We had hoped that the great drummer Brian Blade would give us a little backstage percussion exhibition. But rain scuttled those plans. Instead, he and his band worked out a different kind of beauty.
We were thrilled to welcome back this week singer/saxophonist Curtis Stigers. The last time Curtis visited the Jazz24/KPLU Performance Studio, he had just released his ‘break up’ CD. Well, time heals all wounds and this time around he touring with his ‘happy’ CD—Hooray For Love. In this performance interview with KPLU’s Abe Beeson, Curtis and his [...]
Take a listen to “Sex Machine” from 1970 by the architect of Funk, James Brown. Brown is the focus of our discussion as we follow this music from its roots in R & B to full-blown, shake-your-booty Funk. First let’s try to define Funk music. Let’s pick out three things. First, there’s the emphasis on [...]