Isabel Zacharias
Isabel Zacharias

Isabel Zacharias

Host of Takin' Off, the weekday afternoon show on KMHD Jazz Radio.


Isabel Zacharias is a radio DJ, writer and musician from Kansas. She hosts Takin' Off, the weekday afternoon show on KMHD Jazz Radio, and her arts journalism bylines have appeared at OPB, NPR Music, Willamette Week and Eugene Weekly. She writes and self-publishes poetry and fronts an indie folk-rock band called Babytooth.

Latest Stories

In conversation with Theo Croker

KMHD host Isabel Zacharias talks with contemporary trumpet visionary Theo Croker about the creation of his new album, the circumstances around it and how it will impact the world around us.


Video premiere: Kassa Overall, ‘I’m a King’

Shot partially at the historic Rudy Van Gelder studio, the newest music video from jazz producer and Pacific Northwest native Kassa Overall is playful, self-aware, referential and sophisticated ― just like most everything he makes.

Album premiere: Barra Brown, ‘LFT:RT’

Portland scene veteran Barra Brown, as much a creative beat-maker as an acoustic jazz improviser, leans into his musical ambidextrousness on his first full-length solo release.

KMHD’s best jazz reissues of 2020

In a year characterized by big changes, some of the best “new” music released wasn’t new at all. Read on for a list of 2020 jazz reissues that brought KMHD staff & listeners a sense of familiarity and re-discovery in unstable times.

KMHD’s best jazz singles of 2020

It’s no secret that 2020 has been challenging, but sometimes falling in love with a piece of music — even just one song — can make all the difference. In no particular order, here are the jazz singles KMHD couldn’t stop spinning this year.

KMHD’s best jazz albums of 2020

One bright side of this year? All the music that was made, against great odds. Here’s the KMHD staff’s hand-picked list of favorite jazz LPs from 2020.