The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility

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The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility

Every Saturday from 2:00pm to 5:00pm.

Post modern representations of improvisation, across dramatic modes, and re-imagined spaces of diverse music genre. Hosted by The Motif, aka Yugen Kelsaw.

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Farnell Newton and the PDX Jazz Festival

Airs at: Sat, 02/23/2019 at 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Substitute Host Rick Mitchell will interview Farnell Newton, performing at the PDX Jazz Fest that night, opening for Patrice Rushen Read more

Strumming My Face With His Fingers: Runs, Frets, and Melodies

Airs at: Sat, 01/26/2019 at 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Guitar is an instrument of great range. Bending notes, single harmony, and chordal melodies...Its sound is romantic and declarative. Tune in when we explore multiple approaches from various musicians, that allure with their unique approach. " Killing me softly... With song. Read more

JAZZ Music's Hidden Voodoo & The Postmodern Moment

Airs at: Sat, 01/19/2019 at 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Back in the day when Congo Square is the epicenter of artistic expression. When music's exclusive role is to interrogate myriad moans, chants, cries, and  people tropes in an integrative moment of protest, spirituality, and healing. Voices and souls from the Underground, th... Read more

Jazz Tribute to The Beatles 2019

Airs at: Sat, 01/12/2019 at 2:00pm - 5:00pm
The British Invasion to the United States changed the course of pop, rock, and contemporary music in the sixties. Moving forward the four British lads responsible created a songbook unrivaled. And that sunrise in post modernity caught the attention of the Jazz artist. Tune ... Read more

The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility on 01/05/19

Airs at: Sat, 01/05/2019 at 2:00pm - 5:00pm

The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility on 12/29/18

Airs at: Sat, 12/29/2018 at 2:00pm - 5:00pm

The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility on 12/22/18

Airs at: Sat, 12/22/2018 at 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Jazz on Radio: KBOO and Beyond

Airs at: Sat, 12/15/2018 at 2:00pm - 5:00pm
The reverence the disc jockey holds for jazz radio is legend. During KBOO membership drive The Motif explores the legacy created on Portland airwaves, and beyond.                             photo by Brandy Kayzakian-Rowe Photography Read more

Conflicted Tongue: Black Oral Traditions & Rap Music's Burden of Legacy.

Airs at: Sat, 12/08/2018 at 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Recent history of black oral music (1995 to present) betrays the evolution and convergence of story telling and social movement(s) historically held (Reconstruction to the 1980s), and told through a communal lens. Sadly, a tradition that has witnessed the rise of materialis... Read more

Appropriation or Cultivation: White Artists w/Black Souls, and African American Melodies

Airs at: Sat, 12/01/2018 at 2:00pm - 5:00pm
A slow burning controversy is reignited with a generational, conflated debate: White musician morphs, masquerade, or transgressions into Black music forms. From pop dual The Righteous Brothers and their 'blue eyed soul', to Jeff Lorber's jazz fusion, and Bruno Mars and Just... Read more