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What the #%$! is jazz?
Issue #7 explores The Sounds of Portland Jazz, asking: In a city that prides itself on its music scene, why has some of its very best talent been overlooked? Paying tribute to Portland’s jazz history and looking towards its future, find out where the homegrown, incomparably worthy scene is going.
Plus, get a crash course in jazz from our guide, read features on The Thermals, Radiation City and The Ghost Ease, and find out how to sell out your next gig!
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See ya out there in Portland’s musical vortex!
From The Editor
An Open Letter to Jazz MusiciansChris Young - Feb 1, 2016
The conversation about Portland jazz does not have to begin and end with Jimmy Mak’s or the Portland Jazz Festival. And while local jazz musicians are wont to improvise creatively, they should do...
A Portlander’s Guide To JazzChris Young - Feb 4, 2016
From jazz in pop culture to the essential PDX jazz records to where you can experience it live, here's a crash course in local jazz.
Want to Sell Out Your Next Show?Chris Young - Jan 18, 2016
Take these concert promotion tips from local music marketing pros and add them to your checklist—then pick up plenty more when Vortex hosts a marketing meet up at the Doug Fir on January 24...
The Thermals Won’t DisappearChris Young - Mar 8, 2016
Making it look easy for the seventh time, the post-pop punk trio tackles technology, love and death on their new studio record, 'We Disappear,' due out March 25. Catch them at the Wonder Ballroom...
Portraits of Portland Music
The Ghost Ease's Elegant DestructionSam Gehrke - Feb 17, 2016
From PDX to NYC, The Ghost Ease are set to decimate the nation’s ears, playing music as honest and 'RAW' as their personalities. Catch the dynamic trio celebrating the release of their new 'Live...
From PDX to NYC: On The Road with The Ghost EasePhotos by Sam Gehrke
February 17, 2016 12:00pm
At Home with Radiation CityEric Skelton - Jan 27, 2016
The alt-pop quartet invites us into their home studio on the eve of the release of their new record, 'Synesthetica'—out February 12, 2016. Photos by Autumn Andel
Why Isn’t Jazz Popular?Matt Fleeger - Jan 28, 2016
There’s something for everybody in jazz. It’s the most open-minded sound on the planet, no matter what the Jazz Police say. Photos by Jason Quigley
Portraits of Portland Music
The Sounds of Portland JazzNathan Rizzo - Feb 2, 2016
In a city that prides itself on its music scene, why has some of its very best talent been overlooked? Photos by Jason Quigley
Blitzen Trapper at Revolution Hall on Nov. 28, 2015Photos by Jason Quigley
December 5, 2015 11:45am
The Jeremy Wilson FoundationThere’s a vulnerability to being a full-time musician. It’s not only what happens onstage when one puts him or herself out there night after night to entertain, and it’s not just the paycheck that varies from month to month. Musicians work like freelancers, and those who don’t rely on a day job...
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