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60 minutes | Nov 26, 2022
Darka Dusty: Has Ukrainian music ever meant as much? CC#360
We have a very interesting series beginning with this episode of Coffeeshop Conversations @ Artichoke Music with very interesting people. The one thing they have in common is that they all play accordion. Now when I asked them to guest, that fact did not occur to me. Don’t ask why because I don’t know. I just like all of them. In the next two weeks Jetty Swart aka Jet Black Pearl and then our old friend Courtney von Drehle of Three Leg Torso. Right now, across from me is Darka Dusty who is also well known as a vocalist, specializing in the music of Ukraine. Lately she has put together several fund raisers to help Ukranians caught up in the war. She and her husband Miri own Mirifoto which specializes in photographs of musicians. And there’s talk of her doing her own podcast. Lots to talk about and Darka is a trip.
50 minutes | Nov 19, 2022
Ariettta Ward: MizEtta goes to Europe / Coffeeshop Conversations @ Artichoke Music #359
Welcome back to the Café at Artichoke Music. Wanted you to know that next week Darka Dusty will be here to talk about all things Ukranian (including music). Today we have light in the Café and it’s brought to us as she brings it to everywhere she goes…it’s MizEtta….Arietta Ward. If you’ve been in the Portland music scene for any length of time you saw her grow up…the daughter to our beloved Janice Scroggins. But she stepped out of her mom’s shadow a long time ago. She’s just back from Europe….and that is a story in itself. Several stories. December is Ettabration month with a birthday show at the Alberta Street Pub on Thursday the eighth. Welcome back Arietta Ward.
45 minutes | Nov 10, 2022
Kerry Politzer 2022: The Pianist/Composer's new album / CC#358
Coming up next week here in the Artichoke Café, MizEtta, Arietta Ward, and the following week Darka Dusty will be here to talk about Ukraine and a lot more. We’re on a great run of Coffeeshop Conversations. Last time it was Jeremy Wilson and today it’s pianist/composer Kerry Politzer who has a new album on Portland’s PJCE label. It’s called In a Heartbeat and features an all-star band which includes her husband George Colligan on drums. She’ll talk about the rest of the band why the album is called In a Heartbeat, and you can hear the title track when we’re done talking. Kerry also teaches music and we’ll get into that too. This terrific run of Coffeeshop Conversations @ Artichoke rolls on.
44 minutes | Nov 3, 2022
Jeremy Wilson : Time for this year's The Next Waltz Jeremy Wilson Foundation Benefit CC#357
Next week Miz Etta, Arietta Ward will be here in the Artichoke Café with me to tell us about her European tour. The week after, composer, pianist Kerry Politzer about her new album. You’ll like them. Today Jeremy Wilson who you know as an Oregon Music Hall of fame inductee for his long career which, of course includes the Dharma Bums. He’s also known for starting the Jeremy Wilson Foundation which gives money to people in the music industry who are in need. It’s a great service which has leant a hand to many of our finest musicians. Find out about it and the annual upcoming benefit concerts, the Next Waltz.
31 minutes | Oct 28, 2022
James Latham 2022 Final
We’ve got some exciting Coffeeshop Conversations coming up. In the next three weeks we’ll have Jeremy Wilson, Miz Etta, Arietta Ward and also pianist Kerry Politzer in the Artichoke Café. Today James Latham is here with me. He’s the mastermind behind the Tom Waits tribute show on Sunday, November 6 at the Alberta Rose Theater. We’ll find out the lineup of Portland singers and players who are tackling the Tom Waits canon. It’s a benefit concert, too. How does something like this happen? He’ll tell us why and how. Meet James Latham.
