The Bright Moments Fund

Rashaan Roland Kirk Bright Moments

“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.

Our first opportunity to utilize it was during the 2017 PDX Jazz Festival, where the audience included groups from the Self-Enhancement Institute, Portland Youth Builders, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Central City Concern. During 2018 we are expanding our partnerships to welcome more students from around our metro region including groups from Friends of the Children and many area schools.