Jazz is an essential American art form. A priority of PDX Jazz’s mission is to provide educational outreach opportunities to Portland area students that will communicate the music’s essence and cultural significance while contributing to the growth of a new audience.

Our education programs place emphasis on the appreciation of jazz music from a historic and cultural perspective, addressing three major concerns within our community:  1) the decreased funding for arts education in our public schools, 2) the importance of educating students about the influential artistic contributions African-Americans made to American civilization during the 20th Century, and 3) contributing to the success of a vibrant arts scene.