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NORTHWEST NEWS

Oregon Extends COVID Workplace Mask Rule Indefinitely

State officials say the rule, which garnered thousands of public comments, will be in place until it is “no longer necessary to address the effects of the pandemic in the workplace.”

As Reparations Hit Roadblock, Oregon Lawmakers Look to U.S. Congress and Cities

Sen. Frederick pushed for eligible Black Oregonians to receive a lifetime annuity as remedy for slavery, systemic racism.

Landmark Gun Safety Bill Clears Final Vote

The Oregon Senate repassed Senate Bill 554 – approving modifications made in the House to add storage and safety requirements among the bill’s components.

Shooting Highlights Lack of Body Cams Among Portland Police

Two police officers raised their weapons while sheltering behind a tree in a Portland park. They yelled at a homeless man to put up his hands. Moments later, two shots rang out.

NEWS BRIEFS

Street Gallery: Crossing the Redline

Street Gallery, invites the public to an intergenerational art exhibit: “Crossing the Redline” ...

Unemployment Fix Passes Oregon Senate, Helps Get More Oregonians Back to Work

Many Oregon employers believe this policy will help support their rapidly changing workforce needs, COVID-19 regulations, and worker...

Concrete Wall Around Seattle Police Precinct Comes Down

The city decided to take the wall down after hearing from the community ...

Peloton Recalls Treadmills, Halts Sales, After a Child Dies

Peloton is recalling about 125,000 of its treadmills less than a month after denying they were dangerous and saying it would not pull...

Free Online Classes Promote Sustainable Living

Clark County’s Master Composter Recycler program is offering a series of free sustainable living webinars this spring. ...

Judge nixes reduced Klamath River flows for sucker fish

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — A judge has ruled against the Klamath Tribes in a lawsuit that accuses federal regulators of violating the Endangered Species Act by letting water levels fall too low for sucker fish to spawn in a lake that also feeds an elaborate irrigation system along the...

Portland: Feds to blame for cops failure in settlement deal

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland city officials said they welcome constructive criticism from federal Justice Department lawyers who found the Police Bureau has failed to adhere to a settlement governing officers’ use of force. But officials also blame the federal government for contributing to...

OPINION

OP-ED: The Supreme Court Can Protect Black Lives by Ending Qualified Immunity

The three officers responsible for the murder of Breonna Taylor are not the first to walk free after killing an unarmed Black person, and unfortunately, especially if things continue as they are, they will not be the last. ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Trade Arron Rodgers

Give Aaron Rodgers a break, Green Bay. Just like Bart Starr & Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers has been a Hall of Fame quarterback for the Packers for 16 years. ...

Editorial From the Publisher - Council: Police Reform Needed Now

Through years of ceaseless protest, activists have tried to hold Portland Police to account. ...

After the Verdicts

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum shares her thoughts after the verdicts ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

In the French language, steps forward and back for women

LE PECQ, France (AP) — The fight to make the French language kinder to women took steps forward, and back, this week. Warning that the well-being of France and its future are at stake, the government banned the use in schools of a method increasingly used by some French...

Rachel Zoll, much-admired AP religion writer, dead at 55

Rachel Zoll, who for 17 years as religion writer for The Associated Press endeared herself to colleagues, competitors and sources with her warm heart and world-class reporting skills, died Friday in Amherst, Massachusetts, after a three-year bout with brain cancer. She was 55. ...

Man charged in stabbings of 2 Asian women a no-show in court

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The arraignment of a man who allegedly stabbed two older women without warning at a San Francisco bus stop was postponed Friday after he refused to leave his jail cell and appear in court. Patrick Thompson's arraignment on charges of attempted murder,...

ENTERTAINMENT

Jhené Aiko, Saweetie to perform on AAPI advocacy TV special

NEW YORK (AP) — Platinum-selling performers of part-Asian descent, including R&B singer Jhené Aiko and rapper Saweetie, will perform on a TV special produced by The Asian American Foundation, the newly formed organization launched to improve AAPI advocacy. TAAF announced...

In the shadow of COVID-19, a toll on entertainment workers

NEW YORK (AP) — Like so many, the pandemic upended life for actor and dancer Rena Riffel. The Los Angeles-based performer needed help with rent, utilities and counselling when jobs suddenly dried up. “Being an artist, we are already very fragile with our finances," she...

David Oyelowo fulfills new directing passion in 'Water Man'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — While starring in films like “Selma” and “Lee Daniels' The Butler,” actor David Oyelowo discovered a new passion: directing. Oyelowo was inspired to step behind-the-camera after learning different nuances of the craft from respected directors like...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Sherpa guide scales Mount Everest for record 25th time

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A Sherpa guide scaled Mount Everest for the 25th time on Friday, breaking his own record...

Last wild macaw in Rio is lonely and looking for love

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Some have claimed she’s indulging a forbidden romance. More likely, loneliness compels...

Texas GOP's voting restriction bill passes House

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas has become the latest Republican-dominated state to advance sweeping new limits on...

Ethiopian Orthodox Church patriarch blasts Tigray 'genocide'

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The head of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in his first public comments on the war in the...

Ahead of Harris meeting, Mexico president accuses US

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Just before an online meeting with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris Friday, Mexico President...

Deadly police shootout prompts claims of abuse in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A bloody, hour-long gunbattle in a Rio de Janeiro slum echoed into Friday, with...

Dick Bogle


"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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