The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility

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The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility on 06/08/13

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The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility on 06/01/13

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The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility on 05/25/13

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Jim Pepper: Re-imagining a Jazz Sensibility

Jim Pepper: Re-imagining a Jazz Sensibility on KBOO 90.7FM

Tune into KBOO 90.7FM this Saturday May 25 2:00-3:30pm PST for an hour and a half of rare Jim Pepper audio tracks, Jim PepperFest 2013 updates and sparkling, witty and erudite conversation on The Motif’s show.

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One of the great things about KBOO (Full Strength Community Radio) is that the station’s programmers have such wide latitude with their time, with time itself, in that they can play tracks that most stations won’t touch because of their length.

Jim Pepper never recorded for pop radio. Probably 95% of his recorded tracks are longer than five minutes. You need a long attention span to really hear and understand his music.

The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility on 05/18/13

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The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility on 05/11/13

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The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility on 05/04/13

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The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility on 04/27/13

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The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility on 04/20/13

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Sat, 04/20/2013 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
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Shaheed Brings New York to The Motif

The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility on 04/13/13

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Sat, 04/13/2013 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
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The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility on 04/06/13

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Sat, 04/06/2013 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
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Live Jazz on the Motif

Tune in Saturday for a grand fanalie to our Spring Membership Drive! today's Motif will feature Nick Gefro and Pa!Lante, S. Bock and Friends, and Charles Robinson!  Tune in to hear these fantastic jazz performers live on KBOO!


Interview with Ravi Coltrane

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Sat, 07/28/2012

Yugen Rashad interviewed Ravi Coltrane. They talk about music, life and vibration.


PDX Jazz, the presenting organization of the Portland Jazz Festival in partnership with Jimmy Mak's, announces saxophonist Ravi Coltrane as part of the continuing PDX Jazz @ Jimmy Mak's series on Wednesday, August 8th @ 7:00 & 9:00. Coltrane will lead a quartet with pianist David Virelles, bassist Dezron Douglas, and drummer E.J. Strickland in support of his Blue Note debut, Spirit Fiction.

Coltrane released Spirit Fiction on June 19th. The 11-track album features two different band lineups, each with a unique expressive urgency. Several tracks feature Coltrane's long-term quartet with pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Drew Gress and drummer E.J. Strickland. Coltrane also enlisted a quintet including trumpeter Ralph Alessi, pianist Geri Allen, bassist James Genus and drummer Eric Harland - the personnel featured on his sophomore release From the Round Box.

Born on Long Island in 1965, Ravi Coltrane is the second son of John and Alice Coltrane. His father died when Coltrane was only two and Alice, a renowned composer and pianist, raised him on the West Coast and proved a strong role model in her own right. Ravi had the honor of producing and playing on Alice Coltrane's Translinear Light, released three years prior to her death in 2007.

A move back east to New York and pivotal stints with Elvin Jones, Wallace Roney and Steve Coleman led Coltrane to begin asserting himself as a leader in the mid 1990's, and he has since released five albums including Moving Pictures (1998), From The Round Box (2000), Mad 6 (2002), In Flux (2005), and Blending Times (2009). He has also continued appearing as a sideman with the likes of McCoy Tyner, Jack DeJohnette, Jeff 'Tain' Watts, and Flying Lotus, and as a co-leader of the Saxophone Summit with Joe Lovano and Dave Liebman.

