Portland Jazz Festival

The annual festival celebrates the rich local jazz scene and attracts international stars.

Charles McPherson and the Randy Porter Trio at the 2012 Portland Jazz FestivalCharles McPherson and the Randy Porter Trio at the 2012 Portland Jazz Festival
  • Be PDX
  • Drink
  • Eat
  • Get Around
  • See and Do
  • Services
  • Shop
  • Stay
  • Walking Distance Guide
    = 1 mile (1.6 km)
    = 0.5 mile (0.8 km)
    Click Me

    The Portland Jazz Festival celebrates Black History Month with a series of concerts and events presented over two weeks every February. Dedicated to preserving America’s indigenous art form by presenting internationally recognized jazz masters alongside local musicians, the festival includes education and outreach programs that extend into Portland’s schools and neighborhoods, as well as a generous offering of free performances.

    “We strive to produce a festival that reflects the fabric of a vibrant jazz community … there is no city of a similar size in America that boasts such a wealth of talented artists as Portland.” – Managing Director Don Lucoff

    In its 11th incarnation (Feb. 20 – March 2, 2014) the festival will include such headline events as:

    Performances are held at multiple venues, from the Newmark and Winningstad theaters at Portland’5 Centers for the Arts in downtown Portland, to the acclaimed jazz club Jimmy Mak’s in the Pearl and the historic Aladdin Theater, a former vaudeville house.

    In 2009, the Portland Jazz Festival honored the 70th anniversary of Blue Note Records; the 2014 fest will include “Blue Note @ 75,” highlighting artists important to the iconic jazz label’s history. These performances will include:

    Each year, the festival honors a “Jazz Master” — in 2014, the 43-year-old ensemble Oregon will serve as the Portland Jazz Masters, becoming the first group to share the title.

    2014 PDX Jazz Festival hotels

    The following hotels have partnered with PDX Jazz Fest to provide lodging during the festival (Feb. 20 – Mar. 2, 2014):

    Aloft Portland Airport at Cascade Station

    The Benson Hotel

    Embassy Portland – Downtown

    Hilton Portland & Executive Tower

    Hotel Rose

    Hotel Monaco

    the Nines

    Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront

    RiverPlace Hotel

    Was this page helpful?

    Please let us know how we can improve our site.


    Mentioned in this Article

    The Directory

    Live Music


    Performing Arts