Selected writings about music and culture.
My work is drawn from experience: music journalism for magazines and newspapers, including The Oregonian and Jazz Times; book chapters about cultural history, including The Encyclopedia of United States Popular Culture and the Afterword to Jumptown: the Golden Years of Portland Jazz; college teaching; radio broadcasting; and performing.
Listen to tales of encounters with Ray Charles, Phil Woods, Charles Lloyd, Betty Carter, Ruben Blades, Eliades Ochoa and many others, including immigrant children and Lima’s tamale vendors. Discover some history or sample my comments on contemporary artists and events. And hear the beautiful, inventive music of
” moving and focused.” — Doug Ramsey, Jazz Times
“… a hip version of Peter and the Wolf.” — Lalo Schifrin
” Fascinating narratives.” — George Fendel, Jazzscene