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Sam Mowry: CC#168 Live radio theater, what a concept

Changing things up a little bit, as we do now and then, and on this episode of OMN’s Coffeeshop Conversations…I should tell you, right here at World Cup Coffee and Tea at NW 18th & Gilsan…I’ll be talking with Sam Mowry about a special kind of theater…live radio theater. Say what? You’ll find out. If Sam’s voice sounds familiar, it’s because you’ve heard him on many commercials, but it’s radio drama that’s his greatest love. His Willamette Radio Workshop has a bunch of show coming up soon...


Isaac Slusarenko of Jackpot Records: CC #167 / Happy 21st anniversary!

At World Cup Coffee and Tea at NW 18th & Glisan today for another OMN Coffeeshop Conversation. I’m Tom D’Antoni. With me today is someone I’ve always wanted to meet. It’s Isaac Slusarenko who opened Jackpot Records 21 years ago this week. Pretty amazing that a store like Jackpot still thrives. He also runs their label which on November 9, is bringing out a vinyl reissue of Dr. John’s epic “Gris Gris” album. They’re having several in-store concerts this month to celebrate their anniversary...


Pepe Raphael: Coffeeshop Mini-Episode #7 : The return and expansion of Dueling Tangos

Pepe Raphael is back in the Coffeeshop for a brief stopover in the middle of a whirwind week of rehearsals for the concert at the Old Church Concert Hall with two shows on Saturday, October 13. So, as they say,back by popular demand: DUELING TANGO DUOS! This year, THREE international duos take the stage in this one of a kind bilingual concert exploring the passion of Argentine tango music in English & Spanish. This is an original performance written by Megan Yvonne & Pepe Raphael and funded...


Tony Coleman CC#166: Give it all to the drummer!

Hope you like the new theme music. It’s called “Ghost Jazz.” Thanks to Auditory Sculpture and Derek Sims for that. And thanks to World Cup Coffee & Tea at NW 18th & Glisan… which is where we do these OMN Coffeeshop Conversations. Very very happy to have been able to catch the great drummer Tony Coleman before he’s off to some other part of the world. Tony lives in Portland but he was the drummer in B.B. King’s band for 32 years. Imagine that. How good do you have to be to keep that gig! He...


Ural Thomas: CC #165 The Right Time to be an overnight sensation at age 77

There's new theme music for OMN’s Coffeeshop Conversations. It’s Ghost Jazz by Auditory Sculpture and Derek Sims. Thanks for letting us use it. We’re not in the coffeeshop today. We’re in the studio of Soul singer/composer Ural Thomas, a fixture in the Portland music community for a very long time. A few years ago he started collaborating with drummer/composer Scotty Magee, who is also known as DJ Cooky Parker and the result is several years of fabulous concerts and now a new album called...


Lisa Marsicek: Miz Kitty's Parlour's new season

In the cupping room at World Cup Coffee and Tea at NW 18th & Glisan for the one hundred and sixty fourth OMN Coffeeshop Conversation. It was 17 years ago that Lisa Marsicek, a fiddler in the Flat Mountain Girls band became Miz Kitty, a saucy wench who introduced Portland to modern Vaudeville. She has brought her show back to the Mission Theater this fall. Miz Kitty’s Parlour’s season debut is Saturday, October 13. We’ll find out all about it. Yes, there’ll be prizes. Lisa was one of our...


Dylan Magierek: CC#154 Celebrating 20 years of Badman Records

We’re back in the World Cup Coffee and Tea at NW 18th and Glisan for another OMN Coffeeshop Conversation. They’ve finished completely re-doing the place and it’s fabulous. You should stop in and check it out. With me today is Dylan Magierik who twenty years ago founded Badman Records. Over that time they’ve put out a whole lot of albums including Starfucker, My Morning Jacket and many others. They’re having a twenty-year anniversary celebration at Doug Fir Lounge on Saturday, June 30...


Art Levine: CC #153 OMN's National Editor has a new book!

World Cup Coffee and Tea at NW 18th and Glisan has been closed for over a week for renovations, but by the time you hear this it’ll be open again. While they were closed I thought it would be a good idea to call upon OMN’s National Editor, Art Levine and find out what’s going on with him. He’s in Washington, D.C. so we’re Skyping this one. He hasn’t been writing for us very much lately because he has been working on his new book, Mental Health, Inc. “How corruption, lax oversight and failed...


Alex Addy: CC#152 Keeping Obo's legacy alive

Back in World Cup Coffee and Tea’s world famous cupping room at NW 18th & Glisan for another OMN Coffeeshop Conversation. You know, the Waterfront Blues Festival is right around the corner, beginning on July 4. Stop in and say hi at the OMN booth in the Louisiana Pavilion. Performing again this year is an ensemble called Okropong, part of the Obo Addy Legacy Project. They’ll be at the festival on Friday, July 5 on the Front Porch Stage, near our booth. One of the leaders is one of Obo’s...


Eddie Martinez CC#151 / On his long-awaited new album

The cupping room runeth over today because right here in World Cup Coffee and Tea at NW 18th & Glisan we’ve got the return of the great guitarist Eddie Martinez, who before he moved to Portland was THE in-demand studio guitarist in New York, having been in Robert Palmer’s band, among many others. And yes, that was his lick on “Addicted to Love.” Eddie is back. He did one of these in April of 2016. We talked about a lot of things including working on a new album. Well, he’s ready to release...


