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48 minutes | 6 years ago
Brian Foxworth: Coffeeshop Conversation #44 - Getting inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame
Hi there, we're back in the coffeeshop this week…that being World Cup Coffee and Tea at Northwest 18th and Glisan in Portland. This time…in the days before he will be inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame…drummer Brian Foxworth is with us. A member of the Curtis Salgado band for the past five years, also a member of the Roseland Hunters where he shows off his vocal skills…he plays with a lot of people and constantly. He also plays in church…a lot. And he's helping put together a reunited, rejuvenated version of the famed Portland Soul band Pleasure. And that isn't half of it. Coming soon…Inessa does an interview with me in this space. Like I'm not all over this enough…but she asked. Also in the coffeeshop, Jaime Leopold, an original member of Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks and survivor of the summer of love. Right now, let's talk with Brian Foxworth.
27 minutes | 6 years ago
Henry and Blake Sakamoto talk to Inessa: The Minidoka Swing band...named after a WWII Internment camp
All of us have stories. All of us, each and every one, come from a different cultural backstory. Time to celebrate one. And enjoy two great nights of music with Henry and Blake Sakamoto. It seems fitting that “E pluribus unum”, Latin for “Out of many, one” was adopted as a national motto in 1776. Serves as a great reminder in our tumultuous times. But this mantra hasn't served our country well on so many occasions. Fear and ignorance bring in moments like this to the American story. In February, 1942 President Franklin Roosevelt signed an Executive Order placing all people of Japanese ancestry into relocation centers. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor had occurred only two months before; the two events were related. After the sneak attack wartime hysteria had reached a fever pitch and anyone of Japanese descent was considered a potential spy, even those who were American citizens. Eventually over 110,000 people (about 2/3 of them American citizens) were sent to 10 camps that were sprinkled throughout the American West. The Minidoka Japanese internment camp, also known as Camp Hunt, was the largest with over 9,000 refugees; over a thousand of whom enlisted as soldiers to fight for America's freedom. Many of the remaining detainees were used as farm labor. By December, 1944 the United States Supreme Court ruled that it was illegal to hold American citizens as prisoners and the detainees were freed within weeks. They were given $25 and a train ticket home while Camp Hunt became Idaho's largest ghost town. When Henry was a young teen, he and his family , along with other people of Japanese ancestry were forced into internment. His family lived out several years at Minidoka Japanese Internment Camp in Idaho. Out of that historic moment, Minidoka Swing Band was born as a tribute both to those interned there and as a way to highlight the music popular at the camp. Henry and I agreed that telling, reminding, sharing our stories is more urgent than ever.
50 minutes | 6 years ago
David Vest: Coffeeshop Conversations #42 - A Blues blast from the great white north
We're not actually in the coffeeshop this week, we're on Skype with David Vest who after he left Portland for Victoria, B.C. became the best Blues pianist in Canada, winning the coveted Maple Blues Award in that category two out of the past three years. Before he moved to Canada, and even after, he was the piano player in Paul deLay's band. David is not only a Blues and boogie woogie player, he can play just about anything including Sun Ra and Thelonious Monk. In fact he did an all Monk show in Canada not long ago. He's a political writer too. Most of the time, when we talk, the subect is baseball, but not today. He's working on a new album…we'll find out what we can about that. So now from all points south, including Alabama, where he was born, and Houston, where he spent many years, here's the king of the Blues piano in Canada and probably the whole world….David Vest
44 minutes | 6 years ago
Farnell Newton: Coffeeshop Conversations #41 - Bootsy Collins, Jill Scott and perpetual motion
Welcome back to World Cup Coffee and Tea at Northwest 18th and Glisan in Portland, Oregon. This time, not long back from two lengthy tours, one with Jill Scott and one with Bootsy Collins, with a new album out, one ready to go and one in production, one of the busiest musicians in Oregon, trumpeter/composer Farnell Newton. Or "Neutron Newton" as we will find out. He's one of those musicians who is comfortable in any genre but who is focusing on Soul and Funk and Jazz and various versions and combinations of them. His new album is called Ready to Roll and we'll hear some of it. Next time, long-time Portland favorite, one of the last of the great boogie-woogie pianists and now an institution in Canada….David Vest.
