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Portland Jazz Roundup

The latest from the greatest in the Portland stable.

Music Stories
There is a general misperception in the national mainstream jazz press that Portland is "insular," "largely quiet" or maybe just a whistlestop between towns of greater jazz-powered magnitude. Tossing ...   More
Wednesday, May 4, 2005 Tim Duroche

Songbirds Lift Festival

Music Stories
The Portland Jazz Festival's safety net has been cast aside, but the traditionalists carry on.The second annual Portland Jazz Festival teasingly revved its flat-6 engines last week with a number of lo ...   More
Wednesday, February 16, 2005 Tim Duroche

Karim of the Crop

Night Avenger
Casanovas, octogenarian ballroom dancers, Riviera jewel thieves and supper-club Lotharios will all tell you: Nothing closes the deal or establishes the scene of the crime like proper lighting, a savor ...   More
Wednesday, November 3, 2004 Tim Duroche



Music Stories
The Mount Hood Jazz Festival kicks off its 23rd season with one of its most appealing straight-ahead jazz lineups ever. In recent years the festival was spooked in the direction of smooth jazz (the au ...   More
Wednesday, August 4, 2004 Tim Duroche

The Artist as Imagined

Saxophonist Charles Gayle embodies the gritty reality of the jazz life.

Music Stories
"With jazz," Ralph Ellison once said, "we are not yet in the age of history, but linger in that of folklore." Forty years later, that seems to be both jazz's blessing and its curse. It allows us the s ...   More
Wednesday, January 7, 2004 Tim Duroche

A Van, a Man and a Quintet

John Hollenbeck and his Claudia Quintet pull into town to play 411's final show.

Music Stories
Bebop-onomics haven't changed too much over the years, but lately it's been harder and harder to get paid and even more difficult to find good venues. Without a strong support structure in place f ...   More
Wednesday, October 29, 2003 Tim Duroche


Album Reviews
EZRA WEISS The Five A.M. Strut (Umoja)Recorded last year when the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award winner was only 23 years old, Ezra Weiss' The Five A.M. Strut showcases a marvelously well-craft ...   More
Wednesday, October 1, 2003 Tim Duroche
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