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Hank Willis Thomas Exhibit Opens at Portland Art Museum

One of the most important conceptual artists of our time, his works examine the representation of race and the politics of visual culture

Grocery Workers Union Ratifies Contract with Stores

The United Food and Commercial Workers Union has agreed a three-year contract for stores in Oregon and Southwest Washington

PCC Weighing Community Input on Workforce Training Center, Affordable Housing in Cully

Portland Community College is compiling the results of door-to-door and online surveys

Lawsuit Filed Against Hilton Hotels in “Calling His Mother While Black” Discrimination Case

Jermaine Massey was ousted from the DoubleTree Hotel in Portland where he was a guest and forced to find lodging at around midnight

NEWS BRIEFS

Protesters Rally in Ashland to Demand 'Impeach Trump Now'

Activists are rallying in Ashland Sunday Oct, 13 to demand impeachment proceedings ...

Black Women Help Kick off Sustainable Building Week

The event will be held at Portland’s first and only “green building” owned and operated by African-American women ...

Voter Registration Deadline for the November Special Election is Oct. 15 

The Special Election in Multnomah County will be held on Nov. 5, 2019 ...

Franklin High School’s Mercedes Muñoz Named Oregon Teacher of the Year

In a letter of recommendation, Muñoz was referred to as “a force of nurture.” ...

Founder of Black Panther Challenge Creates Brand To Support Mental Health

The launch comes during Mental Health Awareness Week. The creators say they want people around the world to know that they aren’t...

Authorities identify 63-year-old man in hunting accident

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — Oregon county authorities have identified the man killed in a suspected accidental shooting while hunting near Washington state lines.The Longview Daily News reports that Columbia County Sheriff's Office identified 63-year-old Martin Fox of Portland.County deputies,...

Name of man released in Portland suspicious death Monday

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland police have released the name of a man who died of a gunshot wound Monday in North Portland.The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Ricky Malone Sr.'s death is being investigated as a homicide.Police say the man was found hurt during a welfare check Monday morning in...

Bryant bounces back to lead Missouri over Mississippi

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Last week, when he heard a pop in his left knee after being hit low, Missouri quarterback Kelly Bryant briefly saw his college football career pass before his eyes. The injury wasn't as bad as it looked, and Bryant played like his old self in a 38-27 victory over...

Missouri out to stop Ole Miss ground game in SEC matchup

Ole Miss coach Matt Luke has watched every game Missouri has played this season, and he was no doubt excited by the way Wyoming ran wild against the Tigers in their season opener.It should have portended good things for the Rebels' own vaunted rushing attack.But the more Luke looked at the video,...

OPINION

“Hell No!” That Is My Message to Those Who Would Divide Us 

Upon release from the South African jail, Nelson Mandela told UAW Local 600 members “It is you who have made the United States of America a superpower, a leader of the world" ...

Rep. Janelle Bynum Issues Response to the Latest Statement from Clackamas Town Center

State legislator questions official response after daughter questioned for ‘loitering’ in parking lot ...

Why Would HUD Gut Its Own Disparate Impact Rule?

"You can’t expand housing rights by limiting civil protections. The ’D’ in HUD doesn’t stand for ‘Discrimination’" ...

Despite U.S. Open Loss, Serena Williams Is Still the Greatest of All Time

Serena Williams lost her bid for what would have been her sixth U.S. Open Singles title ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Chief: Officer's Proud Boys membership didn't break policy

A Connecticut police officer's membership in the Proud Boys, a far-right group known for engaging in violent clashes at political rallies, didn't violate department policies, the town's police chief has concluded in response to a civil rights group's concerns.The East Hampton officer, Kevin P....

President of Bulgarian soccer resigns after fan racism, loss

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Criticized around Europe for the racist behavior of Bulgarian fans and under pressure from the country's prime minister following a run of poor results, the president of the country's soccer federation resigned on Tuesday.A few hours later, Bulgarian special police...

Money, hatred for the Kurds drives Turkey's Syrian fighters

BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian fighters vowed to kill "pigs" and "infidels," paraded their Kurdish captives in front of cameras and, in one graphic video, fired several rounds into a man lying on the side of a highway with his hands bound behind his back.They are part of the self-styled Syrian...

ENTERTAINMENT

Q&A: Julie Andrews on new memoir and her 'second career'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Julie Andrews hasn't appeared in front of the camera in a feature film for almost 10 years, but that doesn't mean the 84-year-old screen legend has slowed down. She's just moved on to other things, like voice work, book writing and even directing theater.In June, Andrews...

