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Portland, It's Time We Forgave New Orleans

For all the Big Easy has taken from Portland this week (ahem, three NBA playoff games), it's given something back in spades.

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R+R = NOW Conquers Portland, Then World

On the second night of Soul'd Out, jazz supergroup and local Portland luminaries grace their respective stages with brave new material.  

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Erykah Badu Brings The Soul To Portland

The legendary musician brought the funk to her sould-out (pun intended) performance at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Wednesday.

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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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Why Christian Scott's Centennial Trilogy Is a Masterpiece

KMHD staff takes a look inside the most underappreciated music release of 2017.

Arts | Entertainment | Music

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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Notations from — Marcus Roberts, Part I of II

KMHD's Deborah DeMoss Smith, host of The Second Line from 11am-1pm on Sundays, talks with pianist Marcus Roberts.

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Behind the Mic: Luis Ocasio

If you count on KMHD as your late-night soundtrack, you probably already know and love Luis Ocasio. Host of the brand new show The Joint, Luis delivers a chilled-out set of boom-bap beats and dynamic, contemporary instrumentations every Monday-Thursday from 11pm-midnight. Here we find out more about his life and what he gets up to when he's off the air.


Roy Ayers: Tiny Desk Concert

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

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Abdullah Ibrahim: How Improvisation Saved My Life

We couldn't be more excited to see Abdullah Ibrahim headline this year's PDX Jazz Festival. Check out an animation/interview with Abdullah from our friends at Jazz Night in America, and don't miss his on-air interview with DJ Derek Smith, airing next Tuesday on the Morning Session (7-10am) and the following Wednesday on Takin' Off (3-6pm)!

World | Music | Health

What Hugh Masekela Meant To South Africa's Freedom Fighters

The jazz trumpeter, who died this week, was an outspoken opponent of apartheid and a longtime social activist. His music was the "soundtrack of the revolution," says author Sisonke Msimang.


'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.

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April 27, 2018
Ben Fowler Quintet
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