Polio damaged Haden’s voice when he was young, but as a bassist and composer, he helped shape the sound of jazz and spanned country and gospel. He died Friday at 76.
Though this was not guitarist John Scofield’s first stop into the KPLU Seattle studios this time he was joined John Medeski (piano), Billy Martin (drums), and Chris Wood (bass). As you will hear in this session, the group mixes jazz, funk and modern soul to create what host Abe Beeson called a groovy sound of [...]
You probably know “Birdland” by the group Weather Report well enough to sing along with the melody. What you may not know is the melody is being played on an electric bass by Jaco Pastorius, the subject of today’s discussion. About the time Jaco joined Weather Report in 1976, he also released a solo [...]
Justin Kauflin is a 23-year-old jazz pianist who is also one of the subjects of a new documentary film called Keep On Keepin’ On. The other subject of the film is Justin’s musical and spiritual mentor, jazz trumpet legend, Clark Terry. Kauflin has been a musician since childhood. He’s also been blind since age 11. [...]