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This week's episode of "Sound Effect" contains adult language that may not be suitable for all audiences.

  "Sound Effect" is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer. For this episode, the Sound Effect staff brings us stories of going solo.

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Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner has climbed all fourteen main peaks in the eight thousand series as well as four summits higher than eight thousand meters. By reaching the summit of K2 (8,611m, the second highest peak in the world), she has become the first woman to scale all 8,000m peaks without the use of supplementary oxygen. Her passion, however, is not solely the high mountains of the Himalayas — it’s the people, culture, and religion that enchant her.

*KPLU offers you the chance to win a pair of tickets to this event*

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Win Tickets To Sonny Fortune

Feb 5, 2016

The Pacific Jazz Institue at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley welcomes sensational multi-reed player Sonny Fortune for two nights. Show times Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm. Band members are Sonny Fortune (mulit-reed), Theo Saunders (piano), Henry Franklin (bass) and Marvin "Smitty" Smith (drums). Doors open at 6:00pm each night.

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"America The Beautiful" is the show's theme for 2016, with the region's top garden designers and landscape firms embracing a festival tribute to the 100 year celebration of the national parks service with colorful and dramatic display gardens. Colorful show gardens and how-to presentations by top experts. Unique gift and interior design items and hand crafted art and garden furniture. World-class plants and garden products. A great plant sale and a vintage market. Experience city living patio ideas. Enjoy gourmet bites and great wines and much more at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show. 

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Trumpeter extraordinaire, the brilliant TERELL STAFFORD leads the SRJO in a concert of some of his favorite music. Stafford has been hailed by piano legend McCoy Tyner as “one of the great players of our time, a fabulous trumpet player.” Concert selections include Blame It on My Youth, Candy, and I'll Close My Eyes.

Performance dates and time: 

Thursday, Feb 18th at 7:30 p.m. @ Edmonds Center for the Arts

Saturday, Feb 20th at 7:30 p.m. @ Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall

Sunday, Feb 21st at 2 p.m. @ Kirkland Performance Center 

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Pink Martini founder/pianist Thomas Lauderdale described the band this way: “If the United Nations had a house band in 1962, hopefully we’d be that band.”  

Fair enough, but after their visit to the KPLU studios for a live performance and interview with our All Things Considered host Ed Ronco, we feel strongly that they should be the house band for the planet from this day forward.  Their music is pan-global; their hearts are pure, and they make you want to dance.  So, why not?  Enjoy.

Note: Each month, KPLU invites a teen guest DJ to play his or her favorite pieces on the air.  The program is part of KPLU's School of Jazz.  

Blake Clawson and Matthew Tweten from Anacortes High School are the Student DJs for the month of February.  Blake and Matthew's hour aired from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on February 4th.

To get to know them better we asked Blake and Matthew to answer a few questions about jazz:

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"Sound Effect" is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer. For this episode, Sound Effect is highlighting the exceptional contributions from the newsroom.

When Abe Beeson asked this band’s mentor, Mark Taylor, about his role in the group, part of Mark’s answer was that he wanted the musicians to feel good as an ensemble ‘and then letting that energy take over.’  Considering the fact that Mark only worked with the students twice before this studio session, his methodology must have worked.  The Everett High School All-Star Band completely nailed three songs in a row and had a great time doing it.

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  "Sound Effect" is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer. For this episode, Sound Effect is all up in your brain as we take on the theme of mind games.

Pianist Danae Greenfield grew up and went to high school in Bellevue, Washington, where her talent and instinct for improvisation made her a standout in her school jazz band. 

She’s now a student at the prestigious Berklee School Of Music in Boston, playing and studying music during almost all of her waking hours. 

So, Christmas 2015 comes along and what does she do?  She returns to Bellevue to visit her friends and family —and play music during almost all of her waking hours. 

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Today on Sound Effect we look back at looking back as we explore the theme, "Nostalgia."

Skate King has been torn down and soon there will be a Harley Davidson dealership in that lot but the ghosts of athlete's foot past and the penchant for flared pants and disco dancing on wheels lives on in our hearts and minds. Gabriel Spitzer took a spin at the rink before the lights went down for good.

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This week on Sound Effect, "The Doctor Is In." We revisit some of our favorite stories on health, aging, things that take us to the doctor, and the toll that doctors often feel from helping others.

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What is it about aging that is so hard? And what exactly is aging? Those are some of the questions that Dr. Dan Gotchling is trying to answer. 

