I’ve been working on an exciting new program for the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble, the new jazz music organization for which I’ve been serving as Executive Director for the last two years. I’ve been doing all the production on these so far, but we will be adding guest producers soon.

Its called Beyond Category. It’s a short-form, interview-based podcast that gives artists the opportunity to tell the stories behind their work. We started out by highlighting artists from the record label, but we’ve quickly branched out by producing episodes that help us build partnerships.

The episode featuring Darrell Grant was produced in partnership with the Montavilla Jazz Festival, and we’ve got one more episode due to be released soon. We also have partnerships planned with the Oregon Coast Jazz Party and Portland Center Stage, as well as all of our artists.

Have a listen!