Jazz and Blues

Blues Time Machine
1:12 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Obscure origins of 'You Don't Love Me'

Willie Cobbs

The Blues Time Machine

"You Don’t Love Me" is a classic blues song that has roots in the 50's and is still being recorded and re-invented. Willie Cobbs, an Arkansas rice farmer, made his way to Chicago in the late 1940's, playing his blues on Maxwell Street, eventually releasing "You Don't Love Me" in 1961.

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Jazz Caliente
4:55 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Jazz Caliente salutes 2013 JJA winners

Edmar Castaneda
wikipedia

The Jazz Journalists annual awards for musicians were announced yesterday, May 1.  

Jazz Caliente celebrates Latin Jazz winners Luciana Souza (Best Female Vocalists), Bobby Sanabria (Best Percussionist), and Edmar Casteneda (Player of Instruments Rare in Jazz of the Year).

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Jazz and Blues
10:18 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Jazz April Birthday #30: Percy Heath

Percy Heath (1923-2005) with his brothers Jimmy and Albert
Jack Vartoogian/FrontRowPhotos

Best known for his work with the Modern Jazz Quartet for its entire run (1952-1974), Percy Heath had only been playing bass for about four years when he joined the band.

Heath also recorded with most of the leading musicians in modern jazz, including Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman.

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Jimmy Jazzoid
2:21 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Relive KPLU's Jimmy Jazzoid Rides Again

Justin Steyer KPLU

Need more Jimmy?

You can listen to the wildly popular, live radio performance of Jimmy Jazzoid Rides Again below! Want to take Jimmy Jazzoid with you, wherever you go?  You can download the podcast here

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Jazz and Blues
10:46 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Jazz April Birthday #29: Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington, 1946
Library of Congress

One of the most influential figures in American music and one of the twentieth century's best known African-American personalities, pianist, composer and bandleader Duke Ellington was, to use one of his signature phrases, "beyond category."

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Jazz Northwest
12:00 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

Jazz Northwest for April 28

Jazz April

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April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and April 30 is International Jazz Day.  Originally organized and named by the Smithsonian Institution, JAM concludes with International Jazz Day on April 30 with jazz celebrations in many countries around the world.  

The Jazz Journalists Association supports both and adds further encouragement by announcing 26 JJA Jazz Heros, cited for their exemplary work in keeping jazz alive and well in their communities.  Special awards celebrations are taking place in these communities including Seattle, where trombonist and educator Julian Priester will receive his Jazz Hero award on April 30.  (more on the link below)

On this week's Jazz Northwest we'll hear music by Julian Priester and some of the other Jazz Heros in the Pacific Northwest who go above and beyond in keeping the music alive and encouraging new audiences and young musicians.

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JJA Jazz Awards  

Blues Time Machine
12:00 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Bo Diddley's 'Before You Accuse Me' influential as the master

Bo Diddley

Bo Diddley's 'Before You Accuse Me' influential as the master

Bo Diddley may not have had the commercial success of some other performers, but his contributions to American musical culture are huge.

Besides his trademark "Bo Diddley beat," he had a brash sense of style, dressing in outlandish outfits, playing custom-made square guitars and generally having a lot of fun on stage. In fact, he was a key player in the transition from blues to rock and roll, using a hard-edged guitar sound that would influence Buddy Holly, The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix.

Bo Diddley recorded "Before You Accuse Me" in 1957.

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Jazz and Blues
12:00 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Jazz Caliente celebrates Jazz April, part 2

Mario Bauza 1911-1993
goldstar.com

Jazz April birthday celebrations continue on Jazz Caliente!

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Jazz and Blues
10:00 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Jazz April Birthday: Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald 1917-1996
pbs.org

The "first lady of song" Ella Fitzgerald was the most popular female jazz singer in the U.S. for more than half a century. In her lifetime, she won 13 Grammy awards and sold more than 40 million albums.

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Jazz and Blues
10:00 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Jazz April Birthday: Joe Henderson

Joe Henderson 1937-2001
wikimedia commons

Influenced by Lester Young initially, then by Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane, Joe Henderson created his own unique sound. 

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Jazz and Blues
7:01 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Jazz salutes its disc jockeys

Symphony Sid Torin (left) hosts a program at WHOM featuring the saxophonist Arnett Cobb.
William Gottlieb The Library of Congress

The advent of bebop added a fresh sound to American music. It also added new voices to some metropolitan radio stations: the late-night jazz DJs who specialized in presenting this new music to their fellow hipster nightflies. To recognize the work of the groundbreaking DJs who lent them critical exposure, jazz musicians of the period would occasionally write songs in their honor. Here are five of those songs.

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Jazz and Blues
10:00 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Jazz April Birthday: Charles Mingus

Charles Mingus 1922-1979
wolfgangsvault.com

Charles Mingus was a virtuoso bass player, accomplished pianist, bandleader and composer.  Influenced both by church choirs and Duke Ellington, he studied double bass and composition with classical masters.

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Jazz Northwest
3:01 pm
Sun April 21, 2013

Chuck Deardorf - Dave Peterson Group on Jazz Northwest

Dave Peterson & Chuck Deardorf

A Seattle all-star group played this month's Art of Jazz concert at The Seattle Art Museum.  Co-led by Chuck Deardorf on bass and Dave Peterson on guitar, the group also includes Rich Cole on tenor sax, Bill Anschell, piano, and John Bishop on drums.   Highlights from the concert aired on Jazz Northwest, 88.5 KPLU on Sunday, April 20 at 2 PM PDT.

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Jazz & Blues
12:01 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

'Another Man Done Gone' - a powerful tale of woe on a chain gang

Vera Hall

'Another Man Done Gone'

Repression of African Americans didn’t stop at the end of the Civil War, and prisons and chain gangs were full of black people arrested for minor violations. This song, “Another Man Done Gone”, tells of the death of a man on one of those chain gangs.

Folklorist Alan Lomax recorded Vera Hall singing “Another Man Done Gone” in 1940, and praised her as having the "loveliest untrained voice [he] had ever recorded."

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Jazz Caliente celebrates Jazz April

Tito Puente 1923-2000
chipboaz.com

We've been celebrating Jazz April (Jazz Appreciation Month + International Jazz Day April 30) by posting birthday remembrances of the legendary jazz artists who were born this month.

Latin Jazz innovators, percussionists and bandleaders are well-represented in April too: 

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