Jon Cleary has the rare ability to transcend his geographical background. As you will learn in his interview with All Blues host, John Kessler, Cleary grew up in England and was exposed to the New Orleans sound by his uncle at a young age. Cleary saved up enough money to visit New Orleans, planning to [...]
Oscar Peterson was one of the giants of jazz piano. On this program from 1998, Peterson demonstrates his deft touch and amazing technique.
We were thrilled to welcome back this week singer/saxophonist Curtis Stigers. The last time Curtis visited the Jazz24/KPLU Performance Studio, he had just released his ‘break up’ CD. Well, time heals all wounds and this time around he touring with his ‘happy’ CD—Hooray For Love. In this performance interview with KPLU’s Abe Beeson, Curtis and his [...]
Take a listen to “Sex Machine” from 1970 by the architect of Funk, James Brown. Brown is the focus of our discussion as we follow this music from its roots in R & B to full-blown, shake-your-booty Funk. First let’s try to define Funk music. Let’s pick out three things. First, there’s the emphasis on [...]