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A Huge thank you to Portland HOF  for dropping gems in honor of the Late Great J DILLA for his birthday on Rare Jazz For...
02/09/2024

A Huge thank you to Portland HOF for dropping gems in honor of the Late Great J DILLA for his birthday on Rare Jazz For Lunch (Fridays Noon - 1pm)
A Kazoo of a good time!
And as always… Thank You Jay Dee
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New  tiny desk alert!Check out saxophonist  on the latest tiny desk show! Go to KMHD.ORG to check out the article explai...
02/07/2024

New tiny desk alert!
Check out saxophonist on the latest tiny desk show!
Go to KMHD.ORG to check out the article explaining the entire impact!

Here, Redman presents cuts from his latest album, Where Are We, a meditation on the complexities of America, featuring new collaborator vocalist Gabrielle Cavassa. In “Chicago Blues,” Redman’s take on a Count Basie classic, and a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Streets of Philadelphia,” Cavassa and Redman dance over the anchoring grooves from bassist Philip Norris and drummer Nazir Ebo, while pianist Paul Cornish delivers a stunning improvised transition between the two songs.

Happy MLK Day from  as we honor the legacies of these two pioneers. Pictured here from les McCann’s book of photography ...
01/15/2024

Happy MLK Day from as we honor the legacies of these two pioneers. Pictured here from les McCann’s book of photography called “Invitation To Openness” we see Les McCann and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Kodak Film.

R.I.P. to these two giants in culture.

IN CONVERSATION WITH Brice Rosenbloom  founder of  as we kick off the Winter Jazz Fest In New York for its 20th season!O...
01/11/2024

IN CONVERSATION WITH
Brice Rosenbloom founder of as we kick off the Winter Jazz Fest In New York for its 20th season!

One weekend, three stages and an old haunt. In 2005, this was the humble beginnings of a new type of jazz festival, one that fused the sounds and energy of the present day, with the foundational music and spirit of yesteryear. Winter Jazzfest was created to be an experience of jazz exploration. A self-described hotbed of cultural discovery. A bridge made by music.
Today, Winter Jazzfest has expanded to over a week of music across several venues and countless stages, featuring more than 500 artists performing on both sides of the Brooklyn Bridge. At the center of it all is Brice Rosenbloom.
-Alex Newman

Celebrating JAZZ WITHOUT BOUNDARIES with a YEAR IN REVIEW! Showcasing the albums from 2023 that made an impact here at  ...
01/04/2024

Celebrating JAZZ WITHOUT BOUNDARIES with a YEAR IN REVIEW! Showcasing the albums from 2023 that made an impact here at like the NEW ALBUM “Dolphins” from Greg Foat & Gigi Masin
Thank you so much for colliding styles on this album!
Check out the YEAR IN REVIEW 2023 at KMHD.ORG

The common denominator of Greg Foat’s three releases of 2023 is his collaboration with artists decades older than him. The youngest of the three is 68-year-old Italian synthesizer wizard Gigi Masin. On their record, “Dolphin,” they find a perfect middle ground between Masin’s ambient textures and Foat’s tendency to groove. Listen to the ethereal “Viento Calido” to hear the two keyboardists’ sensibilities mesh perfectly over the drumming of Moses Boyd. — Alex Newman

Celebrating JAZZ WITHOUT BOUNDARIES with a YEAR IN REVIEW! Showcasing the albums from 2023 that made an impact here at  ...
01/04/2024

Celebrating JAZZ WITHOUT BOUNDARIES with a YEAR IN REVIEW! Showcasing the albums from 2023 that made an impact here at like the NEW ALBUM “The Omnichord Real Book” from Meshell Ndegeocello
Thank you so much for this album!
Check out the YEAR IN REVIEW 2023 at KMHD.ORG

The Blue Note debut is a journey into Ndegeocello’s planet of exploration where you are transfixed by her vocals and an impressive guest roster of the who’s who in modern jazz sounds. “The Omnichord Real Book” reaches for new depths in soul and songwriting, and teases your mind into thinking about where jazz is coming from and where it is going. Highlights from the album are “ASR” and both versions of “Virgo.” — Meg Samples

Celebrating the life of the great Les McCann!Les McCann, a prolific and influential musician and recording artist who he...
01/02/2024

Celebrating the life of the great Les McCann!

