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KPLU News Music Q&A's

The KPLU News department talks with the KPLU Jazz and Blues department about different topics relating to Jazz and Blues.

Published: Thu, 09 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Last Build Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2017 13:27:14 GMT

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Still Great at 80: Celebrating the Music of Sonny Rollins

Thu, 09 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Jazz saxophone legend Sonny Rollins celebrated his 80th birthday on September 7th. KPLU's Kirsten Kendrick and Nick Morrison used the opportunity to talk about Rollins' life and play some of his great music. As part of a monthly contribution to NPR's music Web site, Nick compiled a list of five Sonny Rollins' songs that span his extensive career. And Nick talked with Kirsten about some of his selections.

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Early Jazz Pianists Made Great Strides

Thu, 22 Apr 2010 04:00:00 GMT

They had loads of talent and some very fast fingers! We're talking about the great stride pianists from the early days of jazz. For our station's contribution to NPR's music Web site this month, KPLU's Nick Morrison lists the best stride players. He talked with KPLU's Kirsten Kendrick about some of his selections.

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Celebrating the Many Talents of Nat King Cole

Tue, 16 Mar 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Saint Patrick's Day is also the birthday of Nat King Cole. To celebrate the many talents of this versatile performer, KPLU music host Mary McCann compiled a list of five Nat King Cole songs for our Web site and NPR's music Web site. Mary talked with KPLU's Kirsten Kendrick about some of the songs, which showcase Nat King Cole's incredible range.

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1959 - After Five Decades, Still the Best Year in Jazz

Sat, 19 Dec 2009 05:00:00 GMT

If we asked you what jazz albums you have in your collection, there's a good chance you'd say at least one of the following: "Kind of Blue" by Miles Davis, "Giant Steps" by John Coltrane or "Time Out" by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. Or, maybe you have all of them in your collection! Did you know they were all released in the same year? KPLU's Kirsten Kendrick talked with music host Kevin Kniestedt about why he considers 1959 to be the best year ever for jazz.

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Singers in the Rain - Jazz Amid the Deluge

Mon, 14 Dec 2009 05:00:00 GMT

What is it about rain that stirs our creative juices? A lot of songs have been written about the rain. And what better time than one of the rainiest periods of the year to listen to some of the best rain songs? KPLU's Nick Morrison compiled a list for our Web site and NPR's Web site, and he talked with KPLU's Kirsten Kendrick about some of the songs on that list.

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Haunting Music for Halloween

Tue, 27 Oct 2009 04:00:00 GMT

Have you purchased your Halloween candy yet? Got a costume in mind for the big day? If not, perhaps this will help you get in the mood. KPLU's Nick Morrison has compiled a list of five Halloween songs for our Web site, Nick talked about some of the songs with KPLU's Kirsten Kendrick.

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Blues and Grooves for Labor Day

Sat, 05 Sep 2009 04:00:00 GMT

Americans have been observing Labor Day since 1894. Most people use the holiday to celebrate a day off from work and the final day of summer. In honor of Labor Day, KPLU's Nick Morrison has come up with a list of songs about work. He shares some of his selections with KPLU's Kirsten Kendrick.

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A Salute to Charlie Haden: Jazz Bassist and So Much More

Sun, 23 Aug 2009 04:00:00 GMT

He's been recording for 50 years. And this month, jazz bassist Charlie Haden celebrates his 72nd birthday. It's the perfect opportunity for KPLU's Nick Morrison to compile a list of five songs that best define Charlie Haden. Nick recently talked with KPLU's Kirsten Kendrick about Haden's body of work, which is more diverse than you might think.

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Beyond the Blues: Blues Harmonica in Jazz

Mon, 15 Jun 2009 04:00:00 GMT

When you hear the word "harmonica," you may think of blues music. And rightly so. The instrument is most often heard in the context of blues. But some of the best blues harmonica players in the business have also performed jazz songs. And that's the topic of a list that KPLU has compiled for our Web site and NPR's music Web site. KPLU's Kirsten Kendrick and Nick Morrison discuss blues harmonica in jazz.

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Slide Guitar: Past and Present

Sun, 17 May 2009 04:00:00 GMT

Each month, KPLU compiles a list of jazz or blues songs that are grouped together in a theme. You can find them at our Web site,, and at NPR's music Web site ( Recently, KPLU's Nick Morrison made a list of the top five slide guitarists. He talked with KPLU's Kirsten Kendrick about the music.

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New Orleans Piano Music

Tue, 24 Feb 2009 05:00:00 GMT

As Mardi Gras celebrations get underway, we thought we would take some time to celebrate New Orleans piano music. KPLU'S Nick Morrison has compiled a list of five of the most extraordinary pianists who hail from the Crescent City. Nick talked with KPLU's Kirsten Kendrick.

