Albums We Love: Get the Blessing's "Lope and Antilope"

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.

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

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.

Photo: John Rogers for NPR

The Future Of Intense Art: A Free-Jazz Event Looks Forward

The Vision Festival, now in its 19th year, is targeting community outreach and childhood education.

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.

Arts | Music

Regina Carter: Southern Comfort

KMHD | April 16, 2014 1:08 p.m.

Click to hear a conversation with violinist Regina Carter about her newest project, Southern Comfort.


'A Love Supreme' Comes Alive In Unearthed Photos

NPR | March 28, 2014 8:34 a.m.

Chuck Stewart recently unveiled 50-year-old shots of John Coltrane recording his masterpiece.

Arts | Music

Chico Hamilton Releases Posthumous Record

KMHD | June 02, 2014 2:38 p.m.

Legendary West Coast jazz drummer, Chico Hamilton, has released a posthumous record, The Inquiring Mind, and it's terrific! Click for a review of the record.


Behind the Mic with Carlton Jackson, The Message

KMHD | June 11, 2014 11:45 a.m.

Weekends at KMHD end on a perfect note when drummer and DJ Carlton Jackson brings The Message to you each Sunday night from 7-10 pm.  It's a powerful journey through the spiritual and thoughtful sounds of jazz, filtered through African-American consciousness. Here are a few personal revelations from behind the mic with Carlton.


KMHD Studio Session: Tord Gustavsen Quartet

KMHD | April 14, 2014 2:43 p.m.

Watch a performance from the 2014 Portland Jazz Festival inside the KMHD studios with the Tord Gustavsen Quartet.

Portland Piano Legend Janice Scroggins Dies

OPB | May 28, 2014 12:03 a.m.

Scroggins was one of the city's most celebrated side musicians, and a formidable interpreter of stride, blues, and gospel in her own right.

Notations with Steve Montecucco and Luke Nerton

KMHD | July 03, 2014 5:12 p.m.

Young jazz musicians may have yet to make their mark, but they still have plenty of interesting things to share. Recently, I heard the award-winning Battle Ground High School Advanced Jazz Combo play. Afterward, I spoke to 16-year-old sophomore Steve Montecucco, trumpeter, and 18-year-old graduating senior Luke Nerton, drummer.

Music | NW Life

Notations from Steve Christofferson

KMHD | June 09, 2014 1:02 p.m.

Jazz pianist Steve Christofferson says he was in elementary school when he discovered his parents’ LP jazz collection.  Long an accompanist for singers (think Nancy King), he’s just at home with his own music. Recently, we chatted about his guitar-influenced playing and his desire not to be too polished.

Arts | Music | Local

Photo Slideshow: Bruce Polonsky

KMHD | Feb. 18, 2014 3:49 p.m.

Click to view a slide show of Bruce Polonsky's extraordinary jazz photographs and hear an audio interview with the man who's been documenting American jazz music for most of his life.

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