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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 ... 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.

Arts | Music

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. 

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Notations from...James Andrews

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

Entertainment | Arts | NW Life | Music

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.

Notations From Keith Brown

KMHD Jazz Radio | Sept. 9, 2015 1:28 p.m.
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Notations from Walter “Whoadie” Ramsey

KMHD Jazz Radio | Aug. 10, 2015 4:05 p.m.

Notations with Marvin "Smitty" Smith

KMHD Jazz Radio | July 7, 2015 10:26 a.m.
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Notations from Greg Goebel

KMHD Jazz Radio | June 10, 2015 11 a.m.
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Notations from Ray Drummond

KMHD Jazz Radio | May 13, 2015 4:31 p.m.
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Notations with Gregory Hutchinson

KMHD Jazz Radio | April 3, 2015 9:19 a.m.

Notations with Javon Jackson

KMHD Jazz Radio | March 9, 2015 4:08 p.m.
Arts | Music

Notations with Calle Centenario

KMHD Jazz Radio | Feb. 10, 2015 12:53 p.m.
Arts | Music

Notations with Jacky Terrasson

KMHD Jazz Radio | Jan. 7, 2015 10:18 a.m.
Arts | NW Life | Music

Notations from Javier Nero

KMHD Jazz Radio | Dec. 8, 2014 4:21 p.m.

Notations from Grace Kelly

KMHD Jazz Radio | Nov. 10, 2014 12:47 p.m.