 10 best jazz albums of 2012 If you don’t know this band, you don’t know anything about music – really? http://www.kplu.org/post/if-you-don-t-know-band-you-don-t-know-anything-about-music-really <p></p><p>I literally had someone say that to me the other day. My head almost exploded.</p><p>So if I am not familiar with a band that you happen to know or like, that means I have NO musical knowledge, whatsoever?</p><p>What is worse is that this is not the first time I have heard this from someone.</p><p><strong><a href="http://groovenotes.org/2012/08/06/if-you-dont-know-this-band-you-dont-know-anything-about-music-really/#.UD_to0Ix9SU">Read more on Groove Notes.</a></strong></p><p> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 23:08:23 +0000 Kevin Kniestedt 6160 at http://www.kplu.org If you don’t know this band, you don’t know anything about music – really? Hearing, more than smell, brings (my) memories to life http://www.kplu.org/post/hearing-more-smell-brings-my-memories-life <p>I know. I know. It is widely assumed and believed that smell is the strongest sense tied to memory. But for me (and a handful of musicians that I spoke to), music &ndash; in some cases even just a few bars of a song -&nbsp; can draw upon some of the most powerful memories in a persons life.</p><p><a href="http://groovenotes.org/2012/07/26/hearing-more-than-smell-brings-my-memories-to-life/"><strong>Read more on Groove Notes.</strong></a></p><p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 18:36:13 +0000 Kevin Kniestedt 5751 at http://www.kplu.org Hearing, more than smell, brings (my) memories to life Jazz bassist James Genus on SNL, influences and languages of music http://www.kplu.org/post/jazz-bassist-james-genus-snl-influences-and-languages-music <p>The house bassist for Saturday Night Live and credited on hundreds of studio and live recordings across a wide variety of genres, James Genus is one of the most in-demand bassists on the scene.</p><p>In this interview, Genus discuss being required to learn upright bass in college, his experiences with Horace Silver and Roy Haynes, what he credits for his versatility, his thoughts on the late Michael Brecker, and what it is like to be part of a television show band.</p><p><strong><a href="http://groovenotes.org/2012/06/01/knowledge-and-versatility-the-key-to-success-for-bassist-james-genus/">Read the interview on Groove Notes.</a></strong></p><p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 23:29:29 +0000 Kevin Kniestedt 5189 at http://www.kplu.org Jazz bassist James Genus on SNL, influences and languages of music Jazz vocalist Halie Loren defines 'authentic' http://www.kplu.org/post/jazz-vocalist-halie-loren-defines-authentic <p>Halie Loren talks with Groove Notes about her most recent release, &ldquo;Heart First&rdquo; &ndash; which rose to number one on the iTunes Canada Jazz chart &ndash; her path to becoming a jazz singer, her success in other countries and what it takes to convincingly sing a song that she didn&rsquo;t write.</p><p><strong><a href="http://groovenotes.org/2012/05/24/vocalist-halie-loren-defines-authentic/">Read the story on Groove Notes.</a></strong></p><p> Thu, 24 May 2012 21:52:00 +0000 Kevin Kniestedt 5097 at http://www.kplu.org Jazz vocalist Halie Loren defines 'authentic' One of Louis Armstrong's final performances (favorite recipes) out this month http://www.kplu.org/post/one-louis-armstrongs-final-performances-favorite-recipes-out-month <p>Originally, a limited vinyl release by the National Press Club in 1972, one of the last recordings of Louis Armstrong will be available widely for the first time via Smithsonian Folkways Recordings on April 24<sup>th</sup> as part of the Smithsonian&rsquo;s celebration of the 11<sup>th</sup> annual Jazz Appreciation Month.</p><p>Armstrong often signed letters &ldquo;Red Beans and Rice-ly Yours,&rdquo; which makes for an apt title for the recording especially since his favorite recipes ― everything from Louisiana Caviar to the Sazerac ― are included in the liner notes, as they were in the original pressing.</p><p><a href="http://groovenotes.org/2012/04/06/one-of-louis-armstrongs-final-performances-and-favorite-recipes-to-be-released-this-month/"><strong>Read more on Groove Notes.</strong></a></p><p> Tue, 10 Apr 2012 00:18:00 +0000 Kevin Kniestedt 4695 at http://www.kplu.org One of Louis Armstrong's final performances (favorite recipes) out this month Enough with the search for a ‘Jazz Savior’ http://www.kplu.org/post/enough-search-jazz-savior <p>Every so often, a barrage of articles and blog posts come out claiming that jazz has found the musician or musicians that are going to &ldquo;save&rdquo; jazz. More often than not, these musicians are achieving some current commercial success and popularity among a broad audience outside of the typical &ldquo;jazz head&rdquo; community.</p><p>But what would it mean to &quot;save jazz&quot;? And, what exactly does it need &quot;saving&quot; from?