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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.

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Mary Lou Williams, Missionary Of Jazz

In 1954, after several draining decades as a jazz composer, performer and mentor, Mary Lou Williams quit. When she returned, she claimed her true power as one of jazz's fiercest advocates.

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Not All 'Lost' Jazz Albums Are Created Equal

NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Nate Chinen of member station WBGO and Jazz Night in America about three rediscovered jazz albums from Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Stan Getz.

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Ella Fitzgerald's Signature Singing Style, Explained By Jazzmeia Horn

Ella Fitzgerald's talent for vocal improvisation made her one of the most important singers of all time. Watch Jazzmeia Horn explain what scat singing is and demonstrate Fitzgerald's trademark skill.

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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A Lost Album From John Coltrane, With Thanks To A French-Canadian Director

Coltrane recorded the album in New Jersey, at the admiring behest of a Québécois filmmaker named Gilles Groulx, who used it to score his docufictional film Le chat dans le sac.

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