Stephen Rutledge: CC#150 Prolific is putting it mildly

Back at World Cup Coffee & Tea at NW 18th & Glisan for another OMN Coffeeshop Conversation. Today, Stephen Rutledge, a most engaging and entertaining fellow, and a spectacularly prolific writer is in the chair opposite me in the Cupping Room. It’s one of those episodes that I love to do, never having met him before, so much so that I asked him a stupid question right off the bat. We hit it off before I started rolling and continued after I shut off the recorder. He writes for an online...


Tim Connell: CC#149 Lisa Helfer talks to the virtuoso mandonlinist

Welcome back to World Cup Coffee and Tea at NW 18th & Glisan for another OMN Coffeeshop Conversation. This is number one hundred 49. My name is Lisa Helfer, I’m filling in for Tom D’Atoni today and with me is Portland-based, virtuoso mandolinist, Tim Connell. Tim is a graduate of New England Conservatory who has created a sophisticated and original global mandolin style. Regarded as one of the top North American interpreters of Brazilian choro, Tim has also developed his own unique voice for...


Ben Jones: CC#148 The funky bass talks

Welcome back to World Cup Coffee and Tea at NW 18th & Glisan for another OMN Coffeeshop Conversation. This is number one hundred forty-eight. With me is a funky bass man, a Gospel bass man, a Blues bass man and one of those go-to guys that other musicians call when they need talent, versatility and reliability…and quality. It’s Ben Jones who’s here with me. He’s got his own band, is in bands, and pops up everywhere. That’s cause he’s good. But did you know that Ben was a member of the...


Paul Mazzio: CC#147 Jazz trumpeter takes a solo

All set up and ready to go in World Cup Coffee and Tea at NW 18th and Glisan for OMN Coffeeshop Conversation number 147. In the coffeeshop with me is trumpeter Paul Mazzio, a mainstay in the Oregon Jazz world for a long time. He has his own ensembles but he’s also known as one of those go-to guys when fine players want to add a trumpet in their recordings or live performances. He’s versatile enough to have toured with Woody Herman and Delbert McLinton and has chops enough to play with Alan...


Andrew Paul Woodworth: CC#146 APW hits the coffeeshop

Sitting in World Cup Coffee and Tea at NW 18th and Glisan for OMN Coffeeshop Conversation number one-hundred forty-six. Buckle-up friends because Andrew Paul Woodworth, all three of them, is paying us another visit. He has a new album called Drinks To Sleep but I would have wanted him back even if he didn’t. His last visit was in February of 2015 but it was one of the most memorable…just seems to be that way when we sit down to talk. The album release gig is May 4 at Secret Society. I’ve got...


Bob Dorough & Dave Frishberg at Portland Jazz Festival 2014

This delightful bit of cleverness took place at the Art Bar on Saturday, February 22, 2014 as part of the Portland Jazz Festival 2014's Jazz Conversations


Robert Parrish/Teri Briggs: CC#145: Musicians Rising up

OMN Coffeeshop Conversation number one hundred forty-five coming to you from the internet via World Cup Coffee and Tea at NW 18th & Glisan. I am still Tom D’Antoni, barely, and you know, we’re all dealing with current events the best we can. Robert Parrish and Teri Briggs took action in the best way they know. They call it “Musicians Rising Up.” They make videos of local talent who perform songs connected to the times in which we live? Or as they put it, “…live performances to heal and...


David Monette: CC#144 Portland's Stradivari of the trumpet

Hi there. This is OMN Coffeeshop Conversation number one-hundred forty-four. No kidding. And there are no signs of stopping. Back at World Cup Coffee and Tea at NW 18th and Glisan. If you ask who makes the best trumpets in the world, a lot of folks will tell you it’s David Monette who makes his here in Portland. Both Jazz and Classical masters world-wide own Monettes. This is not news to trumpet players. Just this week they were putting the finishing touches on a decorated trumpet for...


Peter Dammann: CC#143 The lowdown on the 2018 Waterfront Blues Festival

Welcome back to the Cupping room at World Cup Coffee and Tea, NW 18th & Glisan, for another in the endless series of OMN Coffeeshop Conversations. Last year we started what has become a sensational tradition of having the folks who book major festivals come in and tell us about the people they booked. Did it with Don Lucoff and the Portland Jazz Festival, We did one last time with Nicolas Harris of the Soul’d Out Festival and today for the second year in a row, Peter Dammann, Artistic...


Nicholas Harris: CC#142 The best Soul'd Out Festival Preview you'll find

In World Cup Coffee and Tea at NW 18th & Glisan, it’s another OMN Coffeeshop Conversation. Last year, I stumbled across the best way to preview a music festival. I had Waterfront Blues Festival Artistic Director Peter Dammann here and he just went day by day and talked about every performer. Who would know better? Did the same thing with Portland Jazz Festival’s Don Lucoff a few months ago and we’re doing it again to with Soul’d Out Festival’s Nicholas Harris. He’s been here before, around...