The Bellevue High School Jazz Combo with Trombonist David Marriott

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To cap off this year’s “School of Jazz Week” the Bellevue High School Jazz Combo performed a live Studio Session in the KPLU Seattle studios.  The combo was accompanied by mentor David Marriot and led by director Edd George.  The combo includes:

  • Trombone: David Marriott
  • Trumpet: Alex Clark
  • Alto Sax: Griffin Hale
  • Tenor Sax: Winston Zhang
  • Baritone Sax: Jungwoo Lee
  • Bass: Jake Escobar
  • Piano: Melvin Soestrisno
  • Drums: Sean Mahoney

You can hear the full audio of the Studio Session above.  Below the combo performs a version of the song Syeeda’s Song Flute.

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Matt White guest DJs on Friday’s “Evening Jazz”

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The fifth and final student DJ during our “School of Jazz Week” on KPLU we welcomed in Matt White.  Matt plays trombone for the Newport High School Jazz Band under the direction of Todd Mahaffey.  During his guest DJ on Evening Jazz Matt shared his playlist with Abe Beeson which included greats such as Christian McBride, Count Basie, and many more.  Matt talks about the influence that the mentor, Jenny Kellogg, had during the rehearsal and recording process, how he goes about finding new music he enjoys, and talks about his playlist during the hour show.  Give it a listen down below!

Listen to Pure Imagination by the Newport High School Jazz Band featuring fellow trombonist Jenny Kellogg:

Listen to the full hour here:

Matt’s playlist:

  • Who’s Making Love – Christian McBride – Out Here
  • Precious Lord – Wycliffe Gordon
  • Lush Life – Terell Stafford – This Side of Strayhorn
  • Backtrack – Rebecca Ferguson – Heaven
  • Moten Swing – Count Basie - Chairman of the Board
  • Touchstone – Ariel Pocock – Touchstone
  • Limehouse Blues – Cannonball Adderley/John Coltrane – Quintet in Chicago
  • Midnight Train to Georgia – Gladys Knight & The Pips – Imagination
  • Birdland – Weather Report – Heavy Weather
  • Back It Up – Caro Emerald – Deleted Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor
  • Green Onions – Booker T & the MGs - Green Onions

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Zach Hill guest DJs on Thursday’s “Evening Jazz”

 

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For the fourth installment in the guest DJ series for this week’s “School of Jazz Week” KPLU welcomed in Zach Hill.  Zach is an alto saxophone player in the Bothell High School Jazz Band under the direction of Phil Dean.  Zach was able to guest DJ along with Abe Beeson during Thursday night’s Evening Jazz from 8:00 – 9:00pm.  This year Bothell High School Jazz Band is featured in the School of Jazz: Volume 10 album with their rendition of Jelly Roll (The Boy In The Tree).  During the hour Zach talks about his experience working with fellow alto saxophonist and mentor Mark Taylor,  and his experience playing and listening to jazz music.  Zach gives some background on the playlist that he chose as well as what it was like to work with different jazz musicians and even his experience with playing in his own jazz combo.  Give it a listen below!

Listen to Bothell High School Jazz Band’s version of Jelly Roll (The Boy In The Tree) with solos by Mark Taylor (mentor), Zach Hill (alto) and Kanyon Powers (trumpet):

Listen to the full hour show with guest DJ Zach Hill here:

Zach’s Playlist:

  • A Walking Thing – Benny Carter – Jazz Giant
  • So What – Miles Davis – Kind of Blue
  • Kids are Pretty People – Thad Jones/Mel Lewis – Jazz Casual
  • I Just Found Out About Love – Diane Schuur – Diane Schuur & The Count Basie Orchestra
  • New Mambo – Bob Mintzer  - Latin From Manhattan
  • Hello Pops – Wycliffe Gordon – Hello Pops! A tribute to Louis Armstrong
  • Altar Call – Wynton Marsalis – Live at the Village Vanguard
  • I Got it Bad and That Ain’t Good – Johnny Hodges – Johnny Hodges with Billy Strayhorn and the Orchestra
  • Happy Go Lucky Local – Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra - Live in Swing City: Swingin’ with Duke

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Kaleb Decker guest DJs on Wednesday’s “Evening Jazz”

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KPLU was excited to welcome in Kaleb Decker for the third installment in our guest DJ series for this week’s “School of Jazz Week” where Kaleb got the opportunity to DJ along with Abe Beeson during Evening Jazz.  Kaleb plays the trumpet in the Lynnwood High School Jazz Band.  This year Lynnwood High School performed a rendition of Like Someone In Love by Jimmy Van Heusen for the School of Jazz: Volume 10 album.  In this hour Kaleb talks about his work with the mentor, Steve Treseler, his time in the recording studio, and his different experiences with jazz music, some of his favorite jazz musicians that have influenced him and his playing, and much more.  Give a a listen!

Listen to Kaleb Decker and the Lynnwood High School Jazz Band perform Someone In Love here:

Listen to the full hour show with guest DJ Kaleb Decker here:

Kaleb’s playlist:

  • Thing of Gold – Snarky Puppy – GroundUp
  • Freckle Face – Count Basie Orchestra – The Basie Big Band
  • Fables of Faubus – Charles Mingus – Mingus Ah Um
  • Strasbourg St. Denis – Roy Hargrove – Earfood
  • Time for a Change – Stan Kenton – Kenton ’76
  • Sophisticated Lady – Duke Ellington – Duke Ellington (live)
  • Lingus – Snarky Puppy – We Like It Here
  • Moanin – Charles Mingus – Blues & Roots

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Adam Dougherty guest DJs on Tuesday’s “Evening Jazz”

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On day two of KPLU’s “School Of Jazz Week” Abe Beeson welcomed in Adam Dougherty as his guest DJ.  Adam comes from Tumwater High School where he plays the piano in their jazz band.  Among the selections from Adam’s playlist are songs by Gary Burton and Pat Metheny, Oscar Peterson and Clark Terry, Taylor Eigsti, Freddie Hubbard, Bud Powell, Miles Davis, Jamie Cullum and Red Garland.  Adam talks about his experience playing piano and working with their mentor, Maria Joyner-Wolfe, for their version of Crunchy Frog that is on the new School of Jazz: Volume 10 album.  He also talks about some of his favorite musicians and influences.  Give it a listen down below!

Listen to Adam Dougherty and the Tumwater High School Band perform Crunchy Frog here:

Listen to the full hour with guest DJ Adam Dougherty here:

Adam’s playlist:

  • You Make Me Feel So Young – Michael Buble – To Be Loved
  • Milestones – Wes Montgomery/Jimmy Smith – Further Adventures of Jimmy & Wes
  • There Will Never Be Another You – Bud Powell
  • Four – Red Garland - Red Garland Revisited!
  • Blue in Green – Miles Davis – Kind of Blue
  • B and G (Mid-Western Night’s Dream) – Gary Burton/Pat Metheny – Quartet Live
  • Little Sunflower – Freddie Hubbard – Backlash
  • Brotherhood of Man – Oscar Peterson/Clark Terry – Trio Plus One
  • Stormy Monday – Gene Harris/Jack McDuff – Down Home Blues feat. Nikki Harris
  • Just One of Those Things – Jamie Cullum – The Pursuit

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