10 22 2014
  11:49 pm  

Morrison's Latest Stays True to the Blues

Technically, it would be wrong to label soul-blues singer Barbara Morrison a throwback to the days of Dinah Washington, Helen Humes and the Ettas — Jones and James — because their times have overlapped.
Today, however, Morrison remains the most active due to death and infrequent work of the others.

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Russian Jew's Biography Explores 'Life on the Left'

In 1905, Seema Weatherwax was born to radical Jewish intellectuals in Czarist-ruled Chernigov, Ukraine. Her 100 years of life have spanned continents, the history of modern photography and decades of social change.
Part biography, part oral history, "Seema's Show: A Life on the Left" (University of New Mexico Press paperback, $19.95), by Portland author Sara Halprin

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Ex-Portlander Weiss Shines on New Cd

Pianist-composer-arranger Ezra Weiss lived in Portland for a short spell about a year or two ago, gained respect of the local cats and moved back to New York.
This record's music has its storyline rooted in Greek mythology. When Hades abducted Demeter's daughter, the earth was plunged into darkness and icy coldness.

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