44 minutes | 6 years ago
Gary Ogan talks to Inessa: Satisfied artist, satisfied human being
There's more to Gary Ogan than cats, but it is central to the new album Suite Woogie. Part of the joy of sitting down and taking time to have that conversation with people you know well, and those less known? Discovery. Unexpected factoids. In the case of Gary, who I have met only a few times but certainly know as a working artist, is that I THOUGHT I knew all there was to know. He'd been in and out of the Portland music scene for years. Began in music in the early 70's. Played live shows constantly in Portland through the 80's when the scene was raging and bands were being signed by record labels. But as with all of us, it seems there are some great backstories. Gary admits to being a late bloomer. He taught himself music by ear . Every effort was a chance to validate himself and his feelings through his own sensibility. In our conversation, we begin at the beginning and this stroll takes me through his time discovering voice, to his time with Leon Russell, which leads to a couple of astonishing brushes with George Harrison. And then to Gary's take on the music being made today to feelings about his Cherokee heritage. And finally to the events that led to his new album, Suite Woogie.
59 minutes | 6 years ago
Enique Ugalde (Soriah): Coffeeshop Conversations #40 - Portland's own Tuvan throat singer
You are in the coffeeshop with me and Tuvan throat singer Enrique Ugalde who you may know as Soriah. Once again we're at World Cup Coffee and Tea at Northwest 18th and Glisan in Portland. You may not know what Tuvan throat singing is. You may not know where the hell Tuva is. If you don't you sure as hell don't know why Enrique, originally from California, is now splitting his time between Portland an Tuva where he has won singing competions. Soriah is his performing name. Hopefully, you've read the mammoth stories about Enrique in OMN written by Noah Mickens. This is going to be good. Next time, trumpeter, composer, teacher…the incredibly versatile Farnell Newton. We'll find out what being on the road with Bootsy Collins is like Right now….let's meet Enrique
33 minutes | 6 years ago
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49 minutes | 6 years ago
Chance Hayden: Coffeeshop Conversation #39 - Tales of touring Europe and a new project here at home
Chance Hayden plays guitar in nearly every genre you can think of. The coffeeshop is World Cup Coffee and Tea at Northwest 18th and Glisan in Portland, You knew that. Chance recently got back from an extensive tour of Europe as part of Jarrod Lawson's band. It was not their first tour and Jarrod is so hot over there that they played major festivals and large halls. But Chance is much more than a Soul guitarist. He's a Jazz artist, was in an early version of Redwood Son in which he played Americana…face it, he can play anything. He's married to singer/composer Shelly Rudolph and they have a little son. Next week, Soriah, the Tuvan throat singer also known as Enrique Ugalde will be here, but now, let's talk to Chance.
33 minutes | 6 years ago
Rob Daiker: He of the many hats talks with Inessa
46 minutes | 6 years ago
Kate Power (solo): Coffeeshop Conversations #38 - Back in PDX with husband Steve Einhorn and a new band
Thanks for coming back to Oregon Music News' Coffeeshop Conversations at World Cup Coffee and Tea at Northwest 18th and Glisan in Portland. With me is Kate Power...singer, guitarist, ukulele-ist or is it ukulele-ian…well she's known for her ukulele playing too. Kate and husband Steve Einhorn came back to Portland in January. They had been gone for four and a half years. For decades they were the owners of Artichoke Music, a store and teaching center, but more importantly, the hub of stringed instruments and song in Portland. It was a welcoming place to visit. There was always someone playing an instrument, many times one or both of the proprietors who had a thriving career as a performing/recording duo. They still do! They gave up the store in 2006. The rest, we'll find out about. Let's talk with Kate Power.
42 minutes | 6 years ago
Alberta Rose Theatre's Joe Cawley: Coffeeshop Conversations #37 - turning an aboandoned church into a city instutution
Welcome back to the coffeeshop, World Cup Coffee and Tea to be specific at northwest 18th and Glisan in Portland. Joining me today here in the cupping room is the owner of the Alberta Rose Theatre, Joe Cawley. Joe Cawley, 2010 just before opening night The Alberta Rose has been an important part of Oregon's music scene since Thursday, June 24, 2010 when he opened what had been a church, a couple of different movie theaters, but mostly had been abandoned for a long time before he bought it. Known for it's Americana, Acoustic and Blues shows, it is also home to many of the Wanderlust Circus events. It's a friendly place, very aware and a great part of the Alberta Arts district. Matter of fact, it's turned out to be its anchor. Let's talk to Joe Cawley.
