Jazz Northwest
12:00 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Susan Pascal's "Soul Sauce" Quintet At Tula's

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. 

Recently she brought her "Soul Sauce" Quintet to Tula's to play the music of the Latin jazz vibist Cal Tjader. 

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Jazz Appreciation Month
8:00 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Song Of The Day: Perhaps The Most Famous 12 Seconds In All Of Jazz

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"What we play is life. You blows what you is" - Louis Armstrong

While Louis Armstrong wasn't the first jazz musician, he is considered the father of us all musically. Like Charlie Parker, his importance to the music — to all music — cannot be overstated. He is one of the few people who changed the music forever, and he was the first true soloist in jazz.

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Jazz Appreciation Month
8:00 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Song Of The Day: Parker's 'Ornithology' And Goodman's 'How High The Moon'

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"Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn. They teach you there’s a boundary line to music. But, man, there’s no boundary line to art. I kept thinking there’s bound to be something else? I could hear it sometimes, but I couldn’t play it." - Charlie Parker

Bebop. This subgenre of jazz has become the defining style for the last 70 years. Over the years, other subgenres have come and gone, but bebop is still the yardstick by which jazz musicians are measured.

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Wanapum Dam
3:34 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

A Long, Dry Summer For River Resort Communities Behind Cracked Dam?

Boat launches and docks in the community have been left high and dry from the drawdown of water behind the damaged dam.
Anna King

For one resort community in central Washington, this summer could be a bust. A crack in the Wanapum Dam there has forced operators to draw down the Columbia River more than 25 feet, leaving boat docks hundreds of feet from the water.

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Studio Sessions
2:13 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Relive Our Live Studio Session With The David Sanborn Trio

Left to right: Joey DeFrancesco, Gene Lake and David Sanborn performing live in the KPLU studios.
Justin Steyer KPLU

It’s the final day of the KPLU spring pledge drive! To show our appreciation for your support, we were thrilled to invite The David Sanborn trio into our Seattle studios this afternoon for an electrifying live studio session, hosted by Abe Beeson. Accompanying Sanborn were organ master Joey DeFrancesco and drummer Gene Lake. 

Please consider how much great live jazz is worth to you make a gift today, in whatever amount fits, to help us reach our goal of 3,600 listeners to make a gift by the end of the day today. 

Make your pledge today!

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Oso Slide
1:11 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Oso Mudslide Victims Can Postpone Taxes Until Oct. 15

Tayler Drayton, 16, finishes painting words of support on a bus stop for those affected by a deadly mudslide nearly two weeks earlier nearby, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Oso, Wash.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

The Internal Revenue Service says victims of the Oso mudslide in Washington don't have to worry about the April 15 deadline. They will have until Oct. 15 to file their income tax returns.

The tax relief follows this week's federal disaster declaration.

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Doualy Xaykaothao covers breaking news from Asia for NPR News. She's based in Bangkok, Thailand, and her reports can be heard across all NPR News programs.

Jazz Appreciation Month
11:18 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Song Of The Day: Coleman Hawkins And The Birth Of Bebop

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"The language of jazz is built on small phrases — riffs that pass like coveted currency from one musician and one generation to the next. But every now and then, there comes a moment when that tried-and-true vocabulary no longer serves, and by rejecting it, an artist arrives at a statement that nudges or catapults the music in new directions." - Tom Moon, NPR

In order to talk about bebop, we need some historical perspective. So we'll start a few years before the beginnings of the bebop era, in 1939. 

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Weather with Cliff Mass
10:45 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Weekend Won't Be All Sunshine, But Monday Will Be Glorious

Freshly blooming daffodils frame the Space Needle against a blue sky background following days of rain and clouds Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Got outdoor plans this weekend? You’ll want to make use of your Saturday morning, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

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Arts
8:28 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Seattle's Deaf Community Hoping To Build Understanding Through Film Festival

Seattle Deaf Film Festival

People who are deaf or have hearing loss often find themselves misunderstood, says Patty Liang. It happened to her once on a plane. A representative from the airline labeled her as disabled, which resulted in someone meeting her at the gate with a wheelchair.

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