Jazz and Blues

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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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Local Latin Jazz Lineup

Dani and Debora Gurgel Quarteto
Anita Kalikies yoshis.com

Opportunities to hear some wonderful live Latin music are popping up in the area this month, and also at the Earshot Jazz Festival in October and November.  Here’s a starter list, more will follow in the coming weeks:

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun September 1, 2013

Big Band Salute to Quincy Jones on Jazz Northwest

Thomas Marriott solos with Centrum All Star Big Band directed by Clarence Acox
Jim Levitt

The Centrum All-Star Big Band directed by Clarence Acox played a Salute to Quincy Jones at Jazz Port Townsend last July, and Jazz Northwest was there to record the concert.  The full-length concert broadcast aired on Sunday, September 1 at 2 pm (PDT) as part of a series of live concert recordings from this year's festival.

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Blues Time Machine
12:00 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

'The Milk Cow Blues'—Alive and Well 80 Years Later

The Blues Time Machine

Sleepy John Estes was a Tennessee-based blues singer of the 1920’s and 30’s. Though not a flashy guitarist, his voice was packed with power, and the songs he wrote have lasted through the years to be sung by Led Zeppelin and Bob Dylan.

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun August 25, 2013

Jazz Northwest for August 25

This week on Jazz NW we'll remember some of the influence the late Cedar Walton had on Seattle musicians.  He played Seattle jazz clubs like Parnell's and Jazz Alley, did workshops at Cornish College and arranged and played on Jay Thomas' first album.   We'll hear a young Jay Thomas playing with the seasoned Cedar Walton Trio in 1984, and Cedar Walton's tune "Bolivia" played in concert by Chris Amemiya & Jazz Coalescence issued this year.

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blues time Machine
12:00 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

4 Ways to Sing 'The Same Thing'

The Blues Time Machine

This deceptively simple blues song is a masterpiece of restraint and execution. Recorded first in 1964, it features the voice of Muddy Waters and the piano of Otis Spann in call-and-response. Buoyed by composer Willie Dixon’s bass, Waters slide guitar speaks only twice in the entire song, with bone-chilling results.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Cedar Walton's Latin Tinge

Cedar Walton
wikipedia

Pianist and composer Cedar Walton died this week, at the age of 79.

He was perhaps best known for his years with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers (1961-1964), where he presented some of his compositions that became jazz standards, like Ugetsu (Fantasy in D), Firm Roots, Bolivia and Mosaic.  He also recorded with John Coltrane on the famous Giant Steps album, but his alternate take of the title track was not released until a CD reissue many years later.

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Jazz & Blues
8:27 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Celebrating the Life and Art of Marian McPartland

Marian McPartland smiles while playing the piano during a celebration of her 90th birthday at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York on March 19, 2008.
Seth Wenig AP

Update: Marian McPartland died of natural causes Tuesday night at her home in Long Island, N.Y. As a remembrance, we are rerunning this piece, which first ran in October 2012. 

A new book chronicles the life and illustrious career of jazz piano legend Marian McPartland. She's known for her role as host of Piano Jazz on NPR for more than three decades, but her fans have known little else about Marian McPartland. Until now.

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