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Bill Royston, Founder of Portland Jazz Festival passed away on Friday 10/15/21

10/18/2021 | 0 comments

After a long-illness, Bill Royston who founded the Portland Jazz Festival passed away at age 75. Read the wonderful stories he did for OMN after a baffling recovery from dementia.


Portland Blues Community Comes Together to Support Greg "Slim Lively" Johnson, a Friend in Need

10/10/2021 | 0 comments

By MARTI MENDENHALL // Rich Layton, Ty Curtis and the Curtis Salgado/Terry Robb duo plus a silent auction at The Crystal Ballroom on Sunday, October 17th. This event is not-to-be-missed If you enjoy ...


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Music at the 2021 Portland Marathon

10/07/2021 | 0 comments

By MICHAEL CONLEY// An inside look at music at the 2021 Portland Marathon from Michael Conley, aka Shoehorn, a musician who played it.


Mary - Sue Tobin: Catching up, Quads, albums, concerts / Coffeeshop Conversations @ Artichoke Music #313

09/30/2021 | 0 comments

By TOM D'ANTONI // Saxophonist Mary-Sue Tobin was our first guest here 7 years ago. Let's find out what's new with her, the Quadraphonnes and lots more.


Herbie Hancock at Edgefield on 09/22/2021 - Photos

09/24/2021 | 0 comments



David Vest: 2 new Blues albums, both very different / Coffeeshop Conversations @ Artichoke Music #310

09/09/2021 | 0 comments

By TOM D'ANTONI // Oregon favorite turned Canadian, Bluesman David Vest has two new albums, both live, all Blues but very different. Find out how and hear a version of Mystery Train that'll surprise you.


Cecil Taylor and Gary Giddins: The long-ago night I interviewed them on the radio / Coffeeshop Conversations @ Artichoke Music #308

08/27/2021 | 3 comments

By TOM D'ANTONI // One night in March of 1990, I did a phoner on the radio with Cecil Taylor and Gary Giddins, both giants. Taylor for his music, Giddins for his music journalism and I was along for the ...


Bruce Conte with Lydia Pense / Photo by Tina Abbaszadeh

Bruce Conte Tower of Power guitarist remembered by his friend Louis Pain

08/16/2021 | 8 comments

By LOUIS PAIN // Remembering Bruce Conte


Ryan Meagher: All about the 2021 Montavilla Jazz Festival / Coffeeshop Conversations @ Artichoke Music #305

08/11/2021 | 0 comments

By TOM D'ANTONI // Everything you want to know about the 2021 Montavilla Jazz Festival, August 20-22 from guitarist/composer/co-curator Ryan Meagher.


Mary and yours truly.

Mary Flower: A new song and a new festival (now postponed): Coffeeshop Conversations @ Artichoke Music #305

08/04/2021 | 0 comments

By TOM D'ANTONI // Mary Flower performs a new song about the pandemic and talks about the just-postponed Artichoke Music Summerfest coming August 26-29.


Derek Sims: Trumpeter, composer, educator steps back into Jazztronica. Coffeeshop Conversations @ Artichoke Music #304

07/29/2021 | 1 comments

By TOM D'ANTONI // Derek Sims co-wrote and performed our theme music, Ghost Jazz with Keith Schreiner. The educator part of his life takes up most of his time but he's been dipping his toe in ...


Galen Clark: Outer Orbit to Trio Subtonic / Coffeeshop Conversations at Artichoke Music #303

07/23/2021 | 0 comments

By TOM D'ANTONI // Galen Clark of Outer Orbit, Trio Subtonic and other ensembles talks about juggling multiple bands and emerging from the pandemIc.


Summer of Soul: OMN National Editor Art Levine on the best music documentary ever / Coffeeshop Conversations @ Artichoke Music # 302

07/14/2021 | 0 comments

By TOM D'ANTONI // A music documentary that makes you cry? Questlove's "Summer of Soul" is the perfect blend of music and context. Listen to Art Levine and Tom talk about it.


Cathedral Park Jazz Festival returns: In Person July 16-18

07/12/2021 | 0 comments

After a year in Covid exile musicians and music lovers will once again gather under the St. John's Bridge for three summer's days of home-grown music...July 16-18. Full schedule here


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