In 2011, Cadence—one of the premier magazines in
the country covering jazz and other improvised music—found itself at a
deadly confluence of two rapidly drying streams: print journalism and
A Portland pop mainstay reveals his classical side.
[CLASSICAL] When he was 11 years old, Alan Singley bought
an album containing all of Beethoven’s symphonies. This wasn’t a
parental directive; they listened mostly to classic rock. Rather, it
MusicObo Addy was a master drummer in one of the world’s most greatest musical traditions. He was a talented composer and a pioneer in the rise of Afropop. But he was even more important in the Pacific Northwest as a kind of Johnny Appleseed for African music.
Addy, who died Sept. 13 at age 76 after a five-year battle with liver cancer, wa...
How will an Oregon Symphony violinist do as a downtown busker?
It’s just after noon on a gorgeous late summer Friday at
Pioneer Courthouse Square, and one of the best and most versatile
violinists on the West Coast is getting ready to do some busking.
A legendary jazz singer struggles to make ends meet.
[JAZZ QUEEN] On a recent Wednesday night at the Pearl
District restaurant Touché, a large party of thirtysomethings chattered,
laughed, drank and ate their way through the evening—oblivious to
Like the movie Memento, the play Betrayal and the musical Merrily We Roll Along, Portland Opera’s new production of Philip Glass’ Galileo Galilei proceeds backward in time. Directed by Kevin Newbu
In 1980, young composer Bob Priest visited Poland to
attend Warsaw Autumn, one of the best known annual festivals of
contemporary “classical” music. He resolved to create a similar
A survey of jazz guitar from Django to the Portland Jazz Festival.
There’s no official theme for this year’s Portland Jazz
Festival. That’s fine: They’re often contrived anyway. Still, the
presence of Seattle’s Bill Frisell and Berkeleyite-turned-Brookl
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Groovin’ Greenhouse 1 Fertile Ground is best known for its showcases of new theater works, but the festival also nurtures dance in development in its Groovin' Greenhouse series. This year, the innovative Polaris Dance Theater offered its Goose Hollow studio theater space to a dozen presenters over five different shows. Beat Bangerz...
[THROWBACK JAZZ] The title of this spiffy new CD
accurately describes the local retro-jazzers, who bring a relatively
youthful exuberance to 15 concise takes on vintage pre-World War II hits