2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival

The 2019 BIAMP PDX Jazz Festival, February 20 through March 3 – included a wide array of artists headlining the 16th annual event, which celebrates Black History Month. The Festival kicked off a day early this year with an exciting performance by New Orleans trumpeter Christian Scott.
In honor of Blue Note Records 80th Anniversary, trumpeter Terence Blanchard returned with his E-Collective band, Farnell Newton paid tribute to Donald Byrd, Eli Degibri paid tribute to Hank Mobley, and the annual Al’s Den residency boasted a week of Blue Note Records inspired performances by resident artists.
Darrell Grant was honored as this year’s Portland Jazz Master, recasting the 25th anniversary of Black Art which served as the catalyst for his recorded career retrospective. Among the headline pianists and keyboardists appearing at the Festival were Patrice Rushen, Aaron Diehl, Matthew Whitaker, Orrin Evans’ debut with The Bad Plus, Jean-Michel Pilc, Francois Bourassa, Delvon Lamarr, Cameron Graves, Jovino Santos Neto, and Benny Green with Veronica Swift.
The “Double Legacy” show was a Portland exclusive featuring the Art Blakey Centennial Band led by Ralph Peterson Jr., and the Spirits Up Above Ensemble led by Steve Turre in memory of Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Lionel Cole lovingly remembered his uncle Nat @ 100!, and the legacy of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra was showcased for the first time in Portland.
The second weekend featured performances in tribute to Michael Brecker and Grover Washington Jr., culminating with the festival debut by bass extraordinaire and GRAMMY® Award-winner Stanley Clarke, who last played in Portland in 2004.
The 2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival received support from Oregon Arts Commission, WESTAF (the Western States Arts Federation), and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Save the date! The 17th Annual PDX Jazz Festival is scheduled February 20 – March 1, 2020.

The PDX Jazz Festival

The PDX Jazz Festival is a multi-venue series of jazz events presented each February within Portland, Oregon. Nationally and regionally supported as a cultural tourism initiative in celebration of Black History Month, PDX Jazz Festival is dedicated to preserving America’s indigenous art form by presenting internationally recognized jazz masters alongside local jazz musicians. A series of jazz education and outreach programs that extend into Portland’s schools and neighborhoods is at the heart of the annual event.

Presented by PDX Jazz

In addition to the PDX Jazz Festival, PDX Jazz produces a variety of year-around performances that feature acclaimed national and international jazz musicians, as well as the renowned talent of Portland’s musician community. Our programming brings jazz to many Portland neighborhoods and in communities beyond the region’s boundaries.