Archive for February, 2009

Portland Music Awards hit high notes with reporter-musician

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Jay Haser.

He is what Portland music is all about.

As the bassist for songstress Debra Arlyn, Haser bobbed and bounced to the music when on stage at the second annual Portland Music Awards last week. Debra Arlyn, seated at the piano, gave Alicia Keys a run for her niche – flawless, pouncing on high notes; whispering soulful low notes.

But it was the look on Haser’s face at the opposite end of the stage during the four-minute performance that sold me. He looked so genuinely happy playing bass.

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