Nellie McKay: Quiet Anarchist

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Nellie McKay performing live in the Jazz24/KPLU Seattle studios.  Credit Justin Steyer
Nellie McKay performing live in the Jazz24/KPLU Seattle studios. Credit Justin Steyer

By Abe Beeson and Justin

OK, maybe “anarchist” is too harsh a word to apply to singer/songwriter/pianist/ukulele player, Nellie McKay, but as you will hear in this interview, Nellie is a woman of strong beliefs, which she presents pleasantly, politely and often with great wit.  But in her conversation and in her songs, her opinions and social observations are definitely on display.

 

In this studio session hosted by Abe Beeson, Nellie performs two of her compositions, Long And Lazy and Toto Dies, accompanying herself on piano.

She then switches to ukulele for great renditions of The Beatles’ I’m So Tired and the jazz standard, If I Had You.

As session engineer, John Kessler said of Nellie, “Just when you expect her to do one thing, she does something else.”  Something else.  That’s Nellie McKay.

You can also find our Studio Sessions available as a video podcast in iTunes.  The link can be found here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/kplu-studio-sessions-video/id657517777

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