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Darrell Grant: A new composition and a new music video for our time. / Coffeeshop Conversations @ Artichoke Music #256

08/06/2020 | 0 comments

By TOM D'ANTONI // Darrell Grant, composer, pianist and teacher has a new composition, "Take Flight," which he says, "offers hope, solace, and inspiration to forge a new way forward." Hear him talk about ...

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Lloyd Jones! Performing today, July 19 at 6pm on OMN Live

07/18/2020 | 0 comments

Tune into Oregon Music News for a backyard visit with blues legend Lloyd "Have Mercy " Jones and maybe he'll play some of the new tunes from his upcoming album. OMN Live at 6pm Sunday, July 19 on ...

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Cathedral Park Jazz Festival lives online: streaming this weekend.

07/15/2020 | 0 comments

Portland's most idyllic music festival will unfold on it's usual weekend but this year, streaming. Watch Friday through Sunday July 17-19. Here's how you can watch.

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Lady A at the Waterfront Blues Festival / OMN photo

Lady A: The singer not the group. Her story. / Coffeeshop Conversations @ Artichoke Music #254

07/14/2020 | 1 comments

By TOM D'ANTONI // Blues/Soul singer Lady A has been calling herself that for decades. Recently Lady Antebellum got suddenly woke and changed their name to hers. Singer Lady A talks about the battle for ...

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Farnell Newton, a new label of his own and keeping very busy in the time of covid / Coffeeshop Conversations @ Artichoke Music #253

07/09/2020 | 0 comments

By TOM D'ANTONI // The unstoppable trumpeter, composer, producer, label owner with a new album on his own label lofijazzsoul.

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Waterfront Blues Festival Blues Fest Bandwagon, Bayou Boyz & Arietta Ward 07/03/20 - Photos

07/04/2020 | 3 comments

By DIANE RUSSELL // We couldn't go to the Blues Festival this year, so it came to us.

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Waterfront Blues Festival 2020: Paintings & Drawings from the past 20 years of performances

07/04/2020 | 2 comments

By DIANE RUSSELL // Painter Diane Russell, and also an OMN photographer, has been photographing and painting subjects from the Waterfront Blues Festival for 20 years. Here's a gallery of her WBF paintings.

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Denson at the 2013 Waterfront Blues Festival Photo by Jon T. Cruz

Karl Denson: Waterfront Blues Festival, July 5, 2013 / Audio interview

06/30/2020 | 0 comments

By TOM D'ANTONI // Karl Denson fills a very important place in the Jazz/Funk nexus. His tunes are complex enough to make any Jazz fan happy, but funky enough to make you dance. This was the original function ...

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Waterfront Blues Festival 2020: Enjoying past festivals online and on TV and radio...and your front yard

06/27/2020 | 0 comments

Since there's no festival this year, you can see and hear past festivals on KOIN-TV and KBOO and through the Bluesfest Bandwagon.

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Photo by Stephanie Neil

Tony Coleman on BLM, the times and BB King / Coffeeshop Conversations @ Artichoke Music #251

06/18/2020 | 0 comments

By TOM D'ANTONI // Tony (TC) Coleman, BB King's drummer for 35 years talks about BLM, racism, Mr. King and a whole lot more. Gather 'round children.

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Gregory Porter - "Mr Holland" / A song for today's world

06/16/2020 | 0 comments

Gregory Porter's new tune, "Mr. Holland" a song about equality.

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Lady A says wait a minute Lady Antebellum! I was here first!

06/12/2020 | 0 comments

Blues fans will recognize Lady A from her Portland appearances and from seeing her at the Waterfront Blues Festival. Lady Antebellum wants to change their name to Lady A. The real Lady A says no wAy.

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The best Jazz gig ever: Heat, humidity, Dianne Reeves and a little girl

05/29/2020 | 0 comments

By BILL ROYSTON // One memorable night with Dianne Reeves, a little girl and cigarettes.

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Benjamin Moussay

New solo piano albums by Jon Balke and Benjamin Moussay / Review

05/26/2020 | 0 comments

By BILL ROYSTON // ECM has released two new solo piano albums, one by Norway's Jon Balke and Banjamin Moussay from France...both worthwhile.

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Joe Henderson

The Worst Jazz Gig Ever!

05/25/2020 | 0 comments

Bill Royston spins the tale of the worst Jazz gig ever...including No Show Joe Henderson.

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Lloyd Jones: Sitting on a new album til the coast is clear / Coffeeshop Conversations (Not) @ Artichoke Music #247

05/21/2020 | 0 comments

By TOM D'ANTONI // Lloyd Jones made an album with the cream of the Nashville Blues players. He's finally going to get it to you at the end of the summer. And what else he's been doing during the tribulations.

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Giving Emily Remler her due, thirty years later

05/10/2020 | 2 comments

By BILL ROYSTON // The tales and trials of the late guitarist Emily Remler.

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Tales of the late Richie Cole who died at 72 on May 2

05/04/2020 | 0 comments

By BILL ROYSTON // Remembering a few wild adventures with the Alto Madness of Richie Cole

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Jan Garbarek

Bill Royston: Vivid memories of his International Jazz Days / Part 2

05/03/2020 | 0 comments

By BILL ROYSTON // Memories, musings and opinions from past International Jazz Days. Including Anthony Braxton in 90 degree weather wearing a heavy overcoat and a long muffler wrapped around his neck.

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Bill Royston celebrating International Jazz Day while quarantined

04/30/2020 | 2 comments

By BILL ROYSTON // Tips on how to celebrate International Jazz Day today and every day...and some remembrances of Past IJD's.

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