Incredible Journey Of Jazz Continues To Succeed In 2017

IJOJ was presented at four schools this year during the second week of February. Schools included: Woodlawn Elementary, Ivy Montessouri, Duniway Elementary, and Lincoln Highschool.

The Incredible Journey of Jazz is a free, 60 – minute history of jazz program designed for students.  IJOJ offers students a musical introduction to one of America’s most treasured contribution to world culture. During the program students learn about the roots of jazz, its development in the United States, and its relevance to today’s musical culture.

“IJOJ continues to be a most rewarding expierence as I witness the positive impact it has on students and faculty!” – PDX Jazz Board member & Education Chair,  Marcia Hocker 

Below are some photos of the students –



 IJOJ played to a full gymnasium at Woodlawn Elementary. ” I didn’t think I liked jazz before, but I do now!”, exclaimed one student. 



IJOJ was met with a tremendous amount of enthusiasm at Ivy Elementary!



 A Joyful response to at the auditorium at Duniway Elementary!


For more information on this education program visit our education page.



Sunday, April 30, 2017 is International Jazz Day and PDX Jazz will be celebrating this year at the Portland Art Museum!  With an admission to the museum, PDX Jazz will provide free performances located at the Whitsett Theater inside the museum.

A public presentation of The Incredible Journey of Jazz will be from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm.

The celebration will continue from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm with a performance from Darrell Grant‘s MJ New Quartet entitled The Sound Of Identity. This project seeks to highlight the connections between the visual and musical arts through pairing compositions by historic African-American jazz artists with selected works from the groundbreaking Petrucci art exhibit –  “Constructing Identity”.


Hope to see you there!

Katie Sharp
Katie Sharp
PDX Jazz Marketing Coordinator

1 Comment

  1. Marcus says:

    Hi, Katie! My name is George, and I am a retired teacher. Though being retired for five years now, I could connect with your blog and its content. It is really nice that the students can get knowledge on music in their early ages. Moreover, today, in the tech-world, every student should be exposed to every new learning, be it on any subject or even music. I shall share this information with my old students and colleagues to spread this awareness of jazz music. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful and informative blog.

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