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PDX Jazz Spring Season 2022 Playlist
PDX JAZZ TOP 50 of 2021 Playlist
PDX JAZZ RADIO HOUR Weekly on KMHD 89.1FM from 6-7pm PST celebrates Jazz in ALL its Diversity. New releases, Classics, Instant Classics, New Discoveries + LIVE Unheard performances from the PDX JAZZ Archive (these can be heard on Mixcloud/pdxjazz) – Shuffle for maximum enjoyment !
Makaya McCraven PDX Jazz 'Conversation' snippet “Universal Beings and In The Moment”
2022 biamp PDX Jazz Festival 'Jazz Conversation' snippet “Universal Beings and In The Moment” with the much heralded drummer and beat scientist Makaya McCraven and acclaimed author and historian Ashley Kahn at the ArtBar at Portland'5 Center for the Arts. Shot and edited by Shawn Kirkeby
Robert Glasper PDX Jazz 'Conversation' snippet ‘It’s in French 2.25.22
2022 biamp PDX Jazz Festival 'Jazz Conversation' snippet “It’s in French’ with Robert Glasper and news anchor, cultural ambassador Ken Boddie of KOIN TV, live from the Sunken Ballroom at the Portland Art Museum in adavnce of Robert's Black Radio presentation that evening with special guests Esperanza Spalding and PHER.
Kassa Overall: Backpack Jazz Producing In Portland
In February 2020, backpack jazz producer Kassa Overall brought his mobile studio to Portland for the PDX Jazz Festival and the release of his second, and most personal, album through Brownswood Recordings.
Along the way, he dished out real talk on his nomadic creative process and why music is his secret for a balanced life.
Meet Mel Brown, The Portland Jazz Legend Who Plays For Something Greater Than Himself
If you've heard any '70s-era Motown record, you've probably heard Mel Brown's drumming. But if you happen to live in Portland, it's much more likely that you've seen him play live jazz.
Interviews with PDX Jazz Festival Artists
Jazz Legend Gary Bartz in Conversation at ArtBar 2.19.22
2022 biamp PDX Jazz Festival 'Jazz Conversation' snippet "Hear only that which you can hear" with the legendary Gary Bartz and acclaimed author and historian Ashley Kahn at the ArtBar at Portland'5 Center for the Arts.
Portland Jazz Festival at Art Bar 2020
Giant of the Jazz avant-garde Archie Shepp talks music with journalist Ashley Kahn at the Art Bar for the 2020 Portland Jazz Festival.
Portland Jazz Festival 2020 at the Art Bar, February 21, 2020.
Listen to guitarist Stanley Jordan and Jazz journalist Ashley Kahn talking music. Portland Jazz Festival Jazz Conversation.