Robert Johnson has become a mythical figure of the blues, who acquired his prodigious skills in a deal with the devil at the crossroads. The truth is he was a man who worked very hard to turn himself into a musician. His early attempts at music –sitting in with legends Charley Patton and Son House—were […]
Curtis Stigers performslive in the KPLU Seattle Studios on September 11, 2012.
The Mississippi Sheiks were a popular string band of the 1920’s and 30’s, with a sound that was a crossover between country music and blues. Though Mississippi-based, their music differed from delta blues in some important ways. For one, country blues chord changes have more in common with folk music than with blues, and secondly, […]
Pianist Cyrus Chestnut performing live in the Jazz24/KPLU Seattle studios on August 28, 2012.
This iconic hard-luck song was a hit when Bessie Smith recorded it in 1929, and with its timeless message and memorable melody, “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out” has been a favorite for singers in almost every genre including jazz, blues, folk and rock. Bessie Smith was the most popular female jazz and […]
Latin jazz bandleader and conguero player Poncho Sanchez was among the list of individuals who will receive The Latin Recording Academy®’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The list of winners, which also includes Luz Casal, Leo Dan, Rita Moreno, Milton Nascimento, Daniela Romo, and Toquinho, was announced last Thursday. “This year’s exceptional group of honorees not only […]
The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 was a disaster that reshaped the South. With flooding in 10 states, the river below Memphis reached 60 miles across in some places. Not only was farmland swallowed up, but many poor blacks were forced to work rebuilding levees. With no crop that year, many headed north in what […]
Halie Loren: Putting Eugene, Oregon on the jazz map. September 5, 2012.
Karrin Allyson: Relaxin’ in the KPLU/Jazz24 studios. August 16, 2012.