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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!

Views From The 6: Tales Of The Portland Jazz Scene


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

Listen: How Portland Jazz Evolved Over Nearly 70 Years


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

Swingin' Albina: Portland’s Once Great Jazz Neighborhood


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


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The New Scene: 4 Spots To Hear Jazz In Portland

OPB | April 11, 2016 7 a.m.

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.    

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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...

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Newly Discovered Photos: Jazz Legends Playing Portland

OPB | April 11, 2016 7 a.m.

See previously unknown photos of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and more performing during the prime of  Portland's Jazz Town.

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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.

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KMHD's Top Local Songs Of 2015

KMHD Jazz Radio | Dec. 17, 2015 10:06 a.m.

If you were tuned in to KMHD this year, you likely heard us playing these artists and songs often.  

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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.

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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!”

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Behind the Mic: Cooky Parker

KMHD Jazz Radio | Dec. 3, 2015 12:17 p.m.

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