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Matt Fleeger


Matt Fleeger has been on the air since he was 18.  He is the Program Director for KMHD, Portland's Jazz Radio, and the host of the weekday new-release program, "New Jazz for Lunch" which airs from noon to 1 PM.  Prior to his work with KMHD, he held various positions in Jazz and other music formats in San Antonio, TX and Pittsburgh, PA.  In his free-time he's an avid skateboarder, snowboarder, skier, hiker, and lover of arts and culture.

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Recent Articles

Arts | Music | Entertainment

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.

Arts | local | Entertainment | Music

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.

News | Music

Watch: What Is Jazz?

So...what is Jazz? Of course John Coltrane is "jazz," but what about Kendrick Lamar? Can they both be jazz? This video explainer describes that jazz is not just a genre, but it's a meta-genre which encompasses a universe of sound.

Arts | Music

Watch: The Evolution Of Jazz

The jazz universe ... a visual history of the evolution of jazz music in the world, and how the expansion continues without boundaries.

Music | Entertainment

Pacific Northwest Rainy Day Playlist

If you’re in the Pacific Northwest, there’s a good chance that it’s raining when you read this — that's why KMHD's Program Director Matt Fleeger curated a soundtrack for those infamous Northwest rainy days.

Arts | Music

KMHD's Top 10 Jazz Albums Of 2015

The staff at KMHD listened to tons of music this year and hand picked the top 10 jazz albums of 2015.

Arts | Music

Jazz Pianist Darrell Grant Explores More 'Territory'

CD release show scheduled for Grant's love letter to Oregon.

Music

An Interview with Herbie Hancock

Listen to our exclusive interview with Herbie Hancock ahead of his performance in Portland this weekend.

Neighborhood Series: Ural Thomas and the Pain

Watch Portland's "Pillar of Soul" Ural Thomas perform with his band live at the Doug Fir.

Music

KMHD Studio Session: Tord Gustavsen Quartet

Watch a performance from the 2014 Portland Jazz Festival inside the KMHD studios with the Tord Gustavsen Quartet.

Arts | local | Music

Recap: An Interview with Ahmad Jamal

Living legend, Ahmad Jamal, is arguably one of the greatest pianists in jazz history. Click to listen to an interview with the legendary musician.

Music

Neighborhood Series: Trio Subtonic

Watch Portland's Trio Subtonic play a cut from their new album "Night Runners" in KMHD's new video series.

Music

Top Ten Albums of 2013

Check out our favorite albums of the year, with this excellent list of recordings ranging in style from soul-jazz, vocals, spiritual, avant-garde, latin and much, much more.

Music

Interview: David Friesen

Bassist David Friesen is one of our city’s many musical treasures. His newest CD, “Brilliant Heart” is a memorial album, recorded in tribute to his son Scott.

Interview: The Bad Plus

KMHD’s Derek Smith caught up with drummer/composer Dave King of The Bad Plus to talk about the group’s history, their approach to music and what the live experience is all about.

April Is Jazz Appreciation Month

For the twelfth consecutive year, April is Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) presented by the Smithsonian. The Spirit and Rhythms of Jazz is the 2013 theme highlighting the music, cultural history, performances, stories, programs and productions.

Albums We Love: The Inflated Tear

The Inflated Tear was indeed a welcome gift, a wunderkammern, simultaneously hopeful, irreverent, jarring, and otherworldly.