Many jazz musicians got the music bug from their fathers. Find out what second-generation percussionists like Nasheet Waits, Ralph Peterson and Sheila E. say about their fathers’ influence.
Most KPLU listeners are familiar with tenor saxophonist, Ernie Watts, though his excellent work with Charlie Haden’s Quartet West. However, as we learn in this performance/interview with jazz host Abe Beeson, Mr. Watts has had a multifaceted career, working with everyone from Buddy Rich to The Rolling Stones. Ernie is joined in this [...]
Trumpeters Ray Vega (East Coast) and Thomas Marriott (West Coast) have joined forces once again for the newest edition of their East-West Trumpet Summit with pianist George Colligan, bassist Phil Sparks and drummer Matt Jorgensen. Set list: Caravan What’s New Bags’ Groove You can also find our Studio Sessions available as a video podcast in [...]
In recent years, like many people around the world, I’ve become a lover and collector of vinyl LPs. Sure, nothing can beat the convenience of having most of the world’s recorded music in your hand at all times via Spotify, iTunes, Pandora and the like on your cell phone. But nothing can beat the sound [...]
Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker’s song “Ko-Ko” is perhaps one of the most important American recordings of all time. It’s widely considered to be the first be-bop song ever to be recorded. And even though it’s a 1945 recording, this is still the template for modern jazz. So where did be-bop come from? In some [...]