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Behind the Mic: DJ Action Slacks


Take a tour of DJ Action Slacks’ record collection every Thursday from 9 to 11pm on Travlin’ the Tracks. One of Portland’s favorite live soul DJs, DJ Action Slacks will keep you on the move through vintage R&B, soul, blues and jazz from the 1940s - 1970s. We went behind the mic to learn a little bit more about KMHD’s newest host.  

Portland Label Unearths Lost Sun Ra Concert


When you think about the most important musical experiences of your life, the concerts that helped shape your perception of both music and yourself, how do you conjure up those black box recorder sounds? 

Photo: Jackpot Records

Meet The Mysteriously Chill (And Weird) Natural Yogurt Band


Two English musicians, with a strange backstory, mine "library music" to create a fuzzy, endlessly vibing sound.

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10 Questions With: Portland Rapper Mic Capes


Capes discusses becoming a full-time musician, Tupac's influence on his life, the role TriMet played in his writing and why it's so obvious that the president of the United States is a racist.

Photo: David Stuckey/OPB


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What Makes A Jazz Standard?

Christian McBride of Jazz Night in America joins NPR's Audie Cornish with a few criteria for what turns a regular composition into a canonized classic.

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R+R = NOW Conquers Portland, Then World

On the second night of Soul'd Out, jazz supergroup and local Portland luminaries grace their respective stages with brave new material.  

Behind the Mic: Scott Thayer

For this month's Behind the Mic, we chat with DJ Scott Thayer — host of KMHD's rare vinyl show, The Deep Dig, on-air from 7-9pm Thursday evenings.

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Notations from — Marcus Roberts, Part II of II

KMHD's Deborah DeMoss Smith, host of The Second Line from 11am-1pm on Sundays, talks with pianist Marcus Roberts.

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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.

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Behind the Mic: Luis Ocasio

If you count on KMHD as your late-night soundtrack, you probably already know and love Luis Ocasio. Host of the brand new show The Joint, Luis delivers a chilled-out set of boom-bap beats and dynamic, contemporary instrumentations every Monday-Thursday from 11pm-midnight. Here we find out more about his life and what he gets up to when he's off the air.

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Why Christian Scott's Centennial Trilogy Is a Masterpiece

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

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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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June 22, 2018
Nels Cline And Scott Amendola Are Stretch Woven
June 23, 2018
*KMHD DJ Event: Tom D'Antoni of I Like It Like That*
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