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OPB At SXSW 2018, Wednesday: Wye Oak, Bully And 2 Jazz Marathons

opbmusic and KMHD staff are on-site in Austin, Texas, for the annual SXSW music festival. Here are their photos and highlights from Wednesday.

Photo: opbmusic/David Christensen

Roy Ayers: Tiny Desk Concert

Watch the 77-year-old jazz-funk icon perform "Everybody Loves The Sunshine" (and more) at the Tiny Desk.

Photo: NPR, Jenna Sterner

London's Contemporary Jazz Scene Shines On 'We Out Here'

The compilation from Gilles Peterson's indie label showcases the best and brightest genre-blenders making London jazz exciting.

Photo: Courtesy of the artist, Brownswood Recordings

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

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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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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.

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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)!

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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.


'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.


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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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.

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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.

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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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