Jazz and Blues

Jazz and Blues
10:00 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Pat Martino, Guitar Hero—Twice in a Lifetime

Pat Martino
wikipedia

Guitarist Pat Martino was a jazz and soul-jazz star since the mid-1960s, recording for the Prestige, Muse, Warner Bros. and Blue Note labels.  In 1980, after operations for a brain aneurysm, he could remember nothing.

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Jazz Northwest
3:38 pm
Sun October 6, 2013

Jazz NW Previews the 25th Annual Earshot Jazz Festival

John Hollenbeck's Claudia Quintet, appears at Earshot Festival on October 6

John Gilbreath is guest on Jazz Northwest preview of the 25th Earshot Jazz Festival

 John Gilbreath, Executive Director of Earshot Jazz, talks with Jim Wilke about the current Earshot Jazz Festival on this episode of Jazz Northwest.

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Jazz Caliente
11:31 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Remembering Oscar; Celebrating Latin Grammys

Oscar Castro Neves
oscarcastroneves.com

Oscar Castro Neves  1940-2013

A founding figure in the development of Bossa Nova, Brazilian guitarist, composer and arranger Oscar Castro Neves died on September 27. 

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

Bria Skonberg Jazz Port Townsend Concert on Jazz Northwest

Bria Skonberg, Wycliffe Gordon, Dan Balmer
Jim Levitt

Listen to Jazz Northwest

Bria Skonberg plays trumpet and sings as she leads an all-star sextet in concert at Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend on Jazz Northwest on 88.5 KPLU on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 at 2 p.m. PDT.  

Born in Chilliwack, British Columbia, she studied at Capilano University in North Vancouver before moving to New York. She has been endorsed by veteran musicians and is active on the New York scene as well as an international touring star while still in her 20s.

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Jazz & Blues
11:55 am
Fri September 27, 2013

'Mercury Blues' Still Running after 60 Years

Cars make great musical metaphors, and they’ve inspired some famous blues songs like “Cadillac Boogie”, “Maybelline” and “Mustang Sally”. K.C. Douglas came out with “Mercury Boogie” in 1949, a song that would go on to be a widely covered blues standard, known as “Mercury Blues”. Ford purchased the rights to the song for advertising (“Crazy ‘Bout a Ford Truck”), and it was a #2 hit for country singer Alan Jackson in 1993.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Latin Jazz at Seattle's Earshot Jazz Festival

Vinicius Cantuária
SFJazz

For the next few weeks on the Jazz Caliente blog, I'll feature previews of the Latin jazz artists appearing at this year's Earshot Jazz Festival, October 1 through November 17.

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genius grant
9:00 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Jazz Pianist, Composer Vijay Iyer among 2013 Genius Grant Winners

Vijay Iyer
Justin Steyer KPLU

Jazz pianist and composer Vijay Iyer is among this year's 24 Genius Grant winners. Iyer and 23 others fellows will each receive $625,000 over the next five years from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. 

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun September 22, 2013

Jazz Northwest for Sept. 22

The 15th Earshot Jazz Festival begins October 1 with more than 50 concerts in various venues around Seattle.  On today's show we'll sample some of the music at this year's festival including Keith Jarrett, Vinicius Cantuaria, Dave Douglas, Darcy James Argue.  We'll also highlight live jazz for the coming week.

Next week: A concert by the Bria Skonberg Sextet recorded at Jazz Port Townsend.

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Blues Time Machine
12:00 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Patton's 'Pony Blues' Still Kicking

Charley Patton

The Blues Time Machine

Charley Patton was one of the first to play what we might recognize as Delta blues, putting blues into a strong and syncopated rhythm. A powerful singer with an aggressive guitar style, he was also a masterful entertainer, and one of the best-known traveling performers of his time.

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

René Marie and Sachal Vasandani in Jazz Port Townsend Concert on Jazz Northwest

Sachal Vasandani and René Marie in concert at Jazz Port Townsend
Jim Levitt

Two excellent jazz singers, René Marie and Sachal Vasandani team up in concert on this Jazz Northwest broadcast from Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend, held the last weekend of July each summer.  The concert aired on Sunday, September 15 at 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 KPLU.  It was recorded before a large audience in McCurdy Pavilion at Fort Worden during the Festival.  The two singers, obviously enjoying each other, trade songs and join in some duets.   They were accompanied by an all-star rhythm section of George Cables (piano), Chuck Deardorf (bass) and Joe LaBarbera (drums).

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Jazz & Blues
12:00 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

The Long Life of 'Stop Breaking Down'

Robert Johnson

The Blues Time Machine

Eric Clapton called Robert Johnson "the most important blues singer who ever lived."

Saying that Johnson was a superlative guitar player, impassioned singer and masterful lyricist seems barely adequate to convey the importance of the work he accomplished in his 27 years. 

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Latin Jazz Birthdays: Turre and Lynch

Brian Lynch
Tomoji Hirakata

Today is the birthday of two outstanding jazz artists who have years of experience in the Latin jazz format:

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Kennedy Center HOnors
9:22 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Herbie Hancock to Receive Kennedy Center Honors

Lionel Cironneau Associated Press

Jazz legend Herbie Hancock is among four musicians who will receive this year's Kennedy Center Honors, along with actress Shirley MacLaine.

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced the selections Thursday. The honorees also include Billie Joel, Carlos Santana, and opera star Martina Arroyo.

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun September 8, 2013

Jazz Northwest for September 8

Anne Drummond

Jazz Northwest this week will feature several new CDs by Northwest jazz artists, including former Seattle flutist and pianist Anne Drummond who has an active career in New York.   Several artists appearing at this Sunday's Pony Boy Jazz Picnic have new or recent CDs on this show including The Greg Williamson Quartet, and Jay Thomas' neo Boogaloo band, the Cantaloupes.  

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Blues Time Machine
12:00 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Blues for the 'Big Boss Man'

Jimmy Reed

The Blues Time Machine

Jimmy Reed is one of the most influential bluesmen in history and his songs will always be part of the blues repertoire. "Baby, What You Want Me to Do," "Bright Lights, Big City," “ You Don't Have to Go”, are just some of the songs Reed made popular.

His style was easy-going and non-threatening, which made it accessible to white audiences of the 50’s and 60’s. Perhaps because of that, Reed sold more records than other blues stars like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf.

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