Kathleen Saadat Releases First Album at 77

At 77 years old, Portland’s legend of civil rights activism, Kathleen Saadat, is making her recording debut after a lifetime of singing behind the scenes.

With an international release date set for March 2, “Love for Sale” is a 10-track album of jazz standards featuring Saadat’s lead vocals and arrangements by Thomas Lauderdale. It also includes performances from members of his Portland-based “little” orchestra, Pink Martini – an ensemble that fuses classical, Latin music, pop and jazz.

As one of Oregon’s most respected social and political activists, Saadat has advocated for equality and social justice for over 40 years. Her dedication has assisted marginalized and under-represented groups including communities of color, women, and LGBTQ people.

Saadat was appointed Oregon’s affirmative action director under Gov. Neil Goldschmidt in 1987. Later, she worked within Multnomah County’s Department of Community and Family Services and helped draft the Portland Civil Rights Ordinance. She was also the diversity director at Cascade AIDS Project, and in 2012 she accepted the Lifetime Achievement from the Portland Human Rights Commission.

But when she wasn’t on the frontlines of the cause, Saadat was singing.

Read more here: http://www.theskanner.com/news/northwest/26590-kathleen-saadat-releases-first-album-at-77?mc_cid=2f83560c31&mc_eid=93ce860af7

View a video of Pink Martini’s Thomas Lauderdale and Kathleen Saadat on Live Wire Radio at: https://youtu.be/mjdisr8yDCk

Portugal, The Man wins Grammy!

We want to send a big shout-out to our friends and Portland, OR-based Portugal, The Man for their win at the Grammys!  Last year, Portugal, The Man was nice enough to donate their time to play Oregon Music Hall of Fame’s Oregon Backstage fundraiser.  We are very excited and happy for them!  They won Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for their hit single, “Feel It Still.”

 

Congrats to Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm for their Blues Music Awards nomination

Congratulations to Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm for their Blues Music Awards nomination for Soul Blues Album! The 39th annual Blues Music Awards will be held on May 10, 2018 in Memphis, TN. For more information on the Blues Music Awards, please visit blues.org.

 

Congrats to Jeff Lorber on his Grammy win!

Congrats to Jeff Lorber.  He won in the Grammy category of:

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album:

What If – The Jerry Douglas Band

Spirit – Alex Han

Mount Royal – Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge

Prototype – Jeff Lorber Fusion — WINNER

Bad Hombre – Antonio Sanchez

 

Also, Randy Porter and Nancy King were in the last five (but did not win). Still, congrats to them for the nomination:

Best Jazz Vocal Album:

The Journey – The Baylor Project

A Social Call – Jazzmeia Horn

Bad Ass and Blind – Raul Midón

Porter Plays Porter – Randy Porter Trio With Nancy King

Dreams and Daggers – Cécile McLorin Salvant — WINNER

“Doc” Severinson Honored

Elmhurst College Honors Carl Hilding “Doc” Severinsen

June 1, 2017

Elmhurst College has honored Carl Hilding “Doc” Severinsen with an honorary Doctor of Music degree. The legendary trumpeter and bandleader was presented with the degree at the college’s commencement ceremonies on May 27.

At the ceremony, Elmhurst College director of Jazz Studies Doug Beach called Severinsen “renowned around the world as a jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and recording artist, whose contributions to the art of jazz and jazz education have found their place in the annals of music history.”

Severinsen has been performing the jazz trumpet for over 60 years, and has performed in bands led by jazz legends like Charlie Barnett, Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman. In 1962, he joined the “Tonight Show” band as first trumpet, and within five years, he became the music director for the show. Doc has also released more than thirty recordings and is a Grammy award winner.

“Always willing to share his experience and knowledge, Doc has been an inspiration to Elmhurst College students over the past several years,” said Beach.

Courtesy of JAZZed Magazine

Oregon Backstage

An evening of mingling and music benefiting the Oregon Music Hall of Fame Saturday, May 6 – 6pm?The Secret Society — 116 NE Russell St, Portland, OR 97212

Get your tickets HERE. Kids 16 and Under get in for $25. Show is all ages. Advance tickets will be on sale through TicketFly until 1pm on the day of show. Prices are $100 otherwise on site, day of event.

 

 

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