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The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility playlist for 11/22/2014

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Billy Paullet m' inthe best of
Vincent Hardingnorwegian woodThe beatles a jazz tribute
The Beatlesnorwegian woodrubber soul
Kurt ellingnorwegian woodthe gate
Mccoy TynerShe's leaving homeI got No Kick Against Modern Jazz
Sarah MennescalHere comes the sunJazz and Beatles
Robert GlasperJesus ChildrenBlack Radio 2
Randy Crawford/Joe SampleFeeling GoodFeeling Good
kirk whalumwade in the waterThe gospel according to jazz chptr 1
3pm/greg osbyrepay in kindsymbols of light a solution
bobby hutchersonherzogTotal Eclipse
Joe lockeaint no sunshinelay down my heart
Bill cosbylaurahello, friend: to ennis with love

The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility playlist for 11/01/2014

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blue note plays bacharach#1Blue Note Plays Bacharach
sergio mendes#16celebration
bernard purdie#13soul to jazz
ramsey lewis trio#5the greatest hits
bob sneider joe locke#1fallen angel
bobby hutcherson#3the view from the inside
joey DeFrancesco#9never can say goodbye
larry goldings#1whatever it takes
stevie wonder#7talking book
3pm/isaac hayes#4the isaac hayes movement
phililippe saisse33body and soul
""" """"""#2my favorite songs
sergio mendes#7magic
Casandra Wilson#6days aweigh
branford marsalis#1random abstract
Joey Francesco#4all or nothing at all

The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility playlist for 10/25/2014

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bobby hutcherson#1somewhere in the night
jane bunnett#1maqueque
the meters#11look ka py py
carmen lundy#3soul to soul
lonnie smith#7rise up
keith jarrett#4tokyo 96
somie#17the lagos music salon
claire fischer#8pacific jazz
flora purim#4butterfly dreams
gerald albright#5slam dunk
bobby hutcherson#3the view from the inside
Branford Marsalis#1contemporary jazzx
stefon harris#3urbanus
marc cary#5four directions
jerry goldsmith#1soundtrack
film noir#2fallen angel
nicholas payton#4into the blue
bobby hutcherson#3components
bobby hutcherson#4knucklebean
JOEY DE FRANCESCO#2organic vibes

The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility playlist for 08/23/2014

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roy haynes#5birds of a feather
eddie harris#4the in sound
joey DeFrancesco33all or nothing at all
Branford marsalis#1random abstract
joey DeFrancesco#4all or nothing at all
al jarreau#9my old friend
sergio mendes#1encantobi
Gerald Albright#3giving myself to you
lonnie smith#7Jungle Soul
3:00/bobby hutcherson#1somewhere in the night
joey DeFrancesco#6enjoy the view
eddie henderson#7oasis
kenny garrett#8happy people
lonnie liston smith#11love goddess
dr. lonnie smith#4rise up
joey DeFrancesco#5all or nothing at all
bobby hutcherson#3components
sergio mendes#1encanto
4/keith jarrett#4the out of towner

The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility playlist for 07/19/2014

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bobby hutchersonherzogtotal eclipsebluenote
lee ritenour4 on 6wes boundGRP
ralph mcdonaldmeet me in margaritavillehome grownantisia
roy ayersgoree islandin the darkcolumbia
theo crokerit's not you, it's meafrophysicistOKEH
will downingi can't help itsensual journeygp
gretchen parlatoi can't help itin a dreamobliqsound
gilbertobrazilian tapestrygilbertocti
quincy jonesbluesettemellow madnessAM
dexter wanselmy vacationdigital groove wolrdhhot planet
3pm/freddie hubardspirits of tranekeep your soul togethercti
bill evansi do it for loveaffinitywb
ketih jarretti can't believe that you're in love with methe out of townersecm
Bill whitersin the name of loveyou tube
roberta flackin the name of lovei'm the oneatlantic
grover washington, jrin the name of lovewine lightElektra
Nnenna Freelonlil b's poemlisten
bobby hutcherson"" "" ""components
Kenneth WhallumThose who believeyou tube
grovertake me therewinelightElecktra
theo crokerrealizeafrophysicist
russell gunnsybil's bluesEthnomusicology Vol 1Atlantic
freddie hubbardhapiness is nowskaglycti
barbara dennerleinin the mudouthippedVerve

The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility playlist for 06/21/2014

