Jazz and Blues

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Win Tickets To Terence Blanchard

Aug 21, 2015

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley welcomes 5x GRAMMY Winner, composer, and jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard for four nights and six shows, touring in promotion of his new album, Breathless. Band members are Charles Altura (guitar), Fabian Almazan (piano and synth), Donald Ramsey (bass) and Oscar Seaton (drums). Show times Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm & 9:30pm, and Sunday at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:00pm all nights.

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Note: Each month, KPLU invites a teen guest DJ to play his or her favorite pieces on the air. The program is part of KPLU's School of Jazz.

Stadium High School's Jacob Shaffer is KPLU's guest DJ for the month of August. Jacob's hour aired from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on August 6th. To get to know him better, we asked 17-year-old Jacob to answer a few questions about jazz:

Which instrument do you play and why?

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.


Aaron Hushagen / KPLU

Note: Each month, KPLU invites a teen guest DJ to play his or her favorite pieces on the air.  The program is part of KPLU's School of Jazz.  

Joel Steinke from Edmonds Woodway High School is the Student DJ for the month of July.  Joel's hour aired from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on July 2.

To get to know him better we asked Joel to answer a few questions about jazz:

Which instrument do you play and why?

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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.

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Drummer Antonio Sanchez has been getting a lot of press lately, including a cover story in the July issue of Downbeat magazine.  His award-winning, propulsive drum-solo score for the film “Birdman, Or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance” and the controversy of it being disqualified from the Oscar Awards had the unexpected virtue of introducing Antonio to audiences beyond jazz enthusiasts.

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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.

Note: Each month, KPLU invites a teen guest DJ to play his or her favorite pieces on the air. The program is part of KPLU's School of Jazz.

Issaquah High School's Danny Quaranta is KPLU's guest DJ for the month of June.  Danny's hour aired from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on June 4th.  To get to know him better, we asked 17-year-old Danny to answer a few questions about jazz:

Which instrument do you play and why?

Aaron Hushagen / KPLU

Note: Each month, KPLU invites a teen guest DJ to play his or her favorite pieces on the air. The program is part of KPLU's School of Jazz.

Bellevue High School's Jake Escobar is KPLU's guest DJ for the month of May.  Jake's hour aired from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on May 7th.  To get to know him better, we asked 16-year-old Jake to answer a few questions about jazz:

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Here's our periodic listing of Latin Jazz, Brazilian and Cuban music coming to Seattle, get out and enjoy!

Note: Each month, KPLU invites a teen guest DJ to play his or her favorite pieces on the air.  The program is part of KPLU's School of Jazz.

Everett High School's Jackson Cruz is the Student DJ for the month of March.  Jackson's hour aired from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on April 9.  

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On April first, the Jazz Journalists Association announced its list of 2015 Jazz Heroes: advocates, altruists, activists, aiders and abettors of jazz who have had significant impact in their local communities.

The 'Jazz Hero' awards, made annually on the basis of nominations from community members, are presented in conjunction with the JJA's annual Jazz Awards honoring significant achievements in jazz music and journalism and with the month-long celebration of JazzApril.

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Initiated last year by Kent Devereaux, the former Music Department Chair of Cornish College of the Arts, the Seattle Jazz Experience is a youth jazz festival that presents two full days of workshops and performances this Friday and Saturday at the Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center.  It's  collaboration between Cornish, Earshot Jazz, Seattle JazzEd and Seattle Center.

Dr. David Deacon-Joyner, Director of Jazz Studies at Pacific Lutheran University is on the steering committee for the festival.

Note: Each month, KPLU invites a teen guest DJ to play his or her favorite pieces on the air.  The program is part of KPLU's School of Jazz.

Puget Sound Community School's Margaux Bouchegnies is the Student DJ for the month of March.  Margaux's hour will air from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on March 5.  

Alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson is an innovator.

He teamed up with trumpeter Clifford Brown and pianist Horace Silver to develop hard bop in the early '50s, featured brilliantly on drummer Art Blakey’s classic live album “A Night At Birdland.”

