Portland Jazz Festival

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

PDX Jazz Festival 2014 – HorizonBobby Watson & Horizon were joined by Portlander Devin Phillips (center) at the 2014 festival.
Photo by Mark Sheldon

The Portland Jazz Festival, from PDX Jazz, celebrates Black History Month with a series of concerts and events presented over two weeks every February. In 2017, the festival returned for its 14th iteration. Dedicated to preserving America’s indigenous art form by presenting internationally recognized jazz masters alongside local musicians, the festival always 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

The annual orgy of improvised music brought some of jazz’s greatest living stars, including Charles Lloyd, Gary Peacock, Kenny Barron, Dianne Reeves and other greats. It also offered the chance to see rising young lions like Nicole Glover, Monk competition winner Marquis Hill and pianist Aaron Goldberg, plus a parade of Portland’s finest jazz musicians, tributes to legends like John and Alice Coltrane, Elvin Jones, West Montgomery and Jimmy Smith and much more.

This year’s festival focused on “Celebrating the Centurions” — specifically, the music of John Berks “Dizzy” Gillespie, Thelonious Monk and Buddy Rich. The music of these icons (some of which will be played by their very own proteges) was showcased during the 10-day festival.

2017 PDX Jazz Festival hotels

The following hotels partnered with PDX Jazz Fest to provide lodging during the festival:

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