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KMHD Program Director

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

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The Album Art Of Tokio Aoyama

A closer look at some of today's most vibrant modern jazz cover art and the artist behind it.

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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.


Albums We Love: New Hymn to Freedom

KMHD's Program Director Matt Fleeger tells us what he loves about New Hymn to Freedom, the Aug. 31 release from London-based ambient jazz trio Szun Waves.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Jazz Pianist Darrell Grant Explores More 'Territory'

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


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.


KMHD Studio Session: Tord Gustavsen Quartet

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

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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.


Neighborhood Series: Trio Subtonic

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