Abe Beeson, Matthew Tweten, and Blake Clawson in the KPLU offices.

Guest Student DJs Blake Clawson and Matthew Tweten

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.  

Blake Clawson and Matthew Tweten from Anacortes High School are the Student DJs for the month of February.  Blake and Matthew’s hour aired from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on February 4th.

To get to know them better we asked Blake and Matthew to answer a few questions about jazz:

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50% Off Tickets to Terrell Stafford with SRJO

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Terell Stafford of Bobby Watson & Horizon perform at the Portland Jazz Festival at the Newmark Theatre, Portland, Oregon, USA on 1st March 2014. (Photo by Anthony Pidgeon/Redferns)

Great news, School of Jazzers!  Trumpeter extraordinaire, the brilliant TERELL STAFFORD leads the SRJO in a concert of some of his favorite music. Stafford has been hailed by piano legend McCoy Tyner as “one of the great players of our time, a fabulous trumpet player.” He has performed and recorded with the Benny Golson Sextet, the McCoy Tyner Sextet, the Jimmy Heath Quintet and Big Band, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Alumni Band.

Stafford will lead the SRJO and play as the featured soloist on a variety of his favorite pieces for jazz ensemble. Concert selections include great works by Gil Evans, Freddie Hubbard and Chick Corea, plus the jazz standards “Blame It on My Youth,” “Candy,” “I’ll Close My Eyes” and original works written by Stafford. For more information, visit srjo.org.

*KPLU School of Jazz offers you the chance to get 50% off tickets to the Thursday, February 18th performance!  Use discount code SCHOOLOFJAZZ online or over the phone to receive your discount*

TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED HERE

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Guest Student DJ Jafar Daniel: Jazz Is A Society

 

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.  

Jafar Daniel from Shorewood High School is the Student DJ for the month of January.  Jafar’s hour aired from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on January 7th.

To get to know him better we asked Jafar to answer a few questions about jazz:

Which instrument do you play and why?

I play the trumpet. I picked up the instrument in sophomore year, which is pretty late in the game. Initially, I chose it because it was lighter than the baritone. Once I started playing it, I began to enjoy it more and more.

I didn’t really get into jazz until fairly late in high school. I joined Shorewood’s jazz band junior year, and I was in way over my head. I had to learn all the rules pretty quickly. I’m still in over my head, but slightly less so.

What’s your all-time favorite jazz piece and why?

Israel, off Birth of the Cool.

It brings back fond memories. It was one of the first songs we played at the UW jazz camp, and I had a blast there, playing with a bunch of talented people. We were in small combos, and our mentor was Mark Taylor. Swell guy.

I really like the interaction between the saxophone and trumpet melodies. The opening lick captures your attention completely, and the song just gets more interesting from there.

Who’s your jazz hero and why?

(jazz legend)Django Reinhardt.

I admire the direction he went with his all-string quintet and how he mixed American jazz and musical traditions of his own culture.

(close friend)Sam Anschell

The first sax jackal I ever met. I really admired his dedication to the saxophone. He carried the jazz band, and was the coolest cat.

What is jazz, exactly? How would you explain it?

It’s a society, a club with it’s own set of rules and establish patterns.

You can break them if you want of course, you just have to be slick about it.

It’s got it’s own hierarchy of who taught who, and who stole licks from who.

Jafar’s Setlist:

  1. “ISRAEL” MILES DAVIS (The Birth of the Cool)
  2. “MEMORY IS A FUNNY THING” YOSUKE YAMASHITA (Triple Cats)
  3. “THE ELK’S PARADE” BOBBY SHERWOOD (Big Band Classics: 1942-1947)
  4. “THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER YOU” CHET BAKER (Chet Baker Sings)
  5. “STORMY” MORGAN ADAMS QUARTET +2 (Madlib: Shades of Blue)
  6. “REFLECTION ETERNAL” NUJABES (Modal Soul)
  7. “SOUL SAUCE” CAL TJADER (Soul Sauce)
  8. “GROOVULATION” ONE LARD BIZKIT BRASS BAND (Better Recognize)
  9. “JOY SPRING” ARTURO SANDOVAL (KPLU Studio Sessions)
  10. “DREAM GYPSY” BILL EVANS/JIM HALL (Undercurrent)
  11. “THEM CHANGES” THUNDERCAT w/Flying Lotus & Kamasi Washington (The Beyond)
  12. “BLUES FOR ALICE” CHARLIE PARKER (Bird: Original Recordings of C.P.)
  13. “I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS” DJANGO REINHARDT (Best of Django Reinhardt)
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Guest Student DJ Adam Zacharia: Jazz Is Collaborative Independence

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.

