Had trumpet legend Clifford Brown not passed away, tragically, in 1956, he might have ended up sounding something like Charlie Porter. At times, Porter, who...
Sep 11, 2018
The sound of a B-3 organ trio is a distinctive one, instantly calling to mind the cozy soul-jazz sound of Jimmy Smith and his stylistic descendants. But the...
Sep 07, 2018
With big-budget adaptations like The Handmaid's Tale catching the public eye, Canadian writer Margaret Atwood doesn't exactly need more publicity. But with...
Aug 24, 2018
Ryan Meagher is hard to miss on the Portland scene these days. In addition to his hand in the Montavilla Jazz Festival and various educational efforts (and, it...
Aug 20, 2018
Since joining the faculty of Portland State University, pianist/multi-instrumentalist George Colligan has made a mission out of collaborating with his students...
Aug 15, 2018
It's probably safe to say that John Coltrane did not intend for this unreleased session to become his highest-charting record ever. Indeed, there was most...
Jul 24, 2018
Saxophonist Bryan Smith's second release of 2018 shares the same personnel as his first, save one important addition. In addition to showcasing his serene...
Jul 23, 2018
Portland native Bryan Smith returned to town from Seattle three years ago, and has hit the scene running as a player and composer, releasing two albums under...
Jul 21, 2018
If you've seen the Roy Hargrove Quintet sometime in the last half-decade or so, you've probably heard the monstrous piano work of Sullivan Fortner, a virtuoso...
Jul 20, 2018
Editor, Ryan Meagher, here again. This week, just a few days before the 2018 Cathedral Park Jazz Festival,  we sit down and talk with one of the most important...
Jul 17, 2018
Editor, Ryan Meagher, here. The Cathedral Park Jazz Festival is almost here. Hopefully you have read some of the interviews JazzScene conducted with the artist...
Jul 13, 2018
Electric bassist Zach Teran makes his debut as a leader with this quartet recording, featuring melodic, genre-bending original material that draws on his many...
Jun 22, 2018