Photo: Shahar Azran, Courtesy of Harlem Stage

Very Very Henry Threadgill

The saxophonist and composer always pushes boundaries. A recent concert retrospective demonstrates.

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!

Notations from Grace Kelly

KMHD | Nov. 10, 2014 12:47 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 | NW Life

David Weiss of the Cookers

KMHD | Sept. 29, 2014 10:48 a.m.

The Cookers plays Portland on Wednesday and trumpeter/founder, David Weiss, spoke with KMHD and shared his stories. Listen to the story here.


Fresh Air Pays Tribute To James Brown, 'Godfather Of Funk'

NPR | Aug. 19, 2014 7:58 a.m.

James Brown is featured in the new biopic Get On Up. In '80s and '90s, Terry Gross talked with his biographer and two musicians who played in his band. And in 2005, she talked with Brown himself.

Arts | Music

Albums We Love: Helen Merrill & Piero Umiliani's "Parole e Musica"

KMHD | Sept. 30, 2014 1:12 p.m.

All that the great jazz singer, Helen Merrill, needed to do was open her mouth once and she was a star. This recently re-released rare Italian recording is nothing short of sublime: a noir-ish jazz singer combined with Piero Umiliani, an arranger and composer of Italian exploitation and spaghetti western film scores.


Notations with Rebecca Hardiman

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

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.

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