jazz http://kuow.org en How The Waltz Came To America (And Pop Music) http://kuow.org/post/how-waltz-came-america-and-pop-music <p>Almost every partner dance is a descendant of the waltz.</p><p>The oldest of ballroom dances, the waltz has roots as far back as the 13<sup>th</sup> century. As it evolved and entered the ballrooms of Europe, the waltz was viewed as taboo because partners were permitted to make contact. But like the tango and other exciting and challenging dances, the waltz spread until by the middle of the nineteenth century it was firmly established in the U.S.</p><p>Today’s standard waltz rhythm that we now know and love became popular due to the musical creations of composers such as Johann Strauss.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 22:11:59 +0000 Amanda Wilde 34050 at http://kuow.org How The Waltz Came To America (And Pop Music) Audra McDonald As Billie Holiday: The Importance Of Feeling It http://kuow.org/post/audra-mcdonald-billie-holiday-importance-feeling-it Billie Holiday will not be singing unless she "feels it." That's practically her thesis statement in <em>Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, </em>Lanie Robertson's play about a drug-ravaged nightclub show near the end of Holiday's tortured life. War stories and bawdy jokes are never a problem — and neither is pouring a drink — but if the audience wants a show, they have to wait until Lady Day can give them something real.<p>Take away the booze and drugs, and you find a similar spirit in the show's current Broadway production, appearing through August at Circle in the Square Theatre. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 17:24:11 +0000 Mark Blankenship 33525 at http://kuow.org Audra McDonald As Billie Holiday: The Importance Of Feeling It The Public School Where The Duke Lives On http://kuow.org/post/public-school-where-duke-lives Duke Ellington didn't consider himself a jazz musician.<p>He said he was a musician who played jazz. And what a musician: pianist, bandleader, composer of more than 1,000 songs including standards like "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)," "Satin Doll" and "Sophisticated Lady."<p>Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington was born on this date 115 years ago in Washington, D.C. And it may just be that Ellington lives on most profoundly, every day, at a public arts high school that bears his name. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 17:24:03 +0000 Susan Stamberg 33528 at http://kuow.org The Public School Where The Duke Lives On 13 Jazz Artists Awarded Over $1.7 Million http://kuow.org/post/13-jazz-artists-awarded-over-17-million Yesterday, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation announced the recipients of its 2014 Performing Artist Awards, including 13 jazz and improvising musicians, who will receive at least $1.7 million in unrestricted grants in total.<p>The awards were given in two tiers. Six jazz musicians were given Doris Duke Artist Awards, worth an unrestricted grant of $225,000 over a 3-5 year period, with the potential to earn an additional $50,000. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:56:54 +0000 editor 33101 at http://kuow.org 13 Jazz Artists Awarded Over $1.7 Million 'Swing Years' Theme Song Explained http://kuow.org/post/swing-years-theme-song-explained <p></p><p>The most frequently asked question of <em>The Swing Years and Beyond</em> is “What is your theme?”</p><p>Played at the top of each <em>Swing Years</em> show, it’s "Royal Blue" from "The Pink Panther" soundtrack. The film came out in 1963 and the album was released in 1964, featuring lounge and lush instrumentals by Henri Pancini … er, Mancini!</p><p>http://youtu.be/2vEyIJgaZIQ</p><p></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:26:59 +0000 Amanda Wilde 30866 at http://kuow.org 'Swing Years' Theme Song Explained Local High Schools Headed To National Jazz Competition http://kuow.org/post/local-high-schools-headed-national-jazz-competition <p>Marcie Sillman speaks with Matt Wenman, director of Mount Si High School's band program in Snoqualmie, about winning one of 15 spots in <a href="http://www.jazzatlincolncenter.org/">Jazz at Lincoln Center</a>'s prestigious Essentially Ellington competition. Roosevelt and Garfield high schools are also headed to compete in New York. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 22:33:18 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Posey Gruener 29141 at http://kuow.org Local High Schools Headed To National Jazz Competition Chick Corea: "Darn That Dream" http://kuow.org/post/chick-corea-darn-dream <p><strong>Chick Corea plays "Darn That Dream"</strong></p><p>Pianist and composer <a href="http://www.chickcorea.com/">Chick Corea </a>has touched almost all the musical bases during a career that has spanned almost five decades.&nbsp; From avant garde to bebop to Latin fusion, Corea has experimented and mastered multiple jazz styles and has won a loyal following of fans and critics.</p><p><strong>Marcie Sillman interviews Chick Corea</strong></p><p></p> Fri, 03 May 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Marcie Sillman 12501 at http://kuow.org Chick Corea: "Darn That Dream" Seattle Inventor Finds Key To Solving Saxophone Discord http://kuow.org/post/seattle-inventor-finds-key-solving-saxophone-discord <p>There’s an old joke among saxophone players: The instrument, they say, comes from the factory out of tune.&nbsp; <a href="http://michaelbrockman.com/">Dr. Michael Brockman</a> is a professor of saxophone at the University of Washington. He actually thinks the saxophone can be tuned, and he’s determined to do something about it.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 14:47:18 +0000 Dave Beck 11164 at http://kuow.org Seattle Inventor Finds Key To Solving Saxophone Discord