Melting Pot is a diverse music mix in the spirit of freeform radio. As Herbie Hancock said, "Music happens to be an art form that transcends language. Music is the tool to express life - and all that makes a difference." Melting Pot is an eclectic blend of jazz, fusion, blues and R&B to jump start your day. This show celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival, which started in 1982 in Gresham, OR.
The festival was very popular in the 80's and early 90's, attracting visitors from Europe and Japan, and drawing ~10,000 attendees per day on avg. In the late 90's, attendance started to wane and the organizers invited non-jazz artists to play, including Robert Cray, The Neville Brothers and Little Feat.
Following the dot-com boom and bust in the early 2000's, the festival relocated from Mt. Hood Community College to downtown Gresham. In 2007, the organizers filed for bankruptcy. The festival took on new backers and was downsized. In 2020, the festival was cancelled due to the COVID crisis, and was a virtual online only event in 2021. The Mt. Hood Jazz Festival returned as a live in-person event the weekend of 5/7-5/9 at the Yoshida Haven Estate in Troutdale.
The last half hour of the show focuses on live broadcast recordings from the FM Radio Archive on archive.org. Tune in to Melting Pot every other Sunday at 8-10 am on Freeform Portland at at KFFP-LP 90.3 FM, KFFD-LP 98.3 FM & KYQT-LP 101.5 FM in the Portland metro area and streaming online at http://freeformportland.org/listen.
Playlist for this set posted as a .png file. The cover was made with a photo from a concert poster for the 2001 Mt. Hood Jazz Festival. A 1983 poster and the cover for the 1998 Celebration CD are also included as .png files.
Read more about the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival here: https://www.mhcc.edu/Mt-Hood-Jazz-Festival/ and here: https://www.orartswatch.org/festival-revival-rebuilding-mt-hood-jazz/
More Freeform Portland radio shows are available here: https://archive.org/details/fmradioarchive?query=freeform+portland