Writer, Broadcaster, Performer
Lynn Darroch’s musical stories — in video and audio formats — plus samples of works in print and podcasts of interviews with musicians. Tales of encounters with jazz and Latin music greats including Ray Charles, Phil Woods, Betty Carter and Ruben Blades; imaginative documentaries about Bonneville Dam and the outlaw Butch Cassidy; stories of ordinary people in the Oregon Country; and video collaborations with artists and photographers.
Musical colleagues include: Randy Porter, Tom Grant, Clay Giberson, John Stowell, Alfredo Muro, Louis Pain, Jonathan Swanson, Pere Soto, David Evans, John Nastos, Rob Davis and Brian Healy.
- One of three new stories recorded with guitarist Alfredo Muro Fall 2014.
- Latest video, recorded with Clay Giberson and John Nastos: Warm Valley Duke Ellington in Oregon
- The Story of Jazz in the Pacific Northwest — I’m deep into writing a book about the thriving and distinctive jazz scene of our region for Portland State University’s Ooligan Press — a not-for-profit general trade press that publishes books honoring the cultural and natural diversity of the Pacific Northwest. Scheduled for January, 2016 publication. Read more about it here: http://ooligan.pdx.edu/weblog/
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 @ kmhd.org). Recorded music plus interviews with musicians performing live in the studio and joining Lynn for musical stories.
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.
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)