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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!

A Jazz 'Family,' Formed Late At Night

Bought together by a vocalist and natural ringleader, an up-and-coming scene assembles after hours.

Photo: Jazz at Lincoln Center, Lawrence Sumulong

New Orleans Musician Allen Toussaint Dies At 77

Legendary New Orleans musician and composer Allen Toussaint, who penned such classics as "Working in a Coal Mine" and "Lady Marmalade," has died after suffering a heart attack following a concert he performed in Spain. He was 77.

Photo: Patrick Semansky/AP

Notations from Donald Ramsey

KMHD Jazz Radio | Oct. 7, 2015 8:21 a.m.


Behind the Mic: Warren Black

KMHD Jazz Radio | Aug. 10, 2015 4:28 p.m.

Notations From Keith Brown

KMHD Jazz Radio | Sept. 9, 2015 1:28 p.m.


Notations from Walter “Whoadie” Ramsey

KMHD Jazz Radio | Aug. 10, 2015 4:05 p.m.

Notations with Marvin "Smitty" Smith

KMHD Jazz Radio | July 7, 2015 10:26 a.m.

Music | NW Life

The American Music Program wins the Charles Mingus Competition

KMHD Jazz Radio | April 2, 2015 10:47 a.m.

Click to hear a story from two of Portland's  talented high school musicians about their success at the Charles Mingus Competition in New York.

Notations with Javon Jackson

KMHD Jazz Radio | March 9, 2015 4:08 p.m.

Music | Arts

Billy Childs "Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro"

KMHD Jazz Radio | Feb. 18, 2015 1:15 p.m.

Click to hear the exclusive interview with Billy Childs about his new Grammy-award winning record, where he reimagines the work of his long-time idol, folk singer Laura Lyro.


Behind the Mic: Jessica Rand

KMHD Jazz Radio | Feb. 11, 2015 11:26 a.m.

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