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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)!

KMHD's 2018 PDX Jazz Festival Guide

KMHD staff breaks down this year's PDX Jazz Fest schedule day-by-day with our must-sees and top recommendations for any taste.

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.

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Notations from — Charnett Moffett, Pt. II

Acclaimed bassist Charnett Moffett is comfortable playing with a band or solo, as he’s doing at the PDX Jazz Festival. His motto: “Jazz is a great American art form and I’m grateful to be a part of it and am still enjoying the many possible ways of discovering this music.”  

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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.

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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.

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Notations from — Charnett Moffett, Pt. I

At 50, bassist Charnett Moffett is adamant about jazz: “The music has to stay honest and I think that’s what makes jazz music so great.” Moffett has not only shared the stage with such greats as Art Blakey, Ornette Coleman and McCoy Tyner, he’s created and shared notable albums of his own, such as “Music from Our Soul.” Moffettt is playing at the PDX Jazz Festival February 17th.  


Nate Smith + KINFOLK: Tiny Desk Concert

The drums take center stage at this Tiny Desk. Watch veteran jazz percussionist Nate Smith dazzle the NPR audience in a transfixing performance.

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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.

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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 | NW Life | Arts | Music | '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.    

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Feb. 23, 2018
Marcus Roberts Trio & Russell Malone Quartet (DOUBLE BILL)
Feb. 23, 2018
NEA Jazz Master — Dr. Lonnie Smith
Feb. 24, 2018
Miles Electric Band feat. Christian Scott, Darryl Jones and Vince Wilburn

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