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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: Charley Gallay, Getty Images for NAACP

In Memory Of 2014: Jazz Night Looks Back

Hear great live archival performances from the late Charlie Haden, Horace Silver and Gerald Wilson.


Jon Batiste Leads A Private Street Parade Atop A Fort

NPR | Nov. 07, 2014 7:25 a.m.

O'er the ramparts of 190-year-old Fort Adams, the bandleader urged our cameras to "Believe In Love."

Arts | Music

Albums We Love: Gogo Penguin "V2.0"

KMHD | Nov. 06, 2014 12:09 p.m.

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 | NW Life | Music

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.

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