To say that the voice of singer Rachelle Ferrel is supple would be to understate its magnificence. Ms. Ferrel’s voice has a 6-octave range which conveys deep and surprising levels of emotion. As you can imagine, KPLU was very proud to host her and her pianist, Mo Pleasure, in an intimate studio session. She performed […]
On a beautiful fall day, jazz singer/songwriter Halie Loren made her second visit to KPLU’s performance studio. Her first live Jazz24/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. When Pat and James visited the KPLU performance studio they were accompanied by organist, Pat Bianchi and drummer, Carmen […]
Every time her tour schedule brings her to Seattle’s Jazz Alley, Grammy-nominated vocalist Karrin Allyson makes a stop in the KPLU performance studio to visit her friend, Dick Stein. You can also find our Studio Sessions available as a video podcast in iTunes. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/kplu-studio-sessions-video/id657517777
Cars make great musical metaphors, and they’ve inspired some famous blues songs like “Cadillac Boogie”, “Maybelline” and “Mustang Sally”. K.C. Douglas came out with “Mercury Boogie” in 1949, a song that would go on to be a widely covered blues standard, known as “Mercury Blues”. Ford purchased the rights to the song for advertising (“Crazy […]
Charley Patton was one of the first to play what we might recognize as Delta blues, putting blues into a strong and syncopated rhythm. A powerful singer with an aggressive guitar style, he was also a masterful entertainer, and one of the best-known traveling performers of his time. His popularity made him influential, and you […]
Eric Clapton called Robert Johnson “the most important blues singer who ever lived”. Saying that Johnson was a superlative guitar player, impassioned singer and masterful lyricist seems barely adequate to convey the importance of the work he accomplished in his 27 years. Many of his songs became not only blues standards but would be a […]
Marcia Ball performs live in the Jazz24/KPLU studios on August 27, 2013.
Monty Alexander, John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton perform in the KPLU Seattle studios on August 9, 2013.
Jimmy Reed is one of the most influential bluesmen in history and his songs will always be part of the blues repertoire. “Baby, What You Want Me to Do,” “Bright Lights, Big City,” “ You Don’t Have to Go”, are just some of the songs Reed made popular. His style was easy-going and non-threatening, which […]