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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.  

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Lorraine Gordon, Guardian Of Legendary Jazz Club, Dies At 95

The owner of the revered Village Vanguard in New York City — and a champion of generations of jazz musicians, including Thelonious Monk — died Saturday at age 95.

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Remembering Lorraine Gordon, Backbone Of The World's Greatest Jazz Club

Head of the Village Vanguard, the oldest and most respected jazz club in New York, Lorraine Gordon's affinity for jazz was unprecedented.

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40 Years Later: Was 1978 The Greatest Year In Music?

With a list of debut albums from Kate Bush, The Cars, Devo, Dire Straits, The B-52's, The Police, Buzzcocks, Van Halen and more, '78 has huge ground to stand on.

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Ben Sidran On Piano Jazz

On this episode from 1989, the composer, pianist and song stylist joins McPartland for a duet and some of his own songs.

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At The Helm: Harold Mabern, Stalwart Accompanist, At 82

Harold Mabern has been one of jazz's most consistent accompanists over the last 60 years. In this episode of Jazz Night in America, we explore some of that history with him.

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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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Barbara Cook On Piano Jazz

This week's Piano Jazz from 1998 remembers lyric soprano Barbara Cook, a Broadway star, staple of the New York cabaret scene and favorite of audiences around the world.

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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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Harry 'Sweets' Edison On Piano Jazz

On this episode of Piano Jazz from 1999, broadcast just months before Edison died, the legendary jazz trumpeter joins Marian McPartland for a few classics and an original.