Masters of Jazz: The Next Generation
Meet jazz musician, teacher and mentor Thara Memory and find out how he is training the next generation of jazz masters.
OPB | May 10, 2013 10:30 a.m.
Have you had a mentor or program that helped inspire you as a musician? Why is jazz education important to you? Tell us more on our Talk Back page.
OPB | Feb. 14, 2013 7:15 a.m.
What makes the Portland jazz scene so special? Many would say that through his efforts to encourage and educate a new generation of Oregon jazz musicians, jazz trumpeter, educator and recent Grammy winner Thara Memory has much to do with it.
OPB | Feb. 12, 2013 7:15 a.m.
What is it like to audition for a nationally recognized student orchestra with well-known alumni such as Esperanza Spalding and Hailey Niswanger? Charles Brown III, 16, of Portland discussed his experience with OPB's Lynne Clendenin.
Feb. 11, 2013 5 a.m.
The Portland native sings her Grammy award-winning song at a 2012 benefit concert for the American Music Program. Spalding and her co-arranger and mentor Thara Memory won Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists for the song, which is on her album "Radio Music Society."
Feb. 19, 2013 1:49 p.m.
Watch Esperanza Spalding and the Pacific Crest Jazz Orchestra perform Ray Charles' classic tune, "I’m Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town." The musician/composer appeared with her longtime teacher and mentor, trumpet player Thara Memory, at a 2012 benefit concert for Memory's music school, the American Music Program.
OPB | Jan. 02, 2013 7:15 a.m.
The Portland-born alto/soprano saxophonist now lives in Brooklyn and just completed a tour with Esperanza Spalding. Recently the 22-year-old Niswanger answered five questions from KMHD's Deborah DeMoss Smith about her music.