You may consider jazz to be a world apart from the rock, pop or hip-hop you love (or hate). However, you might be surprised to learn about jazz’s influences on many genres through its rich history, from the newest performing artists of today, to legendary musicians that shaped the sounds we love so much.
41 DAYS OF JAZZ FROM AROUND THE WORLD AND OUR OWN BACKYARD – October 9 through November 18 With nearly six weeks of concerts, you really have no excuse to miss Seattle’s premier jazz festival. Earshot’s 27TH annual jazz fest includes big names like Wayne Shorter, Brad Mehldau, Charles Lloyd, and Hugh Masekela, but it’s […]
Anton Schwartz along with Inga Swearingen and Chuck Deardorf stopped by the KPLU for a quick Studio Session It’s not every day that you come across a jazz trio consisting of a saxophonist, a bassist and a vocalist. But that’s what we have with Anton Schwartz (sax), Chuck Deardorf (bass) and Inga Swearingen (vocals). When […]
Guitarist Lee Ritenour has been playing with pianist Dave Grusin on and off since he was a teenager in the 70s, Dave plays on much of Lee’s new album A Twist Of Rit, but they haven’t played much in a duet setting. This made for an extra-special performance from these old friends, who recalled their […]
Tenor saxophonist, Kareem Kandi, has been a lynchpin of northwest jazz for 20 years, and when it comes to be-bop, he’s the real deal. His classic tone (think Dexter Gordon and Pete Christlieb) and straight-ahead approach lays the music on the line. Kareem plays with different groups in different instrumental configurations but when he […]
In 2003, Seattle jazz singer, Stephanie Porter released her debut CD, Mood Swings. The CD presented Stephanie’s unmistakable voice, singing a selection of excellent songs from The Great American Songbook (like, Cheek To Cheek, Get Out Of Town and Misty). Her second CD, How Deep Is The Ocean, released in 2010, showed the world that […]
3 Cent Stamp | Live Studio Session The answer to that question, according to the members of the string trio, 3-Cent Stamp is a resounding, “YES.” This group, based on beautiful Whidbey Island in Puget Sound, initially limited their repertoire to jazz songs that were extrapolated from classical music. For example, ‘How Insensitive,’ heard in […]
In this KPLU studio session, the US Army salutes jazz, with the 56th Army Jazz Band from Joint Base Lewis/McCord. Hosted by Abe Beeson, this sextet of talented troops gives a delightfully sneaky rearrangement of Miles Davis’ So What. The band: 1st Sgt Teal Warren – bandleader/bass (on “So What”) Specialist Guerin Williams – drums […]