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Greetings. I hope this finds you well. My first live recordings since the pandemic began — two new stories with pianist and composer Tom Grant. — “Rivers (...
Nov 03, 2021
New Stories: Lynn Darroch's pandemic productions
Preview by Tree Palmedo, August 2021— When this year’s Montavilla Jazz Festival kicks off, audiences will be greeted not by a lineup of live performers but by...
Aug 17, 2021
Montavilla Jazz Festival Returns With A New Look
This self-guided sound walk will be released in full August 28, 2021 on the ECHOES mobile app. This one-mile walking tour explores Albina’s musical culture of...
Aug 13, 2021
The Albina Soul Walk
Preview by JSO Staff, July 2021— This weekend brings the return of a Portland tradition: the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, live and in-person. With fair...
Jul 12, 2021
2021 Cathedral Park Jazz Festival: Here's What to Expect
Interview by Tree Palmedo, July 2021— Ramsey Embick has lived many lives in the music industry. An Oregon native, he has been a pianist, producer, arranger,...
Jul 11, 2021
Celebrating the Music and Legacy of Chick Corea With Ramsey Embick
Archival Interview by Don Campbell, November 2008— Portland's music scene lost one of its titans this week when drummer, bandleader, and radio DJ Carlton...
Jul 06, 2021
Remembering Carlton Jackson 1961-2021
Interview by Tree Palmedo, July 2021— As musicians have come and gone from the Portland scene, Barra Brown has stuck around. Since moving to Portland from...
Jul 03, 2021
Artist Q&A: Barra Brown on Remote Collaboration and Returning to Live Performance
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
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