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When trumpeter Terell Stafford was nearing the completion of his classical trumpet studies in college, he was also developing an interest in jazz.  Since jazz was frowned upon by his classical mentors, Terell had to meet covertly with the school’s jazz studies professor, pianist Kenny Barron.  Barron agreed to help Stafford, but only if they could keep it a secret from the classical professor.  So Terell began going to jam sessions.  

One night — well, no, we’ll stop here.  Terell tells the story much better in this performance/interview with KPLU’s Abe Beeson.  

The a cappella group, Take 6, really needs no introduction.  They’re loved by fans all over the planet and are the most award-winning vocal group in history — awards that just happen to include 10 Grammys. 

And, as if having these guys in the KPLU performance studio wasn’t enough of a treat, Take 6 did a song they’d never done live.  It was their first live performance of what would become their most recent single, "When Angels Cry," and will also be released on their next album, coming out sometime this year.

Singers:

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This week on "Sound Effect," we bring you stories of crossing the divide.

First, a look at the divide between secular and Christian artists in Seattle's alternative music scene. Music writer Kathleen Tarrant explains how mega-church Mars Hill blurred that divide by opening a popular all-ages venue in Seattle. But she says the crossover culture didn't last for long.

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We get all tangled up in family dynamics on this edition “Sound Effect,” with stories of “Family Business.”

We begin in Marsh’s Free Museum in Long Beach, Washington, where Dave Marsh is the third generation to run this roadside attraction. His grandfather founded the store, which now contains taxidermy, vintage carny memorabilia, a (purportedly) real human tapeworm in a jar and, of course, Jake the Alligator Man.

At the end of January, 2016, the University of Washington presented its 1st Annual Jazz Festival for High School Jazz Ensembles and Combos.  To help draw attention to this first festival a jazz quartet called The Intension came to KPLU for a live studio session.  The members of the band are all U-W seniors in the Jazz Studies Program and they did more than draw attention to the event.  They set the bar for excellence—for that festival and all the U-W festivals that will follow.  Prepare to be amazed.

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This quartet is made up of female high-school jazz students from all over the region.  They met through their work with Seattle Jazz Ed, a non-profit provider of year-round jazz classes and activities for young jazz musicians, no matter where the go to school or what their financial circumstances are. 

The 10:00 Quartet is just one example of the great benefit Seattle Jazz Ed provides when it comes to helping young players expand their social/musical networks creatively cross-pollinate with like-minded collaborators. 

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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, the "Sound Effect" staff brings us stories of helping hands.

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All the members of this U.S. Navy Sextet agree that serving their country by playing jazz is a pretty sweet gig. 

Heck, yes!  Unlike most young jazz musicians, they have steady work, decent pay, job security and great benefits.  And do they ever have fun.

Other military jazz bands that we’ve hosted seem to gravitate to music from the golden age of jazz—the ‘modern jazz’ of the late 50s through mid-60s—guided by the greats: artists like Miles, Coltrane and Bill Evans. 

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KPLU "School of Jazz" hit the road for our second studio session featuring a regional high school jazz band program (our first being the Point Grey Secondary School studio session in June at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival).

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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, we are sharing stories of discoveries. 

First, a Seattle researcher describes what it feels like to discover four new planets. Then, Seattle writer Hoai Tran goes on a long-shot quest to find lost relatives, and is rather shocked to succeed.

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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, the "Sound Effect" staff brings us stories of being locked in.

KPLU's Community Advisory Committee will be meeting on Monday, February 29 from 2 - 3:30pm.

If you re interested in attending as a member of the listening community, please contact the general manager's office at 253-535-8732 for more information.

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In 2012, at age 24, drummer/vocalist Jamison Ross won the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, without singing a note. After all, it was a drumming competition. Part of the prize was a recording contract with the Concord Jazz recording label. 

 

Earlier this year his record (titled 'Jamison') was released and this time it was his singing that caught the ears of critics and jazz fans, alike.  And now he’s been nominated for a ‘Best Jazz Vocal Album’ Grammy award. 

 

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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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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.

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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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