WATCH: A Short Documentary On North Portland's Lost Jazz Scene

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"Gentrification" is Portland's word of the year. But while viral apartment-complex marketing videos and crime-scene selfies are 21st-century innovations, socioeconomic displacement is nothing new. For example, long before the arrival of the New Seasons and the oyster bar and the deli bar, the area around North Williams Street was a nationally known hotbed for jazz. Major players, from Duke Ellington ...   More
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Solae’s Lounge: Old Solae

Bar Reviews
The band was singing “Happy Birthday” to Snoop Dogg’s uncle, but they didn’t play it straight. It was a minor-key version extended with jags of solo guitar or keyboard, drums filling a p   More
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

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


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