Jazz

Jazz & Blues
10:02 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Jazz Caliente debuts today on KPLU 88.5

Kenton's Cuban Fire

Jazz Caliente debuts today at 2 p.m. on KPLU’s Mid Day Jazz.

It’s a three-song set featuring Latin Jazz:  the melodies and improvisation of jazz blended with Latin rhythms.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
12:07 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

The Cookers: Bebop supergroup

Left to right: Billy Harper (sax), David Weiss (trumpet), and Eddie Henderson (trumpet) perform live in the KPLU studios on June 26.
Justin Steyer KPLU

If we were to make a list of all the recording and composing credits of the members of The Cookers, it would go on for many pages. 

This is an amazing collection of jazz musicians—Billy Hart (drums), Cecil McBee (bass), Eddie Henderson (trumpet), David Weiss (trumpet), Billy Harper (sax) and George Cables (piano). 

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A Blog Supreme
4:48 pm
Sat June 9, 2012

Reader comments about building jazz audiences, musicians with day jobs

Discussion about the future of jazz audiences — and how to cope with them — was strong.
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Originally published on Sat June 9, 2012 9:13 am

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Jazz & Blues
4:29 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Jazz bassist James Genus on SNL, influences and languages of music

James Genus

The house bassist for Saturday Night Live and credited on hundreds of studio and live recordings across a wide variety of genres, James Genus is one of the most in-demand bassists on the scene.

In this interview, Genus discuss being required to learn upright bass in college, his experiences with Horace Silver and Roy Haynes, what he credits for his versatility, his thoughts on the late Michael Brecker, and what it is like to be part of a television show band.

Read the interview on Groove Notes.

KPLU Studio Sessions
1:15 pm
Sat May 26, 2012

Blues singer Janiva Magness takes the next step

Blues powerhouse, Janiva Magness, performing in the KPLU Seattle studios on May 15, 2012.
Justin Steyer KPLU

Blues singer Janiva Magness just released a new CD, Stronger For It, and was recently in town performing at Jazz Alley. She and her 4-piece band visited KPLU’s Seattle Studio and performed 4 songs from the new CD. It’s her 9th release, but the first to feature songs written by her.

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Jazz & Blues
2:52 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Jazz vocalist Halie Loren defines 'authentic'

"I definitely create music from a very authentic place, and have musicians around me who do the same," Halie Loren told Groove Notes.
Sally Sheldon

Halie Loren talks with Groove Notes about her most recent release, “Heart First” – which rose to number one on the iTunes Canada Jazz chart – her path to becoming a jazz singer, her success in other countries and what it takes to convincingly sing a song that she didn’t write.

Read the story on Groove Notes.

KPLU Studio Sessions
12:46 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

All-Star Trio: Jack DeJohnette, Chick Corea and Stanley Clark

Legendary drummer Jack DeJohnette in the KPLU studios on May 11, 2012.
Justin Steyer KPLU

Drummer Jack DeJohnette was 23 years old when he made his first recording with The Charles Lloyd Quartet in 1966.  Since that time he’s been a driving (and we do mean ‘driving’) force in the world of jazz.  This year he’ll be celebrating his birthday (August 9th) all year long with a number of special events, such as his current tour with his old friends, Chick Corea on piano and Stanley Clarke on bass.

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Blues
12:53 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Stax Bassist Duck Dunn Remembered In Memphis

Donald "Duck" Dunn onstage about 1990.
David Redfern Redferns/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 4:49 pm

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A Blog Supreme
5:29 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Around the jazz Internet: May 11, 2012

Do conservatories produce "cookie cutter" musicians? (At least they'll be able to play a certain Jimmy Heath blues well.)
Diane Labommbarbe iStockPhoto

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 6:58 am

More links from this week:

  • Interesting discussions at George Colligan's blog this week. An informed opinion on the charge that music schools produce "cookie cutter" musicians. Some thoughts on sight reading, that misunderstood skill among the jazz community. And a low brass forum erupts.
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A Blog Supreme
5:50 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Why a jazz festival is asking musicians to 'Do It Yourself'

Mad Curious, with drummer Lenny Robinson, saxophonist Brian Settles and bassist Tarus Mateen, performs at a Capitalbop house show.
Giovanni Russonello Courtesy of Capitalbop

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:02 pm

The Undead Music Festival, which lifted off last night, has grown every year. On Friday, it will outgrow New York City.

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JazzSet
11:58 am
Thu May 10, 2012

'Miles Davis And Gil Evans: Still Ahead' On JazzSet

Terence Blanchard plays the role of Miles Davis' trumpet with commitment and emotion at Monterey.
Cole Thompson

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 9:05 am

Gil Evans was born on May 13, 1912. In three collaborations in the late 1950s, he and his friend and Miles Davis steered their projects into a new era for jazz.

Their first album was Miles Ahead. This Monterey Jazz Festival concert is called "Still Ahead," with music from the pair's second and third records, Porgy and Bess and Sketches of Spain.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
5:00 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

The Tierney Sutton Band: A true group effort

Tierney Sutton performing live in the KPLU studios on May 2, 2012.
Justin Steyer KPLU

Singer Tierney Sutton’s band were in deep discussion five minutes before their live in-studio performance on KPLU last Wednesday, trying to decide which three songs to play for our audience. It was just one example of how interconnected each member of this quartet really is.

We learned more about each band member’s extra-musical skills were divided, how they’d go about sharing their surely impending Grammy Award (they've been nominated for five so far), and Tierney told us about walking the fine line as lyrical story teller and vocal improviser.

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A Blog Supreme
2:33 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Why tax day is even worse for musicians

The contradictions between art and business are set into relief by the U.S. income tax code.
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Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:05 pm

Tomorrow is the income tax filing deadline in the U.S., and jazz musicians in particular know it. The overwhelming majority of jazz musicians are freelance performers (and often freelance teachers, composers and other music-related service providers). But the informal aesthetics of the jazz world often extend to its business practices as well, with its handshake deals and cash payments. That makes it quite difficult to keep track of income and expenses when it comes time to report to the Internal Revenue Service.

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KPLU Listener Trip
9:40 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Join us for our Victoria JazzFest Weekend!

We'll be starting the jazz-filled weekend off the right way with multi-Grammy Award-winner and one of the world's pre-eminent female jazz vocalists, Diane Reeves on June 22nd!

Join KPLU for an exciting trip to the 28th TD Victoria International JazzFest, Friday, June 22 through Sunday, June 24. 

JazzFest features musical performances from around the world on 12 stages in the downtown area.  (This year's JazzFest is June 22-July 1.)  We've put together a fun-filled package for two that's specially priced (reflecting a 10% discount) for KPLU listeners!

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A Blog Supreme
9:09 am
Thu April 12, 2012

When jazz musicians get married, who plays the wedding?

The band on Ingrid Jensen's At Sea includes (left to right) Geoffrey Keezer, Jon Wikan, Jensen, Lage Lund and Matt Clohesy. Jensen and Wikan are married.
Angela Jimenez

Originally published on Thu April 12, 2012 8:30 am

Because of their skill and versatility, a lot of jazz-trained musicians occasionally find themselves playing wedding gigs. But what happens when jazz musicians themselves get hitched? How do they decide who, among their many musician friends, gets the gig?

The trumpeter Ingrid Jensen is married to drummer Jon Wikan. Weeks before their 2004 wedding, NPR's Weekend Edition interviewed Jensen. Naturally, the subject came up:

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