11 minutes | Oct 22, 2022
Carly Harvey interview with Art Levine Part 3
Carly Harvey interview with Art Levine Part 3 by Oregon Music News
4 minutes | Oct 22, 2022
Carly Harvey Interview with Art Levine Parrt 2
Carly Harvey Interview with Art Levine Parrt 2 by Oregon Music News
25 minutes | Oct 22, 2022
Carly Harvey Interview with Art Levine Part 1
A middle of the night interview with Carley Harvey who will sing at Newberg ’s Meraviglioso Winery at 4 p.m, Saturday October 22 show, followed by a 10:30 p.m Tuesday show at Garages Music in Lake Oswego and an appearance next Friday in Camano, Washington. “I
42 minutes | Oct 20, 2022
Arthur Moore's harmonica parties don't stop / CC#355
Hey. Welcome back to the Café in Artichoke Music. Next week Farnell Newton will pay a return visit and the following week, Jeremy Wilson will be here for the first time to talk about his foundation and what he’s doing musically. Today, sitting across from me armed with a pile of harmonicas is Arthur Moore who has seen and heard and played with a lot of the great Portland Blues musicians and is the maestro of Arthur Moores Harmonica Party which has been going on for decades and which is now right here in Café Artichoke once a month. Think we can get him to play something? Pretty sure we can count on it. Meet the legendary Arthur Moore.
66 minutes | Oct 14, 2022
Cheryl Pawelski: Omnivore's newest releases CC#354
I’ve been looking forward to being back here in the Café at Artichoke Music with Cheryl Pawelski from Omnivore Recordings since she and I first geeked out in April of 2021 after Omnivore won a Grammy for a Best of Mr. Rogers release. I am going to tell you how Omnivore defines itself because it’s succinct and I am lazy. Says here, “It specializes in historical releases, reissues and previously unissued vintage recordings as well as select releases of new music on CD, vinyl and digital formats.” Cheryl walked into the Café loaded down with their latest releases and you should have seen my face. It was like Christmas morning and I was 10 and Santa brought everything I wanted. Welcome back Cheryl Pawelski.
35 minutes | Oct 6, 2022
Peter Bilotta on Chamber Music NW's full 2022 season: CC#353
Welcome back to the Café in Artichoke Music. I’m Tom D’Antoni, Next time we’ll bring back for a new visit Cheryl Pawelski of Omnivore Recordings, one of my favorite guests. Across the table today is Peter Bilotta, Executive Director of Chamber Music Northwest. Their new season has just started and he’s going to tell us about the entire rest of the season, which as you know, is something we like to do. I want to find out what an executive director really does. Also, in case you’re wondering, what exactly is Chamber Music and why it is not stuffy and boring…because it isn’t. Meet Peter Bilotta.
25 minutes | Sep 30, 2022
The Return of Miz Kitty's Parlour! CC#352
Things are still returning from pandemic exile. October brings the return of Miz Kitty’s Parlour, the vaudeville show from Lisa Marsicek who is the Miz Kitty Character. Lisa and her troupe of vaudevillians will be at the Old Church Concert Hall on Saturday October 29. She is with me in the Artichoke Café which is where she staged the first Parlor twenty-one years ago…when the Café and Artichoke were in the ole Hawthorne Boulevard location. Next week we’ll have Chamber Music Northwest’s Executive Director Peter Bilotta. Today, Welcome back Miz Kitty.
45 minutes | Sep 23, 2022
Bob Stark: The Life of a Recording Engineer in 2022 / CC #351
We’re really cranking up since my return to the Artichoke Café a few weeks ago. Next week Lisa Marsicek, known to all as Miz Kitty of Miz Kitty’s Parlor will be here. The following week, Chamber Music Northwest’s Executive Director Peter Bilotta will talk about their new season. And the week after that Cheryl Pawelski of Omnivore Records will be here to geek out with me about their newest releases of old or oldER music. But today the great recording engineer Bob Stark is here to catch up on his newest studio and what the life of a recording engineer is like in 2022.
68 minutes | Sep 15, 2022
Pepe Raphael: A delight with or without the Bottle Blondes / CC#350
Welcome back to the Café in Artichoke Music. I’m Tom D’Antoni. Sitting across from me is Pepe Raphael, a singer and dancer who may be best known for his Pepe and the Bottle Blondes ensemble. He was a member of Pink Martini too. He’s pretty much legendary around here and even moreso since he added a spectacular handlebar moustache. While keeping the Bottle Blondes always at the ready, his main project at the moment is a trio by the name of the Vegan Carnivores. Yeah, I know. I don’t know what it means either. We’ll find out. We’ll get to the bottom of that and a lot more in the life of Pepe Raphael.
