Photo: Courtesy of the artist, Jimmy Katz
Miguel Zenón spoke with friends who share his split identity — and put their stories into his music.
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!
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O'er the ramparts of 190-year-old Fort Adams, the bandleader urged our cameras to "Believe In Love."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.