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Adventures of the Red Arrow (Red Rodney)

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A Joyful Rebellion with Jonathan Swanson

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American Dream/Joy Spring

  American Dream/Joy Spring Lynn Darroch An American dream, we believed, set our souls free, no responsibility; back to the land in the ‘70s, when forces of darkness were ascending. Pure we’d be, but sustained by scraps from the system we’d flee. Dream of land cheap and steep, laws weak, and temp jobs anytime, it […]

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Williams Avenue, 1953

  Williams Avenue 1953 By Lynn Darroch When I imagine Williams Avenue in the ‘50s, I hear the stories of Baby James …. … stories about Little Sonny, his inspiration, who sang like Ray Charles and jumped on the piano in the middle of a note. ”That blew my mind,” says James. “When I saw […]

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Weber Iago on Bright Moments! 4-1-11

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Portland Jazz feature in 1859 Magazine

PDX jazz, from Williams Ave roots to stages today, Baby James to Blue Cranes, in feature for 1859 magazine. Wish there’d been room for everybody. Thanks, musicians, for helping me tell the story. Portland’s New Jazz http://www.1859oregonmagazine.com/1859-Magazine/Spring-2011/Portland-039s-New-Jazz-Generation/

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About David Evans

David Evans – tenor sax, clarinet Photo by Brandy Kaysakian-Rowe Originally from New Orleans, David Evans has been living and working in the Portland, OR area for the past 10 years. Since relocating to the Rose City, the tenor saxophonist and clarinetist has become an integral part of Portland’s jazz community, earning the well-deserved respect […]

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About John Stowell

   Guitarist Stowell was one of the first U.S. musicians to play for the general public in the former Soviet Union in 1984, in a quartet led by flautist Paul Horn. His resume includes travel to Europe and South America as well as frequent tours of the U.S., which take him away from his home […]

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About Dave Fischer

Dave Fischer has performed on drums and percussion with a variety of Portland area musicians, including Conjunto Alegre. He has traveled throughout Latin America and has focused on Latin percussion, especially in his work with Alfredo Muro since 2000. Grounded in traditional rhythms, he brings a variety of instruments and eclectic blend of sounds. He […]

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