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Puget Sound Community School All-Stars — With D’Vonne Lewis

Puget Sound Community School is a private school with just 53 students.  So the school’s excellent jazz studies program only has a few participants.  So few, in fact, that the instructors often have to serve as performers, just to round things out.  But don’t let numbers fool you.  The group is small but mighty.  For this studio session, the Allstar trio enlisted D’Vonne Lewis, one of the West Coast’s hottest jazz drummers, as their mentor and drummer. The result was stunning.  From the hypnotic intro to their ultra-cool arrangement of Whims Of Chambers to the final note of their mash-up Mercy, Mercy, Mercy and Freedom Jazz Dance, this quartet will keep you amazed and enthralled.

Zane Taylor-guitar

Olive Haber-bass

Margaux Bouchegnies-bass,keys,vocals on “Inisheer”

mentor: D’Vonne Lewis-drums

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Guest Student DJ Anton Bingham: Jazz Connects Others Through Self Expression In Music

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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.

Anton Bingham from Shorecrest High School is the Student DJ for the month of July. Anton’s hour aired from 8 to 9 p.m. on July 7.

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

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School Of Jazz: The Kids Up North Have Come To Play

The all-stars from the Mountlake Terrace High School jazz band were well-prepared for their live session in the KPLU studios, so well prepared, in fact, that their mentor, Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra saxophonist Travis Ranney, said all he had to do was show up.

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Guest Student DJ Rose Reed: Jazz Requires Mastery But Not Perfection

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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.

Rose Reed from Kent-Meridian High School is the Student DJ for the month of June. Rose’s hour aired from 8 to 9 p.m. on June 2nd.

To get to know her better we asked Rose to answer a few questions about jazz:

Which instrument do you play and why? Continue reading “Guest Student DJ Rose Reed: Jazz Requires Mastery But Not Perfection”

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Central Washington University All-Star Jazz Combo With Thomas Marriott

When this Central Washington University combo made the trip from Ellensburg to the 88.5 F-M performance studio, it was a first.  For us, anyway.  The group is the first Eastern Washington jazz band we’ve hosted, and we hope it’s the first of many to come.

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