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Don Lucoff
Maureen McFadden

General Inquiry:

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.


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.

Matthew Whitaker
Harris Theater for Music and Dance
205 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601
Christian Sands
New Jersey Performing Arts Center
1 Center St, Newark, NJ 07102
Stanley Clarke
Blue Note Jazz Club
131 W. 3rd St, New York, NY 10012 Additional performances at 10:30PM all nights at the same location
Matthew Whitaker
The Loft at UC San Diego
Lyman Ln, San Diego, CA 92093
Christian Sands
SFJazz Center
201 Franklin St, Sf, CA 94102

  • Nicholas Payton | “Relaxin’ With Nick” | Available October 25 via Smoke Sessions Records - Acclaimed Trumpeter, Keyboardist and Composer Nicholas Payton Takes to the Stage of Smoke Jazz & Supper Club for a Scintillating Live Double-Disc Set: Relaxin’ With Nick Performance Features Payton’s Innovative Approach to Live Performance, Accompanying His Trumpet Mastery with His Own Accompaniment on Piano and Fender Rhodes and Renowned Rhythm Section of Peter Washington and Kenny…
  • AVAILABLE NOW: Vince Mendoza’s “Constant Renaissance” on BCM&D Records - AVAILABLE NOW on BCM&D Records: New Work From GRAMMY® Award-winning Composer Vince Mendoza Constant Renaissance, Inspired by Philadelphia Jazz Greats and Commissioned by Temple University Six-time GRAMMY® Award-winning composer, arranger and conductor Vince Mendoza was at Temple University and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts this past March as part of a week-long residency with students at the Boyer…
  • Mari Boine Tour Announcement - Norwegian Sami Singer and Activist Mari Boine Returns to the States for a Fall Tour Mari Boine 2019 Tour Dates October 2 | Scandinavia House | New York, NY October 3 | Cedar Cultural Center | Minneapolis, MN October 5 | Chan Centre for the Performing Arts | Vancouver, Canada October 8 | Nordic Musem | Seattle, WA October 10 | The Old Church…
  • Uri Caine | “The Passion of Octavius Catto” | Available August 30 via 816 Music - Pianist/Composer Uri Caine Presents The Passion of Octavius Catto, in Tribute to Philadelphia’s 19th Century Freedom Fighter Octavius Catto Ten-Part Composition for Jazz Trio, Chamber Orchestra and Gospel Choir Feat. Barbara Walker Available August 30 on 816 Music In the fall of 2017 Philadelphia unveiled a statue of Octavius Catto in front of City Hall. Catto…
  • Michael Brecker International Saxophone Competition - Michael Brecker International Saxophone Competition Eight Semi-Finalists to Compete at the Red Sea Jazz Festival in Eilat, Israel (August 25 – 27) Semi-Finalists of the Inaugural Competition are Artem Badenko, Niall Cade, Nathan Bellott, Alex Hahn, Sheridan Hitchcock, Sean Payne, Daniel Varga & Alex Weitz First Prize: $12,500 / Second Prize: $7,500 / Third Prize:…
  • AVAILABLE NOW: Ivo Perelman & Matthew Shipp’s “Efflorescence Vol. 1” on Leo Records - AVAILABLE NOW on Leo Records: Ivo Perelman & Matthew Shipp Celebrate Perelman’s 30th Anniversary and Tireless Push Past 100 Albums with Efflorescence Vol. 1 Efflorescence Vol. 2 Set to Release Fall 2019 Tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman and pianist Matthew Shipp have both attested frequently to their remarkably close relationship, which has invited comparisons to John Coltrane and McCoy Tyner, Paul…
  • AVAILABLE NOW: Steve Cole’s “Gratitude” via Artistry Music - Saxophonist Steve Cole Shows Appreciation for Supporters with Healing Energy on Gratitude, Co-Produced by Longtime Collaborator David Mann It’s during the times when we’re confronted with life’s hardest struggles that we learn to appreciate the humanity around us. On his latest album, Gratitude, saxophonist Steve Cole offers thanks for the people who’ve helped see him through some of his…
  • Orice Jenkins | “Centennial Cole” | Available September 20 via Truth Revolution Recording Collective - Vocalist Orice Jenkins Celebrates 100th Birthday  of Legendary Singer/Pianist Nat “King” Cole  on Heartfelt New Album Centennial Cole Available September 20 via  Truth Revolution Recording Collective Album Combines Classic & Modern Jazz with Classical Influences to Pay Homage to Iconic Performer Given the substantial impact he had on the music and culture of his time, it can…
  • JAS & Frost School of Music Two-Week Student Residency - The Inaugural JAS Academy Presented by  Jazz Aspen Snowmass in Collaboration with the  Frost School of Music at the University of Miami  Set for August 4 — 19 in Aspen Jazz Greats Artistic Director & Six-Time  GRAMMY® Award Winner Christian McBride with  JAS President/CEO Jim Horowitz to be Joined by  Multi-GRAMMY® Nominee Dean Shelly Berg & Frost  Faculty In Newly…
  • AVAILABLE NOW: Victor Gould’s “Thoughts Become Things” via Blue Room Music - AVAILABLE NOW on Blue Room Music: Pianist/Composer Victor Gould Reaches New Melodic and Conceptual Heights on Thoughts Become Things Joined by Stellar Cast Including Jeremy Pelt, Godwin Louis, Dayna Stephens, Anne Drummond, Vicente Archer & Rodney Green Gould Weaves Intricate Textures on Third Outing as a Leader Hailed as “a composer of great ambition and skill” from All…