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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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

The Gospel of Jazz: The Fine Line Between Secular and Religious Music.

Airs at: Sat, 11/24/2018 at 2:00pm - 5:00pm
The Gospel of Jazz: The Fine Line Between Secular and Religious Music. The music known as jazz evolved from songs of spirit,faith, labor, urban life, and protest. These complex music transfers migrate across music genres, and over the passage of time, accumulate in the sou... Read more

Joe Sample

Airs at: Sat, 11/17/2018 at 2:00pm - 5:00pm
When Pianist Joe Sample passed a few years ago, it also signaled the end to a turbulent relationship with some jazz critics and his music output.   With the heat of criticism now ambers to ashes, a real time rigor of his remarkable skill and versatility at the piano can now... Read more

Crusading the Tradition: Music of The Jazz Crusaders

Airs at: Sat, 11/10/2018 at 2:00pm - 5:00pm
After dropping 'jazz' from their official name, The Crusaders ventured a blending of  R&B music with Jazz motifs. The result is soulful, syncopation infused with a street wise blend of urbanity and hipness. And like Cannonball Adderely, The Crusaders sensibility  validated ... Read more

An Anomaly: The Jazz of Grover Washington, Jr.

Airs at: Sat, 11/03/2018 at 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Nearly 3 decades since his passing. Yet his music and influence remain a central element in today's landscape. Known for his soulful approach Mr Washington chose feeling over technique, though he mastered both. Tune in Read more


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