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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

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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. Cover Photo: The Midnight Hour

Sun Ra at the Portland Art Museum


"To Sun Ra, Outer Space was not an escapist fantasy―it was a place where society, culture, and beliefs are reimagined to give power to the oppressed."


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Notations From — Julius Rodriguez, Part II of II

KMHD's Deborah DeMoss Smith, host of Second Line from 11am-1pm on Sundays, talks with pianist/drummer Julius Rodriguez.

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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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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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At 80, Saxophonist Charles Lloyd Finds Enlightenment in the Groove

In this episode of Jazz Night in America, we get a taste of Lloyd's collaboration with Lucinda Williams, along with choice moments from his recent appearances at Lincoln Center.

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Women In Jazz? For Artemis, It's Bigger Than A Cause

The "all-female" framework is both integral to the jazz supergroup Artemis and somehow beside the point.

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Mark de Clive-Lowe Takes Risks To Unlock His Creativity

Pianist and electronic DJ Mark de Clive-Lowe turns his mistakes into art by sampling his bandmates live in the moment.

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Notations From — Julius Rodriguez, Part I of II

KMHD's Deborah DeMoss Smith, host of Second Line from 11am-1pm on Sundays, talks with pianist/drummer Julius Rodriguez.

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Kamasi Washington Connects 'Hub-Tones' To Pan-African Ideology

Kamasi Washington's mesmerizing take on trumpeter Freddie Hubbard gets an equally transcendental visual treatment.

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Notations From — Ernesto Cervini

Deborah DeMoss Smith, host of The Second Line on KMHD every Sunday 11am-1pm, talks with Canadian drummer Ernesto Cervini as part of her Notations series.

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