Jazz and Blues

Jazz and Blues
12:00 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Jazz April birthday: Trumpeter Booker Little

Booker Little 1938-1961
danmillerjazz.com

Jazz April has begun! 

Many influential jazz musicians were born in this month, and we'll be celebrating both the legendary and the lesser-known by telling you a little more about their lives and music on their birthdays.

Booker Little was one of a handful of trumpeters born in 1938 (the list includes Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard) who were touched by Clifford Brown’s genius and ready to take be-bop to the next level.

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Jazz Northwest
10:22 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Jazz Northwest for March 31

The Northwest jazz scene is not only robust, but varied. Sample it on Jazz Northwest Sunday afternoons.  We’ll hear Latin jazz from Johnny Conga and Lary Barilleau,  straight- ahead from Jay Thomas, Milt Kleeb and Kareem Kandi, singer Eugenie Jones makes her debut and some well worn tunes getting unusual treatments.  

Jazz Northwest is produced by Jim Wilke exlusively for 88.5, KPLU.  A podcast is available after the show.

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Blues Time Machine
12:01 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Waters' 'Trouble No More' came out of Estes' 'Someday Baby Blues'

The Blues Time Machine

Sleepy John Estes was a master of country blues with a “down-home” feeling. A little rough around the edges, but loaded with emotion. Though his music wasn’t complex, his songs have lasted through the years, and have been sung by Led Zeppelin and Bob Dylan.

In his 1935 recording of “Someday Baby Blues”, the guitar is barely heard, the mix dominated by Hammie Nixon’s harmonica and Estes’ plaintive voice.

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Jazz and Blues
12:00 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Celebrate Jazz April!

Jazz April
Jazz Journalists Association

Jazz April is the combination of Jazz Appreciation Month and the second annual International Jazz Day, April 30, 2013.

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Jazz Caliente
12:18 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

A giant of Cuban music, Bebo Valdes dies

Bebo Valdes 1918-2013
FOTOSONS.COM

Bebo Valdes, Cuban pianist, composer, arranger and bandleader died Friday March 22, 2013.  He was 94.

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Blues Time Machine
4:38 pm
Sun March 24, 2013

'Walkin' Blues' still has legs

Legendary bluesman Son House

It’s one of the defining songs of the Blues, written by one of its formative figures, Son House. The opening lyric “Woke up this morning…” would be considered trite today, but its 1930 recording date makes it more iconic than anything.

With its simple but insistent guitar rhythm and mournful lyrics, “Walkin’ Blues” is a virtual blueprint for Delta Blues, and a powerful influence on the development of modern blues.

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun March 24, 2013

Bernie Jacobs Quartet in concert on Jazz Northwest, March 24

Bernie Jacobs, flute at Seattle Art Museum (drummer Adam Kessler in bg)
Brian David Casey

Multi-instrumentalist and singer Bernie Jacobs fronts his quartet in highlights from an Art of Jazz Concert at The Seattle Art Museum on Jazz Northwest, March 24 at 2 PM PDT on 88.5 KPLU.   The concert was presented by Earshot Jazz and recorded for this broadcast on KPLU.   Joining Bernie Jacobs, who plays mostly flute on this broadcast, are Bill Anschell, piano, Phil Sparks, bass and Adam Kessler on drums.  The music includes standards and jazz classics from Fats Waller to Wayne Shorter.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Award-winning trumpeter Arturo Sandoval returns to Seattle

Arturo Sandoval
kuumbwajazz.org

A protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, a founding member of the innovative Cuban group Irakere, a renowned classical musician who performs regularly with symphony orchestras around the world:  trumpeter, pianist and composer Arturo Sandoval returns to Seattle's Jazz Alley this week.

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Take 5
5:01 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Take 5 goes meta: A list of 5 songs about lists

Detail from the cover art to Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson.
Verve Records

Over the past few years, Take 5’s theme-based music lists have covered a wide variety of subjects. We’ve covered all the seasons of the year, all the holidays, different types of weather, the careers of jazz legends, the cutting-edge work of up-and-coming jazz artists and have gotten into the musical minutiae of things like flowers, birds, baseball, prohibition and civil rights.  And now it’s time for Take 5 to go meta and present a five-song list of songs about….LISTS.  It had to happen sooner or later.

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun March 17, 2013

Jazz Northwest for March 17

New CDs by Northwest Jazz artists are featured on this week's Jazz Northwest.  Tenor saxophonist Bill Harris leads his Portland quintet , Cory Weeds and Bill Coon front a quartet from Vancouver BC, singer Gail Pettis, and Jay Thomas and The Cats represent Seattle.  Also included this week is former Seattle trumpet player Tatum Greenblatt and some New York friends billed as the Verve Jazz Ensemble.  Jazz Northwest is broadcast Sunday afternoons at 2 on 88-5, KPLU and kplu.org. 

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Jazz & Blues
12:00 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

'Early in the Morning' - samba, rumba and history

Louis Jordan's music was a bridge between jazz and rock.

Louis Jordan is one of the pioneers of American music, and an important force in the transition from the Jazz Era to Rock and Roll. He was one of the first to down-size the big band format to a combo of five or six players, pounding out high energy jump, swing and rhythm and blues for dance audiences.

One of the early bands to use electric guitar, he established a musical style that rock originators like Bill Haley followed closely. Louis Jordan’s 1947 recording of “Early in the Morning” is an example of the influence of Afro Cuban rhythms on American music.

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Jazz Caliente
11:05 am
Thu March 14, 2013

How the Puerto Ricans saved Afro-Cuban Jazz

The extremely quotable drummer, percussionist, producer and educator Bobby Sanabria
Joe Conzo, Jr.

“If it wasn’t for the Puerto Rican community of Spanish Harlem, of the South Bronx, Afro Cuban music would never have survived in this country, and expanded to the heights that it has.”—Bobby Sanabria from the film “From Mambo to Hip Hop”

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Jazz and Blues
4:46 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Girl Scouts are stuck on Dick Stein

Dick Stein is honored by the Girl Scouts for suggesting a sticker saying "I Bought Girl Scout Cookies" in the Anderson University Center at PLU on Wednesday, March 13, 2013.
John Froschauer

KPLU's Midday Jazz Host Dick Stein is one smart cookie. And his ideas aren’t half-baked, either.  

Stein was honored today by the Girl Scouts of Western Washington on the Pacific Lutheran University campus for coming up with a good idea that really stuck.

Like thousands of other Western Washington residents, Stein buys Girl Scout Cookies every year. 

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun March 10, 2013

SRJO plays Thad Jones: from Basie to The Village Vanguard on Jazz Northwest

Album cover by Meirsdorff for the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra

Thad Jones played trumpet with the Basie Band and he brought the jazz orchestra into the modern age with his unique compositions and arrangements for the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra at The Village Vanguard.  The current incarnation of that orchestra still plays every Monday night at the hallowed New York club as The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra 47 years after it began.   The music of Thad Jones still feels current and is played by jazz orchestras around the world, including The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra which featured Thad Jones' music in two sold out concerts last weekend. 

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Blues Time Machine
12:00 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

'Shake 'Em On Down' created the cutting edge for blues

Bukka White

The Blues Time Machine

Most blues started in the country before becoming urbanized, and Bukka White brought his brand of Mississippi blues to Chicago in the 1930’s and 40’s.

It is likely that he met and learned from elemental bluesman Charley Patton, and he was known for playing a National steel guitar with a slide. He recorded “Shake ‘Em On Down” in 1937 and established the cutting edge.

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