Generally, jazz musicians who devote themselves to avant-garde and free jazz begin by working in ‘straight-ahead’ groups and then begin experiment with music concepts that are more ‘outside’. Not so with Seattle saxophonist, Jacob Zimmerman. In this KPLU Studio Session, he tells host, Abe Beeson, that a teacher turned him on to avant garde musicians […]
Guitarist Lee Ritenour has been playing with pianist Dave Grusin on and off since he was a teenager in the 70s, Dave plays on much of Lee’s new album A Twist Of Rit, but they haven’t played much in a duet setting. This made for an extra-special performance from these old friends, who recalled their […]
Tenor saxophonist, Kareem Kandi, has been a lynchpin of northwest jazz for 20 years, and when it comes to be-bop, he’s the real deal. His classic tone (think Dexter Gordon and Pete Christlieb) and straight-ahead approach lays the music on the line. Kareem plays with different groups in different instrumental configurations but when he […]
In 2003, Seattle jazz singer, Stephanie Porter released her debut CD, Mood Swings. The CD presented Stephanie’s unmistakable voice, singing a selection of excellent songs from The Great American Songbook (like, Cheek To Cheek, Get Out Of Town and Misty). Her second CD, How Deep Is The Ocean, released in 2010, showed the world that […]
3 Cent Stamp | Live Studio Session The answer to that question, according to the members of the string trio, 3-Cent Stamp is a resounding, “YES.” This group, based on beautiful Whidbey Island in Puget Sound, initially limited their repertoire to jazz songs that were extrapolated from classical music. For example, ‘How Insensitive,’ heard in […]
The subtle, lyrical guitarist plays a delightful solo rendition of “Round Midnight” and duets with host Marian McPartland in “Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me.”
The New Orleans trumpeter wasn’t thinking about Eric Garner, Michael Brown or #blacklivesmatter when he first assembled this funky new band. But then it became a way to ward off despair.