Now Playing:

Why Christian Scott's Centennial Trilogy Is a Masterpiece

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

Photo: Courtesy of Ropeadope Records

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.

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.

An Interview with GoGo Penguin

Listen to an interview with GoGo Penguin pianist Chris Illingsworth ahead of the band's performance with the Mattson 2 at Portland's Star Theater.


Behind the Mic: Isabel Zacharias

We catch up with Isabel Zacharias, host of Takin' Off every Monday-Thursday from 3-6pm, to find out more about her life on and off the air.

Music | Arts | Entertainment

Remembering Charles Bradley, The 'Screaming Eagle Of Soul'

With the late soul artist's birthday this week — Nov. 5 — we revisit his passionate 2011 performance in the OPB studio, playing from the debut album he released at age 63.


'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.

local | Music | NW Life | Arts | 'Jazz Town': Portland's Golden Jazz Age

Newly Discovered Photos: Jazz Legends Playing Portland

See previously unknown photos of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and more performing during the prime of  Portland's Jazz Town.

local | Music | NW Life | Arts | 'Jazz Town': Portland's Golden Jazz Age

The New Scene: 4 Spots To Hear Jazz In Portland

Something as transcendent as jazz never truly dies, and the whispers of the golden era can be heard at several spots around the city of Portland today.    

Music | NW Life | Arts

The Miseducation Of Portland Hip-Hop

Portland is known for many things: Hip-hop is not one of them. But once a month, a collection of music lovers converge on Mic Check, a showcase that features some of the best Portland hip-hop acts.

Music | Food | History | 'Jazz Town': Portland's Golden Jazz Age

Swingin' Albina: Portland’s Once Great Jazz Neighborhood

Not so long ago, a small segregated neighborhood in Portland was home to one of the more fascinating and vibrant jazz scenes in the United States.


Behind the Mic: Allen Thayer

DJ Allen Thayer hosts the Brazilian Beat on Saturdays, 9-11am.

Music | NW Life

Behind the Mic: Mark Rini

We caught up with Mark Rini of the Soul Station (Tuesdays 9-11 pm) to learn more about the man behind the mic. 

On Air Now

Upcoming Events

Jan. 18, 2018
*KMHD DJ Event: The Brazilian Beat's Allen "The Ambassador" Thayer*
Jan. 18, 2018
Jason Marsalis w/ the Mel Brown Organ Quartet
Jan. 23, 2018
Mingus Dynasty

more »