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Masters of Jazz: The Next Generation

What makes Oregon’s jazz scene so special? And why are women from Portland like Esperanza Spalding taking the jazz world by storm? Meet musician, teacher and mentor Thara Memory, and two of his previous students, Spalding and Hailey Niswanger. Enjoy a concert at Portland Center Stage featuring all of these artist, plus Thara Memory’s American Music Project band - where it all begins for aspiring jazz musicians.

Producers - Lynne Clendenin & Jessica Martin
Field Producer - Katrina Sarson
Videographers - Ted Cutler, Nicholas Fisher, Tom Shrider, Todd Sonflieth, & Dave Spangler
Editors - Greg Bond, Beth Segal, & Todd Sonflieth
Audio - Ted Cutler, Laurance Johnson, Steven Vaughn Kray, Randy Layton, & Jonathan Newsome
Additional Video - The White House

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Masters of Jazz: The Next Generation (1414)

Oregon Art Beat: Episode #1414
Most Recent Broadcast: August 15, 2013