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
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
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 ...
Virtuosic electro-jazz for the indie rock generation.
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
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
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 ...
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
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 ...
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 ...