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 February 21, 2013

A Sampling of Seattle's Latin Jazz

Fred Hoadley and Sonando at Tula's
Daniel Sheehan

Seattle is home to a number of very talented musicians whose focus is Latin Jazz.  Here are three bands well worth searching for in the clubs and concert halls of the Emerald City:

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

A KPLU Travel Club Valentine to Cuban music

Jorge Luis Pacheco
allaboutjazz.com

The KPLU Travel Club trip to Cuba was a great success, and the days and nights were filled with music! 

Use the arrows above the picture to flip through the slide show of 15 of my music-related photos from Cuba.

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Jazz & Blues
1:21 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

February 13 is World Radio Day

Danilo Perez
sfjazz.org

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) encourages us to acknowlege World Radio Day

"...a day to celebrate radio as a medium; to improve international cooperation between broadcasters; and to encourage major networks and community radio alike to promote access to information and freedom of expression over the airwaves. "

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

A look at Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All Stars

Juan de Marcos
Justin Styer KPLU

Cuban bandleader, composer and arranger Juan de Marcos González is known as the "Quincy Jones of Cuba" and as the architect of the Afro-Cuban All Stars (the foundation for The Buena Vista Social Club), and the founder of another successful Cuban band, Sierra Maestra.

His father was a singer for Arsenio Rodriguez's Orchestra; his uncle was Ruben González, famed pianist for the Buena Vista Social Club.

Juan's mission is the preservation of his rich musical heritage.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Latin Jazz Artists at SFJAZZ

SFJAZZ Center Auditorium
Charkrem

Latin Jazz artists are well-represented at the new SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco, which had its grand opening this week with an all-star concert, broadcast and video streamed on public radio stations.

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Jazz & Blues
12:00 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Dr. King on the Importance of Jazz

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
history.com

On the day we celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., let's revisit his thoughts on Jazz and Blues from his address to the 1964 Berlin Jazz Festival:

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

From the Bronx to Madrid: Jerry Gonzalez

Jerry Gonzalez
pmwd@flicker

This native of the South Bronx grew up with jazz and Cuban music simultaneously.  Playing trumpet and conga drums, he came up in the bands of Dizzy Gillespie, Eddie Palmieri and Manny Oquendo. 

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

NEA Jazz Master, Eddie Palmieri

Eddie Palmieri
Juan Cruz eddiepalmierimusic.com

Pianist, composer and bandleader Eddie Palmieri will be one of four National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters honored this year on Monday January 14 at Lincoln Center.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

More of 2012's Best Latin Jazz

Bobby Sanabria's Multiverse gets my vote for hippest album cover of 2012
Bobby Sanabria

The nominees for Best Latin Jazz Recording for the Grammy Awards in 2013 have been announced, and the winners of the Latin Grammys have already been awarded.

This is the best of the rest, the Latin Jazz that you might have missed this year, and there are some stellar performances here.  With gratitude to Latin Jazz Network and Latin Jazz Corner, let me encourage you to explore some of the lesser-known and newer artists of Latin Jazz.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

A Latin Jazz New Year's Eve

Pete Escovedo
salsamundi.com

There's nothing quite like a Latin Jazz celebration of any occasion.  It's the ultimate party music!  If you're in Seattle, WA or in Oakland, CA, you can spend New Year's Eve with one of the masters of the Latin groove:

Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band at Jazz Alley, Seattle

Multiple Grammy award winner, and this year's Lifetime Achievement Award recipient from the Latin Grammys, Poncho and his band mix jazz, latin and soul for a tasty and dance-able feast.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

A Cuban Christmas

The music of Cuban Christmas past

Christmas Eve is celebrated in Cuba, not Christmas Day.  

It's called Noche Buena, and it includes food, music, dancing and gatherings.

A traditional Cuban Noche Buena feast consists of plenty of roast pig (yes, a whole one), black beans and rice, fried plantains and yucca with garlic.  To wash it all down:  mojitos, cuba libres, or a sidra (sparkling hard cider).  Desserts include rice pudding and rum cake.  I can feel the food coma starting already.

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Jazz Caliente
12:20 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Grammy Nominees for Best Latin Jazz Album

Luciana Souza and Romero Lubambo
Dani Gurgel

This year's Grammy Awards will see the reinstatement of the Latin Jazz category that was deleted in the recent "consolidation" of ethnic music categories by the Recording Academy.

Nominated for 2013 Best Latin Jazz Album:

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Jazz Caliente
12:40 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Cal Tjader, master of Latin vibes

Cal Tjader
Verve Records

One of the most appealing Latin Jazz/Pop crossover artists was vibraphonist Cal Tjader (chay-der).

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Cuba's influence on New Orleans music

Havana Vieja at night
Gabriel Rodríguez

It's been said that Cuba and New Orleans are more than musical cousins; they are more like twins and equally responsible for much of what we call jazz.  And I've often heard New Orleans described by its multi-cultural natives as being not a Southern city, but a Caribbean city.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Latin Jazz nominees for tonight's Latin Grammy Awards

Tania Maria
Bruno Bollaert, volume12

The 13th Annual Latin Grammy Awards will  air live  in the United States on the Univision Network  from 8–11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central) tonight.

Here are the nominiees for the Best Latin Jazz Album:

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