Les McCann, a prolific and influential musician and recording artist who helped found the soul-jazz genre and became a favorite source for sampling by Dr. Dre, A Tribe Called Quest and hundreds of other hip-hop performers, has died

Celebrating JAZZ WITHOUT BOUNDARIES with a YEAR IN REVIEW! Showcasing the albums from 2023 that made an impact here at  ...
12/30/2023

Celebrating JAZZ WITHOUT BOUNDARIES with a YEAR IN REVIEW! Showcasing the albums from 2023 that made an impact here at like the NEW ALBUM “Brand New Life” from Brandee Younger
Thank you so much for bringing such a pristine album!
Check out the YEAR IN REVIEW 2023 at KMHD.ORG

Brandee Younger once again invites attention to the rich, magical and deeply melodic sounds of the harp with the April release of “Brand New Life.” Starting with an homage to Dorothy Ashby, the album is peppered with collaborations by such luminaries as Mumu Fresh, Pete Rock, Meshell Ndegeocello and 9th Wonder. Throughout the album, the harpist continuously demonstrates her unique brilliance and mastery of the instrument with a strong nod to those who influenced her. “Brand New Life” is an exquisite album that reaches the far crevices of the soul and mind, and Younger gently guides the listener through an emotional journey traveling across the landscape of the past, present and future of harp music. — Nicole D’Amato

Celebrating JAZZ WITHOUT BOUNDARIES with a YEAR IN REVIEW! Showcasing the albums from 2023 that made an impact here at  ...
12/29/2023

Celebrating JAZZ WITHOUT BOUNDARIES with a YEAR IN REVIEW! Showcasing the albums from 2023 that made an impact here at like the NEW ALBUM “SPIRITS” from
Thank you so much for this incredibly visionary album!
Check out the YEAR IN REVIEW 2023 at KMHD.ORG

To name a fledgling ensemble after the center of our known universe would appear to be hubris courting karma, were it not for the fact that the musicians that make up The Circling Sun had all previously cemented their individual places as titans of New Zealand’s jazz scene. Emerging fully formed as a cerebral supergroup, The Circling Sun meshes spiritual exploration, modal scales and Latin rhythms on their freshman effort with equal parts elegance and daring. From the atmospheric melodies to the gritty solos, “Spirits” is a heavenly listen through and through. — Bri Drennon

Celebrating JAZZ WITHOUT BOUNDARIES with a YEAR IN REVIEW! Showcasing the albums from 2023 that made an impact here at  ...
12/27/2023

Celebrating JAZZ WITHOUT BOUNDARIES with a YEAR IN REVIEW! Showcasing the albums from 2023 that made an impact here at like the NEW ALBUM “LATE AGAIN” from
Thank you so much for the incredible attention to detail!
Check out the YEAR IN REVIEW 2023 at KMHD.ORG

Do you know the one that goes “Piero Umiliani, Claude Debussy and Mulatu Astatke walk into a bar”? In most hands, this combination would make for a derivative joke, but that is most fortunately not the case with Sven Wunder’s newest release, “Late Again.” Instead, Wunder deftly weaves his menagerie of influences together like so many constellations on a star map. The result is a soundtrack to a half-remembered dream, filled with music that is both oddly nostalgic and undeniably new. One thing is clear though: Sven Wunder’s fourth album is proof that his talent and vision are as boundless as the night sky. — Bri Drennon

Celebrate the holiday with JAZZ WITHOUT BOUNDARIES!Special broadcasting all day to make your special moment that much sw...
12/25/2023

Celebrate the holiday with JAZZ WITHOUT BOUNDARIES!
Special broadcasting all day to make your special moment that much sweeter! Tune into 89.1 FM or stream at KMHD.ORG

Happy Holidays from KMHD JAZZ RADIO!

Celebrating JAZZ WITHOUT BOUNDARIES with a YEAR IN REVIEW! Showcasing the albums from 2023 that made an impact here at  ...
12/24/2023

Celebrating JAZZ WITHOUT BOUNDARIES with a YEAR IN REVIEW! Showcasing the albums from 2023 that made an impact here at like the NEW ALBUM “Black Classical Music” from
Thank you so much for the experience and deepest grooves!
Check out the YEAR IN REVIEW 2023 at KMHD.ORG

Yussef Dayes’ solo album “Black Classical Music” is a fusion-forward jazz cosmic journey into Black music. Dayes, both a fan and student of fusion drummer Billy Cobham, has perfected Cobham’s advice for drumming in this album. Dayes doesn’t beat the drum, he blisters — lightly and intensely. We also get a personal picture of Dayes, a Jamaican, who grew up in South London, who is also now a father. Stand out tracks include “Marching Band” and “Black Classical Music.” — Deena B.

