Robin Lloyd

Midday Jazz Host

Robin Lloyd was born and raised in the Detroit area. She performed radio plays in junior high and high school, took various radio apprenticeships in high school and college, and has held a number of different positions at community and public radio stations in Michigan and Western Washington, including Jazz and Blues Host, Producer, Production Manager, Station Operations Manager and Program Director. Robin is married to drummer Michael Slivka; together they manage a household full of dogs, cats and percussion.

Her most memorable KPLU moment: dancing with the Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indians on stage at Jazz Alley on my birthday.

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Jazz Caliente
10:00 am
Thu June 5, 2014

It's All About Family For Juan de Marcos And The Afro-Cuban All Stars

Juan de Marcos
Michael Hoefner

I had a delightful telephone chat last week with Juan de Marcos, leader of the Afro Cuban All Stars.

Known as the "Quincy Jones of Cuba," Juan de Marcos comes from a family of musicians.  His father was a well-known singer with famed tres player and bandleader Arsenio Rodriguez, and his uncle, Ruben Gonzalez, was one of Cuba's most beloved pianists.  Juan grew up with some of the finest Cuban musicians visiting and playing music in his home.

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Jazz and Blues
10:00 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Revisiting The Sunny Side Of The Street

Halie Loren on the sunny side of the street.
allaboutjazz.com

I got my start in public/community radio at WFBE in Flint, Michigan in the late 1970s. I talked my way into being the self-appointed assistant, apprentice and substitute for a Thursday night program called John's Jazz.

The show was hosted by John R. Davis, journalist and unmatched jazz enthusiast. He very kindly let me tag along and learn things about music and radio.

John’s Jazz theme song was "On The Sunny Side Of The Street" featuring Johnny Hodges on sax.

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Jazz and Blues
12:00 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Film Shows Clark Terry Keepin' On

Clark Terry
clarkterry.com

The long-awaited film about legendary jazz trumpeter Clark Terry "Keep On Keepin' On"  won an audience choice award at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, and will be shown next week in the Seattle International Film Festival.  The documentary follows the relationship of Terry with one of his many students, pianist Justin Kauflin.

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Jazz and Blues
4:50 am
Wed April 2, 2014

KPLU's Own Jim Wilke Named 2014 Jazz Hero By Jazz Journalists Association

Jim Wilke
Steve Korn

The Jazz Journalists Association announced on April 1 (no joke) its list of 24 Jazz Heroes for 2014. 

Jim Wilke, host and producer of KPLU's "Jazz Northwest" and PRI's "Jazz After Hours" is Seattle's Jazz Hero. 

Involved in the local music and radio scene since the early 1960s, Jim was inducted into the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame in 1993, and won the prestigious Willis Conover–Marian McPartland Award for Broadcasting last year.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Candido Camero Honored At Jazz Education Network Conference

Candido Camero
salsa.com

The Jazz Education Network (JEN) created a new award called  "Keepers of the Flame:  LeJENds of Latin Jazz." Presented at the annual JEN Conference in January, the award's first recipient was NEA Jazz Master Candido Camero.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Earshot Jazz Festival Preview: Bill Anschell's Peru Trio

Bill Anschell
Steve Korn

Pianist, composer, arranger, humorist and world traveler Bill Anschell brings his "Peru Trio" to the Art of Jazz series at the Seattle Art Museum tonight at 5:30.  It's part of the Earshot Jazz Festival.

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Jazz Caliente
11:30 am
Thu November 7, 2013

This Week's Latin Jazz News

Dave Valentin
youtube

 Latin jazz flutist Dave Valentin suffered a stroke in March 2012, and has been unable to work since then.  A benefit concert will take place tonight, Nov. 7, at the Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, N.Y.  The show will help raise funds to pay his medical expenses and basic living needs.

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Jazz Caliente
10:16 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Earshot Jazz Festival Preview: An Interview with Omar Sosa

Omar Sosa
David Sproule

Cuban-born pianist, composer and bandleader Omar Sosa received a lifetime achievement award from the Smithsonian Associates in Washington, DC in 2003 for his contribution to the development of Latin jazz in the United States.  His latest CD Eggun (spirit guides) grew from a commission by the Barcelona Jazz Festival in 2009.  The idea was to pay tribute to Miles Davis’ seminal album, Kind of Blue, on its 50th anniversary.

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Jazz and Blues
10:00 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Lady Be Good: Instrumental Women in Jazz

International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Girls in Jazz album, Victor HJ-11
bunky's pickle

Female instrumentalists of all types have been part of jazz since its inception, but for the most part, they have been erased from the history of the music. The film "Lady Be Good: Instrumental Women in Jazz" intends to put the spotlight on the many talented women who have nearly been forgotten.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Earshot Jazz Festival Preview: SF Jazz Collective

SF Jazz Collective David Sánchez (left), Warren Wolf, Avishai Cohen, Edward Simon, Robin Eubanks, Matt Penman, Miguel Zenón and Obed Calvaire
Jamie Tanaka, sfjazz.org

The SFJAZZ Collective is an all-star jazz ensemble comprising eight of the finest performer/composers at work in jazz today.  Launched in 2004,  the ensemble annually performs a new list of compositions by a modern jazz master and new pieces by the Collective members.

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Jazz Caliente
2:20 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Earshot Jazz Festival Preview: Dafnis Prieto

Dafnis Prieto
dafnisonmusic.com

The Cuban-born drummer/percussionist, bandleader and composer Dafnis Prieto appears at the Earshot Jazz Festival next Thursday, October 17 at the Poncho Concert Hall at Cornish College for the Arts, with his Si o Si Quartet:  Peter Apfelbaum (saxophone/melodica/caxixi), Robert Rodriguez (piano) and Johannes Weidenmueller (bass).

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Jazz and Blues
10:00 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Pat Martino, Guitar Hero—Twice in a Lifetime

Pat Martino
wikipedia

Guitarist Pat Martino was a jazz and soul-jazz star since the mid-1960s, recording for the Prestige, Muse, Warner Bros. and Blue Note labels.  In 1980, after operations for a brain aneurysm, he could remember nothing.

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Jazz Caliente
11:31 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Remembering Oscar; Celebrating Latin Grammys

Oscar Castro Neves
oscarcastroneves.com

Oscar Castro Neves  1940-2013

A founding figure in the development of Bossa Nova, Brazilian guitarist, composer and arranger Oscar Castro Neves died on September 27. 

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Latin Jazz at Seattle's Earshot Jazz Festival

Vinicius Cantuária
SFJazz

For the next few weeks on the Jazz Caliente blog, I'll feature previews of the Latin jazz artists appearing at this year's Earshot Jazz Festival, October 1 through November 17.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Latin Jazz Birthdays: Turre and Lynch

Brian Lynch
Tomoji Hirakata

Today is the birthday of two outstanding jazz artists who have years of experience in the Latin jazz format:

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