Jazz and Blues

Blues Time Machine
12:00 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

"Going Up The Country" and the roots of the Blues

Roots of the Blues

The Blues Time Machine

Henry Thomas is literally a link to an earlier time.

Born in 1874, his music is a patchwork of blues, rags and folk songs. His use of quills, or pan-pipes, is a relic of a nearly vanished African American tradition. Listening to Henry Thomas gives a glimpse of what music might have sounded like before “the blues."

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

A Latin Jazz New Year's Eve

Pete Escovedo
salsamundi.com

There's nothing quite like a Latin Jazz celebration of any occasion.  It's the ultimate party music!  If you're in Seattle, WA or in Oakland, CA, you can spend New Year's Eve with one of the masters of the Latin groove:

Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band at Jazz Alley, Seattle

Multiple Grammy award winner, and this year's Lifetime Achievement Award recipient from the Latin Grammys, Poncho and his band mix jazz, latin and soul for a tasty and dance-able feast.

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Christmas
3:00 am
Tue December 25, 2012

Whatever Happened To The Classical Christmas Album?

A sampling of one listener's cherished classical Christmas albums from a few years back.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 11:38 am

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Christmas Day SCHEDULE
5:11 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

What's on KPLU Christmas Day

We’ll have a full-day of Holiday Jazz and some specials on Christmas Day. Here’s the line-up:

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun December 23, 2012

Jeff Johnson Quartet concert on Jazz Northwest, December 23

Jeff Johnson at The Seattle Art Museum
Jim Wilke

Earshot award winner and NW Jazz Hall of Fame bassist and composer Jeff Johnson leads his quartet in an Art of Jazz Concert from the Seattle Art Museum on Jazz Northwest  on 88.5 KPLU and kplu.org.   The concert, recorded earlier this month, features the same quartet heard on the new Origin CD "Suitcase": Jeff Johnson on bass, Hans Teuber, woodwinds, Steve Moore, piano and Eric Eagle, drums.  The concert consists of original music by Johnson and one piece by Hans Teuber.

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Blues Time Machine
12:00 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

'Help Me' goes from blues to alt-rock

Sonny Boy Williamson

The Blues Time Machine

Sonny Boy Williamson’s career had a wide range. He played with Robert Johnson in the 1930’s and with Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page in the 1960’s. His ability to span eras is a testament to the timelessness of his voice and harmonica.

Sonny Boy Williamson recorded “Help Me” in 1963, and it bears a striking similarity to the instrumental “Green Onions," from Booker T and the MGs one year earlier. It is unusual because it uses minor chords, and has a sort of dark and foreboding sound.

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All Blues
7:00 am
Fri December 21, 2012

John Kessler's Top 10 Blues albums of 2012

Here are the top 10 Blues albums of 2012 according to KPLU's John Kessler, host of "All Blues" and "The Blues Time Machine" and co-host of "Record Bin Roulette".

JOAN OSBORNE:  BRING IT ON HOME,  Saguaro Road Records

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

A Cuban Christmas

The music of Cuban Christmas past

Christmas Eve is celebrated in Cuba, not Christmas Day.  

It's called Noche Buena, and it includes food, music, dancing and gatherings.

A traditional Cuban Noche Buena feast consists of plenty of roast pig (yes, a whole one), black beans and rice, fried plantains and yucca with garlic.  To wash it all down:  mojitos, cuba libres, or a sidra (sparkling hard cider).  Desserts include rice pudding and rum cake.  I can feel the food coma starting already.

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun December 16, 2012

Sumi Tonooka's solo Earshot Festival concert on Jazz Northwest

Sumi Tonooka in concert at The Earshot Jazz Festival
Credit Daniel Sheehan

Listen to Jazz Northwest

Pianist Sumi Tonooka was born in Philadelphia and is well-established as a pianist, composer and teacher in New York, but her roots are in the Seattle area. Her mother grew up on Bainbridge Island where she lived until at age 16, she and other Japanese-Americans were shipped to the Internment Camps of World War II.  Sumi Tonooka planned a visit last Summer to connect with her mother's early life on Bainbridge, and growing out of that visit she became a Seattle resident last Summer.

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Blues Time Machine
12:00 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

'Mercy, Mercy' and young Hendrix showcase the rhythm in R&B

Don Covay

The Blues Time Machine

This song emphasizes the “rhythm” in “rhythm & blues."

“Mercy, Mercy” or “Have Mercy” was recorded by Don Covay in 1964. It features 22-year-old Jimi Hendrix on guitar. He’s still a few years away from his own solo career, but his guitar playing is recognizable.

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16th Annual Christmas Jam
4:19 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

The 2012 KPLU Christmas Jam featuring Pearl Django

Pearl Django performing with the PLU Jazz Ensemble on December 6, 2012.
Justin Steyer KPLU

Listen to the 16th Annual KPLU Christmas Jam

KPLU’s much-anticipated free holiday concert, featured guest artists, Gypsy-Jazz masters Pearl Django live from Lagerquist Hall in the Mary Baker Russell Music Center on the Pacific Lutheran University campus. 

Pearl Django performed Christmas selections with the University Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dr. David Deacon-Joyner. The event, hosted by Nick Morrison, can be listened to in its entirety above, and will also re-broadcast on KPLU Christmas Day from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Jazz Caliente
12:20 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Grammy Nominees for Best Latin Jazz Album

Luciana Souza and Romero Lubambo
Dani Gurgel

This year's Grammy Awards will see the reinstatement of the Latin Jazz category that was deleted in the recent "consolidation" of ethnic music categories by the Recording Academy.

Nominated for 2013 Best Latin Jazz Album:

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun December 9, 2012

Some of our favorite things on Jazz Northwest

Listen to Jazz Northwest

Jim Wilke shares some of his favorite CDs for the holidays by Northwest jazz musicians who’ve appeared often on the program.... Don Lanphere, The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, Ernestine Anderson, Dave Peck, Greta Matassa, Barney McClure and others.

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Jazz & Blues
12:00 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Just a 'Spoonful' of blues ... and the rest is history

Howlin' Wolf

The Blues Time Machine

It’s a modern blues standard with roots in the 1920’s, one of Willie Dixon’s many great compositions, and it can trace its origin in part to a Charlie Patton song from 1929: “A Spoonful Blues."

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Jazz Caliente
12:40 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Cal Tjader, master of Latin vibes

Cal Tjader
Verve Records

One of the most appealing Latin Jazz/Pop crossover artists was vibraphonist Cal Tjader (chay-der).

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