The pianist rose to prominence as a gifted performer, becoming a mentor and tutor to many. Some of his students are now in his new band, which performs early classics and a new suite written for them.
Since the mid-1970s, Marcia Ball has been doing her part to turn the world into a party with her blues and boogie-woogie piano playing and singing, so we were overjoyed to welcome her back to the KPLU performance studio. Sure enough, she turned it into a party. Again. As she told KPLU’s Abe Beeson, she […]
Celebrated jazz saxophonist Zane Musa died Monday in Florida, at the young age of 36, according to news reports. Musa’s cause of death was not known, but trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, in a tweet, said Musa had been involved in a “terrible accident”: I’m so sad and devastated about a terrible accident of my dear friend […]
Since it’s Black History Month, we’re going to take a look at some of the music from the Civil Rights Movement from the mid ‘50s to the early 1970s. Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson’s “We Shall Overcome” was the unofficial anthem of the Civil Rights Movement. Starting in 1955, acts of non-violent protest and civil disobedience […]