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Deborah DeMoss Smith

A former Louisianan, Deborah DeMoss Smith knows about gumbo and a spicy interview. In fact, with a background in writing, TV news, radio hosting, and the author of two books, one of her greatest joys is interviewing. But don’t expect trite questions. Instead, Deborah likes to stir the pot with quirky queries. “One of the best ways,” she says, “to have fun and to learn something about someone is to ask unconventional questions. Recently I asked a jazz pianist, Are you a dancer’? He said he’d never been asked that before and he DID like to dance; he’d even competed! ” Deborah also has an affinity for early morning runs, yoga, movies, live jazz, and cooking supper for family and friends — especially gumbo.

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Notations From … Willie Jones III

KMHD Jazz Radio | Sept. 14, 2017 12:10 p.m.

Coming from a musical family — his dad is jazz pianist Willie Jones II — Willie Jones III has been playing the drums since he was five or, as he says, “as long as I can remember.” 


Notations From....Stephanie Jordan Part 2

KMHD Jazz Radio | May 29, 2017 2:28 p.m.

It's the second part in our conversation with vocalist Stephanie Jordan. 


Notations From....Stephanie Jordan Part 1

KMHD Jazz Radio | May 8, 2017 1:11 p.m.

It's part one in a two-part interview with vocalist Stephanie Jordan.


Notations from... Emmet Cohen

KMHD Jazz Radio | April 12, 2017 2:18 p.m.

Pianist Emmet Cohen answers questions about his life and the music. 


Notations from Jimmy Heath...Part II

KMHD Jazz Radio | March 3, 2017 8:20 a.m.

Deborah DeMoss Smith speaks with jazz saxophone legend Jimmy Heath. 


Notations From Jimmy Heath Part I

KMHD Jazz Radio | Feb. 9, 2017 9:11 a.m.

Deborah DeMoss Smith speaks with jazz saxophone legend Jimmy Heath. 

Notations from...Or Bareket

KMHD Jazz Radio | Jan. 9, 2017 2:53 p.m.

The Second Line's Deborah DeMoss Smith sat down with  Or Bareket to learn more about the  Israeli-bornbassist. 


Notations from...Big Sam Part II

KMHD Jazz Radio | Dec. 5, 2016 1:50 p.m.

Notations from… Big Sam

KMHD Jazz Radio | Nov. 8, 2016 1:37 p.m.

Notations from… Charmaine Neville

KMHD Jazz Radio | Oct. 3, 2016 1:12 p.m.

Notations from... Camila Meza

KMHD Jazz Radio | Sept. 6, 2016 2:21 p.m.

Notations From ... Sullivan Fortner

KMHD Jazz Radio | June 7, 2016 3:37 p.m.

Deborah DeMoss Smith speaks with Crescent City native jazz pianist and composer Sullivan Fortner.

Music | Arts

Notations from… Corcoran Holt Pt. 2

KMHD Jazz Radio | May 9, 2016 1:19 p.m.

Bassist Cocoran Holt suggests music to listen to and gives us a glimpse into his past on this second edition of Notations...

Notations from… Corcoran Holt Pt. 1

KMHD Jazz Radio | April 12, 2016 1:56 p.m.

 It's the first interview in a two part series with bassist Corcoran Holt. 


Notations from...James Andrews

KMHD Jazz Radio | March 4, 2016 10:26 p.m.

Notations From … Tyrone Hendrix

KMHD Jazz Radio | Feb. 9, 2016 3:08 p.m.

Drummer Tyrone Hendrix tells KMHD about the influence gospel music had on his career and how he got started in jazz.

Notations from… Charles Burchell

KMHD Jazz Radio | Jan. 12, 2016 4:15 p.m.

Notations from...Eric Reed

KMHD Jazz Radio | Dec. 8, 2015 9:21 a.m.

When we spoke recently, he gave a big shout-out to the Rose City, “Portland is out of this world. It has some of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to my entire life and I like to eat!”

Music | NW Life | Arts | Entertainment

Notations from … John Stowell

KMHD Jazz Radio | Nov. 10, 2015 11:31 a.m.

Notations from Donald Ramsey

KMHD Jazz Radio | Oct. 7, 2015 8:21 a.m.