39 minutes | 6 years ago
Simon (Young) Tam of the Slants: Coffeeshop Conversations #36 - A Portland Punk/Dance/Synth-pop band takes on the Federal Government
It's another Coffeeshop Conversation from World Cup Coffee and Tea at Northwest 18th and Glisan. With us in the cupping room is the founder of The Slants, Simon Tam also known as Simon Young…don't worry, I'll ask him about that… the purveyors of “Chinatown Rock” a combination of punk, synth-pop, rock and their own special sauce. Yes their name is a key factor, Simon chose it because it is a band made up of all Asian Americans, hence the joke, the slants, but which has much deeper meaning. And we'll get into that. You may have read about their ongoing legal dispute with the federal government over the trademarking of their name. The feds say it's disparaging to Asian-Americans, the band says, well, you know, we ARE Asian-Americans. Of course we'll get into THAT. Upcoming coffeeshop conversations will feature Alberta Rose Theatre owner Joe Cawley, guitarist Chance Hayden and Portland folk legend Kate Power. Let's talk to Simon
43 minutes | 6 years ago
Liquid Light talk to Inessa: Playing life like you mean it
Like your music to be melodic, thoughtful and jingle-jangly as well as shred-crazy and powerful? You have come to the right band. LiquidLight does all that. Not all at once and in every song they create, but it is an in-the-moment decision, as the artistic whim dictates. LiquidLight recently became a trio. As you will learn in our conversation, bands are a relationship huddle. And those relationships shift, change, alter. Now it is down to the core, with Anthony Medici, Cory West and Zack Rodrigues. Anthony and Cory are two serious guys. Maybe I don't equate and expect deep thoughts to go hand in hand when speaking rock language. But these guys speak it just that way. Maybe because their music life took them both to Boston's Berklee College of Music. Serious stuff THERE! But Anthony admits that, yes, you do have to take this business of music seriously, but you HAVE to have FUN!. As for how to gauge success? By being able to quit the day-job. And who of us freelancers and entrepreneurs have not dreamed of that! No matter what business we are in. We get deeper into what it means to do the work: who you are can evaporate quickly; the more you do the more you realize where you must go next. Talking about the shifts in texture and sonics between the most recent record, Reactionary, which was released in January of 2015. Cory said he really wanted their next sound to have “more balls.” Uninitiated has at least its fair share of that, as you will hear when we preview the title track in our conversation
65 minutes | 6 years ago
Michael 'Shoehorn' Conley: Coffeeshop Conversations #35 - The saxophonist/tap dancer has a new album
We've got a saxophone playing tap dancer on this episode of Oregon Music News' Coffeeshop Conversations. His is known as Shoehorn. His real name is Michael Conley. I'm with him in the cupping room at World Cup Coffee and Tea at Northwest 18th and Glisan which is where we do all of these things. Sometimes baristas come in and have to grind coffee, but you know, we're in a coffeeshop. Glad you decided to spend some time with us again this week. You have seen Shoehorn, I betcha. Yes, he plays clubs and concerts, but you also might find him busking on the street, something he's done all over the world. He has a new album and dvd out called Wingin' It. It's got some of Oregon's best Jazz musicians on it, plus one of his daughters. His other daughter did the album jacket design. He'll have his album release gig on Tuesday, August 18 at Jimmy Mak's, 6:30pm, $8. Featuring pianist Gordon Lee, percussionists Miguel Bernal and Scott Wardinsky, young tap sensation Elizabeth Abel, Irish dancer Maldon Meehan, and from Japan, singer/songwriter Kaori,
51 minutes | 6 years ago
Michael Quinby: Coffeeshop Conversations #34 - Unleashing the Roseland Hunters on the rest of the world
The coffeeshop gets funky today. Joining me at World Cup Coffee and Tea at Northwest 18th & Glisan Michael Quinby who is the leader, guitarist and vocalist of the Roseland Hunters who have been blasting out funk for over a year on a regular basis and are about to release This Time, their first album, produced by Steve Berlin. It drops on August 21. The Hunters have some of Oregon's best musicians including Damian Erskine on bass, Reinhardt Melz on drums, and the newest inductee into the Oregon Music Hall of fame Brian Foxworth, moving off the the drum kit to play percussion and sing.
