Music

KPLU Studio Sessions
12:55 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

John Scofield: Exploring ballads (and the nature of 'cool')

Guitarist John Scofield performing in the KPLU Seattle studios on October 28.
Justin Steyer KPLU

John Scofield is one of the most innovative and genre-bending guitarists in jazz.  Over the years, his great talent and eclectic tastes have garnered him a huge international following; a following which includes a lot of people who didn’t know they liked jazz until they heard Scofield. 

On a recent swing through Seattle, Scofield, along his pianist Michael Eckroth, stopped by our studios for a duet performance, hosted by Abe Beeson. 

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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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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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Events and Festivals
4:00 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

8 weekend festivals ... almost enough to last a lifetime

Lake Steven's Aquafest with have a great parade to watch.
Spidernet

This week features eight festivals that will keep you entertain all weekend long! Follow the links below to see what all the fun is about and bounce around to all the different events.

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Festivals and Events
5:33 pm
Fri July 22, 2011

3 one-of-a-kind festivals for the weekend

The Paperboys will be performing in downtown Anacortes today!
Anacortes Arts Festival

This weekend's events (and one tonight) will surely make your weekend even better! From one with a very creative event name to the good ol' street fair, you'll want to take a look at the links provided to see more information.

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Events and Festivals
3:40 pm
Fri July 15, 2011

5 unique festivals to enjoy

Among the things to do this weekend is Sequim's Lavender Festival.

It's been a little damp in the Pacific Northwest these past couple of days, but that doesn't stop any fun from happening. Bring your raincoats and umbrellas and take a peek at this week's fun fests!

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Events and Festivals
1:57 pm
Fri July 8, 2011

Four great festivals to indulge in

The gorgeous Puget Sound. People are taking advantage of the wonderful sunshine by sailing and just being outside.
Seattle Art Museum

The sun has been shining and the heat has been rising! It's time to get outside and enjoy the wonderful season of summer. This weekend's event varies from activities in a park to annual fun festivals. Take a look at the links inside for some great times to come.

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SOLD OUT
12:00 am
Fri July 1, 2011

SOLD OUT: The 2011 KPLU Summer Jazz Brunch Cruise!

Entering their 17th year of performing, Pearl Django continues to be one of America’s most respected and busiest Hot Club style groups.
Courtesty of Pearl Django

UPDATE: Tickets are now sold out for this event

Join us Sunday, August 14 for our 19th Summer Jazz Brunch Cruise, a relaxing, two-and-a-half hour cruise on Elliott Bay aboard the Royal Argosy.  Enjoy a scrumptious all-you-can-eat brunch, spectacular views, and great music from "that mighty engine of rhythm," Gypsy jazz masters, Pearl Django

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Music Festivals
4:00 pm
Wed June 29, 2011

The 27th Annual Victoria JazzFest continues this weekend

Spanish flamenco superstar Paco de Lucia takes the stage on Saturday at the Royal Theatre in Victoria.
Wikimedia.org

The 27th Annual Victoria International JazzFest is underway now through July 3 in various venues in downtown Victoria.

JazzFest presents a culturally and musically diverse program of 85 stunning performances and four workshop/clinics on 12 stages in downtown Victoria. Over 350 musicians in 66 bands from over nine of the world's most diverse countries including Australia, Cuba, Denmark, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.S. will be performing in Victoria during the Fesival.

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Events and Festivals
3:21 pm
Fri June 24, 2011

Five fun activites for the weekend

Bellevue's Strawberry Festival is one good idea for the weekend.
Mike Murry Flickr

It's the first weekend of summer and the state is buzzing with events and festivals from Vancouver, B.C., to Port Orchard. Follow the link for five fun events happening this weekend.

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Food and Entertainment
3:10 pm
Fri June 24, 2011

Best bet in Tacoma this weekend: Taste still pleases palates

There are 4 outdoor entertainment stages featuring all genres of music with local and national entertainment located all over the Taste grounds.
dboling40 flickr

After 25 successful years, Emerald Queen Casino’s Taste of Tacoma still remains Tacoma’s best and most affordable family festival!

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Music and Festivals
6:01 pm
Thu June 23, 2011

B.C.’s biggest and most acclaimed music festival

"If this isn't the best jazz festival in the world, please send us tickets to a better one."

~Paul de Barros, The Seattle Times

Vancouver's signature festival and British Columbia's biggest music showcase will animate the city for ten days, June 24 - July 3.

From noon to the wee small hours, a rich tapestry of jazz, blues, funk, Latin, fusion, electronica and world music will fill the air at venues big and small, indoor and outdoor across the city.

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Clarence Clemons
11:46 am
Sun June 19, 2011

Springsteen: Loss of Clarence Clemons 'immeasurable'

Clarence Clemons, shown in this July 3, 2004 photo provided by the Stone Pony, performs at the Stone Pony. The larger-than-life saxophone player who helped catapult Bruce Springsteen to rock fame, was known as "The Big Man."
John Cavanaugh The Stone Pony

NEW YORK — Bruce Springsteen says the loss of fellow band member Clarence Clemons is "immeasurable" and that he and his bandmates are honored and thankful to have been able to stand beside him for nearly 40 years.

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Clarence Clemons
11:41 am
Sun June 19, 2011

'Big Man' Clarence Clemons recalled in NJ haunt

Clarence Clemons, shown in this July 3, 2004 photo provided by the Stone Pony, performs at the Stone Pony. The larger-than-life saxophone player who helped catapult Bruce Springsteen to rock fame, was known as "The Big Man."
John Cavanaugh The Stone Pony

ASBURY PARK, N.J. — Dozens of fans have gathered at a legendary New Jersey rock club to mourn the death and celebrate the life and music of saxophonist Clarence Clemons.

The Stone Pony in Asbury Park was the place where Clemons, Bruce Springsteen and other E Street band mates got their musical starts. It opened its doors Sunday to a crowd of about 150 people, many adorned in Springsteen T-shirts.

Jazz News
11:25 am
Mon June 13, 2011

Jazz journalists honor local "Jazz Hero"

The Jazz Journalists Association held its annual awards ceremony on Saturday June 11.  A new award category was added this year:  Jazz Hero.  According to JJA,  Jazz Heroes are activists, advocates, altruists, aiders and abettors of jazz who have had significant impact in their local communities.

Honored as a Jazz Hero this year was Seattle's John Gilbreath, executive director of Earshot Jazz, radio host, artistic director of the Bellevue Jazz Festival and Seattle Art Museum's Art of Jazz concert series.  Congratulations, John!

See the complete list of this year's winners, including Lifetime Achievement in Jazz and Musician of the Year.

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