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Matt Fleeger

Matt Fleeger has been on the air since he was 18.  He is the Program Director for KMHD, Portland's Jazz Radio, and the host of the weekday new-release program, "New Jazz for Lunch" which airs from noon to 1 PM.  Prior to his work with KMHD, he held various positions in Jazz and other music formats in San Antonio, TX and Pittsburgh, PA.  In his free-time he's an avid skateboarder, snowboarder, skier, hiker, and lover of arts and culture.

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Recent Articles

Music | News

Watch: What Is Jazz?

OPB | April 12, 2016 1:58 p.m.

So...what is Jazz? Of course John Coltrane is "jazz," but what about Kendrick Lamar? Can they both be jazz? This video explainer describes that jazz is not just a genre, but it's a meta-genre which encompasses a universe of sound.

Music | Arts

Watch: The Evolution Of Jazz

OPB | April 11, 2016 11:18 a.m.

The jazz universe ... a visual history of the evolution of jazz music in the world, and how the expansion continues without boundaries.

Music | Entertainment

Pacific Northwest Rainy Day Playlist

OPB | Dec. 30, 2015 12:33 p.m.

If you’re in the Pacific Northwest, there’s a good chance that it’s raining when you read this — that's why KMHD's Program Director Matt Fleeger curated a soundtrack for those infamous Northwest rainy days.

Music | Arts

KMHD's Top 10 Jazz Albums Of 2015

KMHD Jazz Radio | Dec. 4, 2015 10:42 a.m.

The staff at KMHD listened to tons of music this year and hand picked the top 10 jazz albums of 2015.

Music | Arts

Jazz Pianist Darrell Grant Explores More 'Territory'

OPB | Nov. 13, 2015 2:09 p.m.

CD release show scheduled for Grant's love letter to Oregon.


An Interview with Herbie Hancock

KMHD Jazz Radio | Sept. 18, 2014 5:48 p.m.

Listen to our exclusive interview with Herbie Hancock ahead of his performance in Portland this weekend.

Neighborhood Series: Ural Thomas and the Pain

KMHD Jazz Radio | June 2, 2014 2:41 p.m.

Watch Portland's "Pillar of Soul" Ural Thomas perform with his band live at the Doug Fir.


KMHD Studio Session: Tord Gustavsen Quartet

KMHD Jazz Radio | April 14, 2014 2:43 p.m.

Watch a performance from the 2014 Portland Jazz Festival inside the KMHD studios with the Tord Gustavsen Quartet.

local | Music | Arts

Recap: An Interview with Ahmad Jamal

KMHD Jazz Radio | Feb. 24, 2014 12:06 p.m.

Living legend, Ahmad Jamal, is arguably one of the greatest pianists in jazz history. Click to listen to an interview with the legendary musician.


Neighborhood Series: Trio Subtonic

KMHD Jazz Radio | Jan. 6, 2014 2:05 p.m.

Watch Portland's Trio Subtonic play a cut from their new album "Night Runners" in KMHD's new video series.


Top Ten Albums of 2013

KMHD Jazz Radio | Dec. 17, 2013 11 a.m.

Check out our favorite albums of the year, with this excellent list of recordings ranging in style from soul-jazz, vocals, spiritual, avant-garde, latin and much, much more.

Cathedral Park Jazz Fest 13: A recap

KMHD Jazz Radio | July 22, 2013 4 p.m.

Interview: David Friesen

KMHD Jazz Radio | May 9, 2013 9 a.m.

Bassist David Friesen is one of our city’s many musical treasures. His newest CD, “Brilliant Heart” is a memorial album, recorded in tribute to his son Scott.

Interview: The Bad Plus

KMHD Jazz Radio | April 24, 2013 10 a.m.

KMHD’s Derek Smith caught up with drummer/composer Dave King of The Bad Plus to talk about the group’s history, their approach to music and what the live experience is all about.

April Is Jazz Appreciation Month

KMHD Jazz Radio | April 2, 2013 9 a.m.

For the twelfth consecutive year, April is Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) presented by the Smithsonian. The Spirit and Rhythms of Jazz is the 2013 theme highlighting the music, cultural history, performances, stories, programs and productions.

PDX Jazz 2013: A Recap

KMHD Jazz Radio | March 16, 2013 7 a.m.

Albums We Love: The Inflated Tear

KMHD Jazz Radio | Jan. 7, 2013 11 a.m.

The Inflated Tear was indeed a welcome gift, a wunderkammern, simultaneously hopeful, irreverent, jarring, and otherworldly.