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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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  • Alex Acuña | Gifts | Available September 23 via Le Coq Records -   Former Weather Report Drummer Alex Acuña to Release Gifts, His First Album as a Leader in 17 Years.   Gifts Reunites Acuña with Members of The Unknowns, Runs a Stylistic Gamut from Funk to Fusion, Soul-Jazz, Ambient, Latin and Brazilian Flavored Jazz   Available September 23 on Le Coq Records   The incredible journey…
  • Al Foster | “Reflections” | Available August 26 via Smoke Sessions Records - Legendary Drummer Al Foster Reflects on a Lifetime of Encounters with Jazz Icons from Miles and Monk to Herbie and McCoy Reflections Features an All-Star Quintet with Chris Potter, Nicholas Payton, Kevin Hays and Vicente Archer   Available August 26 via Smoke Sessions Records Album Release Performances at Smoke Jazz Club, Plus Global Livestream: Thursday, September 1…
  • Carnegie Hall NYO Jazz’s Debut Album “We’re Still Here” - Carnegie Hall Releases NYO Jazz’s Debut Album We’re Still Here Featuring Artistic Director and Bandleader/Trumpeter Sean Jones with Special Guest Melissa Aldana and Special Guest Appearance by Wycliffe Gordon Available Now Digitally and Limited CD Availability US Tour Dates This Summer Include: July 28 | Carnegie Hall | New York, NY July 30 | Tri-C…
  • VINYL OUT TODAY: Joey Alexander’s “Origin” - Pianist, Bandleader and Composer Joey Alexander’s First Album Featuring All Original Music, Origin: OUT NOW ON VINYL Mack Avenue Records Debut Featuring Special Guests Gilad Hekselman and Chris Potter Available as Double LPSet Pressed on Sea Glass Colored Vinyl Performing July 7-10 at SFJAZZ in San Francisco, CA Before Departing for European Tour Critical Acclaim…
  • Steve Tibbetts | “Hellbound Train” | ECM - Guitarist Steve Tibbetts Draws From 40 Years of His Recordings on ECM with His Double-Album Retrospective, Hellbound Train Available July 1 via ECM Records A few questions for Steve Tibbetts Hellbound Train is a double album anthology drawn from your work on ECM. What was the criteria for inclusion? How did you select the pieces?…
  • Gard Nilssen Acoustic Unity | “Elastic Wave” | ECM - On Elastic Wave, Norwegian Powerhouse Trio Gard Nilssen Acoustic Unity Address Fiery Anthems and Poignant Ballads with Equal Panache and Conviction   Available July 15 via ECM Records Gard Nilssen is one of Europe’s most creative improvising drummers, with a fresh approach to rhythm and freedom. On ECM, he has appeared on acclaimed recordings with…
  • Pasquale Grasso | “Be-Bop!” | Available Today via Sony Music Masterworks - Guitar Virtuoso Pasquale Grasso Pays Tribute to Bird and Diz on Be-Bop! Out Now New Album Includes “A Night in Tunisia,” “Shaw ‘Nuff,” “Ruby, My Dear,” “Quasimodo” and “I’m in a Mess,” Featuring Rising Star Samara Joy on Vocals U.S. & European Tour Dates Announced (June 17, 2022 – New York, NY) Following the extraordinary success of…
  • Katalyst, Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad | “Katalyst JID013” | Available July 15 via Jazz Is Dead - Los Angeles Band Katalyst Partners with Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad for Next Installment of Jazz Is Dead Series 2 Katalyst JID013 Available July 15 via Jazz Is Dead Over the last decade, the Los Angeles-based band Katalyst has carved out a name for themselves as bearers of the community-driven jazz scene, popping up on major…
  • Yellowjackets | “Parallel Motion” | Available August 26 via Mack Avenue Records - Yellowjackets Enter Fifth Decade Sounding as Fresh as Ever on Parallel Motion   Available August 26 on Mack Avenue Records Maintaining a distinct group identity for 40 years is an exceedingly rare achievement, but what sets Yellowjackets apart isn’t their longevity so much as the consistently inspired quality of their music. Born in the age of fusion, the band…
  • Tony Williams’ Long Lost 1980 Trio Album, “Play or Die,” Rediscovered and Remastered for Release on July 22 - Innovating Jazz Drummer Tony Williams’ Long Lost 1980 Trio Album, Play or Die, Rediscovered and Remastered for Release Featuring Keyboardist Tom Grant  and Bassist Patrick O’Hearn Available July 22 via M.I.G. Music GmbH M.I.G. Music GmbH, an independent multi-genre recording label based in Hanover, Germany is set to release on July 22 on all digital platforms and…