The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility

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The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility on 11/28/15

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The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility on 11/21/15

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The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility on 11/14/15

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Dialog performs live in studio 2pm The Motif

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Sat, 11/07/2015 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
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Live in the studio: The Motif 7 Friends
Dialog is a band that boast of journey men musicians with multiple music styles. Together they bring a free flowing style that streams diverse music genre into an alchemy of extrodinary artistic expressions. Chuck Smith sings and plays reeds; Terrance Wooten, a conductee into Oregon's Music Hall of Fame plays rhythm and lead guitar, and Gene Ermel on drums is both/and funky and progressive. Tune in! 2pm

The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility on 10/31/15

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The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility on 10/24/15

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The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility on 10/17/15

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The (Jazz) Crusaders II

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Sat, 10/10/2015 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
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Non-exhaustive sampling of The (Jazz) Crusaders whose music cross mainstream and fusion.
Part II

The (Jazz) Crusaders: An Epic 

In the cannon of American Classic Music this group brings note and staff to the melodic moment. The Crusaders defy notorious snobbery and uptight that at times limits jazz music to an "elite" consumer base. The group's recording session and live performance endeavor to utilize all music that connects souls. Session players, vocalist, and orchestras often accompany the groups 'crusade' across  expanse and diversity of music.

Part Two draws from chronology, and count of the sizable discography. 

The Crusaders Tribute

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Sat, 10/03/2015 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
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Tribute to The Crusaders
The Crusaders (Jazz Crusaders) are pioneers of fusing popular music forms with jazz. Wayne Henderson, Joe Sample, Wilton Felder, and Stix Hooper utilized tremendously talented side men to forge a sound that leaped over main stream and straight ahead bounderies. Tune in Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 2pm. Music from different developmental periods of the group will be on display. Tentative interviews with childhood and school mates that grew up in Texas with members in the group. R. I. P. : Wayne, Joe, and Wilton. 

The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility on 09/26/15

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Interview with Ravi Coltrane

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Sat, 07/28/2012

Yugen Rashad interviewed Ravi Coltrane. They talk about music, life and vibration.


PDX Jazz, the presenting organization of the Portland Jazz Festival in partnership with Jimmy Mak's, announces saxophonist Ravi Coltrane as part of the continuing PDX Jazz @ Jimmy Mak's series on Wednesday, August 8th @ 7:00 & 9:00. Coltrane will lead a quartet with pianist David Virelles, bassist Dezron Douglas, and drummer E.J. Strickland in support of his Blue Note debut, Spirit Fiction.

Coltrane released Spirit Fiction on June 19th. The 11-track album features two different band lineups, each with a unique expressive urgency. Several tracks feature Coltrane's long-term quartet with pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Drew Gress and drummer E.J. Strickland. Coltrane also enlisted a quintet including trumpeter Ralph Alessi, pianist Geri Allen, bassist James Genus and drummer Eric Harland - the personnel featured on his sophomore release From the Round Box.

Born on Long Island in 1965, Ravi Coltrane is the second son of John and Alice Coltrane. His father died when Coltrane was only two and Alice, a renowned composer and pianist, raised him on the West Coast and proved a strong role model in her own right. Ravi had the honor of producing and playing on Alice Coltrane's Translinear Light, released three years prior to her death in 2007.

A move back east to New York and pivotal stints with Elvin Jones, Wallace Roney and Steve Coleman led Coltrane to begin asserting himself as a leader in the mid 1990's, and he has since released five albums including Moving Pictures (1998), From The Round Box (2000), Mad 6 (2002), In Flux (2005), and Blending Times (2009). He has also continued appearing as a sideman with the likes of McCoy Tyner, Jack DeJohnette, Jeff 'Tain' Watts, and Flying Lotus, and as a co-leader of the Saxophone Summit with Joe Lovano and Dave Liebman.

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The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility playlist for 04/07/2012

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donald byrdfancy freefancy free
grant greenfancy freelive at the lighthouse
ornette coleman#14tone dialing
greg osby#1further ado
russell gunn#8ethnomusicology vol. 1
lenny white#9edge
wallace roney#7if only for one night
ornette coleman#2virgin beauty
terence blanchardfootprintsbounce
steve coleman#9def trance
jeff lorbersun raflipside
jeff lorber#9state of grace
ravi coltrane#4blending times
jeff lorber#11galaxy

The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility playlist for 03/31/2012