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Five Songs of the Civil Rights Movement

Sun, 18 Jan 2009 05:00:00 GMT

In celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Juniors' birthday, KPLU's Nick Morrison has put together a list of five jazz songs of note from the era of the civil rights movement. He speaks with KPLU's Gary Davis.

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Aaron Parks, Grown Up and Thriving in New York

Tue, 13 Jan 2009 05:00:00 GMT

What happens when a teen prodigy grows up? Often, those who push hard when they're young crash and burn-out too soon. Others hit their stride and keep going. Aaron Parks is one of those. Eight years ago, at age 16, he had already recorded three albums. Raised on Whidbey Island, the 25-year-old jazz pianist now lives in Brooklyn, New York. KPLU's Bellamy Pailthorp first met Parks when he was still a teenager. Now, she tells us, he's developing a rich and promising musical career

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Songs for the Gas Guzzling Blues

Mon, 04 Aug 2008 04:00:00 GMT

If the high price of gas has you rethinking that summer road trip - all is not lost! How about taking a virtual road trip? KPLU's Kirsten Kendrick talked with music host Nick Morrison about the latest list he's compiled for NPR: songs about some of the great old cars of the past.

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Jazz and Baseball

Tue, 10 Jun 2008 04:00:00 GMT

With the Mariners still sitting at the bottom of the American League standings, we thought we'd talk about the LIGHTER SIDE of baseball. KPLU's Nick Morrison has put together a list of five great jazz songs about baseball. He talked about some of them with KPLU's Kirsten Kendrick.

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Rights of the Disabled - A Talk With Dick Thornburgh

Mon, 28 Apr 2008 04:00:00 GMT

The United Nations' Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities takes effect. Its aim is to affirm the basic dignity of the disabled, and provide a legal framework for their full integration into society. But the United States hasn't signed it. KPLU's Gary Davis recently sat down with former U.S. Attorney General Dick Thornburgh, who fought for the 1990 Americans With Disabilities Act.

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New Jazz CD Releases

Wed, 27 Feb 2008 05:00:00 GMT

A lot of jazz artists have new releases out. They range from tribute albums to jazz versions of country tunes! KPLU's Kirsten Kendrick talked with Music Director Nick Francis about some of his top picks.

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Valentine's Day Music: Love and Love Lost

Thu, 14 Feb 2008 05:00:00 GMT

We've compiled a Valentine's Day treat for you on our Web site, KPLU's Nick Morrison and Nick Francis have come up with a list of some of the best jazz love songs AND the best jazz songs about lost love. Nick Morrison talked with KPLU's Kirsten Kendrick about why they chose some of the songs they did.

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A Great Day in Seattle

Tue, 18 Sep 2007 04:00:00 GMT

You may be familiar with the famous photo "A Great Day in Harlem." It was taken in 1958 on the steps of a Harlem brownstone, capturing some of the greatest musicians in the history of jazz. Fast forward nearly 50 years to the steps of Seattle City Hall, where a photo of Seattle jazz musicians was taken earlier this year. Prints are about to go on sale. KPLU's Kirsten Kendrick sat down with one of the musicians who made it happen - trumpeter Thomas Marriott.

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Randy Newman Q&A

Wed, 28 Mar 2007 04:00:00 GMT

Singer/songwriter Randy Newman has never shied away from political satire. Back in the sixties, his song, "Political Science," portrayed an arrogant American that planned to drop the big one. More recently, he's been skewering President Bush. But he's also made a name for himself writing film scores, including Toy Story and Monsters, Inc, which won him an Oscar. He'll be at the Paramount Theatre this Friday with Bob Edwards. KPLU's Kirsten Kendrick spoke with him by phone.

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The Birth of Bebop: Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker from 1945

Tue, 20 Mar 2007 04:00:00 GMT

It isn't everyday that you can actually hear musical history being made. But that's exactly what happened in 1945 on the Armed Forces Radio Network when audiences were introduced to a very different kind of jazz.

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Jazz Q&A with Nick Francis on "Ray Sings, Basie Swings"

Wed, 31 Jan 2007 05:00:00 GMT

Do you remember when Natalie Cole recorded the duet, "Unforgettable," with her father, Nat King Cole decades after his death? A similar project has resurrected a rare recording from the 1970's of Ray Charles. It pairs him with today's Count Basie Orchestra. Ray Charles and Count Basie never actually recorded together. KPLU's Kirsten Kendrick talked with Music Director Nick Francis about the project.

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