Written by Nick Morrison Some jazz musicians are known as much for their wit as for their chops. To celebrate National Humor Month, hear five jazz songs that are designed to make you laugh. Humor is subjective, though, so to make this list as much fun as possible, be sure to hit the comments […]
KPLU was pleased to welcome ukulele virtuoso, Jake Shimabukuro, into our studios on March 29, 2011. Jake played before not only a record number of KPLU Leadership Circle members, but four young ukulele players from Foster High School we recently featured in an installment of Artscape, which explored the rising popularity of the ukulele in […]
Written by Nick Morrison When is a holiday not actually a holiday in America? Well, when it’s Saint Patrick’s Day. Although March 17 is a national holiday in Ireland — and, according to Wikipedia, a public holiday in Montserrat, Newfoundland and Labrador — it’s not an official U.S. holiday, which makes it perhaps the most […]
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Having guitarist/vocalist/storyteller, John Pizzarelli, as a guest in the KPLU studios is always great fun. He loves making music, he loves telling stories and he loves entertaining his fans. When he visited us recently for this performance/interview with Abe Beeson, several members of the KPLU Leadership […]
Written by Nick Morrison The traditions of Mardi Gras are a huge part of New Orleans’ cultural identity. They’ve been evolving since the mid-1700s, and for the past century or so, the music of the Crescent City has provided the thread that ties all these traditions together. It’s history you can dance to, and you […]
By Nick Morrison Jazz pianist, arranger and composer Tadd Dameron was born 94 years ago on Feb. 21, 1917, in Cleveland, Ohio. During the 1940s and ’50s, after working for several years as an arranger for big bands (including those of Jimmie Lunceford and Count Basie), Dameron focused his considerable compositional talents on the emerging jazz style called […]
When pianist Benny Green agreed to come to KPLU’s Seattle studios for a solo piano performance he was on tour with his band doing a tribute to the music of Thelonious Monk so it seemed logical to have his studio session consist of Monk compositions. That was the plan, anyway … However, just before the […]
Esperanza Spalding walked into the KPLU Seattle studios like some teenaged gunslinger. However, she’d been working full time in music for most of her 25 years, and her chosen weapon was a double-bass that reached just above her impressive afro. Now a Grammy Award winner for Best New Artist (take that, Justin Bieber!), I’ve recently […]
The Vijay Iyer Trio’s latest release, Historicity, won a number of “Album Of The Year” awards in 2010 and has been nominated for a 2011 Grammy as “Best Jazz Instrumental Album.” Pianist, Vijay Iyer, seems pleased by this recognition but not really fazed by it. In fact, during his trio’s visit to the KPLU […]
This studio session marks the first visit from pianist, Jacky Terrasson, to the KPLU/Jazz24 studios. We hope it’s the first of many. In a stunning three-song set, Jacky left no doubt that his group is one of the most exciting piano trios in jazz today. With bassist Ben Williams (winner of the annual Thelonious Monk […]
Martin Taylor is widely considered to be one of today’s finest solo jazz guitarists. While still in his early 20’s, he was introduced to the world’s jazz audience as the guitarist with Stephane Grappelli, a gypsy-jazz violinist and co-founder (along with Django Reinhardt) of the Quintette du Hot Club de France. But Martin’s familiarity with […]
By Nick Morrison The holiday spirit, powerful though it may be, just doesn’t work for everybody: Some folks simply hate the season. Maybe they’re lonely, maybe they’re broke, maybe they’re depressed, maybe they’re killjoys. Whatever the reason, “Jingle Bells” isn’t everyone’s cup of egg nog. If you count yourself among their ranks, here’s a list […]
Vocalist, Bethany Yarrow, and cellist, Rufus Cappadocia gave an incredible performance in the Jazz24/KPLU studios on November 9, 2010. Vocalist, Bethany Yarrow, and cellist, Rufus Cappadocia make an incredible amount of music for just two people. Bethany, daughter of Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary), first met Rufus at The Knitting Factory in Manhattan. They’re […]
By Nick Morrison Phil Woods has one of the most distinctive alto saxophone sounds in jazz. He was born on Nov. 2, 1931, joined the bebop revolution in the late ’40s, graduated from Julliard School of Music in 1952 and was recording as bandleader by 1954. Since then, he’s produced more than 40 recordings under his […]
When The Manhattan Transfer (Tim Hauser, Cheryl Bentyne, Alan Paul, Janis Siegal) came into the Jazz24/KPLU performance studio, they had literally just gotten off an airplane. A little jet-lagged but ready to sing, they kicked of the session with their version of Moten Swing. When the song was over, interviewer Abe Beeson asked, “Is it […]
As the son of actor/director/jazz fan, Clint Eastwood, Kyle Eastwood grew up listening to jazz. In this performance-interview hosted by Abe Beeson, Kyle talks about a childhood trip to The Monterey Jazz Festival and how hearing the Count Basie Big Band that day inspired him to become a bass player. For the past few […]
When Lee came into the Jazz24/KPLU studios on an unseasonably cool August afternoon, he arrived with a rhythm section hot enough to raise Seattle’s temperature a few degrees: drummer, Will Kennedy and bassist, Melvin Davis. Together, they laid down three delightful tracks; Water’s Edge, L.P.—For Les Paul, and Freddie Hubbard’s composition, Povo (watch the video […]
When blues singer, Shemekia Copeland performs live, it’s almost guaranteed to be an electrifying experience. In this session, recorded in KPLU’s Seattle studios, we get a rare opportunity to hear Shemekia’s voice in an intimate performance context. Instead of bringing her whole band, Shemekia arrived with just her guitar player, Arthur Neilson.
Here’s a rare treat; a solo performance from 6-time Grammy Award-winning vibraphonist, Gary Burton. In his 50-year (and counting) recording career, Burton has recorded with many different group configurations and has done a number of duo recordings with artists including bassist, Steve Swallow, guitarist, Ralph Towner and most famously, pianist, Chick Corea, but we rarely […]
Jazz guitarist, Martin Taylor, is one of our favorite guests in the KPLU/Jazz24 studios. Not only is he widely acclaimed as perhaps the finest solo, acoustic jazz guitarist alive, he’s always great company. Whenever his touring schedule brings him to Seattle, we make sure he pays us a visit. In this lively conversation with jazz […]
Grammy-winning Trumpeter Roy Hargrove performed live at KPLU’s Seattle studios on December 2, hosted by Abe Beeson. Hargrove was accompanied in the studio by pianist Jonathan Batiste, bassist Ameen Saleem, saxophonist Justin Robinson, and drummer Montez Coleman as they performed three songs: Low Life, For Tamisha, and Soulful.
Speaking with Jazz24/KPLU jazz host, Kevin Kniestedt, Eldar talked about his family’s move from Kyrgyzstan to Kansas City as a child, and how much he learned from that city’s veteran jazz musicians. Eldar also showcased his improvisational and compositional skills with three solo piano pieces, I Should Care, Insensitive and his own Vanilla Sky/Exposition.
In 1965, Chicago jazz pianist, Ramsey Lewis had a hit record—‘The In Crowd’ (by The Ramsey Lewis Trio, featuring drummer Redd Holt and bassist, Eldee Young). Since that time, Lewis has recorded over 80 albums. He has also hosted the popular Legends Of Jazz radio and television series’. Now, at age 74, Ramsey Lewis is […]