Known for his duo work with bassist and French-horn player Willie Ruff, the pianist forms a new duo with Marian McPartland to perform “Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me.”
See young jazz musicians honor their departed elders at a cemetery that’s more like a hall of fame.
KPLU and Jazz 24 jazz host Abe Beeson was honored to introduce the amazing “little orchestra” from Portland, OR, Pink Martini to a joyous crowd at the Orpheum Theatre for this year’s TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Before the show, Abe had a chance to talk with the band’s leader, pianist, songwriter and founder, Thomas […]
Written by Abe Beeson He learned to play sax alongside John Coltrane, worked with Dizzy Gillespie’s band, grew up with talented brothers Percy (bass) and Albert (drums), he’s written more than a hundred songs, and at 88 years old, can’t wait to release his new album with singer Roberta Gambarini. The legendary Jimmy Heath sat […]
The TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival is celebrating their 30th year from June 18th through July 1st, and KPLU is here to promote KPLU’s streaming jazz service, Jazz24.org. Friday night highlights We (KPLU Promotions Director and the wonderful Judie Dahl, Marketing Director for the Coastal Jazz and Blues Society) caught the Bria Skonberg Quintet’s set […]
As we welcomed Lynnwood’s Meadowdale High School Jazz Combo into the KPLU live performance studio, they looked like normal, hard-working music students. When they started to play, however, it was soon clear to us that we were hearing a band that was a cut above. Along with their mentor, trumpeter Michael Van Bebber, the combo […]