As part of the Fall Fund Drive Jazz24/KPLU welcomed in The David Sanborn trio into the Seattle studios for an electrifying live studio session, hosted by Abe Beeson. Accompanying Sanborn were organ master Joey DeFrancesco and drummer Gene Lake. 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
“The language of jazz is built on small phrases — riffs that pass like coveted currency from one musician and one generation to the next. But every now and then, there comes a moment when that tried-and-true vocabulary no longer serves, and by rejecting it, an artist arrives at a statement that nudges or catapults [...]
Today I have a little bonus for you, as I’m presenting for your listening pleasure TWO versions of the classic tune “Take the ‘A’ Train,” written by Billy Strayhorn for the Duke Ellington Orchestra. This song, which became Duke’s signature tune, is beloved all over the world. Ellington is considered perhaps the finest composer and [...]
When he began his recording career, and for some time thereafter, saxophonist, Anton Schwartz made his home in San Francisco. Now, though, he splits his time between San Francisco and Seattle so we invited our new neighbor to the KPLU performance studio to play some music and talk about his new CD, Flash Mob. In [...]
Cécile McLorin Salvant is one of the best young jazz singers to appear on the scene in years. She’s the prefect combination of what many think a great singer should be. She creates her own songs, allowing us to see the world through her eyes and she also combs American music history looking for semi-obscure [...]
On this episode of Piano Jazz, host Marian McPartland accompanies Reeves in “Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise” and “Million Dollar Secret.”
The great jazz photographer Chuck Stewart recently found six rolls of 50-year-old film in his archive. They contained previously unpublished shots of John Coltrane recording his masterpiece.