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Sophie Milman: A young jazz singer on the move

Sophie Milman performs in the KPLU Seattle studios on November 29, 2011.
Justin Steyer
Sophie Milman performs in the KPLU Seattle studios on November 29, 2011.

It would seem that jazz vocalist, Sophie Milman is in motion constantly.  She was born in Russia, raised in Israel and moved to Canada when she was in her late teens.  Now, at age 27, she’s just released her 6th CD and seems to be perpetually on tour.

With someone moving as fast as Sophie, we were lucky to get her and her band into the KPLU studios for a live performance/interview, hosted by Kevin Kniestedt.

Between songs, Sophie and Kevin discussed her family’s move from Russia in 1990 and why her father’s jazz record collection was one of the few things they took with them to Israel.  They also discuss how Sophie recently overcame the trauma of temporarily losing her voice and why it’s such a delight for jazz artists to perform in Japan.

Their conversation is engaging but Sophie was here to sing and she made the most of every song, beginning with Oh, Look At Me Now, followed by a very sparse, lovely arrangement of Till There Was You and wrapping up with the easy-swinging, Let Me Love You.

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 Kniestedt is a journalist, host and producer who began his career at KNKX in 2003. Over his 17 years with the station, he worked as a full time jazz host, a news host and produced the weekly show Sound Effect. Kevin has conducted or produced hundreds of interviews, has won local and national awards for newscasts and commentary.