Thara Memory & Esperanza Spalding win Grammy for City of Roses instrumental vocal arrangement!

This photo says it all, no? (Courtesy of Photo: Rick Diamond/ From the LA Times Grammy liveblog: “City of Roses” from Esperanza Spalding’s “Radio Music Society” won the instrumental arrangement accompanying vocalists Grammy. The prize went to Spalding and her co-arranger Thara Memory. “Some of you may not know Dr. Thara Memory, but he’s…


AMP in OPB’s banner position on Facebook for 2/14 Art Beat show!

We cannot wait to see Thara Memory, Esperanza Spalding, Hailey Niswanger and both current and alumni American Music Program jazz orchestra members on Thursday, February 14th at 8 pm on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Art Beat show! (Click here for the currently empty event page on the OPB site – more information should be available as the date draws near…)

But we’re not the only ones – just look at what OPB has to say about the show:

On February 14, OPB will premiere an Oregon Art Beat special “Masters of Jazz: The Next Generation,” which profiles Thara Memory, an acclaimed Portland-based jazz trumpeter and teacher to some very talented musicians in the Northwest who have taken the jazz world by storm, including Esperanza Spalding.

This half-hour special explores the work Memory has undertaken to encourage the next generation of jazz musicians, including founding the American Music Program, a nationally recognized magnet school that educates seventh to twelfth grade students in American jazz music.

“Thara Memory is one of many talented professionals working to shape the future of Portland’s jazz community,” said Jessica Martin, executive producer of Oregon Art Beat. “We are thrilled to bring our viewers a special, inside look into how he has contributed to the rise of a thriving jazz scene – and importantly – the elevation of women in jazz.”

Are you excited as well? Well – these lovely photos (open the page to see them) might just get you as amped up as we are!