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  • The Kora Band and Devin Phillips at the Portland Jazz Festival

    February 27, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.

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    Photo by Steve Korn
    Photo by Steve Korn

    This week, WBGO web producer and Portland, Oregon native Alex W. Rodriguez traveled to his hometown to attend the Portland Jazz Festival. How has jazz in his hometown fared, eight years after he left for the East Coast? Watch this space to find out, as Alex shares his experiences throughout the main festival weekend.

    Last night, I caught a pair of shows featuring some local Portland talent: a double-bill at the Mission Theater with the Kora Band and the Devin Phillips Quintet. Both featured Portland native Andrew Oliver (pictured, right), an old friend from my high school days. He also happens to be one of the many supremely talented jazz musicians who call Portland home today. Read more

  • The 3 Cohens at the Portland Jazz Festival

    February 26, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.

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    Photo by Glenio Campregher
    Photo by Glenio Campregher

    This week, WBGO web producer and Portland, Oregon native Alex W. Rodriguez traveled to his hometown to attend the Portland Jazz Festival. How has jazz in his hometown fared, eight years after he left for the East Coast? Watch this space to find out, as Alex shares his experiences throughout the main festival weekend.

    This afternoon, the three Israeli siblings Anat (left), Avishai (center) and Yuval Cohen played for an enthusiastic crowd at Portland's Crystal Ballroom. Along with bassist Matt Penman, drummer Eric Harland and pianist Aaron Goldber, they played an energetic set of hard-swinging jazz that offered an opportunity for each of the three siblings' musical personalities to shine. Read more

  • Esperanza Spalding at the Portland Jazz Festival

    February 26, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.

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    Esperanza Spalding started her live show in a similar pose
    photo by Sandrine Lee

    This week, WBGO web producer and Portland, Oregon native Alex W. Rodriguez traveled to his hometown to attend the Portland Jazz Festival. How has jazz in his hometown fared, eight years after he left for the East Coast? Watch this space to find out, as Alex shares his experiences throughout the main festival weekend.

    Last night, bassist-singer-composer-jazz phenomenon Esperanza Spalding made her wildly-anticipated appearance at this week's Portland Jazz Festival. As the main Friday night attraction, Ms. Spalding sold out Portland's 880-set Newmark theater within days of winning the Best New Artist Grammy award earlier this month. She played music from her latest record, Chamber Music Society, and captivated her hometown crowd throughout the 90-minute performance. Read more