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
12:00 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Local Latin Jazz Lineup

Dani and Debora Gurgel Quarteto
Anita Kalikies yoshis.com

Opportunities to hear some wonderful live Latin music are popping up in the area this month, and also at the Earshot Jazz Festival in October and November.  Here’s a starter list, more will follow in the coming weeks:

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Arturo Sandoval to Receive Medal of Freedom

tswartz Flickr

Arturo Sandoval will be honored this year with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States. 

“The Presidential Medal of Freedom goes to men and women who have dedicated their own lives to enriching ours,” said President Obama in a statement. “This year’s honorees have been blessed with extraordinary talent, but what sets them apart is their gift for sharing that talent with the world. It will be my honor to present them with a token of our nation’s gratitude.”

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Cedar Walton's Latin Tinge

Cedar Walton
wikipedia

Pianist and composer Cedar Walton died this week, at the age of 79.

He was perhaps best known for his years with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers (1961-1964), where he presented some of his compositions that became jazz standards, like Ugetsu (Fantasy in D), Firm Roots, Bolivia and Mosaic.  He also recorded with John Coltrane on the famous Giant Steps album, but his alternate take of the title track was not released until a CD reissue many years later.

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Jazz Caliente
11:33 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Wayne Wallace and the Bay Area Latin Music Scene

Wayne Wallace
David Belove

Wayne Wallace is a trombonist, a five-time Grammy nominee, a respected proponent of African American-Latin music, and an accomplished arranger, educator, and composer.  His playing and recording credits are impressive, too:  Pete Escovedo, Santana, Tito Puente, Steve Turre,  Max Roach and more.  The San Francisco native took some time from his busy schedule last week to talk with me about his latest CD, Latin Jazz-Jazz Latin and an upcoming project.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Another Maestro Passes: Steve Berrios 1945-2013

Steve Berrios plays timbales at Seattle's Jazz Alley, 2012
Johan Broberg

Master drummer and percussionist Steve Berrios died last week at age 68. He leaves a legacy of inspirational jazz and Latin music, and a large number of devoted friends who call him their musical father.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Mambo Madness with the Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Spanish Harlem Orchestra
Atael Weissman Latin Jazz Network

This Sunday, July 28, the award-winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra presents a dance concert in the Sculpture Garden of the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, CA.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Live Latin Jazz and Dance Music This Week and Next

The Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band
Centrum Foundation

Grammy Award winner and Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement honoree Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band return to Seattle's Jazz Alley tonight through Sunday, July 21. 

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

The misunderstood drum

Conga drums
ehow.com

The Name

What North Americans call conga drums are actually "tumbadoras." 

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Where are the high honors for America's Latin Jazz artists?

Paquito D' Rivera, NEA Jazz Master and National Medal of Arts honoree
Lane Pederson

Looking over the list of the recently announced 2014 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters prompted me to search through the history of the awards for any Latin Jazz artists who have been so honored.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Historical Latin jazz in book, CD compilation

Cover of Basilio Serrano's book about Juan Tizol
latinjazznet.com

Puerto Rican-born valve trombonist Juan Tizol was a major force in Duke Ellington's orchestra.  With his classical training, an ability to transpose on the spot, skills as a copyist, sight-reader, proofreader of scores and as a composer, he was indispensable to the band.  

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Jazz and Blues
11:45 am
Mon June 24, 2013

The 'Lion of the Blues' Bobby Blue Bland dies

Bobby Blue Bland
wikipedia

Known as the "Lion of the Blues" or the "Sinatra of the Blues," for his ability to sing smooth ballads as well as shout the low-down blues, Bobby Blue Bland started singing gospel in Memphis.  

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Jazz and Blues
12:00 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Seattle author and Seattle broadcaster win National awards

Jim Wilke
Steve Korn

Two Seattle natives have been honored by the Jazz Journalists Association Awards for Journalism and Media. 

Seattle author Paul de Barros was presented with the Best Book About Jazz award for his in-depth biography Shall We Play That One Together? The Life and Art of Jazz Piano Legend Marian McPartland.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
2:40 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Carlos Cascante y su Tumbao: Jazz Caliente ... Live!

Carlos Cascante y su Tumbao performing live in the KPLU Seattle studios on May 30, 2013.
Justin Steyer KPLU

Listen to the full interview and performance

Every Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. KPLU jazz host, Robin Lloyd, presents a feature called Jazz Caleinte—a set of three Latin jazz songs that are embellished by Robin’s comments and insights into all forms of Latin and Afro-Cuban jazz.

Recently Robin hosted her first live Jazz Caliente session with vocalist, Carlos Cascante, and his band, Tumbao.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Hilton Ruiz tribute, Arsenio Rodriguez honored

Hilton Ruiz
youtube.com

Latin Jazz pianist Hilton Ruiz died in New Orleans in 2006 from unexplained injuries.  He left behind an unfinished musical project that was to have benefited Hurricane Katrina victims.

Marco Matute has launched a PledgeMusic project that will produce the CD that Hilton intended, along with a documentary film about Hilton Ruiz.  Here's a preview of the film.  And here's some of Hilton's music:

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Two new Latin Jazz recordings to anticipate!

Gonzalo Rubalcaba
wikipedia

To be released this spring (date TBD): Gonzalo Rubalcaba's Volcan

This band is comprised of musical masters, experienced bandleaders and good friends:  Jose Armando Gola-bass, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez-drums, Giovanni  Hidalgo-congas and Gonzalo Rubalcaba-piano.

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