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Nat King Cole Still Remains 'One Of The Great Gifts Of Nature' 100 Years Later

The jazz legend and barrier breaker was born on March 17, 1919 in Montgomery, Ala.

Photo: AFP/Getty Images, Eric Schwab

Behind The Mic: Elise

Sit down and chat with the host of Keeping Time, the new KMHD Monday evening show connecting modern jazz with touchstones of the past. Elise, an Oregon-born DJ, musician and designer, talks about everything from favorite Portland neighborhood joints to the music she grew up listening to.

Photo: Grant Lemons/Copyright Grant Lemons Productions LLC

No Man's Band: All-Female Jazz Orchestras Then and Now

The DIVA Jazz Orchestra celebrates 25 years, and one of the last surviving members of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm reflects on the legacies of all-female big bands.

Photo: Jazz at Lincoln Center, Lawrence Sumulong

Still Tippin': Solange At Home In Houston

Days after Solange dropped her visual album When I Get Home, the artist/auteur doubled down on her love for Houston by hosting screenings of the album's companion art film all across the city.


Arts | local | NW Life | Music

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. Cover Photo: 1939 Ensemble

Arts | Music

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.


Oscar-Nominated Terence Blanchard On 30 Years Of Jazz And Film Scoring For Spike Lee

Trumpeter Terence Blanchard has career spanning three decades in both jazz and film scoring. We dive into his work with Spike Lee, his E-Collective band and a new commission.

Notations From — Bobby Broom

Jazz guitarist Bobby Broom, performing live as part of this year's PDX Jazz Festival on Friday, March 1, catches up with Deborah DeMoss Smith (host of The Second Line on KMHD).

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Notations From — Steve Turre

KMHD's Deborah DeMoss Smith, host of Second Line from 11am-1pm on Sundays, talks with trombonist/composer Steve Turre.


Makaya McCraven: The Brain Behind The Mind-Bending Beats

Drummer/producer Makaya McCraven creates beat-driven jazz with post-production wizardry.


Ezra Collective Sets The 'Quest For Coin' To A Fast-Paced Jazz Soundtrack

The millennial London jazz band shares an expeditious, vibrant single from its upcoming debut album, You Can't Steal My Joy.


Erykah Badu: Tiny Desk Concert

The singer's performance at the Tiny Desk was an almost spiritual experience, leaving many at the NPR Music offices in awe.

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Esperanza Spalding’s Homecoming Week

The Oregon-born iconoclast Esperanza Spalding talks about maintaining a presence in Portland, and keeping faith while doing good.

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March 27, 2019
Devin Phillips Trio at Teutonic Wines
March 29, 2019
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