The bandleader and composer shifted the jazz landscape of the 1950s and ’60s with his bluesy, funky music. Along the way, he mentored major musicians and devised future jazz standards.
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 [...]