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.
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 is proud to sponsor the first annual Montavilla Jazz Festival, happening August 16th and 17th in the Montavilla neighborhood. This two day festival focuses entirely on the new sound of Portland jazz.
The 2014 Portland Jazz Festival beckons, but, as you consider the dizzying array of scheduled gigs, you might have trouble finding the off-the-beaten path shows. Fear not, because we've got your back with this handy "rough guide" to the festival.
What makes a voice timeless? What makes Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, or Nina Simone sound distinct?