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