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dizzy#2Pleyel 53
Horace Silver RIP#6It' Gotta be Funkcy
Horace Silver RIP#3The Jody Grind
Theo Crocker#9Afroficist
Horace Silver#2Pencil packin papa
Russell GunnAfrican QueenHorace Silver Songbook
Horace Silver#8hardbop grandpop
3/Freddie HubbardCamel RiseHigh Energy
Bobby HutchersonCamel RiseMontara
lonnie liston smithAstral Travelergolden dreams
pharoah sanders" "collection
keith jarrett#2The Out-of Towners
Bobby McferrinpeaceBobby Mcferrin
Patrice Rushenalmost homesignature
Harvey Masonbefore the dawnchameleon
nicholas paytonsun goddessnick at night
4/Darryl ReevesMr. hurtdiary of a bandstand
gary bartzcarnaval de l'esprit
roy ayersone sweet love to rememberVibrations
me shell ndegeocellobitter sweetpeace beyond passion

The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility playlist for 06/14/2014

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donald byrdSpaces and placesplaces and spaces
Harvey masonSpaces and placesChameleon
Bill whitherswho is he...Best of
Mishell Ndegeocellowho is he...peace beyond passion
jazzholelowdownpoets walk
incongnitolowdowntransatlantic r.p.m.
2:35/Eric GaleGinseng WomanGinseng Woman
Theo CrokerrealizeAfro Physicist
lou donaldsonCaravanSay It Loud
Russell GunnCaravanEthnomusicology Vol. 2
Mariah CareymoneyI am Mariah
Lonnie Plaxicosummetime romanceplaxico
bennie maupin/dr patrick gleesonDrving while blackdriving while black
harvey masoneither waychameleon
craig t. cooperthe fountain pena romantic letter

The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility playlist for 05/31/2014

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Buckshot Le Fonque#3Buckshot Le Fonque
Etienne Charles33Creole soul
Etienne Charles#2Folklore
Lonnie Plaxio#8Westside Stories
Kurt Elling#8The Gate
bobby hutcherson#1montara
Stephon Harris#6evolution
kenny garrett#7pushing the world away
3pm/Marion meadows#3Secrets
Robert Glasper#3double booked
diane reeves#5beautiful life
burt bacharach33one amazing night
gretchen parlato#1in a dream
grover washington jr.#4skylarkin
bob baldwin#4never can say goodbye
Theo Croker#11afro physicist
herbie hancock#7The Prisoner
charles earland#2the almighty burner
4/everett harp#7first love
harvey mason#5chameleon
little beaver#1party down
Pleasure#7special things

The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility playlist for 05/24/2014

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robert glapser#3double booked
Marion Meadows#3Secrets
stefon Harris#11evolution
bobby hutcherson#2montara
Harvey mason#2chameleon
wayne shorter#1without a net
bobby hutcherson#1somewhere in the night
burt bacharach#10one amazing night
jack jones#1wives and lovers
brigett mcwilliams#3Too Much Woman
frank mccomb#7the truth
3pm/bobby hutchersonlittle b's poemcomponentsyou tube
joey DeFrancesco#2organic vibes
bobby hutcherson#2somewhere in the night
lenny white#3renderers of spirit
norman connors#4star power
dana hall#1into the light
norman connors#7invitation
herbie hancock31the prisoner
little beaver#1party down
harvey mason#4Chameleon
bridgett Mcwilliams#8Too much woman
pharrell Williams#8girl
florida georgia line#5here's to the good times
george duke#11dreamweaver
pleasure#5special things

The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility playlist for 04/12/2014

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Dizzy#1jambo caribe
johnny hammond#2rock steady
everette harp#9first lovefirst lo
DizzY#1SWING LOW, sweet cadillac
clarke terry#11live at birdland
clark terry#12one on one
3pm/Tribute to Wayne Henderson and The Jazz/Crusaders
The CrusadersvariousWay back Home
variousThose Southern Nights
variouspass the plate


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