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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!
From Ron Steen playing his first gig with Etta James to Carlton Jackson reliving racism in his own city, these stories are deep, funny, inspiring and add soul to Portland's rich history.
Photo: Jason Bernet/OPB
Hear more of the artists and songs featured in "Jazz Town" with these playlists, plus take a look at the future of Portland jazz.
Photo: Courtesy of the artist
Not so long ago, a small segregated neighborhood in Portland was home to one of the more fascinating and vibrant jazz scenes in the United States.
Photo: Courtesy of Sharon Steen
Something as transcendent as jazz never truly dies, and the whispers of the golden era can be heard at several spots around the city of Portland today.