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yellow jacketfancy dancelive in Seattle first nations pow wow
jim pepperwitchi tia tothe path
jane bunnett"' " "red dragon fly
sonny crisssonny's dreamdaughter of cochise
stroutsossong for oshaneewinds of honor
bennie maupinneophilliapenumbra
radmilla codyhonoring the homelandshi keyhay
kenny garrettwelcom earth songseeds from the underground
joe zawinulorient expresssyndicate 75
muhal richard abramsbefore and afterthink all, focus none
5:05 d knowledgewhy I would never...all that and a bag of words
donald harrison, jr. with dr. johnhu ta nayindian blues
ornette coleman37tone dialing
head huntersdaffy's dancesurvival of the fittest
weather report#4tale spinnin
kenny garrett#6standard of language
5:40/robert glapser#9black radio
jason moran#5artist in residence
kenny garrett#5seeds from the underground
esperanza spaldingjazz ain't nothing but soulradio music society
bobbi humphrey#5fancy dancer
james mason#10rhythm of life
bob baldwinarabian sweetsre-vibe
donald byrd#3black byrd
greg osby#9man talk for moderns
the rebirthwalkin talkin mizellthis journey in

The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility playlist for 03/24/2012

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russell gunnblue and greenlive vol. 4
gretchen parlatoblue and greenlost and found
al jarreaublue and greenheaven and earth
bennie maupinit remains to be seenslo traffic to the right
greg osbylo fiman-talk for moderns
wayne shorterchildren of the nighythigh life
freddie hubbardto her ladyshipsuper blue
greg osbylo-fimantalk for moderns vol. X
bobby lylepicesthe genie
5:50pmgeorge bensonlove you morein flight
jimmy smithfunky broadwayrespect
5:05VSOPone of another kindlive under the sky
5:35 eddie hendersonexploditionsunburst
james masonI've got my eyes on yourhythm of life
greg osbycad'lack backman-talk
ron blakemister magiclest we forget
robert glaspercherish the dayblack radio
sadecherish the daythe ultimate collection
6:05pm/lonnie plaxicoyour love is like a dream come trueplaxico
bill paulyour songbest of...
Cannonball Afun in the churchwalk tall: The David Axelrod Years
gretchen parlatoi can't help itin a dream
enoch smith, is stronger then pridemisfits
sade" " "best of...
belinda underwoodsecret life of plantsgreenspace
rj and the assignmentwhere r udeceiving eyes

The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility playlist for 03/10/2012

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whitney houstonstar spangled bannersingle
stefan harrismontaraevolution
Austin Peraltamaiden voyageweb
gretchan parlatoblue and greenthe lost and found
al jarreaublue and greenheaven and earth
milesblue and greenkind of blue
roy hargrove#6earfood
christian scott#4rewind that
pieces of a dream#3goodbye manhattan
philippe saisse#11ready to go
bobby lyle#8the power of touch
dara tuckerstonger then pridesoul said
robert glaspercherish the dayblack radio
sean jonesthe stormthe search within
lonnie plaxico#4rhythm and soul
stephan harris#6urbanus
christian tamburr#1places
george cables#3cable vision
incognito#11bees things flowers
pete laroca@1basra
donald byrdthink twiceessential
Mizell#2Mizellblue note
blackbirds#9soft and crazy
blackbirds#10happy music bests of
marvin gaye#11let's get it on (delux)
the blackbyrds#12city life/unfinished business
esperanza spauldingnew musicradio music society

The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility playlist for 03/03/2012

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kenny garrettbrother hubbardsongbook
robert glasperafro blueblack radio
kenny garrettgwokabeyond the wall
cannonball Adderelylibralove, sex, and the zodiaca
gretchen parlatocirclingthe lost and found
greg osbysummertimepublic
Mizellbalck and bluesMizell
andrew hillpassing shipspassing ships
weather reportbadiatale spinnin
robert glasper#5yet to be released
don byronsham timelove, peace, and soul
jason moranbreakdownartist in residence
kenny garrettdoc tone's short speechstandard of language
carmen lundylove thy neighborhchanges
world sax quartetdebbreath of life
jimmy smith joey defrancescomidntigh speciallegacy
george bensonthe gentle rainbeyond the blue horizen
6:05pm wallace roneycygrooveNo room for argument
gretchen parlatoblue in greenthe lost and found
robert glasper#11black radio
nicholas payton#2bitches
marion brown#4vista
terence blanchard#3bounce
6:35pm/heath brothers#8in motion
Miles davisspanish keybitches brew
miles from Indiaspanish keya celebration of the music of miles davis

The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility playlist for 02/11/2012

