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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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Video Premiere: Old Unconscious — Banana Stand Unpeeled Session

Portland's Old Unconscious don't use the term "jazz" to define their music, but improvisation is at its core. Watch the quartet perform songs from their equal-parts groovy and experimental LP Sunfort for this Banana Stand Unpeeled session.

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KMHD's Top 10 Jazz Albums Of 2019

Each year the KMHD staff listens to an incredible volume of music that proves jazz is not only alive and well, but the most international and vital music genre of the 21st century. Here are 10 albums you'll want to start the new year with.

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KMHD's Favorite Jazz Albums Of The 2010s

Looking back over a decade of music is quite the luxury when compiling a "Best Of" list. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a daunting task as well. One has to consider how the future will perceive this music. What marked the sound of this past decade? This list is our best guess. 

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Meet Mel Brown, The Portland Jazz Legend Who Plays For Something Greater Than Himself

If you've heard any '70s-era Motown record, you've probably heard Mel Brown's drumming. But if you happen to live in Portland, it's much more likely that you've seen him play live jazz.

Photos From Pickathon 2019

Whether you were in attendance this year or not, these photos from the 2019 Pickathon Music Festival will transport you to one of the country's most scenic, diverse and sustainable festivals featuring more jazz and jazz-adjacent acts than ever before.

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Behind The Mic: Ali Colleen

We catch up with Ali Colleen, host of Liberation Conversation on-air Wednesday evenings 9-11 p.m., to hear about all the hats she wears off the mic: a music anthropologist and writer, a veteran live DJ and turntablist, a parent and the possessor of one of the most voracious music appetites we've ever encountered.

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Song Premiere: Korgy & Bass - "Fatty Hat"

Listen to the ambitious and addictive lead single from the creative beat-making duo's forthcoming LP.

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Ali Shaheed Muhammad And Adrian Younge On Sampling, Jazz And Hip-Hop

Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge, aka the Midnight Hour, discuss their new collaborative record, the role of sampling in their music, and the intersection of jazz and hip-hop.

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KMHD's Best Jazz Singles Of 2018

It's no secret that the streaming generation has changed the way artists and labels release music. That changing dynamic makes reviewing the year's most memorable singles just as important as reviewing albums.

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KMHD's Top 10 Jazz Albums Of 2018

Each year the KMHD staff listens to an incredible volume of amazing music. Here are 10 albums you'll want to start the new year with.

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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 Fridays 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 7 to 9pm 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.