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Contacts

Publicists:
Don Lucoff
Maureen McFadden

General Inquiry:
email

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.

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  • 2022 Releases | ECM - ECM 2022 Releases ECM began 2022 with pianist Kit Downes’ Vermillion, where he and his trio treaded gentle lyricism and bold creative outbursts in equal measures. Israeli trumpeter Avishai Cohen showed a raw beauty and vulnerability on Naked Truth, his most improvisational ECM recording to date, and saxophonist Mark Turner’s Return from the Stars was an album both exhilarating and thoughtful in its…
  • Nicholas Payton | “The Couch Sessions” | Available Now via Smoke Sessions Records - Visionary Multi-instrumentalist and Composer Nicholas Payton Provides a Vital Dose of Musical Therapy on The Couch Sessions Available Now on Smoke Sessions Records, the Trio Album Features the Dream Rhythm Section of Buster Williams and Lenny White, as Well as the Compositions and Sampled Voices of Masters Like Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Keith Jarrett and…
  • Vocalist Andy James Interprets Some of Her Favorite Holiday Songs on “Bells Are Ringing” | Available Friday on Le Coq Records - Vocalist Andy James Interprets Some of Her Favorite Holiday Songs on Bells Are Ringing Featuring Bill Cunliffe, Jon Cowherd, Marcus Strickland, Alex Acuña, Ronnie Foster, John Patitucci, Vinnie Colaiuta, Joe LaBarbera and More Available on Digital Platforms November 25 on Le Coq Records On Bells Are Ringing, vocalist Andy James closes out 2022 with an album of holiday songs recorded over the…
  • Mack Avenue Music Group Congratulates Pianist Danilo Perez and Yellowjackets on Three GRAMMY® Award Nominations - Mack Avenue Music Group Congratulates Pianist Danilo Perez and Yellowjackets on Three GRAMMY® Award Nominations “I envision Crisálida as a protected space where we all come together, whether we’re addressing immigration issues, climate change, environmental justice, science, interconnecting different art forms. We need to work together to build our new crisálida, which, to me, is the emotional, mental…
  • On “RETRO Trilogy,” Jazz Singer Allison Adams Tucker Zeroes in on the Three Decades of Her Evolved Freedom of Musical Expression: the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s - On RETRO Trilogy, Jazz Singer Allison Adams Tucker Zeroes in on the Three Decades of Her Evolved Freedom of Musical Expression: the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s Three Full EPs (“1977,” “1988” and “1999”) Will Be Released January Through March Full-Length Album RETRO Trilogy Available April 14 on Allegato Music In today’s streaming world, the process to broadcast the…
  • Israeli Guitarist Tomer Cohen Makes Auspicious Debut with “Not the Same River” | Available February 17 on Hypnote Records - Israeli Guitarist Tomer Cohen Makes Auspicious Debut with Not the Same River Featuring Drummer Obed Calvaire and Bassist Matt Penman Available on February 17 on Hypnote Records A new face on the New York jazz scene, 25-year-old guitarist-composer Tomer Cohen makes his auspicious debut as a leader with Not the Same River, an album that resonates with the same…
  • Available Now: Pianists Hilario Duran and David Virelles Team Up on “Front Street Duets” - Internationally Acclaimed Cuban Jazz Pianists and Composers Hilario Duran and David Virelles Present a Collection of Virtuosic Collaborations on Front Street Duets   Available Today via ALMA Records “With a ton of mutual respect flowing between the two pianists, it’s no surprise that there’s some telepathic communication going on. Each man commands a melodic approach of his…
  • Jazz-Vocal Discovery Tawanda Releases Much-Awaited Debut Album “Smile” on Resonance Records - Exciting Jazz-Vocal Discovery Tawanda, Winner of the 2020 Sarah Vaughan Competition, Releases Much-Awaited Debut Album Smile Available Now on Resonance Records “Tawanda seems to go from zero to belonging in the esteemed company of Veronica Swift, Cecile McLorin Salvant and Cyrille Aimee in negative time, if that could be measured.” — All About Jazz Stream Tracks from Smile On October 28, 2022, Resonance Records, the acclaimed…
  • Arild Andersen Group | “Affirmation” | ECM - Affirmation, Norwegian Bassist Arild Andersen’s First Recording with His New Quartet, is Almost Entirely Improvised Featuring Tenor Saxophonist Marius Neset, Pianist Helge Lien and Drummer Håkon Mjåset Johansen Available Tomorrow via ECM Records “As he edges ever closer to 80, Andersen proves with Affirmation that he’s still got plenty left in the tank.” — The Big Takeover In November…
  • “Ron Carter: Finding the Right Notes” Airs Tonight on PBS, Soundtrack Now Available on IN+OUT Records - Tonight, PBS Airs Finding the Right Notes, the Two-Hour Major Documentary on Jazz Legend Ron Carter The Freiburg, Germany Record Label IN+OUT Records Releases the Original Soundtrack of the Film on CD and Double Vinyl with a Bonus Track Partisan Pictures’ Six-Year Project is Produced and Directed by Peter Schnall   WBGO Interview with Ron Carter   “Carter’s…