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Jazz, Love and Letting Loose: Brooklyn's Surprising Senior Jazz Scene

Jazz 966 is a senior center by day, but, on Friday nights, it transforms into a swinging jazz club catering to seniors who love to hear live music.

Photo: Niki Walker, NPR

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.

Photo: Dorothy Darr, Courtesy of the artist

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).

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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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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.

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.


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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