Live Studio Session: Mt. Si High School Jazz Combo With Dan Marcus

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Recently KPLU presented yet another excellent Puget Sound area high-school jazz band in a live studio session.  This time around it was the Mt. Si High School Jazz Combo from the Snoqualmie Valley School District.

The band arrived with their director Matthew Wenman and their mentor, Dan Marcus (trombone).  The band had recently been selected to participate in the 2015 Essentially Ellington Competition in New York City so in addition to the band’s excellent musical performances in our studio, the students also talked about the upcoming Big Apple gig, as well as sharing their thoughts about jazz in general. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guest Student DJ Margaux Bouchegnies: ‘Through Jazz We Tell A Story’

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Note: Each month, KPLU invites a teen guest DJ to play his or her favorite pieces on the air.  The program is part of KPLU’s School of Jazz.

Puget Sound Community School’s Margaux Bouchegnies is the Student DJ for the month of March.  Margaux’s hour will air from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on March 5.

To get to know her better we asked 15 year old Margaux to answer a few questions about jazz:

Which instrument do you play and why? Read the rest of this entry »

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Edmonds Woodway High School Jazz Combo With Randy Halberstadt

Edmonds Woodway High School Jazz Combo.  Credit Martha Kang

Edmonds Woodway High School Jazz Combo. Credit Martha Kang

As part of the KPLU School Of Jazz project, we present regional high school jazz bands in our Studio Sessions.  The bands, under the direction of their faculty band-director perform 3 songs, as well as getting the chance to talk about what jazz means to them. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guest Teen DJ Luke Davis: ‘In Order To Actually Play Jazz, You Have To Feel It’

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Note: Each month, KPLU invites a teen guest DJ to play his or her favorite pieces on the air. The program is part of KPLU’s School of Jazz.

Black Hills High School’s Luke Davis is KPLU’s guest DJ for the month of February. To get to know him better, we asked 17-year-old Luke to answer a few questions about jazz:

Which instrument do you play and why?

I play multiple instruments, but my main instruments are piano, bass, and guitar. I play these because I find that I approach the music differently with each instrument.

Guitar and piano are similar that I go back and forth between being a lead instrument and being a rhythm instrument, and those switches in mentality are fun to me. When playing bass, it is all about the groove, which, especially in jazz, is my favorite part. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Mercer Island High School Jazz Sextet With Special Guest Jay Thomas

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In 2015 the ongoing KPLU School Of Jazz program expanded its opportunities for high school jazz bands by beginning to feature them in our series of live Studio Sessions from our Seattle studios.  The first group is this sextet from the Mercer Island High School Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Mr. David Bentley.

The group consists of Dylan Lesko (drums),  Max Van Gelder (bass), Eric Westergard (piano),  Tynan McGee (trombone), Shea Kelsay (trumpet), Riley Fang (tenor sax) and their mentor, Jay Thomas.  Jay is a Northwest jazz veteran and multi-instrumentalist  who has played all over the world. Read the rest of this entry »

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