Jazz and Blues

Fall Fund Drive
8:00 am
Tue September 27, 2011

Get ready for "The Official KPLU Turbo Totebag Infomercial"

Tired of all that quantum foam leakage coming from your regular grocery tote? Say goodbye to yesterday’s tired tote-tech … and hello to the new, improved KPLU “Turbo” Tote Bag!

For a gift of only $60 during our Fall Fund Drive, you too can own this modern marvel of space-age technology.

Web Wednesday exclusive: Make your pledge today, and in addition to receiving the "Turbo" Tote, your gift will count towards our goal of planting trees in a public radio forest (through the National Forest Foundation) in Spring 2012!

Groove Notes
3:13 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

Jacqui Naylor combines acoustic smashing, fan choice on 'Lucky Girl'

Jacqui Naylor
Jeff Bizzell

Singer Jacqui Naylor releases her 8th album, Lucky Girl, tomorrow. She is also performing tonight at Jazz Alley in Seattle as she kicks off her international tour. KPLU's Kevin Kniestedt spoke to Jacqui today about letting her fans choose the songs for her new album, her continued success with “acoustic smashing” and being the subject of a new documentary.

Read more on Groove Notes.

Jazz Festival
7:03 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

Djangofest Northwest on Whidbey Island underway

Now in its 11th season, Djangofest Northwest brings a world-class musical lineup to Langley on Whidbey Island to celebrate the music and spirit of Django Reinhardt and Gypsy Jazz.

Artists scheduled to perform this year range from local favorites to world-class international recording artists, making it the the premier showcase of Gypsy Jazz in North America.

Read more on Groove Notes.

Jazz & Blues
6:29 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

Jazz legend Ramsey Lewis releases 80th album

Ramsey Lewis photographed during a studio session at KPLU in 2009.
Justin Steyer KPLU

Three-time Grammy winner Ramsey Lewis, who rose to prominence in the early 1970′s, released his 80th album, Ramsey, Taking Another Look today with his Electric Band.

“The idea of the electric quintet came up and having played mostly in an acoustic trio arrangement for twelve-fifteen years, I decided to get together with the guys to see how it felt," Lewis said.

Read more on Groove Notes.

Jazz & Blues
11:30 am
Wed September 14, 2011

Miles Davis Experience production coming to Washington

Promotional photo for the Miles Davis Experience.

Perhaps the most prolific time in the career of Miles Davis was from 1949 to 1959, and to pay tribute to these historic years in jazz and Davis’ career, CAMI Music has joined forces with Miles Davis Properties and Blue Note Records for an innovative music and historical production, The Miles Davis Experience: 1949-1959.

The tour will feature three shows in Washington State.

Read more on Groove Notes.

Festivals and events
3:00 pm
Fri September 2, 2011

... but does Bumbershoot have jazz? Yes!

One jazz performance on Sunday at Bumbershoot will be Wayne Horvitz “Cafe Paloma Band."

What to do this weekend … well if you are anywhere near Seattle, it’ll be tough to stay out of earshot of Bumbershoot.

But, let’s say you want to hear jazz at the mega-music-arts fest. Is there any there? Yes, but only on Sunday.

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Blues
10:34 am
Tue August 30, 2011

David Honeyboy Edwards, an original Delta bluesman, has died

Legendary blues artist David "Honeyboy" Edwards is shown during a performance at B.B. Kings Blues Club in New York in 2005. Edwards died Monday.
Associated Press

Delta blues guitarist David "Honeyboy" Edwards, one of the few living links to the mythic bluesman Robert Johnson, died on Monday at his home in Chicago, reports The New York Times. Edwards was 96.

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Groove Notes
12:03 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

New jazz center opens in New Orleans

The Ellis Marsalis Center for Music opened last week in the Musicians’ Village in New Orleans’s Upper 9th Ward.

The center is a performance hall and place where local students and musicians can make recordings, take classes and have access to computers and community rooms.

KPLU’s Kevin Kniestedt visited the site of the center in 2010.

Read more on Groove Notes.

Blues Time Machine
5:00 am
Fri August 19, 2011

'Blues in the Night' brought change, still solid after 60 years

“Blues in the Night” first was heard in the 1941 movie “Hot Nocturne."

Written by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer, it’s considered to be a landmark in American popular music because it was one of the first times that rural black dialect and an explicitly bluesy melody was used in a popular song.

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Groove Notes
12:00 pm
Thu August 18, 2011

An interview with saxophonist Anton Schwartz

Roy Manzanares antonjazz.com

I had the opportunity this week to speak by phone with tenor saxophonist Anton Schwartz.

Anton recently moved to the Seattle area. I had the chance to ask him about what brought him to the Puget Sound, and how he has networked himself into the local jazz scene so far.

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Blues Time Machine
11:10 am
Sat August 13, 2011

Taking the 'Rollin' and Tumblin'' ride through 70 years

Muddy Waters

For the first "Blues Time Machine," I’ve chosen “Rollin’ and Tumblin’," a song that goes through some major changes on it’s way to the 21st century.

The story of "Rollin' and Tumblin'" also shows us that although the sound may evolve through time, the song remains true to the original.

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Groove Notes
10:21 am
Fri August 12, 2011

Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton coming to a theater near you

Music superstars Eric Clapton and Wynton Marsalis got together last April for a concert at the Rose Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City. The concert featured songs hand-picked by Eric Clapton, then arranged by Marsalis, and included highlights such as a guest appearance by Taj Mahal.

While the concert will be released on September 13th on a CD/DVD combo pack (Warner Brothers, CLICK HERE TO BUY), there is an even better opportunity to hear this show for those of us who weren’t able to make the cross country trip to see the show live.

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Groove Notes
12:56 pm
Wed August 10, 2011

First look at lineup for Earshot Jazz Festival

The Earshot Jazz Festival gets kicked off in Seattle on October 14th and runs through November 6th. While the full schedule does not get released until September, the early bookings feature a wonderful variety of top tier musicians.

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Blues Time Machine
8:09 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

Exploring the art and science behind 'The Blues Time Machine'

Bengt Nyman Flickr

"Morning Edition" host Kirsten Kendrick and “All Blues” host John Kessler discuss the creation and inspiration behind Kessler’s new KPLU series: “The Blues Time Machine.”

Each week the new series follows one song through history – from its earliest recordings to its latest and, sometimes, most surprising interpretations. “The Blues Time Machine” airs on KPLU 88.5 on Fridays at 12:10 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.

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Groove Notes
12:10 pm
Fri August 5, 2011

Film to capture influence, mastery of jazz legend Clark Terry

Clark Terry receiving the Lifetime Achievement award at the 2010 Grammys.
Rick Diamond WireImage.com

With students such as Quincy Jones and Miles Davis and a playing career that includes Duke Ellington and Count Basie, one would expect jazz great Clark Terry to have some pearls of wisdom and a few great stories to share.

And now that influence and inspiration will be brought to the screen in a documentary called “Keep on Keepin’ On.”

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