Jazz and Blues

Jazz & Blues
8:47 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Etta James, 'Matriarch of the Blues,' has died

Etta James rehearses a song before recording at Fame Studios circa 1967 in Muscle Shoals, Ala.
House Of Fame LLC Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:03 am

The "Matriarch of the Blues" has died. Music legend Etta James died Friday morning at Riverside Community Hospital in California of complications from leukemia. She was 73.

She was born Jamesetta Hawkins in Los Angeles in 1938. Her first manager and promoter cut up Jamesetta's name and reversed it: Etta James.

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Groove Notes
3:33 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Is the word 'jazz' racist? Nicholas Payton says it is

Nicholas Payton performing in 2008 in New York.
Associated Press

My best effort to summarize trumpeter Nicholas Payton’s post On Why Jazz Isn’t Cool Anymore is that he is saying the word “jazz” is racist, that jazz died in 1959, and “Jazz is a marketing ploy that serves an elite few. The elite make all the money while they tell the true artists it’s cool to be broke.”

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Groove Notes
8:55 am
Tue January 10, 2012

1,000 jazz albums you should hear before you die (#821-#830)

Venupelli Blues is number 821.

We hope you will use these lists to seek out jazz albums you haven’t heard before, or revisit an old favorite. And as always, we want your thoughts on any or all of these albums.

Either way, let’s get started with this week, and in no particular order, albums 821 through 830.

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Jazz & Blues
11:26 am
Wed December 28, 2011

Top 10 blues CDs of 2011

Mariam Muldaur's 'Steady Love' is at the top of the list.

Here are the top 10 blues CDs of 2011, according to KPLU's John Kessler, Host of “All Blues.”

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A Blog Supreme
1:54 pm
Fri December 23, 2011

NPR's links to recent jazz coverage on the internet

Many have weighed in this week on the influence of the late valve trombonist and composer Bob Brookmeyer.
Simeon Morales-Füss Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri December 23, 2011 10:41 am

Happy Holidays all. The blog will be active with fresh content early next week, though I will be away. Thanks for reading, and see y'all in 2012.

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Holiday Music
2:00 pm
Thu December 22, 2011

Enjoy the 15th Annual KPLU Christmas Jam

Gail Pettis sings at the KPLU Christmas Jam at PLU on Dec. 8, 2011.
John Froschauer PLU

KPLU was pleased to welcome back our special guest from last year, award-winning Northwest jazz vocalist Gail Pettis to the 15th Annual Christmas Jam on December 8. Along with the PLU Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. David Deacon-Joyner, Pettis performed numerous holiday classics.

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Jazz & Blues
11:46 am
Tue December 13, 2011

2 ways to celebrate the life of jazz great Clark Terry and ‘Keepin on’

Part of the cover of Clark Terry's autobiography.

Trumpeter, composer, bandleader and jazz educator Clark Terry will be 91 years old this week. His 70-plus year career is being celebrated with a couple of biographical events.

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Groove Notes picks
2:41 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

10 best jazz albums of the year

Brad Mehldau made the list. Find out more on Groove Notes.

Groove Notes writer and KPLU jazz host Kevin Kniestedt lists the 10 releases that stood out to him over the past year (with an informal ranking).

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Groove Notes
4:37 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

Vote for your choice to win a Grammy in jazz

Randy Brecker has been nominated for Best Improvised Jazz Solo - who's your pick?
Randy Brecker Website

The nominations have been released for the 2011 Grammy Awards, and there are some great selections for jazz categories. The winners are named on Feb. 12. Until then, vote on Groove Notes for your favorite.

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Groove Notes
6:03 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Engaging with Chick Corea and his 'student kind' of mind

Chick Corea playing in the KPLU studio on Friday.
Justin Steyer KPLU

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to sit down in the KPLU performance studio last Friday with jazz legend Chick Corea for an interview and live performance.

One of the topics we covered was how he has remained so versatile over the years.

“I keep a student kind of mentality in my life, so that I am always learning something, and that keeps me fresh,” he said.

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New tracks
12:50 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Putting unique Sarah Vaughan in the 'All That Jazz' mix

Sarah Vaughan in 1946.
Wikimedia Commons

Each week in a new feature on our jazz blog – Groove Notes – we'll tell you about a few of the songs added to KPLU’s "All That Jazz" rotation by our music director Nick Francis.

This week’s picks are three tracks from Sarah Vaughan’s first long-play album “In Hi-Fi.”

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Groove Notes
12:21 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Jazz great Chick Corea to perform live in rare studio session

Chick Corea.
Chick Corea's Website

On the heels of a nearly month-long celebration of his 70th birthday at the Blue Note in New York City (which included performances with ten different bands and 30 musicians) legendary jazz pianist Chick Corea will offer a rare opportunity for radio listeners tomorrow afternoon on KPLU.

At 12:15 p.m. Pacific Time Corea will be joining Kevin Kniestedt in the KPLU Seattle performance studio for a live interview and solo piano performance. This is a real treat for us as Corea so rarely offers performances of this type.

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Jazz & Blues
12:17 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Legendary jazz drummer Paul Motian dies

Legendary jazz musician Paul Motian, who stood as one of the most influential drummers of the last 50 years, died early this morning at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

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A Blog Supreme
3:51 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

Around The Jazz Internet: Nov. 18, 2011

The skyline of Doha, Qatar. The city will welcome a new jazz club, operated by Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Christof Koepsel Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 18, 2011 3:21 pm

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Groove Notes
2:27 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

Getting serious at Earshot Jazz with headliner Keith Jarrett

Left to right: Keith Jarrett, Jack DeJohnette, Gary Peacock.

“Some people ask me why I don’t bring my cell phone up on stage with me. It’s because I don’t want to interrupt you.” – Keith Jarrett addressing the crowd after intermission at Tuesday's show at Benaroya Hall.

I had never seen Keith Jarrett perform live before. I had only heard his wonderful recordings and heard some interesting stories about the demands he has on his audience.

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