True stories in an interplay of words and music

Here you’ll find Lynn Darroch’s musical stories, interviews with musicians, and other entertainment and commentary, both audio and written. Listen to samples from his tales of Ray Charles, Phil Woods, Chet Baker, Betty Carter, Ruben Blades, Eliades Ochoa and many others. Discover some history or sample Darroch’s comments on contemporary artists and events. Darroch’s recorded work includes the contributions of


Darroch’s work is drawn from experience: music journalism for magazines and newspapers (The Oregonian and Jazz Times), cultural history (The Encyclopedia of United States Popular Culture and the Afterword to Jumptown: the Golden Years of Portland Jazz), college teaching and radio broadcasting.

On the Radio!

Every Friday, 1-4 pm, Bright Moments! on
KMHD 89.1 FM (streaming @
Recorded music plus interviews with musicians performing live in the studio and joining Lynn for musical stories.

We’re available for live performances!


Rainbow Trio

Contact us.

Venues hosting Jazz Stories and Beyond the Border performances have included: Mt. Hood Jazz Festival, Portland Jazz Festival, Wordstock, the Kennedy School, Jimmy Mak’s, RiverPlace Hotel, Borders Books and Music, Portland Public Libraries, KMHD and KBOO radio, The Cave at the Green Onion, Warner Pacific College, and Mt. Hood Community College.

Photos by
Philip Nails (LD head shot)
Brandy Kayzakian-Rowe (RP, DE and LD – b&w)
Douglas Yarrow (Jazz Stories at Woodstock Library)
Pam Jones (Beyond the Border)