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Isabel Zacharias


Isabel Zacharias is a DJ, writer and musician from Kansas. She obtained a BA in journalism with minors in music and creative writing from the University of Oregon, where she was a host on campus radio station KWVA and edited the Oregon Voice, UO’s arts and culture magazine. Her narrative journalism has appeared in Willamette Week, Oregon Quarterly, About Face and Eugene Weekly; other powers include sitting-thinking, humming-strumming, bad yoga and this double-jointed thing with her knees.

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Recent Articles

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Behind the Mic: Mr. Wriff

Allow us to introduce you to KMHD's newest host: Mr. Wriff, your DJ tour guide on the all-vinyl adventure of Altered State (live from 10pm-midnight on KMHD).

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Photos from Pickathon 2018

Shots from some of our favorite shows at this year's Pickathon festival: Ethio-jazz legend Hailu Mergia, psychedelic soul group Black Pumas, guitar-centric Malian outfit Tinariwen, and more.

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An Interview with Makaya McCraven

A look at what (and, more importantly, who) was behind one of Portland's hottest shows of the summer: Makaya McCraven at the FFTT warehouse on Thursday, August 9th.

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Albums We Love: Downtown Castles Can Never Block the Sun

Released this May via International Anthem, Ben Lamar Gay's debut record belongs firmly in the here and now, where genre bounds are less relevant than ever and an album can be anything it wants — or, in this case, where one album can be just about everything.

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Blossom & Ripley Snell At Eyrst Studios

Portland singer Blossom and emcee Ripley Snell perform their dreamy, downtempo hip-hop in the room where they created it: Eyrst Studios.


Behind the Mic: DJ Action Slacks

Take a tour of DJ Action Slacks’ record collection every Thursday from 9 to 11pm on Travlin’ the Tracks. One of Portland’s favorite live soul DJs, DJ Action Slacks will keep you on the move through vintage R&B, soul, blues and jazz from the 1940s - 1970s. We went behind the mic to learn a little bit more about KMHD’s newest host.  

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Song Premiere: Blossom & Ripley Snell - 'Dormiveglia'

Listen to the Portland R&B singer's dreamy collaboration with emcee Ripley Snell.

Behind the Mic: Scott Thayer

For this month's Behind the Mic, we chat with DJ Scott Thayer — host of KMHD's rare vinyl show, The Deep Dig, on-air from 7-9pm Thursday evenings.

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KMHD's 2018 Soul'd Out Festival Guide

KMHD staff breaks down this year's Soul'd Out Fest schedule day-by-day with our must-see acts and recommendations for any taste.

KMHD's 2018 PDX Jazz Festival Guide

KMHD staff breaks down this year's PDX Jazz Fest schedule day-by-day with our must-sees and top recommendations for any taste.

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Christian Scott's Centennial Trilogy Is A Masterpiece

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah's Centennial Trilogy, a three-album series celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the first recorded jazz, quietly took up space throughout 2017. Just as quietly, though, it foundationally disrupted and re-defined contemporary definitions of "jazz."

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KMHD's Top 10 Jazz Albums Of 2017

Here at KMHD, we listened to an incredible volume of amazing music in 2017. It’s been a year of releases that remind us why this sound is so important — it uplifts, inspires, reflects and makes space for honesty.

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KMHD's Top Singles Of 2017

In jazz, single cuts can contain a dimensionality and completeness that takes pop music a whole album to achieve.  And, as we witness a transition from albums to singles as the primary format for new music releases - a top singles list is essential.

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Christian Scott's 'Stretch Music' Is Unmistakably His

The New Orleans-born artist calls his work "stretch music" rather than jazz, but his ability to draw together disparate musical traditions connects him to one of jazz's greatest players, Miles Davis.

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An Interview with GoGo Penguin

Listen to an interview with GoGo Penguin pianist Chris Illingworth ahead of the band's performance with the Mattson 2 at Portland's Star Theater.

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Sidewalk Chalk: Soundcheck Session

The Chicago band plays a soundcheck session at Portland's newest basement venue, Jack London Revue