Gotchling heads the Gotchling Lab at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and he spoke with Sound Effect host Gabriel Spitzer about the biological perils of aging and what it means at the most micro level.

Green River Killer: A True Detective Story


Sound Effect is your weekly tour of ideas inspired by the place we live.

 

For this episode, the Sound Effect team curates some of our favorite segments dealing with law and justice.

 

 

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Sound Effect is your weekly tour of ideas inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by the wonderful Gabriel Spitzer. This week, the Sound Effect team revisits some of its favorite stories that aired over the last year.  

The KPLU performance studio recently had the pleasure to host yet another top-teir jazz group made of high-school  students participating in the Seattle Jazz Ed Program.  It’s the Boxwell-Feldman Quintet. 

Owen Boxwell (guitar) and Ben Feldman (bass) are Garfield High students who have been playing music together since they were in middle school and show no signs of stopping anytime soon. 

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Sound Effect is your weekly tour of ideas inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by the wonderful Gabriel Spitzer. This week the Sound Effect team explores traditions and takes a look at some lesser-known and long-held practices.

The Chairman of the Board.  Ol' Blue Eyes.  Those are just two of the appellations applied to Frank Sinatra over his long and revolutionary career.  To celebrate Sinatra’s 100th birthday (December 12, 1915) the Tierney Sutton Band launched a tour called "A Century Of Sinatra."  When they brought the show to Seattle, we invited this marvelous singer and her long-time trio for a studio session.

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Sound Effect is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer. Each week's show explores a different theme and this week we are Unplugged… kind of.

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Hugh Masekela is a man of many facets. He’s one of the world’s most famous jazz trumpet/flugelhorn players.  He’s also a singer, composer, political activist and (probably most germane to what you’re about to hear) a wonderful, witty and wise story-teller.

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Note: Each month, KPLU invites a teen guest DJ to play his or her favorite pieces on the air. The program is part of KPLU's School of Jazz.

Adam Zacharia from Meadowdale High School is the Student DJ for the month of December. Adam's hour aired from 8-9 p.m. on December 3.

To get to know him better we asked Adam to answer a few questions about jazz:

Which instrument do you play and why?

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This week on Sound Effect, Gabriel Spitzer and his team scour the archives for the show's most memorable musical segments.

We kick off with a short lesson on a tiny instrument, as Gabriel Spitzer literally tries his hands at the ukulele at the house of a renowned uke expert in Wallingford. Then, off to Vito's on First Hill with Ed Ronco to hear from the restaurant's beloved piano player, Ruby Bishop.

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Clarinetist (and sometime saxophonist) Anat Cohen is a one-woman music-blender.  Born and raised in Tel Aviv and now living in New York, Anat lays out a world of influences in almost every song she plays.  Jazz, classical, klezmer, tango, Brazilian — whatever style or genre of music you can think of, you’ll hear at least echoes of it in Ms. Cohen’s music if you listen long enough.  (And by "long enough" we mean, like, an evening’s performance from her and her band.) 

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Sound Effect is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer. Each week's show explores a different theme and this week we bring you notes from “Underground.” 

Chances are, you’ve never heard a quartet quite like The Westerlies.  Generally, a jazz quartet is a rhythm section (piano, bass, drums) with a lead instrument (say, saxophone).  Not The Westerlies.  No, no.  Here you have two trumpets and two trombones.  With this unique configuration, they present what is best described as chamber jazz—original compositions, unique arrangements and beautiful improvisation.

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For 15 years, The Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra has been a mainstay of the Northwest jazz scene, and ever since KPLU has been doing studio sessions in our Seattle studios, we’ve wanted to have them come in and play live for you.  One problem:  our studio isn’t big enough for the entire orchestra. 

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Over the course of a career that lasted some sixty years, pianist, producer and songwriter Allen Toussaint's music and sound became a hugely influential force for artists working in many different genres.

Toussaint died on Monday night in Madrid, at the age of 77.

 

Note: Each month, KPLU invites a teen guest DJ to play his or her favorite pieces on the air. The program is part of KPLU’s School of Jazz.

Which instrument do you play and why?

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Karrin Allyson, a world-renowned jazz singer and a great friend to KPLU, has released a new album of some of her favorite songs from the musicals of Rodgers & Hammerstein—musicals that include "Oklahoma!", "The King And I" and "The Sound Of Music".    

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