Covering the elusive Nick Drake is rarely successful, but Lizz Wright’s smooth, trumpet-accented version of “River Man” has the right kind of self-possession.
The pioneering pianist, harpist, flutist and cellist has worked with Mel Tormé and Billie Holiday.
The band might not have a permanent lead singer, but on the new album Into The Deep, the musicians show just how well they’ve learned to play with others.
In this KPLU studio session, the US Army salutes jazz, with the 56th Army Jazz Band from Joint Base Lewis/McCord. Hosted by Abe Beeson, this sextet of talented troops gives us two original compositions by members of the band (Ego and Fifteen Day Dream) and a delightfully sneaky rearrangement of Miles Davis’ So What. […]
The Bad Plus is one of the most in-demand trios in jazz. Joshua Redman is one of the most in-demand saxophonists. When the trio and the saxophonist joined forces to become The Bad Plus Joshua Redman, the star-power threatened to be blinding, so when they came to KPLU for a live session, we all had […]
KPLU and Jazz 24 jazz host Abe Beeson was honored to introduce the amazing “little orchestra” from Portland, OR, Pink Martini to a joyous crowd at the Orpheum Theatre for this year’s TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Before the show, Abe had a chance to talk with the band’s leader, pianist, songwriter and founder, Thomas […]
Written by Abe Beeson He learned to play sax alongside John Coltrane, worked with Dizzy Gillespie’s band, grew up with talented brothers Percy (bass) and Albert (drums), he’s written more than a hundred songs, and at 88 years old, can’t wait to release his new album with singer Roberta Gambarini. The legendary Jimmy Heath sat […]