Jazz and Blues

Jazz and Blues
5:00 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Join Us For KPLU's 2014 Summer Jazz Brunch Cruise!

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Jazz Northwest
12:00 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

Miles Davis Night At Tula's

Miles Davis is still one of the most influential figures in jazz, even after more than twenty years since his death (1991). On what would have been his 88th birthday on May 26, a section of 77th Street in New York City where he lived and composed some of his most memorable music was renamed Miles Davis Way.

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Jazz and Blues
12:00 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Film Shows Clark Terry Keepin' On

Clark Terry
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The long-awaited film about legendary jazz trumpeter Clark Terry "Keep On Keepin' On"  won an audience choice award at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, and will be shown next week in the Seattle International Film Festival.  The documentary follows the relationship of Terry with one of his many students, pianist Justin Kauflin.

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Jazz Northwest
12:00 pm
Sun May 25, 2014

Bellevue Jazz Festival Preview

  This week on Jazz Northwest, we'll preview the featured artists at The Bellevue Jazz Festival, including The East-West Trumpet Summit with Ray Vega and Thomas Marriott, Carlos Cascante y su Tumbao, Poncho Sanchez, and Bill Frisell's Beautiful Dreamers. 

The festival also include many free performances in downtown Bellevue Wednesday through Sunday. 

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Jazz Northwest
12:00 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

McTuff on Jazz Northwest

The organ trio (Hammond B3 organ, guitar and drums) is one of the jazz institutions. From the late 50s through the 60s, organ trios were one of the most popular styles of jazz, particularly in hotbeds like Detroit and Philadelphia.

The Seattle band McTuff was formed in 2008 as a tribute to organ greats Jimmy Smith and Captain Jack McDuff, but they've added their own take on the classics and play a lot of original music, too. 

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How I Came To Jazz
5:00 am
Wed May 14, 2014

How Overton Berry Learned The Most Important Thing In Music — And In Life

Editor’s Note: Every jazz musician seems to have a defining moment that led to a lifelong love of the music. KPLU jazz reporter Jason Parker will explore these moments in a three-part series titled How I Came To Jazz.

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Legendary jazz pianist Overton Berry’s “defining moment” story has to do with a brief encounter with a stranger more than 50 years ago. It taught him the a lesson about the most important thing in music — and in life.

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How I Came To Jazz
5:00 am
Tue May 13, 2014

'The One Moment Where I Felt Like Jazz Really Made Me A Person'

Monique Khim performs on stage.
Courtesy Monique Khim

Editor’s Note: Every jazz musician seems to have a defining moment that led to a lifelong love of the music. KPLU jazz reporter Jason Parker will explore these moments in a three-part series titled How I Came To Jazz. 

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“I grew up with Cambodian music…Cambodian karaoke,” said Monique Khim, with a giggle that belies her years.

Monique, a senior at Lynnwood High School, traded her karaoke mic for an alto saxophone years ago. Her love of jazz and saxophone runs deep, and she credits her dad’s fondness for the karaoke machine for her passion for music: “He’s the one that actually spurred on my love for music.”

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How I Came To Jazz
5:00 am
Mon May 12, 2014

A Magical Moment That Seemed Like A Dream

Jason Parker, left, performs for students at Addison Elementary School in Palo Alto, California.

Editor’s Note: Every jazz musician seems to have a defining moment that led to a lifelong love of the music. Some of these moments took place at home, some at school, some with peers. KPLU Jazz reporter Jason Parker will explore these moments in a three-part series titled How I Came To Jazz. Part 1 is Parker’s own story, as told to KPLU’s Kirsten Kendrick.

My story of how I came to jazz has two parts. It begins in the spring of my second-grade year, when every student at my elementary school was asked to choose an instrument to play. I fell in love with the sound of the cello from all the classical music that my dad put on nightly in our house during dinner. The depth and warmth of the instrument spoke to me, and I announced this to my music teacher. She, however, had other ideas for me. She said I was too small to play the cello and that I’d have to start on the violin.

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Jazz and Blues
5:00 am
Mon May 12, 2014

It's KPLU School Of Jazz Week!

KPLU School of Jazz-Volume 10 (physical CD) is available for purchase here - or order a digital copy below.

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Jazz Northwest
12:00 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

Jazz Northwest for May 11, 2014

Jazz Northwest
1:00 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

The Art of The Jitterbug Concert By The SRJO

Some of the most popular music of the 1930s was played by the big bands of the Swing Era. Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Chick Webb, Lionel Hampton, Glenn Miller and other bands toured across the country playing for dancers in ballrooms like the Savoy in Harlem, the Rendevous in Balboa, the Trianon in Seattle, the Spanish Castle in Tacoma and Evergreen Ballroom near Tacoma. 

On this episode, The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, co-directed by Clarence Acox and Michael Brockman is featured in highlights from a concert devoted to “The Art Of The Jitterbug."

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Jazz Day
4:09 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

3 Ways To Celebrate International Jazz Day

Today is International Jazz Day. UNESCO created this celebratory day in 2011 to promote “the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, and a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people.” 

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Jazz Appreciation Month
11:00 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Song Of The Day: One (Or Five) More From Miles

smithsonianjazz.org

We started our Jazz Appreciation Month Song Of The Day posts with a tune from Miles Davis, but this was before I was including bonus tracks, so I thought I'd end with Miles as well. I doubt anyone will argue that Miles is one of the major figures in jazz and deserves the spotlight. 

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Jazz Appreciation Month
3:32 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Song Of The Day: Horace Silver's 'Song For My Father'

smithsonianjazz.org

Horace Silver is another one of the true originals in jazz. All jazz musicians strive to have a unique, identifiable sound, and Horace achieved that early on in his career. His percussive, hard-driving style is recognizable within a few notes and his compositions are some of the most well crafted and beloved in jazz history. Few can match the number of compositions that have become standards, including "The Preacher," "Senor Blues," "Sister Sadie," and his most famous tune, "Song For My Father."

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Jazz Appreciation Month
8:34 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Song Of The Day: Sam Rivers' 'Beatrice'

smithsonianjazz.org

Sam Rivers is another of those musicians who's profile is huge among musicians and almost non-existent among non-musicians. His contributions to jazz as a player, composer and host of jazz "loft" shows cannot be overstated. He was an early adopter of free jazz and combined very outside playing with compositions with structure in new ways in the '60s and '70s.

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