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 staff breaks down this year's PDX Jazz Fest schedule day-by-day with our must-sees and top recommendations for any taste.
KMHD staff takes a look inside the most underappreciated music release of 2017.
Photo: Courtesy of Ropeadope Records
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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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.
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.