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Steve Coleman#1resistance is futilelabel bleu
julian priester#1love, loveECM
steve cole,mandisc 2 #4resistance is futileecm
terrence blanchard#3flowblue note
bheki mseleku#2celebrationworld circuit
marion brown#6vistaimpulse
bobby hutcherson#4Total Eclipseblue note
joey defrancesco#3organic vibesconcord jazz
herbie hancock#5gershwins worldverve

The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility playlist for 01/28/2012

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charlie haden#9liberation music orchestraimpulse
george benson#5beyond the blue horizencti
greg osby#7Mantalk for modernsblue note
steve coleman#4resistance is futilelabel bleu
4:22pm philppe saisse#10ready to gojvc
dianne reeves#4quiet after the stormblue note
outsidemood swingthe rough and the smoothdorado
4:40pm charlie haden#8the montreal tapesverve
dave holland#4dream of the eldersbmg
lonnie plaxico#10rhythm and soulsirocco music ltd
ornette coleman#9virgin beautycbs
freddie hubbardcamel risehigh energywounded bird
bobby hutcherson#1montarablue note
joey deFrancesco#2organic vibesconcord jazz
ravi coltrane#4blending timessavoy
steve coleman#10def trance beatrca/ bmg
gary thomas#9code violationsenja
Terence Blanchard#6bounceblue note
third of another kind#2third of another kindpolygram
esperanza spalding#`10esperanzaheads up
george duke#6face the musicbpm
less mcann#1pump it upesc records
boosty collins#13tha funk capitolmascott records
badu#5return of the ankhUniversalMotown

The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility playlist for 01/21/2012

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Art Blakey#7the afro drum ensembleblue note
rodney kendrick#1the secrets of...verve
Austin Peraltasingleyou tubeyou tube
steve coleman#4resitance is futilelabel bleu
andrew hill#4compulsionblue note
pharez whitted#7mysterious cargomojazz
the crusaders#1imagesverve
branford marsalis#1eternalmarsalis music
joey defrancescdo#4legacyconcord
Jack DeJohnette#8sound travelsone
pharoah sanders#4shukuruevidence music
Dizzy Gilespie#3jambo caribe
eddie henderson#5sunburstblue note
bobbie humphrey#5blacks and bluesblue note
eddie henderson312anthologysoul brother records
charles fambrough#6upright citizennug
bennie maupin#10moonscapesvocalion
wallace roney#7no room for argumentstretch records
freddie hubbard#1windjammerwonded bird
herbie hancock#5future to futuretransparent music
stevie wonder#2talking bookmotown
joe zawinul#3world tourzebra

The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility playlist for 01/14/2012

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kamaua daaood#8leimert part
david ornette cherry#6organic journey
Phililippe saisse#11next voyage
adam clayton powerkeep the faithKeep The Faith 10" (mp3 version)
max roachthe dreamchatanoochee red
enoch smith, jr@2misfits
ntozake shangeI live in musici live in music
ornette coleman#2tone dialing
terence blanchard#3flow
steve coleman#5resistance is futile
bob baldwin#15lookin back
bobby hutcherson33components
eddie henderson#9inspiration
joey defrancesco#2organic vibes
kenny garrett#6standard of language
marvin gaye#9what's going on
grover washington, jr#1inner city blues
sarah vaughninner city bluesyoutube
angela winbush#2'angel
Brian augerliveyoutube
carl allen and rodney whitakerinner city bluesyou tube
maceo parkerinner city blues mo roots
george duke#george duke
EWF#1the promise
roy hargrove#7distractions
marion meadows#12secrets
george howard#2midnight mood
eddie henderson#10anthology
mindy carter#1#2#3fluteus maximus

The Motif: Re-Imagine a Jazz Sensibility playlist for 01/07/2012

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greg ellis#1explorations in rhythm
ornette coleman#1virgin beauty
bill summers, irvin mayfield#2vol. 4
enoch smith jr.#2misfits
kenny garrett#2simply said
dizzy gillespie#4jambo caribe
bobby hutcherson#1montara
baby buddah heads#2who killed acid jazz?
greg osby#4further ado
ravi coltrane#6moving pictures
ahmad jamal#3crystal
kip hanrahan#10a thousand nights and a night
art blakey and jazz messengers#2wtich doctor
john beasley#3caldron
gabor szabo#2high contrast
herbie hancock#2the new standard
william devaughan#6be thankful for what you got
d-knowledgerememberall that and a bag of words
diane reeves#6art and survival
kenny garrettblack hopeblack hope
stanley turentine#3salt song
steve coleman#13the sign and the seal


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