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.
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.
A conversation with the creators of the short !*&#@! ‘Dream Child’
“Who cares what it is?” New sci-fi release from Portland creatives blurs lines between music video and short film, waking and sleeping.
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.
EP premiere: BrandonLee Cierley, ‘Season’s Change (Remixes)’
The up-and-coming Portland saxophonist enlists the talents of like-minded Pacific Northwest producers on upcoming remix collection of his single “Season’s Change,” set for release Feb. 12.
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.
Single premiere: Cyrus Nabipoor, ‘Huckleberry Madness’
The Portland-based trumpeter and improviser is set to release his debut record as a leader, “Live at the Marigny Opera House,” Oct. 23.
Meet Mel Brown, the Portland jazz legend who plays for something greater than himself
If you've heard any '70s-era Motown record, you've probably heard Mel Brown's drumming. But if you happen to live in Portland, it's much more likely that you've seen him play live jazz.