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A Blog Supreme
5:27 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Jazz Goes Honky-Tonkin': The Songs Of Hank Williams

Hank Williams has written plenty of tunes covered by jazz artists over the years.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 11:12 am

Hank Williams was a great singer-songwriter who forged his own brand of honky-tonk music from a variety of influences: country, folk, blues, gospel and jazz. Yes, jazz.

If you haven't listened to his music in a while you might not recall — Williams had swing. And even if some jazz listeners have forgotten that fact, many jazz players haven't. Here then are five jazz artists out of many who have taken Williams' music and put their own spins on it.

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A Blog Supreme
1:24 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Ahmad Jamal: Still Fearless And Innovative At 82

Ahmad Jamal at the grand piano during the Blue Moon sessions.
Jacques Beneich

Originally published on Mon July 2, 2012 4:17 pm

Today jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal celebrates his 82nd birthday, presumably near Montauban, France, where he will play a gig tomorrow. In fact, he'll spend most of the month in France, The Netherlands, Greece, Switzerland and Turkey doing what he does best: pouring himself into his enchanting music.

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Favorite Sessions
2:46 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Christian McBride: The Bass Boss

Christian McBride (right) with Peter Martin at KPLU.
Justin Steyer KPLU

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 8:17 am

In the first generation of bebop musicians, Ray Brown was king of the jazz bass. Today, the "go-to" jazz bassist is Christian McBride, so we were delighted to have McBride stop by the KPLU studios for a performance with pianist Peter Martin.

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A Blog Supreme
4:52 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Jack DeJohnette: 70 Years Of Propulsive, Percussive Mastery

Jack DeJohnette.
Courtesy of the artist

It's turning out to be a great year for jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette.

In January, he was named an NEA Jazz Master for lifetime achievement. He began celebrating his 70th birthday early — it's August 9 — by going on a short performance tour this month with his old friends, Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke. The celebration continues this summer, as he tours Europe with the Keith Jarrett trio. As if that's not enough, he also released one of the best albums of the year in any genre, Sound Travels.

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Favorite Sessions
4:01 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Jack DeJohnette And Friends: Miles On Their Minds

Jack DeJohnette.
Justin Steyer Jazz24

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 3:02 pm

Drummer Jack DeJohnette was 23 when he made his first recording with The Charles Lloyd Quartet in 1966. Since that time, he's been a driving force in the world of jazz. This year, DeJohnette will celebrate his birthday all year long — the big day is actually August 9 — with special events, including his current tour with his old friends Chick Corea (piano) and Stanley Clarke (bass).

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Favorite Sessions
8:46 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Lynne Arriale: A Dose Of Something Extra

KPLU

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 10:04 am

When pianist Lynne Arriale released her first album, The Eyes Have It, in 1994, KPLU started playing music from it right away. It was clear to us that Arriale had that "something extra" that separates good musicians from great ones. Over the course of her career, she's continued to build on that quality, so we were especially pleased to finally welcome her as a guest artist in our Seattle performance studio.

Set List

  • "Dance Of The Rain"
  • "Crawfish & Gumbo"

Personnel

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A Blog Supreme
2:22 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Yip Harburg: A Lyricist For The Ages

E.Y. "Yip" Harburg.
Courtesy of the Yip Harburg estate

Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 2:59 pm

During his 84 years on the planet, Yip Harburg contributed brilliant lyrics to some of the finest melodies of the American popular song canon.

Most of his songs were originally written for Broadway shows or Hollywood musicals. Finian's Rainbow is probably his most popular stage work, but he's best known for working with composer Harold Arlen on music for The Wizard of Oz, a collaboration which won them an Oscar for "Over the Rainbow."

What follows is the work of five singers, each putting his or her own stamp on the lyrics of Yip Harburg.

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