55 minutes | Sep 7, 2022
Tim DuRoche: Displaying his multi-talents in a four-week residency. CC#349
Thanks for finding another OMN Coffeeshop Conversation from the Artichoke Music Café. I’m Tom D’Antoni. With me Is drummer/composer/journalist/intellect and all-around talented guy Tim DuRoche. He is, what amounts to kicking off the fall music season on Wednesday September 7 with a weekly-month-long concert series at the Turn! Turn! Turn! club. In Portland. Each performance with a different ensemble. He also plays on the new album, Amazing Life by Ezra Weiss which will have a release gig on Tuesday, October 4 at the Old Church.
23 minutes | Sep 1, 2022
Tyrone Hendrix: One busy musician/club owner Coffeeshop Conversations @ Artichoke Music #348
From the cozy Artichoke Music Café, I’m glad you joined us again. This week sitting across from me is one of Portland’s best drummers, Tyrone Hendrix who plays in several bands, we’ll get an update on that. He’s also a part owner of the Alberta Street Pub where he has had a hand in booking and playing, of course. We’ll also find out about his son who is also a drummer…..and the rest of his family. Next week, another drummer and also a music journalist, Tim DuRoche will be here. I’d better sharpen my brain for that one. Tim is deep. Of course, so is Tyrone. He took time out of a very busy schedule to visit. He’s going out on the road among many other things. Here’s Tyrone Hendrix.
75 minutes | Aug 25, 2022
Paul Ward: New Artichoke honcho takes the reins / Coffeeshop Conversations @ Artichoke Music #347
From the Artichoke Music Café…and it’s a good feeling to say that again….I am sitting across from Paul Ward, the new Artichoke Executive Director and Board Chair. He’s been on the job for a matter of weeks but he’s full of ideas and has experience in both music, he’s a pianist, and business with multiple degrees and an excellent track record in running companies. Bob Howard, who just retired from Paul’s job maneuvered Artichoke through the pandemic and now it’s up to Paul to take the next steps. He’s on the job. Meet Paul Ward.
94 minutes | Aug 18, 2022
Reggie 2020 Raw
Coffeeshop Conversations has returned to the Artichoke Music Café and it’s great to be back and just as great to be sitting across from Reggie Houston, saxophonist, vocalist and composer who moved back home to New Orleans a few years back but is making a visit to Portland in anticipation of moving back to his adopted home. We’ve missed him, his music and his spirit. He is a fountain of knowledge, memories and good will, as you might remember from previous appearances on this podcast when he talked about being in Fats Domino’s band, about Dave Bartholomew and lots and lots and lots of things like that. He was showing me pictures and just listen to the names of the people in the picture when I turned on the recorder.
52 minutes | Aug 2, 2022
Art Levine and Tom D'Antoni: Our favorite interviews : CC#345
Over the years of this podcast…eight to be exact…one of our favorite guests has been OMN’s National Editor Art Levine. He’s a journalist with international cred. His book Mental Health Inc is a very serious work. He has been an editor at the Washington Monthly and has written very funny pieces for National Lampoon, among many others. We always have fun when he’s on this podcast. We’re going to talk about the best interviews we’ve ever done including James Brown, Ruth Brown, Leon Redbone, Hank Ballard, Storm Large and many others. It’s always fun to talk to Art. We’ve been friends for fifty years. That’s scary.
31 minutes | Jul 29, 2022
Ryan Meagher on the Montavilla Jazz Festival / Coffeeshop Conversations @ Artichoke Music
Just a few more weeks until we’re back in the Artichoke Music Café. The podcast which goes up on August 19 with Reggie Houston, fresh from New Orleans will mark our return home to Artichoke. The 19th also marks the start of the three day Montavilla Jazz Festival, and as we always do, joining me electronically to talk about the full lineup is one of its curators, specifically Program Director, guitarist/composer Ryan Meagher. Ryan and I are also big baseball fans but we’ll save that until I shut off the recorder. Montavilla exists on its own but is greatly influenced in subjects and aims of the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble. Therefore, here’s the non-baseball part of my conversation with Ryan Meagher.
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