Here’s a perfect example of a song that changed with the times, and was at the cutting edge of those changes. Drummer and singer Rabon Tarrant recorded “Blues With a Feeling” in 1947, a time when big band swing music was in transition to rock and roll. This version straddles both genres with the beat […]
A new book for children on John Coltrane was released last week (click here to buy). Here is the press release: Sometimes, when you lose almost everything as a child, a lifeline appears that restores your faith and re-ignites your spirit. For John Coltrane, that lifeline was the saxophone, and the musical dreams it inspired. […]
Bill Charlap solo piano: Tradition, invention and wit. October 24, 2012.
Catherine Russell: Keeping the family tradition alive. October 24, 2012.
Sonny Boy Williamson was a blues originator who helped shape the sound of modern blues. In his life, he knew the first generation of Delta bluesmen, and would go on to see the birth of modern rock music. He played with Robert Johnson in the 1930’s, and with Eric Clapton in the 1960’s. His ability […]
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.