Jazz and Blues

Jazz & Blues
11:30 am
Fri October 18, 2013

'Sitting on Top of the World' with the Mississippi Sheiks

The Mississippi Sheiks were a popular string band of the 1920’s and 30’s, with a sound that was a crossover between country music and blues. Though Mississippi-based, their music differed from delta blues in some important ways.

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Jazz and Blues
10:00 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Lady Be Good: Instrumental Women in Jazz

International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Girls in Jazz album, Victor HJ-11
bunky's pickle

Female instrumentalists of all types have been part of jazz since its inception, but for the most part, they have been erased from the history of the music. The film "Lady Be Good: Instrumental Women in Jazz" intends to put the spotlight on the many talented women who have nearly been forgotten.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Earshot Jazz Festival Preview: SF Jazz Collective

SF Jazz Collective David Sánchez (left), Warren Wolf, Avishai Cohen, Edward Simon, Robin Eubanks, Matt Penman, Miguel Zenón and Obed Calvaire
Jamie Tanaka, sfjazz.org

The SFJAZZ Collective is an all-star jazz ensemble comprising eight of the finest performer/composers at work in jazz today.  Launched in 2004,  the ensemble annually performs a new list of compositions by a modern jazz master and new pieces by the Collective members.

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JazzNW
12:00 pm
Sun October 13, 2013

Tribute to Bill Ramsey

Bill Ramsey shouts encouragement to the front line: Travis Raney, Jay Thomas and Dan Marcus at Tula's
Daniel Sheehan

Saxophonist Bill Ramsay is a Northwest treasure who's been both leader and sideman in dozens of bands, not only in this region but also internationally. He recently played concerts in Brazil with former Count Basie Band members. He's played with many of the best known bands ever - Basie, Ellington, Goodman, Les Brown, Quincy Jones, Grover Mitchell, Maynard Ferguson and others. He was a regular at Red Kelly's in both Tumwater and Tacoma, is co-leader of the Ramsay-Kleeb Band, a founding member of the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, and in the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame.

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Jazz & Blues
11:30 am
Fri October 11, 2013

'Nobody Knows You', Classic in Any Genre

The Empress of The Blues

This iconic hard-luck song was a hit when Bessie Smith recorded it in 1929, and with its timeless message and memorable melody, “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out” has been a favorite for singers in almost every genre including jazz, blues, folk and rock. Bessie Smith was the most popular female jazz and blues singer of the 1920’s, and the highest paid black entertainer of the day. Known as “The Empress of the Blues”, she often worked with the top tier players in the business, including Louis Armstrong, Coleman Hawkins and James P. Johnson.

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Jazz Caliente
2:20 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Earshot Jazz Festival Preview: Dafnis Prieto

Dafnis Prieto
dafnisonmusic.com

The Cuban-born drummer/percussionist, bandleader and composer Dafnis Prieto appears at the Earshot Jazz Festival next Thursday, October 17 at the Poncho Concert Hall at Cornish College for the Arts, with his Si o Si Quartet:  Peter Apfelbaum (saxophone/melodica/caxixi), Robert Rodriguez (piano) and Johannes Weidenmueller (bass).

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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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