Jazz and Blues

Groove Notes
2:03 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Enough with the search for a ‘Jazz Savior’

Is Esperanza Spalding, seen here performing at the annual Starbucks shareholders meeting in Seattle, the jazz savior?
The Associated Press

Every so often, a barrage of articles and blog posts come out claiming that jazz has found the musician or musicians that are going to “save” jazz. More often than not, these musicians are achieving some current commercial success and popularity among a broad audience outside of the typical “jazz head” community.

But what would it mean to "save jazz"? And, what exactly does it need "saving" from?

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Spring Pledge Drive
12:00 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Thank you for supporting the KPLU Spring Pledge Drive!

As another successful pledge drive ends this season we hope you will continue to enjoy the commercial-free programming on KPLU, especially knowing you did your part to make it happen.

If you missed the pledge drive and would like to support KPLU, you can still be counted through April 9th!

We would also like to thank the various businesses who supported our volunteers and staff during the Spring Pledge Drive

Jazz Northwest
1:00 pm
Sun April 1, 2012

Jazz Northwest on location

Jim Wilke on location

This week's special Spring Membership Drive edition of Jazz Northwest contains music Jim has recorded on location since last Fall.  The artists include Peter Bernstein, Anton Schwartz, The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra,Thomas Marriott, Johnaye Kendrick and others.  Jazz Northwest presents regional jazz artists every Sunday afternoon at 1 on 88.5 KPLU.  Programs on alternate weeks feature music recorded on location at from small jazz clubs, to large concerts, and festivals.

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Jazz & Blues
11:44 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Dick Hyman: A living, breathing encyclopedia of jazz

Dick Hyman
Michael Loccisano Getty Images

Dick Hyman was born March 8, 1927, in New York City. Classically trained, Hyman was drawn to jazz at an early age. Today, he's a living, breathing, swinging encyclopedia of jazz piano history, from ragtime and stride to bebop and beyond.

To hear my conversation with KPLU's Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick, click on the listen button above.

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Jazz Northwest
1:00 pm
Sun March 25, 2012

Jazz Northwest

Jazz Northwest full program podcast for March 25, 2012.

Groove Notes
1:59 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

How Marilyn Monroe changed Ella Fitzgerald's life

Jazz icon Ella Fitzgerald’s voice is recognized by millions around the world. But few know about her career-defining friendship with Marilyn Monroe, to whom Fitzgerald said she “owe a real debt.”

While touring in the ’50s under the management of Norman Granz, Fitzgerald, like many African-American musicians at the time, faced significant adversity as a result of her race, especially in the Jim Crow states. Granz was a huge proponent of civil rights, and insisted that all of his musicians be treated equally at hotels and venues, regardless of race.

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Jazz Northwest
1:00 pm
Sun March 18, 2012

Jay Thomas Quartet featured in concert on Jazz Northwest

Seattle multi-instrumentalist Jay Thomas leads his quartet in highlights from an Art of Jazz concert at The Seattle Art Museum on KPLU's Jazz Northwest this Sunday at 1 PM.  Jay Thomas is a long-time fixture on the Seattle Jazz scene, having performed with a preceding generation of musicians and now teaching a new generation as he continues to perform.  Leading his own quartet in this concert, the music includes some rare pieces from the Sixties, a Swedish folk song, and one more recent piece.

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Groove Notes
4:18 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

'Saxophonic, punk jazz iconoclast' Skerik releses new project

“I very much believe in a collaborative environment, and trying to get a real band where everyone has an equal say in writing the music, arranging the music and shaping the music. That’s always been a real priority for me.” – Skerik

Skerik’s most recent project released this week – Skerik’s Bandalabra: Live at the Royal Room – includes working with Seattle musicians Andy Coe (electric guitar), Evan Flory-Barnes (upright bass), and Donne Lewis (drums).

Skerik explains that it is a change of pace from the rock bands since a lot of the music is created in the moment.

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Jazz Northwest
1:00 pm
Sun March 11, 2012

Northwest Jazz Scene

More music from around the region this week's Jazz Northwest... We'll have new CDs by Bill Harris, a Portland saxophonist, some great arrangements for Frank D’Rone by Phil Kelly, Bernie Jacobs’ new CD, another surrealistic song from Lorraine Feather, and a pianist who's also a wood carver!   Join us as we check out the scene, Jazz Northwest, Sundays at 1 on 88.5, KPLU. 

Jazz Northwest
6:10 am
Sun March 4, 2012

Peter Bernstein Trio on Jazz Northwest

Peter Bernstein at Egan's in Seattle
Ray Pettis

Guitarist Peter Bernstein's recent appearance at Egan's in Seattle will be featured on Jazz Northwest on Sunday March 4 at 1 PM Pacific on 88.5 KPLU.  Peter has been a part of the jazz scene in New York and abroad since 1989. He has played on over 60 recordings as well as festival, concert and club performances with musicians from all generations. His latest recording as a leader is Live At Smalls featuring Richard Wyands, John Webber, and Jimmy Cobb.

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Jazz NW
9:50 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Peter Bernstein Trio on Jazz Northwest

Peter Bernstein at Egan's in Seattle
Ray Pettis

Guitarist Peter Bernstein's recent appearance at Egan's in Seattle will be featured on Jazz Northwest on Sunday March 4 at 1 PM Pacific on 88.5 KPLU. Peter has been a part of the jazz scene in New York and abroad since 1989. He has played on over 60 recordings as well as festival, concert and club performances with musicians from all generations. His latest recording as a leader is Live At Smalls featuring Richard Wyands, John Webber, and Jimmy Cobb.

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Jazz & Blues
2:16 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival returns to north central Idaho

The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival is back for another year at the University of Idaho in Moscow. Now ten years after the death of its namesake, the festival, like many such celebrations, is challenged by a changing jazz industry.

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Jazz & Blues
2:24 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

3 Washington schools among finalists for Essentially Ellington Competition

Competitors at the Essentially Ellington event.

Jazz at Lincoln Center announced this morning the 15 finalist bands and one winning community band for its prestigious 17th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival. Among the finalists were three bands from Washington State.

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Jazz & Blues
9:36 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Jazz Grammy winners announced

Chick Corea won Best Improvised Jazz Solo for ‘500 Miles High’ from ‘Forever (Corea, Clarke and White).’ Above, Corea plays in the KPLU studio in December in a rare live studio session.
Justin Steyer KPLU

The Grammy Awards were given out in the jazz categories during the pre-telecast ceremonies on Sunday. Check out the winners and the results of our reader poll.

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Groove Notes
2:50 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Latin jazz musicians to protest outside of the Grammy Awards

Oscar Hernandez, right, two-time Grammy winner for Latin Jazz Album, joins musicians and others demonstrating outside a meeting of the board of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) in May.
The Associated Press

When the Grammy Awards revealed last year that they were reducing the number of award categories from 109 down to 78, it didn’t take long for those affected to show their displeasure. And, the passion hasn't died down. This year, members of the Latin jazz community will be protesting the awards ceremony.

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