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Review by Tree Palmedo, June 2021— While Stevie Wonder is a ubiquitous influence among jazz, pop, and soul musicians, the music legend’s songs are actually...
Jun 18, 2021
Album Review: Jarrod Lawson - "Be the Change"
Interview by Tree Palmedo, June 2021— Soul Vaccination is getting back into the groove. Despite its name (borrowed from a classic Tower of Power song), the 12-...
Jun 12, 2021
Gary Harris on Dancing Through the Pandemic with Soul Vaccination
Interview by Tree Palmedo, May 2021— Virginia López and her Melao de Cuba Orchestra have been fixtures of the Portland music scene since 2005. Led by the...
Jun 04, 2021
Melao de Cuba’s Virginia López on Jazz And Its Cuban Connections
Interview by Tree Palmedo, May 2021— When Andrew Oliver moved from Portland to London in 2013, he left behind a sizable footprint. A prolific composer and...
May 27, 2021
Artist Q&A: Andrew Oliver on Lockdown Life, Returning to Portland, and 21st-Century Stride Piano
Review by Tree Palmedo, May 2021— Lloyd Jones is a native Oregonian, but you wouldn’t know it from his gritty and groovy takes on blues and soul. For his...
May 24, 2021
Album Review: Lloyd Jones - "Tennessee Run"
Reviews by Tree Palmedo, May 2021— Matt Tabor - Improvisations Portland pianist Matt Tabor has had a prolific pandemic, and his latest release harkens toward...
May 18, 2021
Review Round-Up: Matt Tabor, Bass & Face, Barry Deister
Interview by Tree Palmedo, April 2021— Catching up with Charlie Porter is bittersweet. The accomplished trumpeter, who in the past five years has become one of...
Apr 27, 2021
Charlie Porter on Leaving Portland and His Most Productive Year Yet
Review by Tree Palmedo, April 2021— The all-star band has become, in its own way, a time-honored jazz tradition. From Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers to the...
Apr 15, 2021
CD REVIEW: New Faces - "New Sounds"
Interview by Tree Palmedo, April 2021— If any Portland musician deserves a TED Talk, it’s Christopher Brown. Aside from his impressive biography—son of...
Apr 05, 2021
Show Preview: Christopher Brown at the Botanist, April 8
Interview by Tree Palmedo, March 2021— For musicians, COVID-19 has redefined what it means to be busy. These days, for instance, Dan Balmer seems to be...
Mar 30, 2021
Caminhos Cruzados on Blending Global Genres During a Global Pandemic
Review by Tree Palmedo, March 2021— The Portland Jazz Composer’s Ensemble was founded over a decade ago, and in the years since it has expanded into one of...
Mar 24, 2021
PJCE Online Explores "Texture and Technology" with Micah Hummel and Alex Meltzer
Interview by Tree Palmedo, March 2021— I catch George Colligan on a heavy day. Fewer than 24 hours before our interview, news has broken that Ralph Peterson Jr...
Mar 18, 2021
Long Term Goals: George Colligan on Ralph Peterson, Pandemic Life, and His New Album
Review by Tree Palmedo, Feb 28, 2021—Though the widespread pandemic narrative in the jazz world has been one of hardships, cancellations, and long-term...
Mar 02, 2021
SFJAZZ Adds to its Digital Presence With a Captivating Panel on Jazz and Race
CD Review by Tree Palmedo, Feb 23, 2021— It may come as a surprise to some Oregon listeners that Shelly Rudolph’s last album came out over 15 years ago. On...
Feb 23, 2021
Shelly Rudolph - "The Way We Love"
Interview by Tree Palmedo - February 11, 2021 — Since moving to Portland in 2014, Noah Simpson has quickly become one of the city’s most active musicians, a...
Feb 20, 2021
Rewriting the American Refrain: Noah Simpson on his PDX Jazz Festival World Premiere
Interview by Tree Palmedo, Tue, Feb 16, 2021 — Unlike many touring artists and festivals in the past year, PDX Jazz had time to plan. The non-profit...
Feb 18, 2021
What to Expect at the 2021 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival: An Interview With Chris Doss
Interview by Tree Palmedo - Feb 14, 2021 — Watching Alan Jones play the drums these days is not all that different from how it used to be. Sure, some things...
Feb 15, 2021
Staying in Game Shape: Alan Jones on Life and Music in the Year of Covid-19
Review by Tree Palmedo, Feb 10, 2021 The summer of 2020 felt like a rebirth. After months of nationwide shutdowns, even as many venues stayed closed, life...
Feb 10, 2021
Rob Scheps and the TBA Band - Live at the Churchill School (Powder Rhythm Records)
Don't miss David Friesen’s Circle 3 Trio LIVE STREAM performance from the Portland Piano Company on Friday, January 15th at 7pm PST! Left Door Streaming will...
Jan 14, 2021
Don't miss David Friesen's CIRCLE 3 TRIO (David Friesen-hemage bass, Joe Manis-tenor, soprano, Charlie Doggett-drums) with special guest Dan Gaynor-piano!
CD Review by Tree Palmedo Portlanders have probably seen Chance Hayden around, either playing jazz at local restaurants or accompanying funk-leaning acts like...
Dec 09, 2020
Chance Hayden's New Release - "Grab & Go"
This just in from Ezra Weiss! Dear Friends, My trio wants you to feel super kick-ass about voting. So we're making a concert for that. And it will work. You...
Oct 30, 2020
Ezra Weiss: Feel super kick-ass about voting!
Composer/Pianist Ezra Weiss’s trio live streams from Portland’s The 1905 on Sunday, November 1, 2020, with Music to Make you Feel Super Kick-Ass About Voting....
Oct 23, 2020
Ezra Weiss Trio and Friends want Audiences to feel Super Kick-A$$ about Voting
Review by Tree Palmedo - It was a simpler time when this album was recorded back in February. And on the surface, the project seems like a similarly simple...
Sep 10, 2020
Matt Tabor and Thea Enos - Better Than Anything
-- Judges Include: Lionel Loueke, David Benoit, Mac Randall (Editor, JazzTimes), And More Nashville, TN, September 9, 2020 -- The winners of the US-based...
Sep 09, 2020
Jazz Winners Announced In 2020 Unsigned Only Music Competition
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