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All The Things You Are: Aretha's Life In Jazz

Jazz was central to Franklin's musicianship, however far she rambled. Without it we'd be remembering a different artist now, and celebrating a different body of work.

Photo: Donaldson Collection, Getty Images

Photos from Pickathon 2018

Shots from some of our favorite shows at this year's Pickathon festival: Ethio-jazz legend Hailu Mergia, psychedelic soul group Black Pumas, guitar-centric Malian outfit Tinariwen, and more.

Photo: Isabel Zacharias

Tower Of Power: Tiny Desk Concert

Even from its beginnings in late-60s Oakland, the band has always stoof out. Fifty years later, its devotion to classic horn-driven soul remains unmatched, its passion and precision unchanged.

Photo: Samantha Clark, NPR

An Interview with Makaya McCraven

A look at what (and, more importantly, who) was behind one of Portland's hottest shows of the summer: Makaya McCraven at the FFTT warehouse on Thursday, August 9th.

Photo: courtesy of International Anthem.

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A Tribe Called Mars: A (Musical) Novella

Portland band Tribe Mars is set to release their self-titled debut album on July 6, a genre-bending offering of jazz, soul, funk, hip-hop and sounds not yet defined.


Behind the Mic: DJ Action Slacks

Take a tour of DJ Action Slacks’ record collection every Thursday from 9 to 11pm on Travlin’ the Tracks. One of Portland’s favorite live soul DJs, DJ Action Slacks will keep you on the move through vintage R&B, soul, blues and jazz from the 1940s - 1970s. We went behind the mic to learn a little bit more about KMHD’s newest host.  

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Portland Label Unearths Lost Sun Ra Concert

When you think about the most important musical experiences of your life, the concerts that helped shape your perception of both music and yourself, how do you conjure up those black box recorder sounds? 

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10 Questions With: Portland Rapper Mic Capes

Capes discusses becoming a full-time musician, Tupac's influence on his life, the role TriMet played in his writing and why it's so obvious that the president of the United States is a racist.


Kamasi Washington's Heaven Exists In His Mind

The jazz torchbearer's new record 'Heaven and Earth' represents the relationship between his inner world and outward reality.


'Jazz Is The Mother Of Hip-Hop': How Sampling Connects Genres

Watch pianist Robert Glasper demonstrate how three samples from jazz tracks by Ahmad Jamal and Herbie Hancock served as source material for famed hip-hop producers J Dilla and Pete Rock.


London's Contemporary Jazz Scene Shines On 'We Out Here'

The compilation from Gilles Peterson's indie label showcases the best and brightest genre-blenders making London jazz exciting.


Roy Ayers: Tiny Desk Concert

Watch the 77-year-old jazz-funk icon perform "Everybody Loves The Sunshine" (and more) at the Tiny Desk.


The Bad Plus: The Band That Never Stops

For a group that has always stood for musical collectivism — the substitution of pianist Orrin Evans for Ethan Iverson — was a shakeup of existential proportions.

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