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
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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

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2014 U.S. Bank Portland Jazz Festival Presented by Alaska Airlines

  • Feb. 20–March 2

Location — Various Portland locations, Various Portland locations, Portland, OR

Categories — Festival, Music

11th Annual Festival Celebrates The Finest in Jazz: Blue Note @ 75 Among Highlights
February 20 - March 2, 2014
Featuring Universally Acclaimed Artists and Portland Favorites: Ahmad Jamal, JLCO w/ Wynton Marsalis, Pat Metheny Unity Group, Oregon Spring Quartet: Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spalding & Leo Genovese, Bobby Watson & Horizon, Eliane Elias, Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band,
Yellowjackets, Kenny Werner Trio, Geoff Keezer, Christian McBride Trio, Buster Williams & Something More, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Aaron Diehl, Toshiko Akiyoshi Trio feat. Lew Tabackin, Bob Dorough & Dave Frishberg, Darrell Grant's "The Territory" feat. Special Guest Joe Locke, Tord Gustavsen Quartet, Grace Kelly Quartet and more.

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