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Meet Jacob Cartwright

Read "Meet Jacob Cartwright" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Our August Super Fan is a visual artist with a special affinity for improvisational music, which has spilled over into his jazz-themed painting series. In jazz, as in art, Jacob Cartwright values the past while embracing the forward momentum of the new. Plus he's really “down with the jazz cats"--read on to see what we mean! ...

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Chance Hayden

Guitarist, composer, arranger and producer Chance Hayden has sustained an active presence throughout Portland, Oregon since 2005. His talent continuously extends to diverse acclaimed artists such as Darrell Grant, Farnell Newton, Andy Stokes, Lindsey Webster, Maimouna Youssef and Mycle Wastman. Hayden garnered international exposure touring throughout fifteen countries alongside Jarrod Lawson, highlights involving Holland’s North Sea Jazz Festival, Japan’s Billboard Live and an exclusive birthday celebration for Stevie Wonder. Hayden’s talent as a composer has charted through his self-released debut, The Family Tree, from which multiple songs appeared within the acclaimed BET television series Being Mary Jane and Sony Pictures' #1 box office film The Perfect Guy

NEWS: RECORDING

Portland Songwriter Releases Jazz-Pop Holiday Single

Portland Songwriter Releases Jazz-Pop Holiday Single

Portland based Jazz Singer Songwriter, Marti Mendenhall, releases her new Holiday Single, “Here I Am Home.” Recently featured in Oregon Music News, this will be Marti’s third CD and her first Holiday release. Marti’s live shows and recordings are rich with originals that capture the essence of Jazz and the wide-appeal of Pop. “Here I Am ...

Meet James Busby

Read "Meet James Busby" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Our youngest Super Fan to date, and our first from the west coast, James Busby was weaned on the popular music of the '70s and '80s. His first jazz concert--Donald Brown at a local club in Knoxville, Tennesse for a $3 cover--was life-changing. He may not have discovered jazz until he was in college, but ever ...

Ryan Meagher: Mist. Moss. Home.

Read "Mist. Moss. Home." reviewed by Jim Olin

Mist. Moss. Home. is the newest album by inventive indie jazz guitarist/composer Ryan Meagher. Consisting of eight original tracks, it caters to both jazz fans and college progressives. It showcases his talents in producing unconventional, inspiring music, supported by a lineup of top Portland artists.

“The Hipster's Folly" has a laid back vibe into ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Dave Douglas and the Art of Festival Direction

Read "Dave Douglas and the Art of Festival Direction" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Dave Douglas' fame as a forward looking musician is well-known. His contribution to today's music scene, however, is not limited to his playing. Besides having pioneered in 2005 a unique model of musician-run label with the progressive Greenleaf Music, he has been artistic director of the Banff Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music from 2002 to ...

Rich Halley/Carson Halley: The Wild

Read "The Wild" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Saxophonist Rich Halley's duo outing and his son drummer Carson Halley, The Wild, is in the same vein as the tenorist's previous releases on his own Pine Eagle label. On the current album, the Halleys' characteristic unbridled spontaneity and the provocative creative zeal is simultaneously crystalized and tempered by melodic contemplation.

The wistful “Flat Plane ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

T.S. Monk Sextet at Revolution Hall

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T.S. Monk Sextet
Revolution Hall
PDX Jazz 2017
Portland, OR
February 25, 2017

The centerpiece of the 2017 PDX Jazz festival was a posthumous honor bestowed upon the late great Thelonious Monk. Inarguably a pillar in the pantheon of jazz, Monk's music was delivered at this year's festival from as ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

The Ron Steen Jazz Jam at Clyde's Prime Rib Restaurant

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The Ron Steen Jazz Jam
Clyde's Prime Rib Restaurant
Portland, OR
October 2016

Every Sunday night, for the past twelve years, yes, YEARS, Clyde's Prime Rib Restaurant in NE Portland has been home to the Ron Steen Jazz Jam. The jam is a loose format session with Steen and a core ...

NEWS: BOOK / MAGAZINE

Recent Reading: Books About Jazz In Four US Regions

Recent Reading: Books About Jazz In Four US Regions

After jazz emerged—or coalesced—as a distinct form of music in jny: New Orleans in the early twentieth century, it quickly took hold throughout the world. Jazz musicians developed on every continent, even in countries where the spirit of jazz goes against the grain of politics and culture; a jazz community is emerging in China, not an eventuality that ...