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3:09 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Karrin Allyson: Swinging Jazz Standards

Jazz singer Karrin Allyson on KPLU in Seattle.
Justin Steyer Jazz24

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 4:16 pm

Over the past 20 years, vocalist Karrin Allyson has recorded 13 albums that cover vast musical territory. She's explored The Great American Songbook, the musical styles of Brazil and France, the blues and the work of contemporary songwriters. She's recorded a tribute to John Coltrane and an album of late-night ballads, and she's earned four Grammy nominations.

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A Blog Supreme
6:27 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 12:12 pm

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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Favorite Sessions
4:30 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

The Cookers: A Bebop Supergroup

The Cookers.
Justin Steyer Jazz24

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 2:35 pm

If we were to make a list of all the recording and composing credits of the members of The Cookers, it would go on for many pages. The band is an amazing collection of veteran jazz musicians: Billy Hart (drums), Cecil McBee (bass), Eddie Henderson (trumpet), David Weiss (trumpet), Billy Harper (sax) and George Cables (piano).

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A Blog Supreme
2:24 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 5:17 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
3:46 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 9:17 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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