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A Jazz Life

A Jazz life is KMHD's story-telling project.  We've asked artists, celebrities, historians and enthusiasts to share a tale that shaped their appreciation for Jazz.  If you have a story, we'd like to hear it too!

Photo: Douglas Kirkland

An Interview with Herbie Hancock

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


Notations with Rebecca Hardiman

KMHD | Oct. 02, 2014 3:45 p.m.


Notations from Harold Mabern

KMHD | Sept. 08, 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

Albums We Love: Get the Blessing's "Lope and Antilope"

KMHD | Sept. 03, 2014 12:57 p.m.

Portishead meets jazz? Not really a surprise, if you were a fan of the British 90’s trip-hop icons who knew the ins and outs of cool jazz.

Neighborhood Series: Ural Thomas and the Pain

KMHD | June 02, 2014 2:41 p.m.

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


Albums We Love: Aaron Diehl's "The Bespoke Man's Narrative"

KMHD | July 29, 2014 11:57 a.m.

Art Blakey was known for spotting young talent, and it turns out his protégé, Wynton Marsalis, is going to be known for the same. Marsalis spotted the young and immensely talented pianist, Aaron Diehl.

Arts | Music

Notations from Essiet Essiet

KMHD | 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.

Arts | Music

Regina Carter: Southern Comfort

KMHD | April 16, 2014 1:08 p.m.

Click to hear a conversation with violinist Regina Carter about her newest project, Southern Comfort.


'A Love Supreme' Comes Alive In Unearthed Photos

NPR | March 28, 2014 8:34 a.m.

Chuck Stewart recently unveiled 50-year-old shots of John Coltrane recording his masterpiece.

Arts | Music

Chico Hamilton Releases Posthumous Record

KMHD | June 02, 2014 2:38 p.m.

Legendary West Coast jazz drummer, Chico Hamilton, has released a posthumous record, The Inquiring Mind, and it's terrific! Click for a review of the record.


Behind the Mic with Carlton Jackson, The Message

KMHD | June 11, 2014 11:45 a.m.

Weekends at KMHD end on a perfect note when drummer and DJ Carlton Jackson brings The Message to you each Sunday night from 7-10 pm.  It's a powerful journey through the spiritual and thoughtful sounds of jazz, filtered through African-American consciousness. Here are a few personal revelations from behind the mic with Carlton.

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