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Charlie Porter: Charlie Porter

Read "Charlie Porter" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Trumpeter and composer Charlie Porter exhibits his innovative spirit and his brilliant musicianship on his self-titled debut as a leader. Working with a rotating cast of Portland (Oregon) area musicians, Porter performs ten of his originals and one cover with a refreshingly unique style and captivating spontaneity.

Similar in concept to tenor saxophonist Benny ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Gordon Lee with the Mel Brown Septet: Tuesday Night

Read "Tuesday Night" reviewed by Jack Bowers

For more than sixteen years, jazz fans in and around Portland, Oregon, have had the pleasure of seeing and hearing drummer Mel Brown's hard-blowing Jazz Messengers-style septet each Tuesday Night at Jimmy Mak's nightclub. Among its mainstays is pianist Gordon Lee who has been writing and arranging for the group almost since he enlisted shortly afterward ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Patrick Lamb to be Inducted Into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame

Patrick Lamb to be Inducted Into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame

Following his highly successful #5 Billboard Hit Single "Sweet Tea" and his latest chart climbing hit track, “Get Wid It," Funk/Soul/R&B/Jazz musician and song-writer Patrick Lamb was announced by the Oregon Music Hall of Fame (OMHOF) as one of the inductees that will be honored at the 6th Annual Oregon Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Concert, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Impulse! Records Introduces Newest Batch in 2-on-1 Series from Legendary Impulse! Artists

Impulse! Records Introduces Newest Batch in 2-on-1 Series from Legendary Impulse! Artists

Impulse!/Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) recently introduced the second batch of its 2-On-1 series. Each CD features two classic albums from some of Impulse! Records' legendary jazz and blues artists. Included in this first batch are releases from Alice Coltrane, Blue Mitchell, Charles Mingus, Chico Hamilton, Clark Terry, Freddie Hubbard, Howard Roberts, John Handy, Keith Jarrett, Marion ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Patrick Lamb, Tyrone Hendrix, Nate Watts & Friends to Perform Tribute to Stevie Wonder, February 17

Patrick Lamb, Tyrone Hendrix, Nate Watts & Friends to Perform Tribute to Stevie Wonder, February 17

Portland¹s very own Patrick Lamb and Stevie Wonder band drummer Tyrone Hendrix are co-producing a Stevie Wonder tribute concert, Livin' for the City, with two shows (7:30 pm and 10:00 pm) on Friday, February 17, 2012 at Jimmy Mak¹s (221 NW 10th Avenue; Portland, OR). Sponsors include The Benson Hotel, Joe Kassab Jewelers and Melvin Broadous ...

Jessica Williams: Freedom Trane

Read "Jessica Williams: Freedom Trane" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Jessica Williams

Freedom Trane

Origin Records

2011

Jessica Williams, one of our top jazz pianists, has evolved since she tossed the record company expectations and jazz games out the window into the thorny rose bushes, and sought out her own way, and found it, via the establishment of her own ...

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Najee: Mind Over Matter

Read "Mind Over Matter" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

A fixture on smooth jazz radio since his debut album Najee's Theme (EMI, 1986), at this point in his career Najee is more consistent than innovative. He's a worthy inheritor of the title Grover Washington Jr., held as master saxophonist of the genre but, with a few rare exceptions such as Songs From the Key of ...

Marion Meadows: Secrets

Read "Secrets" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

Regardless of the genre, an acoustic drum kit generally makes for a better sound than an electronic program. However, when the latter is done well, the difference can be staggering. That's one factor that makes Marion Meadows' Secrets function.

Meadows began playing saxophone at age eight. His studies led him to appreciate such ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Seattle Times: Portland: Top Jazz Festival with New Life

from The Seattle Times: Reborn for its sixth season as the Alaska Airline/Horizon Air Portland Jazz Festival, the 10-day event opens Friday and runs through Feb. 22, presenting many of jazz’s most-celebrated artists within a square mile of downtown. The program, dubbed Somethin’ Else this year, celebrates the 70th birthday of Blue Note, the definitive modern jazz ...

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Mel Brown Quartet: Girl Talk

Read "Girl Talk" reviewed by Stephen Latessa

The notes on the back cover of Girl Talk, the new disc from the Mel Brown Quartet, proudly proclaim that the band has “over 100 years of collective experience. Indeed, an easy, lived-in approach defines the ten tracks on the album. It is the work of veterans whose professionalism yields consistently solid results. The musicians--Mel Brown ...