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Deborah DeMoss Smith


A former Louisianan, Deborah DeMoss Smith knows about gumbo and a spicy interview. In fact, with a background in writing, TV news, radio hosting, and the author of two books, one of her greatest joys is interviewing. But don’t expect trite questions. Instead, Deborah likes to stir the pot with quirky queries. “One of the best ways,” she says, “to have fun and to learn something about someone is to ask unconventional questions. Recently I asked a jazz pianist, Are you a dancer’? He said he’d never been asked that before and he DID like to dance; he’d even competed! ” Deborah also has an affinity for early morning runs, yoga, movies, live jazz, and cooking supper for family and friends — especially gumbo.

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Notations from — Marcus Roberts, Part II of II

KMHD's Deborah DeMoss Smith, host of The Second Line from 11am-1pm on Sundays, talks with pianist Marcus Roberts.

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Notations from — Marcus Roberts, Part I of II

KMHD's Deborah DeMoss Smith, host of The Second Line from 11am-1pm on Sundays, talks with pianist Marcus Roberts.

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Notations from — Charnett Moffett, Pt. II

Acclaimed bassist Charnett Moffett is comfortable playing with a band or solo, as he’s doing at the PDX Jazz Festival. His motto: “Jazz is a great American art form and I’m grateful to be a part of it and am still enjoying the many possible ways of discovering this music.”  

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Notations from — Charnett Moffett, Pt. I

At 50, bassist Charnett Moffett is adamant about jazz: “The music has to stay honest and I think that’s what makes jazz music so great.” Moffett has not only shared the stage with such greats as Art Blakey, Ornette Coleman and McCoy Tyner, he’s created and shared notable albums of his own, such as “Music from Our Soul.” Moffettt is playing at the PDX Jazz Festival February 17th.  

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Notations from...Donald Harrison (Pt I)

KMHD's Deborah DeMoss Smith interviews legendary "nouveau swing" saxophonist Donald Harrison. 

Notations From … Willie Jones III

Coming from a musical family — his dad is jazz pianist Willie Jones II — Willie Jones III has been playing the drums since he was five or, as he says, “as long as I can remember.” 

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Notations From....Stephanie Jordan (Part II)

It's the second part in our conversation with vocalist Stephanie Jordan. 

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Notations from....Stephanie Jordan (Part I)

It's part one in a two-part interview with vocalist Stephanie Jordan.

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Notations from...Emmet Cohen

Pianist Emmet Cohen answers questions about his life and the music. 

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Notations from Jimmy Heath...Part II

Deborah DeMoss Smith speaks with jazz saxophone legend Jimmy Heath. 

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Notations From...Jimmy Heath (Part I)

Deborah DeMoss Smith speaks with jazz saxophone legend Jimmy Heath. 

Notations from...Or Bareket

The Second Line's Deborah DeMoss Smith sat down with  Or Bareket to learn more about the  Israeli-bornbassist. 

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Notations From ... Sullivan Fortner

Deborah DeMoss Smith speaks with Crescent City native jazz pianist and composer Sullivan Fortner.