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Grace Kelly: 'Unimaginably Inappropriate'

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Justin Steyer
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KPLU
Grace Kelly performs live in the KPLU Seattle studios on November 3.

19-year-old saxophonist/singer, Grace Kelly is immensely gifted.  She’s also a lot of fun to hang around with.  Right before this studio session, interviewer Kevin Kniestedt asked her if she had already chosen the songs she would be performing that day. 

She said she might not know what songs she’d be doing until she did them, which prompted someone behind to say (in jest), "Well, that’s just unimaginably inappropriate."

Grace turned around, unleashed one of her disarmingly charming smiles and replied, “That’s me!”  Right then and there knew we were in for a good time. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZ6d7ZhNZBY

On the Web:

Grove Notes review:

Grace Kelly blows the roof off at Earshot

On the Web:

Groove Notes review of Grace's performance at Earshot Jazz Festival:

Grace Kelly blows the roof off at Earshot

In addition to two instrumental numbers (What Is This Called Love and Tender Madness) and one vocal performance (Bye-Bye Blackbird), Grace and Kevin discussed her meteoric rise to international acclaim and what it was like to meet and study with artists such as Phil Woods and Dave Brubeck when she was in her early teens. 

She also talked about what an honor it was when alto saxophonist, Phil Woods gave her his much-cherished and well-worn leather hat.  As you will hear in her playing on this session, it was an honor that was honestly earned.

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Justin joined KNKX in 2009 as the station's first Multimedia Manager. In this role, Justin helped to produce multimedia content, and implement systems and procedures in efforts to transform KNKX from a traditional broadcast station into a multi-platform media organization.
Kevin began his career at KNKX in 2003, where his first responsibility was to eradicate the KNKX Jazz Library from all Smooth Jazz CD’s. Since then there is not much at KNKX he hasn’t done. Kevin has worked as a full time jazz host, news host, and has hosted, at least once, almost every single program on KNKX. Kevin currently produces 88.5's weekly show Sound Effect. Kevin has conducted or produced hundreds of interviews, has won local and national awards for newscasts and commentary, and helped make the KNKX Grocery Tote famous.
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