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"Billed as the longest-running jazz-and-blues festival west of the Mississippi, this annual summer favorite is a prime showcase of Portland’s homegrown talent, natural beauty and neighborly charm. Picnicking families relax on a grassy slope nestled by the foot of the majestic St. Johns Bridge to enjoy the likes of trumpeter Farnell Newton (sideman to the likes of Jill Scott and Bootsy Collins), organist “King Louis” Pain, Pink Martini guitarist Dan Faehnle and former Motown drummer Mel Brown." – Oregon Arts Watch
The Jazz Society’s Cathedral Park Jazz Festival is a free concert open to the public and held over three days in mid-July at Cathedral Park at the base of the St. Johns Bridge in the Cathedral Park neighborhood of Portland. Nearing four decades of history, the festival is the longest running jazz and blues festival west of the Mississippi River.
This major musical event in the heart of summer features the region’s best local jazz and blues musicians. It also fosters cooperation and pride in the North Portland neighborhoods of Cathedral Park and St. Johns, and recognizes and promotes the community’s local businesses.