Return the Gift

How Portland is keeping jazz alive and raising its next generation.

Music Stories
You can hear the tiny stampede well before it reaches the door. It’s Monday afternoon, around 2 pm, when 20 or so Northeast Portland fifth-graders come barreling into the band room at King S   More
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 PARKER HALL

Portland Fall Jazz and World Music Picks

Fall Arts
Mel Brown Septet Album Release At this point, the Mel Brown Septet is basically the wallpaper of the Portland jazz scene, holding down the Jimmy Mak’s stage with likeable, hard-swinging bop nea   More
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 TREE PALMEDO

Hotseat: Rick Mitchell

A former Portland musician and writer on the state of jazz right now.

Is jazz dead? With nightclub closures and record sales plummeting, it sometimes seems the genre is at least on life support. But if you ask jazz and pop critic Rick Mitchell, the music is looking    More
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 TREE PALMEDO

Live Review: Ambrose Akinmusire at Jimmy Mak's, 6/25


He might be the most in-demand trumpeter in jazz right now, but Ambrose Akinmusire doesn’t act like a big deal. Standing onstage inside a jam-packed Jimmy Mak’s Wednesday night, he rarely spoke, often stepping out of the spotlight to let the rest of his quintet shine. When he shuffled to the front, though, hugging the mic with his trumpet bell, there was no doubt whose show this was. The group ...   More
Friday, June 27, 2014 TREE PALMEDO

Kneebody: Wednesday, April 9

Virtuosic electro-jazz for the indie rock generation.

Music Stories
Since a diverse group of teenage CalArts and Eastman School of Music students coalesced as Kneebody in Los Angeles in 2001, the instrumental ensemble has built the kind of growing young audience   More
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 BRETT CAMPBELL

Mic Check: Thara Memory

Music Stories
From gigging with the likes of James Brown, Dizzy Gillespie and the Commodores to long tenures in Mel Brown’s and Leroy Vinnegar’s bands, trumpeter-composer Thara Memory has earned a deserved    More
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 BRETT CAMPBELL

Outer Worlds #1: Jazz Reaches Out


Outer Worlds is a new biweekly column from one of WW's regular music writers, Robert Ham, that will explore those artists, albums and genres which sometimes get short shrift within the pages of our print edition—those musical outliers that work outside the pop music continuum. Jazz is a genre that is never far from my mind, but it has been occupying my thoughts quite a lot over the past week. Some ...   More
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 ROBERT HAM

Top Five Free Portland Jazz Festival Events

Top 5
Jazz Conversation: Roy Nathanson & Curtis Fowlkes with Marty Hughley, Sunday, Feb. 19, at The Art BarThese Jazz Passengers know an awful lot about the New York scene, and hopefully they’ve got   More
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Run On Sentence, "Water," You, the Darkness, and Me (Hush Records)

There's a lot to like about local songwriter Dustin Hamman: he plays under the clever moniker of Run On Sentence (yes, we journalists are biased towards fellow word nerds); he peddles an earthy, catchy fusion of folk, blues, jazz and roots; and in the indie-music sea of bad bum-fluff beards and ironic moustaches, he stands tall with a proud with a truly spectacular crop of bushy facial hair: That's ...   More
Thursday, June 24, 2010 RUTH BROWN

Free Jazz, Now with Trees.

Portland's Creative Music Guild sent us word of their FREE outdoorsy live music show this Saturday today...far to late to make it in to Wednesday's print edition of WW without aid of a time machine. But the gig, which features jazz from the Outside Music Ensemble atop bucolic Powell Butte, is worth a late notice shout-out. Consider yourselves notified, Portland: Outside Music Ensemble For ...   More
Friday, July 17, 2009 KELLY CLARKE


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