In the 6'0s, he helped create soul jazz with a number of hit records using a Hammond organ backing, including his biggest hit, “Alligator Boogaloo.”

Now at age 88, Donaldson brought the house down at this year’s Portland Jazz Festival, and took the time to talk with me about his long and successful career.

Remembering Clark Terry

Feb 21, 2015
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One of the best things about my work is that I get to meet, talk with and even hang out with some of the greatest musicians of all time. I've found that the artists who leave indelible impressions are the ones for whom the playing of music is a practice of spirituality.

I've been fortunate enough to have made that spiritual connection with some of the giants who took the time to share a bit of their world with me and who live in my heart. And then there's Clark Terry.

Courtesy of Luke Davis

Note: Each month, KPLU invites a teen guest DJ to play his or her favorite pieces on the air. The program is part of KPLU's School of Jazz.

Black Hills High School’s Luke Davis is KPLU’s guest DJ for the month of February. To get to know him better, we asked 17-year-old Luke to answer a few questions about jazz:

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Celebrated jazz saxophonist Zane Musa died Monday in Florida, at the young age of 36, according to news reports.

The circumstances surrounding Musa's death were not known, but trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, in a tweet, said Musa had been involved in a "terrible accident":

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Melissa Aldana and Crash Trio will be making their first appearance in Seattle tonight at Jazz Alley.

The 26-year-old Chilean saxophonist was the first female and the first South American to win the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition in 2013.

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“The Jazz Education Network is dedicated to building the jazz arts community by advancing education, promoting performance, and developing new audiences.”

It’s a clear and concise mission statement, and the power behind it is a group of incredibly dedicated and hard-working people. My discussions with JEN founders and board members at the 6th annual conference in San Diego earlier this month had this theme: There’s still so much to be done, and we’re totally up for it.

Aaron Hushagen

Note: Each month, KPLU invites a teen guest DJ to play his or her favorite pieces on the air. The program is part of KPLU's School of Jazz.

Interlake High School's Carlos Eiene is KPLU's guest DJ for the month of January.  Carlos' hour will air from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Jan. 8.  To get to know him better, we asked 16-year-old Carlos to answer a few questions about jazz:

The 18th Annual KPLU Christmas Jam, 88.5 KPLU’s much-anticipated FREE holiday concert, features jazz vocalist Gail Pettis and her trio--Thursday, December 11, 2014 from noon to 1 p.m. at Lagerquist Hall in the Mary Baker Russell Music Center on the Pacific Lutheran University campus.  

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Note: Each month, KPLU invites a teen guest DJ to play his or her favorite pieces on the air. The program is part of KPLU's School of Jazz.

Lynnwood High's Kaelyn Nicole Stanton is KPLU's guest DJ for the month of December. To get to know her better, we asked 16-year-old Kaelyn to answer a few questions about jazz:

The 18th Annual KPLU Christmas Jam, 88.5 KPLU’s much-anticipated FREE holiday concert, features jazz vocalist Gail Pettis and her trio--Thursday, December 11, 2014 from noon to 1 p.m. at Lagerquist Hall in the Mary Baker Russell Music Center on the Pacific Lutheran University campus.  

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Saxophonist Miguel Zenón has taken on some interesting projects in his career. He's a founding member of the SF Jazz Collective, a Kennedy Center jazz ambassador and the recipient of both a Guggenheim and a MacArthur fellowship.

He's also the founder of Caravana Cultural, a program designed to bring free-of-charge jazz concerts and educational presentations to rural areas of Puerto Rico. It involves both the best of New York's jazz players and young Puerto Rican musicians. 

Zenón's latest recording "Identities Are Changeable" (11/4/2014 Miel Music) is inspired by the idea of national identity as viewed or experienced by the Puerto Rican community in the United States, specifically in New York City.

Aaron Hushagen

Note: Each month, KPLU invites a teen guest DJ to play his or her favorite pieces on the air. The program is part of KPLU's School of Jazz.

North Thurston High junior Eli Moffatt is KPLU's guest DJ for the month of November. To get to know him better, we asked 16-year-old Eli to answer a few questions about jazz:

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