</p><p><a href="http://groovenotes.org/2012/04/03/enough-with-the-search-for-a-jazz-savior/"><strong>Read more on Groove Notes.</strong></a></p><p> Tue, 03 Apr 2012 21:03:51 +0000 Kevin Kniestedt 4636 at http://www.kplu.org Enough with the search for a ‘Jazz Savior’ How Marilyn Monroe changed Ella Fitzgerald's life http://www.kplu.org/post/how-marilyn-monroe-changed-ella-fitzgeralds-life <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jazz icon Ella </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fitzgerald’s voice is recognized by millions around the world. But few know about her career-defining friendship with Marilyn Monroe, to whom Fitzgerald said she “owe a real debt.”</span></p> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 20:59:59 +0000 Kevin Kniestedt 4535 at http://www.kplu.org How Marilyn Monroe changed Ella Fitzgerald's life 'Saxophonic, punk jazz iconoclast' Skerik releses new project http://www.kplu.org/post/saxophonic-punk-jazz-iconoclast-skerik-releses-new-project <p>Skerik&rsquo;s most recent project released this week &ndash; <em>Skerik&rsquo;s Bandalabra: Live at the Royal Room </em>&ndash; includes working with Seattle musicians Andy Coe (electric guitar), Evan Flory-Barnes (upright bass), and Donne Lewis (drums).</p><p>Skerik explains that it is a change of pace from the rock bands since a lot of the music is created in the moment.</p><p><strong><a href="http://groovenotes.org/2012/03/13/skerik-continues-his-collaborative-adventures/">Read more on Groove Notes.</a></strong></p><p> Thu, 15 Mar 2012 23:18:13 +0000 Kevin Kniestedt 4449 at http://www.kplu.org 'Saxophonic, punk jazz iconoclast' Skerik releses new project Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival returns to north central Idaho http://www.kplu.org/post/lionel-hampton-jazz-festival-returns-north-central-idaho <p>The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival is back for another year at the University of Idaho in Moscow. Now ten years after the death of its namesake, the festival, like many such celebrations, is challenged by a changing jazz industry.</p><p><a href="http://groovenotes.org/2012/02/23/lionel-hampton-jazz-festival-returns-to-north-central-idaho/"><strong>Read more on Groove Notes.</strong></a></p><p> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 22:16:48 +0000 Glenn Mosley 4235 at http://www.kplu.org Jazz film review: 'Treme Life,' a love letter to New Orleans http://www.kplu.org/post/jazz-film-review-treme-life-love-letter-new-orleans <p>James Demaria, photographer, filmmaker and soul searcher, became friends with trumpeter Kermit Ruffins about 5 years ago. They decided to try to make a film about Kermit&rsquo;s musical upbringing in New Orleans&rsquo; Treme neighborhood.</p><p>The result, &quot;Treme Life,&quot; turned into a love letter to New Orleans.</p><p><a href="http://groovenotes.org/2012/01/23/film-review-treme-life-a-love-letter-to-new-orleans/"><strong>Read more on Groove Notes.</strong></a></p><p> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 22:14:09 +0000 Robin Lloyd 3880 at http://www.kplu.org Jazz film review: 'Treme Life,' a love letter to New Orleans Is the word 'jazz' racist? Nicholas Payton says it is http://www.kplu.org/post/word-jazz-racist-nicholas-payton-says-it <p>My best effort to summarize trumpeter Nicholas Payton&rsquo;s post <a href="http://nicholaspayton.wordpress.com/2011/11/27/on-why-jazz-isnt-cool-anymore/" target="_blank"><em>On Why Jazz Isn&rsquo;t Cool Anymore</em></a> is that he is saying the word &ldquo;jazz&rdquo; is racist, that jazz died in 1959, and &ldquo;Jazz is a marketing ploy that serves an elite few. The elite make all the money while they tell the true artists it&rsquo;s cool to be broke.&rdquo;</p><p><a href="http://groovenotes.org/2012/01/14/what-to-make-of-nicholas-payton-and-the-j-word/"><strong>Read more on Groove Notes.</strong></a></p><p> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 23:33:40 +0000 Kevin Kniestedt 3778 at http://www.kplu.org Is the word 'jazz' racist? Nicholas Payton says it is Trumpet virtuoso Arturo Sandoval coming to KPLU http://www.kplu.org/post/trumpet-virtuoso-arturo-sandoval-coming-kplu <p><em>A Mis Abuelos</em> by trumpeter Arturo Sandoval is a song in which during 5 minutes and 25 seconds, Sandoval manages to record a song with literally everything a trumpet player ever wanted to do in it.</p><p>Lightening fast fingers, unbelievable range that didn’t compromise the tone, and intense energy. Trumpeter and former Tonight Show bandleader Doc Severinsen is quoted as saying “Who in the hell is this guy?”</p><p>Find out this Friday (1/13 at 12:15 PM PST) when Sandoval comes in for a <a href="term/studio-sessions" target="_blank">studio session</a> &nbsp;at KPLU.</p><p><a href="http://groovenotes.org/2012/01/11/upcoming-visit-from-trumpet-virtuoso-looks-to-inspire-all-over-again/"><strong>Read more on Groove Notes.</strong></a></p><p> Thu, 12 Jan 2012 20:48:54 +0000 Kevin Kniestedt 3704 at http://www.kplu.org Trumpet virtuoso Arturo Sandoval coming to KPLU