Celebrating JAZZ WITHOUT BOUNDARIES with a YEAR IN REVIEW! Showcasing the albums from 2023 that made an impact here at  ...
12/22/2023

Celebrating JAZZ WITHOUT BOUNDARIES with a YEAR IN REVIEW! Showcasing the albums from 2023 that made an impact here at like the NEW ALBUM “Les Jardins Mystiques, Vol 1” from
Thank you so much for the journeys in sound and love!
Check out the YEAR IN REVIEW 2023 at KMHD.ORG

The violinist, composer and arranger Miguel Atwood-Ferguson has long been a stalwart in the creative music scene of his native Los Angeles, working with everyone from Anderson .Paak to Mary J. Blige. This album clocks in at a whopping 3 hours and 30 minutes, with 52 tracks (one for each week of the year) and represents over 14 years of (mostly self-funded) work for this prolific artist. Through this epic sonic experience, the listener is treated to a deep spiritual sound in improvised music, and often transported to a place of resonant peace. — Matt Fleeger

Celebrating JAZZ WITHOUT BOUNDARIES with a YEAR IN REVIEW! Showcasing the albums from 2023 that made an impact here at  ...
12/21/2023

Celebrating JAZZ WITHOUT BOUNDARIES with a YEAR IN REVIEW! Showcasing the albums from 2023 that made an impact here at like the NEW ALBUM “FEATHERS” from &
Thank you so much for the plentiful work and love!
Check out the YEAR IN REVIEW 2023 at KMHD.ORG

Another prolific year for keyboardist and composer Greg Foat culminated in the release of his third LP of 2023, a collaboration with Finnish tenor legend Eero Koivistoinen. Recorded at Studio Pelto during a dark and stormy weekend, the music invokes the luminosity and depth of 1970s spiritual jazz while firmly existing in the now due to Foat’s use of myriad synthesizers. “Feathers” is a sublime album, in no small part due to Koivistoinen’s rich and elegant saxophone work. In fractured times, this is the kind of music than can offer us a measure of healing.
— Derek Smith

Thank you so much  of .sun.music for coming by the studio and explaining the magic of your musical process with all of u...
12/20/2023

Thank you so much of .sun.music for coming by the studio and explaining the magic of your musical process with all of us on NEW JAZZ FOR LUNCH!

And for the new exclusive sneak peek of your latest work!

Celebrating JAZZ WITHOUT BOUNDARIES with a YEAR IN REVIEW! Showcasing the albums from 2023 that made an impact here at  ...
12/20/2023

Celebrating JAZZ WITHOUT BOUNDARIES with a YEAR IN REVIEW! Showcasing the albums from 2023 that made an impact here at like the NEW ALBUM from “It’s OK, B U”!
Thanks again Kiefer for sharing your encouragement and sound!

It’s a delicacy to find an album that can soothe and calm your spirit while at the same time energizing your body and motivating your soul. In comes Kiefer’s new album “It’s OK, B U,” and its sole purpose for the masses: encouragement. This album shows the musical prowess not only of a pianist on such a rise it’s concerning, but also as a producer making beats that knock so hard I thought I had guests! — Bryson Wallace

Celebrating JAZZ WITHOUT BOUNDARIES with a YEAR IN REVIEW!Starting off with  latest album “Animals” that dropped this ye...
12/20/2023

Celebrating JAZZ WITHOUT BOUNDARIES with a YEAR IN REVIEW!

Starting off with latest album “Animals” that dropped this year!
Thanks Kassa for always making the bar go higher!

Kassa Overall’s mentor, drummer Billy Hart, notes that Kassa is a jazz musician who excels in the pop field. This duality is the secret sauce of Overall’s album “Animals.” The music is dense and woven with collaborations from wide-ranging artists like Theo Croker, Vijay Iyer, Lil B and Danny Brown. In those thick tapestries of sound he still leaves space for his collaborators to shine and the listener to find their own meaning of his work. The tension between that density and space explodes magnificently on the track “The Lava Is Calm.” — Alex Newman

What a year it’s been for Jazz Without Boundaries here at KMHD!Go to KMHD.Org to see and hear the best albums we loved f...
12/18/2023

What a year it’s been for Jazz Without Boundaries here at KMHD!
Go to KMHD.Org to see and hear the best albums we loved for 2023!