AP Exclusive: Julie Andrews reflects on her Hollywood years

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Everyone is on their best behavior when Julie Andrews is around.It's early June in Los Angeles and Andrews is coming to film segments for a night of guest programming on Turner Classic Movies and speak about her new book, "Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years," which...

Gina Rodriguez apologizes for singing N-word lyric

NEW YORK (AP) — Gina Rodriguez has apologized for singing along on her Instagram story to a Fugees verse that includes the N-word.The "Jane the Virgin" actress deleted the short video she posted Tuesday and replaced it with her apology, but not before memes and other backlash ensued....

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Mexico: Families of slain police angry, AMLO defends policy

MORELIA, Mexico (AP) — Grieving family members of the 13 police officers killed in an apparent cartel...

LeBron James no longer King James for Hong Kong protesters

HONG KONG (AP) — When the ball smashed into a photo of LeBron James' face stuck above the hoop and dropped...

12 Democrats meet for first debate since impeachment inquiry

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Joe Biden is facing baseless but persistent allegations of wrongdoing overseas...

The Latest: Putin and Erdogan discuss situation in Syria

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — The latest on Turkey's offensive in northern Syria (all times local):11:55...

EU: Brexit deal in sight but UK must still do more

LUXEMBOURG (AP) — European Union officials were hoping Tuesday that —after more than three years of...

Trump's sanctions won't bite a vulnerable Turkish economy

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The sanctions the U.S. announced against Turkey this week over its offensive in...

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"LIVE IN TOKYO"
MINGUS BIG BAND
SUE MINGUS MUSIC
*****
The spirit and music of the late bassist/band leader Charles Mingus is being kept vibrantly alive by the Mingus Big Band in this Tokyo Live recording.
It begins with "Wham Bam," a fierce and fast composition featuring solos by trumpeter Alan Sipiagan, baritone saxophonist Ronnie Cuber, pianist David Kikoski and drummer Jonathan Blake.
"Celia," written by Mingus, as are all eight tracks, is nicely articulated by long-time band member Craig Handy — this time on alto. From his hospital bed, the late tenor player John Stubblefield arranged "Prayer For Passive Resistance," the last piece of music he worked on before his death in July 2005.
"The tenor is the preacher," he told the musicians gathered around his bed. "He's confronting the cops and the barking dogs. He's telling everyone to passively resist and pray."
Wayne Escoffery on tenor is the preacher, and the Mingus Big Band without a doubt is America's finest big band year in and year out!


"ELLA FITZGERALD LIVE IN '57 & '63"
DVD
JAZZ ICONS
****
This Ella Fitzgerald DVD is another in the series of nine European concerts featuring American jazz legends.
Fitzgerald became one of the less than half dozen major female jazz voices, and this double concert proves the case.  The earlier of the two takes place in Belgium in 1957.  She casts her magic spell singing such tunes as "Angel Eyes," "Lullaby of Birdland," "Love for Sale," "Tenderly," and "It Don't Mean A Thing, If It Ain't Got That Swing."
She is backed by pianist Don Abney, bassist Ray Brown, drummer Jo Jones and guitarist Herb Ellis. On the last tune, trumpeter Roy Eldridge and pianist Oscar Peterson join the group.
The second concert in Stockholm, Sweden is the musical equal of the first but photographically falls short. She sings "No Moon At All," "Desifanado," "Mack The Knife" and more. Pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Jim Hughhart, guitarist Les Spann and drummer Gus Johnson are excellent with their accompaniment.


"HOT CLUB OF DETROIT"
MACK AVENUE
****
There is some very lovely jazz in this retro-sounding effort by six young musicians, four of whom play stringed instruments.
Using the Hot Club of France (circa 1934) as its role model, this band is more than simply credible. Its take of Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt's "Nuages" is pure beauty; its sweet, flowing melody is a nice contrast to the opener, "Belleville," a brisk tune featuring clarinetist Dave Bennett.
Evan Perri is lead guitarist; Colton Witherspoon is on rhythm guitar; Shannon Wale is on acoustic bass; and Julien Labro is on button accordion, rounding out the group.  They also turn "The Godfather Theme" on its ear with a furious 12 minute up-tempo version that, however, removes all the menace from the original.


"GOOD FOREVER"
VON FREEMAN
PREMONITION
***
Veteran tenor saxophonist Von Freeman, at age 84, can still play a ballad so well that any other master would try to emulate his takes.
Backed by the Cobb's Mob's rhythm section of another master, drummer Jimmy Cobb, bassist John Webber and pianist Richard Wyands, Freeman takes on six moderate tempo lovelies. They include "Why Try to Change Me Now," "An Affair to Remember," "Didn't We," "Smile" and "I'll Never Be Free." 
My favorite is the opener, "Why Try To Change Me Now."

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