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Amazon In Oregon | Portland Thorns | Erious Johnson | Jim Pepper

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 16, 2017

We hear about Erious Johnson's recent settlement with the Oregon Department of Justice, tax breaks for Amazon, the Portland Thorns' 2017 NWSL championship and the life of Native American jazzman Jim Pepper.

The Life And Music Of Billy Strayhorn

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 6, 2015

Jazz musician and composer Billy Strayhorn collaborated closely with Duke Ellington and lived openly as a gay man in the 1940s and 1950s.

'Essentially Ellington' Winners: Live Performance And Interview

OPB | Broadcast: July 3, 2015

American Music Program's national award-winning Pacific Crest Jazz Orchestra comes to the OPB studios.

James McBride's "The Good Lord Bird" Reimagines Abolitionist History

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 16, 2014

THURSDAY: James McBride's novel "The Good Lord Bird"  is a darkly humorous dramatization of the story of fiery abolitionist John Brown. Reserve your free tickets here.

The Portland Jazz Festival Enters Its Second Decade

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 24, 2014

MONDAY: We'll get the scoop from KMHD's Matt Fleeger about the hottest acts at the Portland Jazz Festival.

Jazz Messengers Unite In Portland

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 22, 2013

Members of drummer Art Blakey's band — Jazz Messengers — will celebrate Blakey's music at the Portland Jazz Festival.

Bob Holo's Guitars

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 7, 2012

Local luthier Bob Holo builds gypsy jazz guitars played by musicians around the world.

Guitarist Stephane Wrembel In Portland

OPB | Broadcast: July 31, 2012

French-born guitarist Stephane Wrembel will be playing a sold-out show at the Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland on July 31st.

The Ellington Century

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 22, 2012

Jazz historian David Schiff's new book, The Ellington Century, discusses Duke Ellington's pivotal role in merging African-American and European musical traditions in the twentieth century.

Weekend Look-Ahead 11/10

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 10, 2011

We'll look ahead this weekend to big events in the worlds of jazz and college football: Herbie Hancock and Oregon's match with Stanford.

Devin Phillips

OPB | Broadcast: April 8, 2011

Jazz saxophonist brings creative and classic sounds to Portland's Soul'd Out Music Festival on April 11 and April 16.

A Jazz Bridge

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 23, 2011

The latest PDX Jazz Festival celebrates Jewish and African Americans playing jazz together.

Esperanza Spalding

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 13, 2010

Are you a fan of jazz musician (and Portland native) Esperanza Spalding? What would you like to ask her?

Earl Newman, Poster Artist

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 5, 2008

What does it take to capture music, dance, theater, or protest in visual form?