Ooligan Press

Ooligan is a not-for-profit general trade press that publishes books honoring the cultural and natural diversity of the Pacific Northwest.

Rhythm in the Rain

Rhythm in the Rain is a nonfiction narrative about the jazz community in the Pacific Northwest that examines the people, places, and events that have made cities like Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, so popular among musicians. From the genesis of Jackson Street and Williams Avenue in the 1940s & ’50s with such legends as Ray Charles and Quincy Jones, to the modern voices of George Colligan, Rebecca Kilgore, and Esperanza Spalding, this book aims to encompass and illuminate the rich musical history of a region that, while not widely recognized as a jazz mecca, has seen its relevance within the local community. Written by local musician, radio broadcaster, and author Lynn Darroch, Rhythm in the Rain serves to inform and entertain, while showing that jazz is undoubtedly another of the countless cultural offerings this wonderful corner of the country has cultivated throughout its history.

Current project manager: Tyler Mathieson


Meet the Ricochet River 25th Anniversary Crew (4/27/2016) - Welcome back to Rivers of the Pacific Northwest! Before we head any farther downstream, I’d like to introduce myself and the rest of my crew. We’ve added some top-notch talent this term, and they deserve a spotlight. First up, Tyler Mathieson, our fearless leader through the stormy seas of Rhythm in the Rain, will graduate . . . Read more »
From Rain to Rivers (4/6/2016) - Now that the rain here in Portland has finally given way to a beautiful, sunshiny spring, our team at Ooligan is turning its attention from Rhythm in the Rain to a pair of shiny new projects. I say new, but our first project might look a little familiar. Ricochet River, Robin Cody’s coming-of-age classic about . . . Read more »
Worth the Wait: Our First Look at Rhythm in the Rain (12/1/2015) - It’s a pretty incredible feeling to see something that you have worked so hard on for so long come to fruition. That moment came earlier last week for all of us who have poured ourselves into the development of Rhythm in the Rain: Jazz in the Pacific Northwest, when a shipment of advanced reader copies . . . Read more »
Finding Harmony: Blending The Arts Of Jazz & Literature (8/17/2015) - So very much has happened since we last updated the progress of this project. First, and perhaps most importantly, we last mentioned that the book previously referred to as Mastersounds was in the midst of being renamed for publication. It is our pleasure to announce that our entertaining and informative upcoming book will be titled . . . Read more »
Cover Design and Marketing (4/30/2015) - We started this term off running with a title vote on the first day of classes. I want to say again a huge Thank You to everyone who contributed ideas to this process. We are very happy with the new title Rhythm in the Rain and are now beginning to think about a cover to . . . Read more »
Renaming the Project (2/21/2015) - As we continue to work through the developmental edits of the Mastersounds manuscript, it is now time to begin considering picking the final title for the book. The team and the author are currently hard at work developing possibilities for this name change, but we want to get a wider opinion. That said, on March . . . Read more »
Updates (2/18/2015) - The copyedit for Brew to Bikes is underway! We took the most up-to-date ebook file and exported out all the XML coding so that we could work with the text only. We are also developing a tracking sheet for all of the photographs so that when we lay out the text in the new format, . . . Read more »
Working on a Variety of Projects (1/27/2015) - As the team awaits the fully drafted manuscript of the Mastersounds project, we have been working on a variety of smaller tasks for various Ooligan projects. We have assisted with spreading the word for Write to Publish, which is coming up on January 31st, to local universities. We have been working with the marketing department . . . Read more »
Creating Ooligan’s First Crowdfunding Campaign (1/16/2015) - The Mastersounds team is in the midst of finalizing the details of the crowdfunding campaign, and we will be ready to launch it around the beginning of February. Developing a funding campaign has been an interesting experience. The elements of the campaign that we have focused on are the social push to inform the vast . . . Read more »
Flipping the Project Plan (11/19/2014) - Hello all, During the last two weeks, the Mastersounds team has been working on researching and creating a marketing strategy that will be used near the launch of the book. This plan encompasses book reviews, podcasts, and important people that we think will be excited about the content and will help spread the word of . . . Read more »
Unique Contact Lists (11/4/2014) - Hello all, Over the last few weeks the team has been working away on developing a contact list of media and places that we could collaborate with to promote the project. While we at Ooligan do have a general list of people and places we contact for each title, every project has a unique theme . . . Read more »
Continuing to Research and Create (10/21/2014) - Hello all, Over the last two weeks, the Mastersounds team has been hard at work creating and researching elements that continue to shape and develop the overall plan for the final masterpiece. Some of the research that was done these last few weeks looked into specific news organizations and social markets that can be used . . . Read more »
This Week! (10/8/2014) - Hello all, This week many little things were accomplished. We powered through many transcriptions that I personally loved listening to. Then we began developing the plan for the pitch video, which will feature our author speaking about the book, and began gathering preliminary information for the marketing plan. Most importantly, we began to delve into . . . Read more »
The Beginning of Fall. (9/28/2014) - Hello all, We are starting a new term and, with that in mind, I have plans to accomplish many things over the next ten weeks. The Indiegogo project will begin to take more shape as we work on developing the pitch video for the site. The development of the web application will be underway now . . . Read more »
Summer Update (9/15/2014) - Hello all, Just a quick update today on the development of the manuscript. We now have a finalized chapter outline that gives a clear overview of the evolution of jazz in the Pacific Northwest. From here the author will be working on the actual narrative of the book and the Ooligan team will be researching . . . Read more »
This Week! (8/27/2014) - Hello all, In this break between summer and fall terms, the Mastersounds project is keeping things simple. The team is continuing to help with transcribing interviews for the author’s research. This not only provides more opportunities for the author to conduct research, but also provides the team members with more knowledge about the jazz community. . . . Read more »
Results of Networking (8/13/2014) - Hello all, We have some results from our networking! I am meeting this week with Marc Moscato, Executive Director of Know Your City, to go over how we might create a tour of the Portland area that follows the same themes of the book. I’m hoping that the tour could follow a timeline that shows . . . Read more »
Starting the Editing Process (7/23/2014) - Hello all, The last two weeks have been focused on some of the nitty gritty parts of publishing. We have been gathering information on grants and awards for the book. These come a little later on in the process, but it never hurts to plan ahead. What we have been working towards is the first . . . Read more »
The Beginning of a New Project (7/16/2014) - Hello all, I’d like to introduce you to Mastersounds: A History of Jazz in the Pacific Northwest, one of Ooligan’s newest projects  This started as an in-house idea that developed into a full pitch during the winter and was acquired by the press in the beginning of spring. The overall goal for this project is . . . Read more »
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