“Music is the universal language that everyone can hear and understand.”
– Rashaan Roland Kirk
PDX Jazz was bestowed a very generous gift from members Roberto Lovato and Laura Golino de Lovato for the purpose of creating a Fund that will help underwrite the cost of attendance at PDX Jazz events for Portland-area disadvantaged and underserved youth—with an emphasis on students of color. The Lovato’s vision—which mirrors our own—is to make our events more accessible to these groups, and to be a part of the culture that messages the positive influence music has on our community’s youth while keeping jazz music in the forefront of Portland.
At the Lovato’s suggestion, we have named this fund “Bright Moments,” which honors the great jazz musician Rahsaan Roland Kirk, whose tenacious spirit fashioned a brilliant career in jazz despite blindness and stroke, and who spoke passionately from the stage about black history and civil rights. Kirk’s everyday greeting in the face of major obstacles was “Bright Moments.” With the lead of Roberto and Laura, we have very proudly initiated our Fund.