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Nicholas Payton Trio: Tiny Desk Concert


After back-to-back performances in South Africa, Argentina, Chile and New York, Payton hit the Tiny Desk, where he dazzled the audience, simultaneously playing his trumpet and a Fender Rhodes.

Photo: Cameron Pollack/NPR, NPR

Roy Hargrove, Grammy-Winning Jazz Trumpeter, Dies At 49


Hargrove died after suffering cardiac arrest on Saturday morning.

Photo: Frédéric Ragot, Redferns

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."

Behind the Mic: Mr. Wriff


Allow us to introduce you to KMHD's newest host: Mr. Wriff, your DJ tour guide on the all-vinyl adventure of Altered State (live from 10pm-midnight on KMHD).


1939 Ensemble - Prince Street (opbmusic)

1939 Ensemble's third full-length record, New Cinema, was released via Jealous Butcher this summer, but its sound belongs perfectly in Portland autumn.

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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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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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Albums We Love: New Hymn to Freedom

KMHD's Program Director Matt Fleeger tells us what he loves about New Hymn to Freedom, the Aug. 31 release from London-based ambient jazz trio Szun Waves.

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Esperanza Spalding Is The 21st Century's Jazz Genius

The ways in which Spalding's music is the most radical are perhaps the most easily overlooked: how, through her singing and playing, she challenges gender norms across styles.

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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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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.

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GoGo Penguin: Tiny Desk Concert

This trio has become a reference point of their own for new school instrumentalists, a coveted achievement for any jazz group, though their appeal stretches far outside the jazz ecosystem.

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