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Jordan Rakei: Tiny Desk Concert

Despite some unexpected gear problems, the soulful R&B artist and his band locked-in and played a phenomenal set behind the Tiny Desk.

Photo: NPR, Mhari Shaw

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. 

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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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.


Nicholas Payton Reimagines Musical Tradition With 'Black American Symphony'

His radical combination of symphonic and popular music comes eight years after a controversial statement about the word "jazz."

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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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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.


The Comet Is Coming: Tiny Desk Concert

The Comet is Coming is a force of nature. The British trio makes the kind of instrumental jazz that takes music lovers out of their comfort zone and into a musical realm they may never have explored.


Moonchild: Tiny Desk Concert

The LA-based trio makes an intricate blend of jazz, R&B and hip-hop. For their Tiny Desk set, they pulled out all the stops: flutes, flugelhorns, saxophones, keyboards, ukuleles and more.


Raphael Saadiq: Tiny Desk Concert

The godfather of 21st century soul electrified NPR's Tiny Desk Fest audience, with a little help from rising R&B star Lucky Daye.


Jovino Santos Neto Trio: Tiny Desk Concert

Along with his trio, the pianist, multi-instrumentalist and composer cast a spell over the NPR Music offices in this joyful turn behind the Tiny Desk.

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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 turtablist, a parent and the possessor of one of the most voracious music appetites we've ever encountered.

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Jan. 19, 2020
Yugen Rashad MLK Day Celebration featuring Renato Caranto, Eldon T Jones and Brika De Tar
Jan. 21, 2020
Ed Bennett Quintet at Mt. Hood Community College
Jan. 21, 2020
*KMHD DJ Event: Derek Smith, Boomin' Newman and Hall of Records at The Kenton Club*

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