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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 … 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.


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.


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.

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Notations with Calle Centenario

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

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Notations with Jacky Terrasson

KMHD Jazz Radio | Jan. 7, 2015 10:18 a.m.

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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.


Notations with Rebecca Hardiman

KMHD Jazz Radio | Oct. 2, 2014 3:45 p.m.


Notations from Harold Mabern

KMHD Jazz Radio | Sept. 8, 2014 2:55 p.m.

Pianist Harold Mabern has played with such notables as Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley, Freddie Hubbard and Miles Davis; but it's his own music that continues to garner acclaim.

Arts | Music

Notations from Essiet Essiet

KMHD Jazz Radio | Aug. 12, 2014 2:13 p.m.

Bassist Essiet Essiet says he's often questioned not only about jazz but about his name. Given to the first born son, the double name is a tradition in Nigeria, his family's homeland. The acclaimed artist offers more on his background and his affinity for jazz.

Notations with Steve Montecucco and Luke Nerton

KMHD Jazz Radio | July 3, 2014 5:12 p.m.

Young jazz musicians may have yet to make their mark, but they still have plenty of interesting things to share. Recently, I heard the award-winning Battle Ground High School Advanced Jazz Combo play. Afterward, I spoke to 16-year-old sophomore Steve Montecucco, trumpeter, and 18-year-old graduating senior Luke Nerton, drummer.

Music | NW Life

Notations from Steve Christofferson

KMHD Jazz Radio | June 9, 2014 1:02 p.m.

Jazz pianist Steve Christofferson says he was in elementary school when he discovered his parents’ LP jazz collection.  Long an accompanist for singers (think Nancy King), he’s just at home with his own music. Recently, we chatted about his guitar-influenced playing and his desire not to be too polished.

Arts | Music

Notations with Cindy Blackman Santana

KMHD Jazz Radio | May 7, 2014 12:05 p.m.

Click the link to learn more about the incredible life of jazz drummer, Cindy Blackman Santana.

Arts | Music

Notations with Dave Frishberg

OPB | April 9, 2014 2:25 p.m.

Deborah DeMoss Smith recently spoke with veteran jazz pianist, composer, and arranger, Dave Frishberg. Incidentally, Frishberg is also a resident of Portland.