Music Video 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 Martin Taylor Strikes Again http://www.kplu.org/post/martin-taylor-strikes-again <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144259354&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true"></iframe></p><p>Over the past several years, solo jazz guitarist, Martin Taylor, has basically become one of the gang here at KPLU.&nbsp;</p><p>He’s such good company and such a brilliant guitarist that we invite him into our studios for a session almost every time he comes to town.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="326" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/AfFPdLRIjKk" width="580"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:30:44 +0000 Justin Steyer & Abe Beeson 15948 at http://www.kplu.org Martin Taylor Strikes Again Anton Schwartz Quintet Featuring Dominick Farinacci & Eric Reed http://www.kplu.org/post/anton-schwartz-quintet-featuring-dominick-farinacci-eric-reed <p></p><p>When he began his recording career, and for some time thereafter, saxophonist, Anton Schwartz made his home in San Francisco.</p><p>Now, though, he splits his time between San Francisco and Seattle so we invited our new neighbor to the KPLU performance studio to play some music and talk about his new CD, Flash Mob.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="326" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/3mBqW5exxOc" width="580"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 23:55:06 +0000 Justin Steyer & Abe Beeson 14889 at http://www.kplu.org Anton Schwartz Quintet Featuring Dominick Farinacci & Eric Reed 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) 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 Larry Coryell and The Eleventh House Reunion Band http://www.kplu.org/post/larry-coryell-and-eleventh-house-reunion-band <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Forty years ago, a band called Eleventh House helped set the standard for what would become known as Jazz-Rock Fusion.&nbsp; The band consisted of Larry Coryell (guitar), Alphonse Mouzon (drums), Mike Mandel (keyboards), Danny Trifan (bass) and Randy Brecker (trumpet). &nbsp;</span></p><p>On this leg of the Eleventh House Reunion Tour, Mandel couldn&rsquo;t make the gig so Larry brought in one of Seattle&rsquo;s finest pianists, Marc Seales, to fill in.&nbsp;</p><p>As you&rsquo;ll hear in this performance, Marc more than holds his own.</p><p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:21:00 +0000 Abe Beeson & Justin Steyer 10119 at http://www.kplu.org Larry Coryell and The Eleventh House Reunion Band 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 Booker T. Jones: The heart of soul http://www.kplu.org/post/booker-t-jones-heart-soul <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">During the 1960s there was a golden age of soul music in America. Some of the greatest songs from that era came from the </span>Stax<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Recording Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. A short list of artists who recorded there could include Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas, Sam &amp; Dave and the instrumental band led by Hammond organist, Booker T. Jones—Booker T. And The M.G.s.</span></p><p>http://youtu.be/H5RARd31dzE</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 21:52:08 +0000 Justin Steyer & Mary McCann 9248 at http://www.kplu.org Booker T. Jones: The heart of soul The Greyboy Allstars: A serious party band http://www.kplu.org/post/greyboy-allstars-serious-party-band <p>During this performance interview with The Greyboy Allstars, KPLU jazz host, Abe Beeson, called their latest CD (Inland Emperor) ‘the party album of 2013.’</p><p>The Greyboy Allstars’ reputation as a party/dance band is well-earned.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWnQwYX4pCQ</p><p> Wed, 29 May 2013 21:59:44 +0000 Justin Steyer & Abe Beeson 8928 at http://www.kplu.org The Greyboy Allstars: A serious party band 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 Joan Osborne and The Holmes Brothers are a recipe for soul http://www.kplu.org/post/joan-osborne-and-holmes-brothers-are-recipe-soul <p>Want a good recipe for soul music?</p><p>Here’s what you do: Start with vocalist, Joan Osborne, who has had pop music hits, performed on The Grand Old Oprey, toured with members of The Grateful Dead and yet never strayed from her roots in rhythm ‘n blues music.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZF3hIg0gFg</p><p>Now add a good, solid dose of The Holmes Brothers (Sherman Holmes, Wendell Holmes and Popsy Dixon), who have been playing their own unique blend of blues, gospel, soul and R&amp;B since the late 1970’s.</p> Wed, 08 May 2013 19:51:29 +0000 Justin Steyer & John Kessler 8707 at http://www.kplu.org Joan Osborne and The Holmes Brothers are a recipe for soul The intimacy of the duo: Dee Dee Bridgewater and Benny Green http://www.kplu.org/post/intimacy-duo-dee-dee-bridgewater-and-benny-green <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Grammy award-winning jazz vocalist, Dee Dee Bridgewater almost always performs with a band accompanying her, while pianist Benny Green is generally heard in a trio configuration and seldom works with vocalists (with the notable exception of being Betty Carter’s pianist when he was in his 20’s).&nbsp;</span></p><p>So this session was a double treat:&nbsp; hearing two great musicians, both slightly out of their performance comfort zones, but totally in the moment with each other.&nbsp;</p><p>http://youtu.be/wQe3wO-vMQs</p><p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 00:57:40 +0000 Justin Steyer & Abe Beeson 7632 at http://www.kplu.org The intimacy of the duo: Dee Dee Bridgewater and Benny Green 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 Video: Local hiphop artist's tribute to Pho … it don't rhyme with yo http://www.kplu.org/post/video-local-hiphop-artists-tribute-pho-it-dont-rhyme-yo-0 <p>Seattle hip hop artist DJ Sabzi has a new project celebrating a Northwest favorite: The Vietnamese noodle soup called pho. In his song <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/video-local-hiphop-artists-tribute-pho-it-dont-rhyme-yo-0#video">(see video below)</a>, he makes sure we know how to pronounce this special soup, telling us that "it don't rhyme with yo!"</p><p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 18:58:17 +0000 Amelia Greim 7292 at http://www.kplu.org Video: Local hiphop artist's tribute to Pho … it don't rhyme with yo