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PDX JAZZ

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Contacts

Publicists:
Don Lucoff
Maureen McFadden

General Inquiry:
email

ABOUT
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ABOUT

PDX Jazz is a 501(c)(3) non-profit cultural arts organization dedicated to curating jazz in Portland, Oregon and fostering the growth of musical offerings in the Pacific Northwest. We strive with your contributions and sponsorship to inspire, educate and develop future jazz audiences for generations to come.

MISSION STATEMENT

PDX Jazz, a non-profit cultural arts organization founded in 2003 in partnership with Travel Portland, produces the annual Portland Jazz Festival. The organization’s mission is to inspire, educate and develop future jazz audiences for generations to come.  The Portland Jazz Festival is a multi-venue series of jazz events presented each February within Portland, Oregon.  Nationally and regionally supported as a cultural tourism initiative in celebration of Black History Month, Portland Jazz Festival is dedicated to preserving America’s indigenous art form by presenting internationally recognized jazz masters alongside local jazz musicians.  A series of jazz education and outreach programs that extend into Portland’s schools and neighborhoods is at the heart of the annual event.

PDX Jazz is dedicated to curating performances at various Portland venues throughout the year such as the current monthly PDX Jazz @ The Mission Theater series.

SHOWS

Dec
30
Theo Croker
Jas Cafe
Aspen, Colorado
Dec
29
Theo Croker
Jas Cafe
Aspen, Colorado
Dec
13
Rondi Charleston
South Jazz Club
600 N Broad St. Philadelphia, PA 19130
Dec
13
Rondi Charleston
South Jazz Club
600 N. Broad St Philadelphia, PA 19130
Dec
9
Jimmy Greene
Veronica Hagman Concert Hall
Veronica Hagman Concert Hall – 181 White St, Danbury, Connecticut 06810

NEWS
  • Frankie Carrera – “Frankie Carrera” – Available September 22 - The music, rhymes and flow of Chicago-based rapper, singer and multi-instrumentalist Frankie Carrera represent an introspective and surreal aural journey–a hazy time-lapse portrait of survival, grit and grace, hauntingly captured on his official self-titled debut. Imagine regaining consciousness, washed up on a Cabo San Lucas shoreline, face down, sand in your teeth, beaten with your wallet and belongings…
  • Rondi Charleston – “Resilience” – Available October 13 - Rondi Charleston knows the power of a story well told and knows how to tell it like it is. This talent, which led her to winning both Emmy and Peabody Awards as a field producer for ABC’s Diane Sawyer, led also to her back to her innate passion and a third act: that of a rising…
  • Vincent Herring – “Hard Times” – Available November 3 - There’s no avoiding the hard times. Every human being that’s walked this Earth has had his or her share of the blues, from the personal to the political, the local to the global. But with another ominous headline coming every day, with news alerts constantly erupting from our various devices, with social media facilitating vitriolic…
  • Dave Bennett – “Blood Moon” – Available October 20 - A “blood moon” is a natural phenomenon that evokes a sense of foreboding yet captivating wonderment. However, the moon eventually returns to its natural state, shedding its reddish hues back to normalcy. Clarinetist Dave Bennett has not returned to normalcy and neither has his music. Blood Moon, Bennett’s sophomore release for Mack Avenue Records, is a dark and reflective…
  • Available Now Digitally: “Home: Where Everyone Is Welcome” on Resilience Music Alliance - The United States is composed of and built by immigrants, and it has been a beacon to those in search of a new life for hundreds of years. Home is a collection of thirty-four poems and twelve songs inspired by a diverse group of immigrants who have made significant contributions to the United States. From Yo-Yo…
  • Sherman Irby – Cerulean Canvas – Available October 20 - Integrity is a word that often tends to be thrown around too loosely these days. But in the case of the extraordinary alto saxophonist Sherman Irby it not only fully applies, but demands a capital “I” for the proper emphasis. His latest album Cerulean Canvas on Black Warrior Records with his ensemble Sherman Irby &…
  • Chuck Owen – “Whispers On the Wind” – Available September 8 - With Whispers On the Wind, their first recording since the two-time Grammy® Award-nominated River Runs, Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge would, at first glance, appear to have returned to a more standard jazz big band outing. Having shed the orchestral trappings characterizing the prior ambitious work however, Whispers on the Wind quickly becomes anything but standard. It encompasses a wide…
  • Johnny Butler – “HyperViolet” – Available August 25 - HyperViolet is a space. It is a destination. HyperViolet is the hollowness behind aching, arching light glancing off half-hidden spires and metallic mountaintops. In HyperViolet, Brooklyn-based saxophonist and electronicist Johnny Butler has found his perfect medium, his perfect space within the sound of his own life. Combining pop sensibilities with avant-garde yearnings, Butler has created a world within a world, and…
  • Gary Meek – “Originals” – Available September 29 - With six recordings as a leader since 1991 as well as being a widely sought after sideman, Gary Meek has carved out a unique position for himself as a virtuosic saxophonist. Meek has contributed to over 150 recordings and has performed and/or recorded with artists such as Dave Weckl, Airto Moreira, Jeff Lorber and Green Day. The focus…
  • John Beasley – “MONK’estra Vol. 2” – Available September 1 - If one were to have access to a time machine and could go back to see legendary bandleader Thelonious Monk in concert during the 1950s and ‘60s, you’d likely see him so compelled by the music that he would retreat from his piano mid-performance and conduct his band, no matter how small or large, through…
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