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.

Albums We Love: Aaron Diehl's "The Bespoke Man's Narrative"

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.

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.


'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.

Arts | Music

Women in Jazz

KMHD | March 12, 2014 1:35 p.m.

This year it's time to celebrate the significant contributions that women have made to jazz music in recent years. The volume of female instrumentalists playing jazz has never been as high as it is today.

Arts | Music

Albums We Love: Brandee Younger's "Prelude"

KMHD | May 06, 2014 10:10 a.m.

The harp may be one of the most obscure instruments in jazz, but as proven in the later part of the 60’s, the harp can lead a band in style, just as well as any horn or common rhythm section instrument.

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