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08/23/2018

George Mitchell: Coffeeshop Conversation #161 / Combining playing with Diana Ross and Jazz piano

By TOM D'ANTONI // George Mitchell has been Diana Ross' pianist since 1980...and has been playing Jazz around here since before that. What's that like?

Back in the cupping room at World Cup Coffee and Tea at NW 18th and Glisan in what used to be Portland, Oregon for another OMN Coffeeshop Conversation. Number one hundred and sixty-one. Geeze.

Today we’ve got George Mitchell, one of the finest musicians in Oregon and beyond. He’s a Jazz pianist and composer but in addition, has been Diana Ross’ pianst since 1980. Think about that for a minute.

He’s been all over the world with her in large and small ensembles, while at the same time maintaining a busy schedule of gigs back here.

I’ve been as curious about his work with Diana Ross as I have enjoyed his Jazz playing.

So what’s it like playing with Diana Ross for so long? How did he get the gig? And all those other questions. You know.

Meet George Mitchell.

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