Trumpeters Ray Vega (East Coast) and Thomas Marriott (West Coast) have joined forces once again for the newest edition of their East-West Trumpet Summit with pianist George Colligan, bassist Phil Sparks and drummer Matt Jorgensen.
We wrapped up KPLU's School of Jazz week with a special treat for our audience: a live in-studio performance from the Bellevue High School Jazz Combo, accompanied by trombonist David Marriott and led by director Edd George.
Regina Carter has been pushing the limits of what jazz violin can be. Last time Ms. Carter was in the KPLU studios, she had just released her album, Reverse Thread: Kanou and N’teri, which explored African music in a fresh new way.
On this visit to Seattle, with guitarist Marvin Sewell and bassist Jesse Murphy, she had just released her new album Southern Comfort, which features traditional folk tunes of the American South. This studio session features three tracks from the album: Cornbread Crumbled in Gravy, I'm Going Home, and Miner's Child.
As a part of the Fall Fund Drive KPLU welcomed in The David Sanborn trio into the Seattle studios for an electrifying live studio session, hosted by Abe Beeson. Accompanying Sanborn were organ master Joey DeFrancesco and drummer Gene Lake.
Cecile McLorin Salvant is one of the best young jazz singers to appear on the scene in years. She’s the prefect combination of what many think a great singer should be. She creates her own songs, allowing us to see the world through her eyes and she also combs American music history looking for semi-obscure gems to polish and present to a new audience.
Recently, guitarist, Bucky Pizzarelli visited Seattle to play a series of shows with Northwest gypsy jazz band, Pearl Django. On a cold January day, they all came into the KPLU studios to play… and things warmed up fast.
The 17th Annual KPLU Christmas Jam, our much-anticipated holiday concert, featured jazz vocalist Cheryl Jewell and her trio on December 5 live from the Lagerquist Hall in the Mary Baker Russell Music Center on the Pacific Lutheran University campus.
Cheryl performed Christmas selections with the University Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dr. David Deacon-Joyner.
Watch a replay of the entire concert, or listen above. The concert will also be rebroadcast at 2 p.m. on Christmas Day.
On a beautiful fall day, jazz singer/songwriter, Halie Loren, made her second visit to KPLU’s performance studio.
Her first live KPLU performance was so well received in the fall of 2012, we couldn’t resist inviting her back as she passed through town on a tour that celebrates the release of her latest CD, Simply Love.
Guitarist Pat Martino and saxophonist James Carter might be separated in age by a generation but musically, they’re absolute equals—Martino is just as agile and innovative on his guitar as Carter is on his saxophone.