29 minutes | 6 years ago
Blake Sakamoto and Tom Grant talk to Inessa: On collaborations
Always lots of irons in the musical fire. Blake Sakamoto is always moving his pieces around in an effort to shine a light on other artists. Then he had a brainwave for Tom Grant. Check out your invite to a filming with Tom and his special guests. And catch up with what is new in his world, and Blake's. As always? Lots of fun opportunities coming our way courtesy of these two gents. Several events are up for Tom and for Blake. One is coming right up and you need to RSVP immediately. Blake, who is an idea man if I ever met one, conjured this up on Tom's behalf. Tom and Blake hopped over to Robin Road for a really fun conversation. Tom and I had a chance to get a bit deeper into the skills it takes to accompany singers. Lead. Follow. AND. Get out of the way. Pretty much sums it up. And we dug into the important business of doing business in the music world. It takes a lot these days, to make it all happen. Tom's latest release is one he tailored for his girlfriend's massage practice. He recorded the music over the years, but The Light Inside My Dreams is only now seeing the light of day. The track at the end of our conversation is the first one in, “Anandi.”
57 minutes | 6 years ago
Luz Elena Mendoza: Coffeeshop Conversations #33 - Behind the return of Y La Bamba
Thanks for coming back to the coffeeshop, or…thanks for being here if it's your first time. As usual this week's Coffeeshop Conversation is coming to you from a coffeeshop, World Cup Coffee and Tea at Northwest 18th & Glisan. With me today is Luz Elena Mendoza, the mystic goddess who leads Y La Bamba. They've been off the scene for two and a half years, but she is in the process of reviving, re-forming the group and we'll find out all about it. She is at the tail end of a Kickstarter Campaign to raise money to complete the production of the new album Oljos Del Sol. She's trying out some of the new songs on the road as she prepares to record. She has a lot to say and when she says it, you tend to hang on every word.
28 minutes | 6 years ago
Jesse Terry talks to Inessa: Uncovering the creative life
One of the joys of meeting fellow travelers along the road is to solidify the bonds of friendship. Jesse Terry has found that bond in Oregon musician Tyler Fortier. Friends tend to each other in this, not easy, lifestyle and step up as needed. Tyler Fortier hooked me up with Jesse recently. And I thank him for it deeply. I loosely think of it as ”blind date”, or at the very least, a “blind conversation”. You never now how these things will turn out, but it was time spent very well. Philosophical meanderings about how we find our path, how we live our daily life, what's important, and finally digging into those pesky songwriting “how-to's. Letting go of what we may have learned about the craft and letting the muse sail us on!
58 minutes | 6 years ago
'JD' from Jimmy Mak's: Coffeeshop Conversations #34 -- Tales past and present at the club
You have found another Oregon Music News Coffeeshop Conversation. Lucky you. From World Cup Coffee and Tea at NW 18th & Glisan of course. With me today is one of the two faces of Jimmy Mak's. Jimmy Makarounis might think he is because he owns the place, but the two folks who people have grown to know and love over the years are mangers Lisa Brandon-Boyle and our guest in the coffeeshop John-David Stubenberg, known to all far and wide as JD. He's been at Jimmy Mak's since the old days, before the new club was built in 2006 and he's been there almost every night since…and man does he have stories!
58 minutes | 6 years ago
Darka Dusty: Coffeeshop Conversations #33 - From Ukranian pop to the Vulva Underground
It's another Oregon Music News Coffeeshop Conversation from a coffeeshop. The one called World Cup Coffee and Tea at Northwest 18th and Glisan in Portland. Today Darka Dusty has dropped in to talk. She's as exotic as her name. Before she came to live in Portland she was better known as one half of a duo who performed Ukranian pop songs. No, I never heard one, either. That duo no longer exists but she has been very active as a part of a group that calls itself the Vulva Underground. You'll want to hear about that.
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