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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January 2015 Student DJ – Carlos Eiene

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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.

Interlake High School’s Carlos Eiene is KPLU’s guest DJ for the month of January.  Carlos’ hour will air from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Jan. 8.  To get to know him better, we asked 16-year-old Carlos to answer a few questions about jazz:

Which instrument do you play and why?

I play the tenor and baritone saxophone. I never really had a moment where I was specifically inspired to play these instruments, but through various band program instrumentation necessities, I ended up on the tenor and bari. I love the tenor especially, there are a ton of players out there constantly inspiring me to make new things. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 2014 Guest DJ – Kaelyn Stanton

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Listen to Kaelyn Stanton’s full hour with Abe Beeson.

Lynnwood High’s Kaelyn Nicole Stanton in KPLU’s guest DJ for the month of December.  She sat down with Abe Beeson to talk about what brought her to jazz and much more.

Kaelyn’s Playlist

  1. “Chameleon” (Maynard Ferguson)
  2. “Peanut Brittle Brigade” (Duke Ellington)
  3. “All of Me” (Billie Holiday)
  4. “Stutter” (EMEFE)
  5. “Sing, Sang, Sung” (Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band)
  6. “Hide and Seek” (Joshua Redman)
  7. “Never Say Yes” (Cannonball Adderely and Nancy Wilson)
  8. “This Love of Mine” (Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra, with Frank Sinatra)
  9. “Summertime” (Art Pepper)
  10. “Makin’ Whoopie” (Count Basie)
  11. “Cherokee” (Clifford Brown)

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