By TOM D'ANTONI // Spend an hour with one of the busiest, most versatile saxophonists in Oregon. You know her from the Quaraphonnes, Soul Vaccination and many other bands, but you've never heard her like this.
So much of our lives seem to center around our favorite coffeeshop, that when I wanted to start a series of hour-long interviews with some of the most interesting people in Oregon, I thought, "Why not a a coffeeshop?" So here's the first, recorded, as they all are, in the "cupping room" at World Cup Coffee and Tea at NW. 18th and Glison. And before we go any further, yes I know that "coffeeshop" is usually two words. Well, I decided to change that. So there you have it. Mary-Sue Tobin is no stranger to OMN. You've seen our shorter video interviews, read about her with the Quadraphonnes and as a huge part of the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival. You know her from her years with Soul Vaccination and with countless Jazz bands including Andrew Oliver's bands and the Paxselin Quartet, even with the Oregon Symphony and in the pit band at Portland Center Stage as well as a full complement of teaching. As well as you think you may know her...as well as I think I may know her, once you spend an hour talking, you learn a lot about a person. That's why we're doing Coffeeshop Conversations.
Originally run December 4, 2014
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When our new site went up a few months ago, many of our old stories got...well, lost due to IT error. We are restoring many of them, including all of the Coffeeshop Conversations.