Kevin Kniestedt

Weekend Edition Saturday and Jazz on the Grooveyard Host

Kevin began his career at KPLU in 2003, where his first responsibility was to eradicate the KPLU Jazz Library from all Smooth Jazz CD’s. Since then he has hosted, at least once, almost every single program on KPLU. Kevin is also the author of KPLU’s Groove Notes jazz blog, has interviewed several world class jazz artists, produced local news features, and helped make the KPLU Grocery Tote famous.

Kevin's most memorable KPLU radio moment was his interview with Edgar Martinez right before his last home game. Kevin lives the seemingly never-ending bachelor life in downtown Tacoma where you may find him hitting a tennis ball, catching an independent film or eating a massive plate of nachos.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:36 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Will the 'Most Miserable Sports City' Be Missed?

Kevin Kniestedt's press pass from Safeco Field from 2004 when he covered the retirement of Edgar Martinez.

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Forbes Magazine recently named Seattle as the "Most Miserable Sports City in America." As KPLU's Kevin Kniestedt prepares to leave Seattle and move across the country, he asked Sports Commentator Art Thiel if it really is that bad of a sports town, and what he might be missing after he leaves.

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Local jazz hero
7:01 am
Sat April 27, 2013

Seattle's own Julian Priester named 2013 Jazz Hero

Photo via Julian Priester's Facebook page.

The Jazz Journalists Association has named Seattle's own Julian Priester as one of 25 Jazz Heroes—an honor bestowed on those who have had a significant impact on their jazz community.

Jazz Heroes are activists, advocates, altruists, aiders and abettors of jazz who have had significant impact in their local communities. The Jazz Hero awards, for which community members nominate candidates, are presented in conjunction with the  Jazz Journalists Association’s annual Jazz Awards honoring significant achievements in jazz music and journalism.

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Obituary
9:10 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Richie Havens, folk singer who opened Woodstock, has died

The crowd at Richie Havens' Woodstock-opening set on Aug. 15, 1969.
Paul DeMaria New York Daily News via Getty Images

Folk and rock singer, songwriter and guitarist Richie Havens reportedly passed away Monday at the age of 72.

Havens was perhaps best known for his three-hour opening set at the Woodstock Festival in 1969.

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Jazz List
10:20 am
Fri April 5, 2013

1,000 jazz albums you should hear before you die

esc861 Flickr

This list, which took the better part of four years, was inspired by those who said that jazz was limited to a certain style or type of performer. The idea behind this list was not to create a “best” albums list, but rather a extensive list of albums that covered as much of jazz history as possible.

Even after posting 1,000 albums, this list is really only a sample of the history of this great art form.

Hopefully you will find some great music you have never heard before and add to your collection.

SPORTS WITH ART THIEL
5:01 am
Fri March 15, 2013

New additions to Seahawks could be ingredients for a championship

Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin at a news conference Tuesday.
Associated Press

The Seattle Seahawks made two big moves this week, trading for high-profile wide receiver Percy Harvin and signing defensive end Cliff Avril. These moves show that the Seahawks are serious about winning a Super Bowl this upcoming season, says sports commentator Art Thiel. 

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Sports
8:30 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Seahawks' playoff defeat leaves one fan heartbroken but hopeful

Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) sits on the bench during the second half of an NFC divisional playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, in Atlanta. The Falcons won 30-28.
Dave Martin AP Photo

A dramatic comeback was not enough for the Seahawks Sunday. They lost to the Falcons 30-28 in the NFC Divisional playoff game in Atlanta. Find out what one longtime Seattle sports fan has to say about it.

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Jazz
4:34 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Passing of Dave Brubeck leaves impact on many

Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, responsible for the recording of the seminal album Time Out 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.

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.

The career that Brubeck sustained had an enormous impact on musicians and fans.

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Jazz & Blues
10:54 am
Wed November 28, 2012

5 ways jazz musicians can help themselves with technology

Here's one jazz musician who's making solid use of the Internet to keep his career in front of fans.

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.

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.

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Groove Notes
2:32 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

10 best jazz albums of 2012

Brad Mehldau makes the list for a second straight year.

Groove Notes writer and KPLU jazz and news host Kevin Kniestedt lists the 10 jazz releases (and some honorable mentions) that he feels rose to the top in 2012.

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Sports with Art Thiel
1:54 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Former Mariner players continue to haunt Seattle fans

Former Mariner Raul Ibanez celebrates after hitting the game-winning home run during the 12th inning of Game 3 of the American League division baseball series on Wednesday. Ibanez played for, and left the Mariners on two separate occasions.
AP Photo/Kathy Willens

There has been a lot of excitement so far in the early rounds of the Major League Baseball playoffs, and much of that has been provided by former Seattle Mariner players. As sports commentator Art Thiel explains to KPLU’s Kevin Kniestedt, the sight of players leaving Seattle to flourish on other teams has become far too common for fans over the years. To hear the discussion, click the "Listen" button above.

KPLU Studio Sessions
11:20 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Halie Loren: Putting Eugene, Ore. on the jazz map

Halie Loren performing live in the KPLU Seattle studios on September 5, 2012.
Justin Steyer KPLU

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In this studio session, hosted by Kevin Kniestedt, we’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. 

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First person
4:08 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

If you don’t know this band, you don’t know anything about music – really?

Nima Fatemi Flickr

I literally had someone say that to me the other day. My head almost exploded.

So if I am not familiar with a band that you happen to know or like, that means I have NO musical knowledge, whatsoever?

What is worse is that this is not the first time I have heard this from someone.

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Jazz & Blues
11:36 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Hearing, more than smell, brings (my) memories to life

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 – in some cases even just a few bars of a song -  can draw upon some of the most powerful memories in a persons life.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
12:07 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

The Cookers: Bebop supergroup

Left to right: Billy Harper (sax), David Weiss (trumpet), and Eddie Henderson (trumpet) perform live in the KPLU studios on June 26.
Justin Steyer KPLU

If we were to make a list of all the recording and composing credits of the members of The Cookers, it would go on for many pages. 

This is an amazing collection of jazz musicians—Billy Hart (drums), Cecil McBee (bass), Eddie Henderson (trumpet), David Weiss (trumpet), Billy Harper (sax) and George Cables (piano). 

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SPORTS WITH ART THIEL
5:24 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Mariners aren't living up to already low expectations

Seattle's Casper Wells slides into home to score the winning run last night against Boston. The Mariners won 1-0.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

The Seattle Mariners reach the halfway point of their season this weekend, and find themselves in last place. As KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel explains, the Mariners had low expectations at the beginning of the season, and have yet to live up to them.

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