KMHD selects 10 of the most illuminating works that celebrate jazz without boundaries.
With the ending of the year, comes a look back at some of the most expansive artistic works that contributed to the soundtrack of jazz without boundaries. Below, check out KMHD’s top 10 jazz albums of 2023, curated by your KMHD hosts.

Such an Amazing time chatting with  talking about their new heavy hitting album SOLAR MUSIC available now!Thanks for com...
12/06/2023

Such an Amazing time chatting with talking about their new heavy hitting album SOLAR MUSIC available now!
Thanks for coming by and sharing your vision with us here at and for making today’s edition of Takin’ OFF with a whole lot sweeter!

Welcome to the world of surrealist blues poet, Aja Monet, transforming into a lush garden, the Tiny Desk blooms with the...
12/04/2023

Welcome to the world of surrealist blues poet, Aja Monet, transforming into a lush garden, the Tiny Desk blooms with the stanzas, sounds and legacy of jazz poetry. Check it out on our website at KMHD.org

NEW INTERVIEW ALERT 🚨 André 3000 (  ) opens up about ‘New Blue Sun,’ his daring new solo album with  &  Check out this i...
11/15/2023

NEW INTERVIEW ALERT 🚨

André 3000 ( )
opens up about ‘New Blue Sun,’ his daring new solo album with &

Check out this in depth Audio Interview on our website at KMHD.ORG

Stank You Very Much!

NEW ARTICLE ALERT 🚨 Back with another installment of KMHD’S: RECORDS WE LOVE  where we celebrate the late legend himself...
11/08/2023

NEW ARTICLE ALERT 🚨

Back with another installment of
KMHD’S: RECORDS WE LOVE
where we celebrate the late legend himself TONY ALLEN on the 18th exclusive!
Check It Out at KMHD.ORG

Hosts from KMHD dig into their collections, pull out a gem and tell us why the album is essential.

“World-renowned and legendary drummer Allen was sure to leave behind one more relic for the world to enjoy! With eight tracks, it is the definition of a seamless album. From start to finish, this album is jam-packed with delicious polyrhythms and a tempo sure to keep your body and mind moving as one.”
-Bryson Wallace

NEW ARTICLE ALERT 🚨 Another installment of KMHD’s RECORDS WE LOVE is live now at KMHD.ORG Where we celebrate the late gr...
11/06/2023

NEW ARTICLE ALERT 🚨

Another installment of KMHD’s RECORDS WE LOVE is live now at KMHD.ORG
Where we celebrate the late great Tony Allen on the 18th release of .

Hosts from KMHD dig into their collections, pull out a gem, and tell us why the album is essential.

“World renowned and legendary drummer Tony Allen was sure to leave behind one more relic for the world to enjoy! With eight tracks, it is the definition of a seamless album. From start to finish, this album is jam packed with delicious polyrhythms and a tempo sure to keep your body and mind moving as one.”
-Bryson Wallace

It’s $5 TUESDAY TODAY!Join for the first time as a Rhythm Section member with an ongoing contribution of $5 or more a mo...
10/31/2023

It’s $5 TUESDAY TODAY!

Join for the first time as a Rhythm Section member with an ongoing contribution of $5 or more a month! Use your checking or bank account and your support will do even more!

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KMHD’S THE SCENE WITH  ARTICLE AVAILABLE NOW Artists making an impact on jazz without boundaries in the Pacific Northwes...
10/19/2023

KMHD’S THE SCENE WITH
ARTICLE AVAILABLE NOW

Artists making an impact on jazz without boundaries in the Pacific Northwest.

Check it out on our website!

Let’s get into it. Check out KMHD’s top 10 jazz albums of 2022, curated and mused over by your KMHD hosts , Nicole D’Ama...
12/20/2022

Let’s get into it. Check out KMHD’s top 10 jazz albums of 2022, curated and mused over by your KMHD hosts , Nicole D’Amato, Matt Fleeger, Alex Newman, , , Derek Smith and . And to take with you, playlist incapsulating the year in jazz and beyond. Link in bio.

Good Morning!Saturday Morning is for refreshing jazz and soul with FIRST LIGHT9am - 12pm with  Tune in Saturday & Sunday...
07/30/2022

Good Morning!
Saturday Morning is for refreshing jazz and soul with FIRST LIGHT
9am - 12pm with

Tune in Saturday & Sunday
Where we celebrate JAZZ WITHOUT BOUNDARIES!

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