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  • 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

  • WBGO at the Portland Jazz Festival: Part 1

    February 25, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.

    thara esperanza
    Photo by Michael Bell

    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.

    Although the Portland Jazz Festival is *technically* halfway over, with five days of local and national acts having blown through town, things really started to heat up yesterday. Not only was clarinetist Don Byron in town to play an eclectic set of jazz-infused klezmer music inspired by the late singer/comedian Mickey Katz, but the city's local hero, media darling and consummate musician Esperanza Spalding (pictured) made her first public appearance at Portland State University. Read more

  • Morning Cup of Jazz 2/25/11

    February 25, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.

    Today at WBGO:

    - Tonight on the WBGO Journal: One immigrant's story, Women in Media, and a one-woman show that brings Billie Holiday to the stage. Tune in at 7:30 or listen online.

    - Our faithful correspondent Alex W. Rodriguez is in Portland, Oregon this week to check out the Portland Jazz Festival. Check back at the blog for his dispatches starting today.

    - Tomorrow night at 7:30, WBGO will broadcast of Randy Weston's African Rhythms live from NJPAC.

    Highlights From Today's WBGO Music Calendar:

    - Tony Malaby Tuba Quartet at Cornelia Street Cafe

    - Diane Moser at Caldwell College

    - Ahmad Jamal and Lee Konitz at J@LC

    - Gregg August at the Jazz Gallery

    Click through to learn more about today's jazz happenings: Read more