Studio Sessions

Coming Up:

4/1/2015 - School Of Jazz Studio Session: Bellevue High School Jazz Combo @ 12:15 p.m.

4/14/2015 - Omar Sosa Quarteto AfroCubano @ 12:15 p.m.

4/23/2015 - UW Improvised Music Project with Ted Poor @ 12:15

4/28/2015 - PLU Jazz Ensemble @ 12:15

Recently KPLU presented yet another excellent Puget Sound area high-school jazz band in a live studio session.  This time around it was the Mt. Si High School Jazz Combo from the Snoqualmie Valley School District.  

Justin Steyer

At KPLU and Jazz24 we would be hard-pressed to name a musician who is more fun to have as a guest in our performance studio than singer/songwriter/pianist, Ann Hampton Callaway.  

Every time she shows up, she’s ready for fun.  Oftentimes when she stops by for a studio session, we can hear her before we see her.  Her infectious laugh precedes her almost everywhere she goes.

Live Studio Session: The Bill Anschell Trio

Mar 10, 2015
Justin Steyer / KPLU

In a city full of terrific jazz pianists, Bill Anchell is in the top tier of that group.  You can see and hear him in a variety of Northwest venues, either leading his own groups or working in groups led by his many musical colleagues.  

Justin Steyer

Song List: 

  1. "Feeling Good"
  2. "The Music Is The Magic"
  3. "I Love Being Here With You"

Lynne Arriale (piano), Carla Cook (vocals) and Grace Kelly (saxophone) are all headline jazz artists who lead their own bands.  Not long ago, though, these three extremely talented players decided it would be fun to get together and pay tribute to the musicians and the songs that initially inspired them to pursue a life in jazz.

Justin Steyer / KPLU

Back in 2012, bassist Christian McBride stopped by the KPLU performance studios for a mini-concert with pianist Peter Martin.  It was one of the most elevating duet performance we’d ever heard.  

This time, though, Christian brought his trio with him: Pianist Christian Sands, and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr.  

Live Studio Session: New West Guitar Group

Feb 20, 2015
Justin Steyer

The New West Guitar Group is one of the most eclectic guitar ensembles you’ll ever hear. This trio mixes the sound of electric and acoustic guitars as they search all genres of music for great songs to play, as well as writing many of their own.

Martha Kang

As part of the KPLU School Of Jazz project, we present regional high school jazz bands in our Studio Sessions.  The bands, under the direction of their faculty band-director perform three songs, as well as getting the chance to talk about what jazz means to them.

Justin Steyer

Yes, in this live solo studio session, British jazz superstar  Jamie Cullum does, indeed, play the entire piano. In "Please Don’t Stop The Music," he plays the keyboard with one hand while beating out a rhythm on the piano’s cabinet with the other. As you might guess from that, a studio session with Jamie Cullum is a whole lot of fun.

Martha Kang

Since the mid-1970s, Marcia Ball has been doing her part to turn the world into a party with her blues and boogie-woogie piano playing and singing, so we were overjoyed to welcome her back to the KPLU performance studio. Sure enough, she turned it into a party. Again.

Live Studio Session: Trio Subtonic

Jan 28, 2015
Justin Steyer

One of Portland, Oregon’s best known jazz group is Trio Subtonic.  They’ve made their mark on the Northwest independent and jazz music scenes, crafting three albums worth of original compositions by the band members: on keys, Galen Clark; on bass, Bill Athens; and on drums, Russ Kleiner.  

On a quick zoom through Seattle (they were in town for a one-nighter), the Trio kindly made time to visit the KPLU studios for a performance/interview with host Abe Beeson.  Check out their original blend of jazz, Brazilian and funk.  

Justin Steyer

Drummer Stanton Moore is one of the busiest drummers in New Orleans.  Everybody wants to work with him.  Likewise with the other members of his trio, David Torkanowsky (piano) and James Singleton (bass).  These three guys are among the most sought-after musicians in a city brimming with great players.

So it was a true delight to get them into the KPLU performance studio for this live session.  Buckle up, turn it up and take a ride with the Stanton Moore Trio.  

Justin Steyer

In 2015 the ongoing KPLU School Of Jazz program expanded its opportunities for high school jazz bands by beginning to feature them in our series of live Studio Sessions from our Seattle studios. The first group is this sextet from the Mercer Island High School Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Mr. David Bentley.  

Michael Goude

KPLU rang in the new year of 2015 with a studio session featuring some old friends of the station who are also some of Seattle’s finest jazz musicians: Pearl Django and Gail Pettis.  

Pearl Django has long been regarded as one of America’s finest gypsy jazz bands. Gail is a two-time recipient of the Earshot Jazz ‘Jazz Vocalist Of The Year’ award.  

In this studio session hosted by Abe Beeson, they treated us to three great tunes and told us what 2015 has in store for them.

Justin Steyer / KPLU

It sure was hard to pick just five, but here are the best live KPLU studio sessions of the year. 

Blues guitarist and vocalist Elvin Bishop recently stopped by the KPLU performance studios and, as is usual with an Elvin Bishop show, a good time was had by all.  

In the mid-1960s Elvin was a founding member of the highly influential Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Since then Elvin's made a number of recording as a group leader.  

His latest is called "Can't Even Do Wrong Right." In this performance/interview hosted by Mary McCann, Bishop performs that title track as well as another original composition, "Old School." The band also gave us their beautiful rendition of the Percy Mayfield classic, "River's Invitation."

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