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Thara Memory Honored "Jazz Master"

Excerpt from an article by Jason Vondersmith in The Portland Tribune, February 9, 2012.

Teacher and musician Thara Memory can add "Portland Jazz Master" to his lengthy resume.

The Portland Jazz Festival, which runs Feb. 17 to 26, will bestow the title on Memory, a key figure in the development of superstar Esperanza Spalding and others during his 40-some years in the local jazz scene.

Spalding, a Grammy Award winner for Best New Artist in 2011, calls Memory a "beacon of inspiration."

Memory is humbled to be named "Portland Jazz Master." He was named the Jazz Society of Oregon's Musician of the Year in 2006 and then inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame the next year.

Memory, who moved to Portland in 1970, has taught at Portland State, Portland Community College, Marylhurst University, Wilson High School and Arts and Communication Magnet Academy in Beaverton.

He earned a bachelor's degree in music from Marylhurst University.

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