Adam Zacharia from Meadowdale High School is the Student DJ for the month of December. Adam’s hour aired from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on December 3rd.

To get to know him better we asked Adam to answer a few questions about jazz:

Which instrument do you play and why?

My primary instrument is tenor saxophone, but I also play soprano, alto, clarinet, and piano. I was drawn to the saxophone because of how many different sounds you can get out of the single instrument. I’m a fan of every style of playing from Ben Webster to Michael Brecker, and my favorite part of being a sax player is having so much freedom in deciding what I want to sound like.

What’s your all-time favorite jazz piece and why?

My absolute favorite piece is “School Boy” by Wynton Marsalis, off his album He and She. I love this piece because of how incredible the interplay is between each musician. Hearing the way that Dan Nimmer supports the horns, and how Walter Blanding and Marsalis fit their lines together, always inspires me to listen and respond more when I’m playing in combos. I first heard this song when I was 12 years old, and since then I’ve listened to it hundreds of times; I know every chord, every note, every beat of the piece, but I never get tired of hearing it.

Who’s your jazz hero and why?

My jazz hero is without a doubt Dexter Gordon. His sound is warm and compelling, his phrasing is excellent, and his ballads in particular always blow me away. Even though he has inspired a lot of other players to mimic his technique, Gordon’s playing always stands out from the crowd.

What is jazz, exactly? How would you explain it?

That’s really the question, isn’t it? I’ve heard so many people argue over what qualifies as jazz and what doesn’t, but I’ve never heard any single description that completely sums it up. Improvisation is central to jazz, but there’s more to it than that. Bach and Mozart and Schubert were all incredibly talented improvisers, no doubt just as skilled as Basie and Monk and Shorter, but nobody would define their music as jazz. In lieu of a better answer, I’ll say this: jazz is collaborative independence. Each musician involved has his own focus, his own part, but it’s also the role of each person to listen and respond to what other musicians do. Jazz is a lot of people with a lot of different ideas, trying to come together and make one single, unique moment.

Adam’s Playlist:

  1. “BLOOD COUNT” DUKE ELLINGTON (And His Mother Called Him Bill)
  2. “GUESS I’LL HANG MY TEARS OUT TO DRY” DEXTER GORDON (Go!)
  3. “SMASH” AVISHAI COHEN (Continuo)​​
  4. “CAN A GOOD THING LAST FOREVER?” JOSHUA REDMAN (Elastic)
  5. “INTERLUDE (A Night In Tunisia)” JAMIE CULLUM (Interlude)
  6. “HYMN TO FREEDOM” OSCAR PETERSON (Night Train)
  7. “SCHOOL BOY” WYNTON MARSALIS (He And She)
  8. “THREE TO GET READY” DAVE BRUBECK (Time Out)
  9. “SOME PLACES ARE FOREVER AFTERNOON” WAYNE HORVITZ (Some Places Are Forever Afternoon)
  10. “IN A SENTIMENTAL MOOD” D.ELLINGTON & J.COLTRANE (Duke Ellington & John Coltrane)
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Wyatt Morrison | School Of Jazz Guest DJ

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.

Which instrument do you play and why?

I have played piano for roughly 10 years. I play piano because it has a lot of room for solo and group play, and probably one of the instruments with the most opportunities to play.  I also play to inspire.  As a middle schooler watching the high schoolers at Hot Java Cool jazz, I was utterly amazed at their skills, which inspired me to be as good as them.  Now, I am a source of inspiration to a like-minded middle schooler out there in the seats, and I find that in itself really inspiring.

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