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Studio Session

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Jazz musicians are always learning, and thanks to Seattle's nonprofit Jazz Night School program, students ages 10-74 are getting that education. An all-star ensemble mentored by trumpet and sax player Jay Thomas showed us how fun the early stages of learning jazz can be at any age.

The 200 Trio — 'It’s Fun To Swing'

Apr 1, 2016
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The three members of The 200 Trio are all in their early 20s, but as you’ll hear in this live KPLU Studio Session, they have a great affection for tried and true jazz standards from the 1940s, ‘50s and early ‘60s. 

When asked by host Abe Beeson why they were draw to this material their answers were varied, but all right on the money.  They said that they all really loved listening to that music and that the chord progressions were fun to play.  The last answer, though, is the one we liked best:  “And it’s fun to swing.” 

Amen.  It’s fun to listen to, as well.  Have at it.

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All the members of this U.S. Navy Sextet agree that serving their country by playing jazz is a pretty sweet gig. 

Heck, yes!  Unlike most young jazz musicians, they have steady work, decent pay, job security and great benefits.  And do they ever have fun.

Other military jazz bands that we’ve hosted seem to gravitate to music from the golden age of jazz—the ‘modern jazz’ of the late 50s through mid-60s—guided by the greats: artists like Miles, Coltrane and Bill Evans. 

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Guitarist Lee Ritenour has been playing with pianist Dave Grusin on and off since he was a teenager in the 70s, Dave plays on much of Lee’s new album A Twist Of Rit, but they haven’t played much in a duet setting.