A Thanksgiving Message from the Board President

On behalf of everyone at PDX Jazz, I would like to wish our readers a Happy Thanksgiving. We are grateful to our wonderful staff and volunteers, and to our members, sponsors, musicians, venues, and ticket buyers who support our efforts to bring jazz music to Portland. Hope to see you around town soon!

Check out Charlie Parker playing “Carvin’ the Bird” (c. 1946).

– Joe Maita, PDX Jazz Board President


Joe Maita
Joe Maita
Joe’s passion for jazz music started as a teenager when first exposed to Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue” in a Berkeley record store, ultimately leading to the discovery of Bird, Coltrane, Miles, Monk, Duke, Dizzy and far beyond. This interest in music led to a career in the entertainment software distribution business, where he has been an executive since moving to Portland in 1978. In the ensuing years, Maita Marketing Group has been an important link for creators and distributors of independent music and film to the country’s leading retailers. As publisher of the award-winning website Jerry Jazz Musician, Joe has been a longtime advocate for jazz education on a national level. As PDX Jazz Board President, he has worked to expand the educational initiatives the organization presents, creating the “Jazz in the Schools” program whose goal is to educate Portland-area students about jazz history and the art jazz music influenced, and to ultimately provide them with artistic inspiration.

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