Favorite Sessions
8:46 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Lynne Arriale: A Dose Of Something Extra


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"


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A Blog Supreme
3:59 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

The United Nations Of Jazz

The United Nations General Assembly Hall, pictured here hosting a speech by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, is the venue for tonight's International Jazz Day concert.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 4:03 pm

Today is International Jazz Day, as decreed by Herbie Hancock and UNESCO. The centerpiece events are two all-star concerts, held at sunrise and sunset. The sunrise show was held in Congo Square in New Orleans, seemingly a nod to the dawn of jazz. Tonight's evening program takes the "international" part of International Jazz Day quite literally:

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1:13 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

On Jazz Day, Jason Moran Makes The Case For Relevance

Jazz pianist Jason Moran was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2010.
Clay Patrick McBride

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 8:53 am

Some of the world's most renowned musicians recently gathered in Paris and New Orleans to celebrate the first annual International Jazz Day. UNESCO, the U.N.'s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, has set April 30 as a day to raise awareness of jazz music's significance and potential as a unifying voice across cultures.

In spite of the celebrations, though, in the U.S. the jazz audience continues to shrink and grow older, and the music has struggled to connect with younger generations.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:01 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Add Verse Reactions: The Poetry Month Music Puzzler

Test your knowledge of American composers and poetry with this interactive puzzler.
L. Brinck

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 3:45 pm

Poetry month is almost at an end,

So here's a little challenge for you, friend.

Listen close to the music clips below,

The words will tell you what you need to know.

Match music with the image of each bard,

Good luck — you'll need it 'cause the quiz is hard.

A hint that may help you along the way,

Both words and music hail from U.S.A.

An extra point if you think you know 'em ...

Identify the name of each poem.

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Music Reviews
11:45 am
Mon April 30, 2012

A Sure-Footed Collection Of 'African Blues'

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 5:18 pm

I have to hand it to the Putumayo label. Since it started as a soundtrack-provider to a clothing store in the early '90s, the operation has placed racks of CDs with friendly-primitivist art by Nicola Heindl into Starbucks and Whole Foods everywhere. Putumayo is as responsible as anything for making music buyers ask "Where's the world music section?" in shops or online.

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Song Of The Day
6:03 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Cian Nugent: Variations On A Black Flag Riff

"My War Blues" finds guitarist Cian Nugent drawing on Black Flag as a new source for American standards.
Cait Fahey

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 2:43 pm

Natural bedfellows and squatters, punk and folk music are born out of rebellion and struggle, even if they don't always stay that way. The past three decades have seen Billy Bragg, Violent Femmes, World/Inferno Friendship Society and the fiercely DIY Plan-It-X label smash together folk and punk like contra dancers in a circle pit.

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What's in a Song?
3:19 pm
Sat April 28, 2012

Life 'Up On The Divide' Lures A Songwriter Out West

Martha Scanlan performs with Jon Neufeld in a meadow at the ranch where she works.
Dawson Dunning Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 11:31 am

For singer Martha Scanlan, the inspiration for the first song she ever wrote came on a trip to eastern Montana about 10 years ago.

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A Blog Supreme
6:37 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Around The Jazz Internet: April 27, 2012

Herbie Hancock's International Jazz Day initiative will be celebrated in two all-star concerts on Monday.
Douglas Kirkland Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 10:16 am

An informal poll on Twitter reveals that 18 followers prefer the version of "Watermelon Man" from Herbie Hancock's debut album Takin' Off, and 16 prefer the electric funk version of "Watermelon Man" on Head Hunters. Several others registered a "both" vote. And now, these news:

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Live Fridays From XPN
6:30 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Third World In Concert

Third World.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 9:54 am

Well known as ambassadors of reggae, Jamaican veterans Third World have been performing in one form or another since the 1970s. Despite several line-up changes over the years, the group continues to blend reggae, pop and funk for adoring audiences.

Third World has collaborated with the likes of Stevie Wonder and shared the stage with The Jackson 5 and Bob Marley and the Wailers. Dedicated to the spread of 'peace, love, and unity', the band has released 22 albums and garnered numerous awards, including the 1986 United Nations Peace Medal, and received 10 Grammy nominations.

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Deceptive Cadence
4:23 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: April 27, 2012

Conductor Kurt Masur in a 2007 file photo from Berlin.
Sean Gallup Getty Images

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 10:15 am

  • After falling off the podium last night in the middle of a performance with the Orchestre National de France, 84-year-old Kurt Masur has been hospitalized in Paris. A spokesperson for the orchestra says that he is expected to be released "very soon," adding that "he fell upside down onto his back because his left foot was too near the edge of the podium. It's not linked to health problems.
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