Abe Beeson

Seattle Mariners

Join the fun as KPLU celebrates the great American past time at Safeco Field when the Seattle Mariners take on the Texas Rangers on Sunday, August 9 at 1:10 p.m.  We're offering specially-priced tickets for KPLU listeners--$10 off regularly priced seats--in the exclusive Terrace Club on the second level. 

The event is a benefit for KPLU.  Evening Jazz host (and sports fan) Abe Beeson will be hanging out in the Terrace Club Lounge before the game.  Stop by and say hi, and enter to win cool prizes from KPLU and the Mariners.  Get your tickets now!

Trumpet player and composer Dave Douglas is always searching for a new musical experience, and bringing audiences along with him.

Evening Jazz host Abe Beeson spoke to Mr Douglas at the recent TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, and learned how Dave had to travel to Spain to get the jazz bug, his formative years playing with Horace Silver and later with John Zorn. He also spoke about how important the audience is to the jazz experience, and his successful recording company Greenleaf Music.

Autumn De Wilde

KPLU Evening Jazz host Abe Beeson was honored to introduce the amazing "little orchestra" from Portland, OR, Pink Martini to a joyous crowd at the Orpheum Theatre for this year's TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

He learned to play sax alongside John Coltrane, worked with Dizzy Gillespie's band, grew up with talented brothers Percy (bass) and Albert (drums), he's written more than a hundred songs, and at 88 years old, can't wait to release his new album with singer Roberta Gambarini.

The legendary Jimmy Heath sat down to talk with me at the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, and we started by talking about the musical house in which he was raised.

Brenda Goldstein-Young / KPLU

The TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival is celebrating its 30th year from June 18th through July 1st.  Abe Beeson was there June 26-28 to promote KPLU’s jazz streaming service, Jazz24.org.

Over the weekend at the Jazz24 booth in David Lam Park, we met so many wonderful people – existing listeners and new friends.  Abe taped interviews with the legendary jazz saxophonist Jimmy Heath, Pink Martini’s Thomas Lauderdale and trumpeter Dave Douglas.  He also introduced Pink Martini in front of 2,800 enthusiastic fans of the band at the Orpheum Theatre. 

Friday morning: School of Jazz studio session

Abe recorded a studio session at The Farm Studios with the award-winning Point Grey Secondary School jazz band and their mentor, clarinetist James Danderfer, under the direction of Brent Taylor.  You can read about it and see photos here.

Friday night highlights

We (KPLU Promotions Director and the wonderful Judie Dahl, Marketing Director for the Coastal Jazz and Blues Society) caught the Bria Skonberg Quintet's set at Performance Works on lovely Granville Island. 

Brenda Goldstein-Young

It's School of Jazz, Canadian-style!  KPLU and Jazz24 host Abe Beeson recorded a studio session this morning at The Farm Studios in Vancouver, B.C. with the award-winning Point Grey Secondary School jazz band and their mentor, clarinetist James Danderfer, under the direction of Brent Taylor. 

I don’t get up to Vancouver, B.C. nearly enough. It’s a massive, international city with gorgeous scenery and lots to do, and I even have friends there. So wouldn’t you know, it took a jazz festival to get me back across our northern border.

When The Manhattan Transfer (Tim Hauser, Cheryl Bentyne, Alan Paul, Janis Siegal) came into the KPLU/Jazz24 performance studio, they had literally just gotten off an airplane. A little jet-lagged but ready to sing, they kicked of the session with their version of Moten Swing.

As the son of actor/director/jazz fan, Clint Eastwood, Kyle Eastwood grew up listening to jazz. In this performance-interview hosted by Abe Beeson, Kyle talks about a childhood trip to The Monterey Jazz Festival and how hearing the Count Basie Big Band that day inspired him to become a bass player.

Jazz guitarist, Martin Taylor, is one of our favorite guests in the KPLU/Jazz24 studios. Not only is he widely acclaimed as perhaps the finest solo, acoustic jazz guitarist alive, he’s always great company. Whenever his touring schedule brings him to Seattle, we make sure he pays us a visit.