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
- Randy Porter and David Evans (Local Heroes/American Originals)
- John Stowell and Rob Davis (Jazz Stories)
- Alfredo Muro (Beyond the Border)
- Tom Grant, Pere Soto, Louis Pain, Clay Giberson and John Nastos (New Projects)
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!
We’re available for live performances!
- Jazz Stories performances
with Randy Porter (piano) and David Evans (tenor sax)
or John Stowell (guitar) and Rob Davis (tenor sax) or Mike Horsfall (vibes/piano) and David Evans (tenor sax/clarinet).
- Beyond the Border – Stories of the Latin World
with Alfredo Muro (guitar) and Gary Hobbs or Carlton Jackson (percussion).
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)