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    This list, which took the better part of four years, was inspired by those who said that jazz was limited to a certain style or type of performer. The idea behind this list was not to create a “best” albums list, but rather a extensive list of albums that covered as much of jazz history as possible.

    Even after posting 1,000 albums, this list is really only a sample of the history of this great art form.

    Hopefully you will find some great music you have never heard before and add to your collection.

    Check out the full list!


    Happy Birthday, Captain Beefheart! 

    One of Louis Armstrong’s final performances (favorite recipes) out this month

    Originally, a limited vinyl release by the National Press Club in 1972, one of the last recordings of Louis Armstrong will be available widely for the first time via Smithsonian Folkways Recordings on April 24th as part of the Smithsonian’s celebration of the 11th annual Jazz Appreciation Month.

    Armstrong often signed letters “Red Beans and Rice-ly Yours,” which makes for an apt title for the recording especially since his favorite recipes ― everything from Louisiana Caviar to the Sazerac ― are included in the liner notes, as they were in the original pressing.

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    Enough with the search for a ‘Jazz Savior’

    Every so often, a barrage of articles and blog posts come out claiming that jazz has found the musician or musicians that are going to “save” jazz. More often than not, these musicians are achieving some current commercial success and popularity among a broad audience outside of the typical “jazz head” community.

    But what would it mean to “save jazz”? And, what exactly does it need “saving” from?


    How Marilyn Monroe changed Ella Fitzgerald’s life

    If asked “Who played an important role in the musical career of Ella Fitzgerald?” you might respond with names like Chick Webb, Louis Armstrong, Norman Granz, and Dizzy Gillespie.

    The name Marilyn Monroe (who passed away 50 years ago this August), however, might not come to mind.

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    Live from the KPLU studios: Benny Golson

    Benny stopped by the KPLU/Jazz24 studios on February 29, 2012 and performed three of his best-loved compositions, Along Came Betty, Whisper Not and his stone-cold classic, Killer Joe. He was accompanied by pianist, Sharp Radway and drummer, Jason Marsalis.

    Spokane street musician takes the violin to another level!

    5 People + 1 Guitar = Viral Video of the Week

    From YouTube Trends:

    On Friday, a cover of the song “Somebody That I Used to Know” performed by Walk Off the Earth began to draw attention for its use of just one guitar and five performers for all the music. By Sunday, the video was averaging three million views a day, with most of the viewers coming across it as it was shared on social media sites.


    Berry once punched Keith Richards in the face for tapping him on the shoulder, and has a reputation for being both ornery and withdrawn, but today he isn’t either of those things. He’s gracious, in a southern sort of way. Pleased to meet you. He shakes hands and his hands swallow up the hands of his guest. He once was as handsome as Elvis, and he’s still got a great face, and eyes that don’t seem so much cruel or aloof as just kind of wry and sharp and maybe a bit amused, like he’s in on some sort of joke.

    Great article from Esquire on Chuck Berry, who’s still alive, still performing, and recording songs that he doesn’t want you to hear.

    Photo by Danny Clinch

    (via npr)


    Miles Davis—“Bye Bye Blackbird”  [Live]

    Miles Davis at Newport 1958 (Columbia 1964).

    (via milessmiles-deactivated20111225)

    With an artist moving as fast as Sophie Milman, we were lucky to get her and her band into the KPLU studios for a live performance/interview.

    This is a lovely take on Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile” from one of the world’s finest jazz singers and one of our all-time favorite KPLU studio guests, Karrin Allyson (joined by guitarist, Rod Fleeman!) Karrin and Rod stopped by KPLU last week for an in-studio performance hosted by Dick Stein.

    Listen to the entire performance as well as many more Studio Sessions

    The Blues Time Machine: Taking the ‘Rollin’ and Tumblin” ride through 70 years

    For the debut of our new series, “Blues Time Machine,” we’ve chosen “Rollin’ and Tumblin’,” a song that goes through some major changes on it’s way to the 21st century.

    “The Blues Time Machine” is a new weekly feature tracking one great blues song through time. The series is hosted by John Kessler, from KPLU’s  “All Blues.”

    Introducing “The Choppertone”

    KPLU music director, Nick Francis performs a live mashup of Fats Waller’s Honeysuckle Rose on “The Choppertone,” a self-built MIDI controller which allows him to remix and mashup jazz tunes in real-time. Read more about the device and hear additional mashups on

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