Portland, Oregon, United States
February and March 2020
During 11 days in February, Portland marked the Black History Month with the PDX Jazz Festival. Enjoy more than 100 free and paid concerts at different locations featuring popular, emerging, and developed musicians. The one-day Vanport Jazz Festival in August draws focus to Portland’s vibrant jazz legacy at the location of a flood in the historic black neighborhood.
From the outset, education and outreach have been identified as a core aspect of the organization’s effort to promote the growth of the next generation of jazz audiences. The Amazing Journey of Jazz, created by Darrell Grant and Lynn Darroch, set up the educational programming plan of the Festival, focused on connecting jazz with middle school students in an engaging immersive experience incorporating historical storytelling and performance. The lively Jazz Talk show, PDX Jazz Lectures, and Jazz in the Schools of Art system also followed the Amazing Journey of Jazz as an educational initiative.
Biamp PDX Jazz Festival 2020, treated the crowd to scores of outstanding performances by local, regional and foreign musicians at venues across Rose City. The artistic variety is seen during the festival beautifully expressed our dedication to exceptional audiovisual experiences.
The festival started with a dazzling set by legendary saxophonist and longtime Tonight Show bandleader Branford Marsalis – attracting a crowd of enthusiastic jazz lovers for a set at the Portland Newmark Theater. The 2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival, which runs through March 1st, will feature a variety of musicians exploring the entire spectrum of music. Musicians, composers, and creators who challenge the limits of their craft are popular. Opening weekend sets the stage for the upcoming musical journey, releasing a broad variety of jazz performances including NEA Jazz Master Archie Shepp, Branford Marsalis, Larry Carlton, and Stanley Jordon, Terry Riley, Antibalas and Kandace Springs.