PDX Jazz in the Media


Jazz Phenom Esperanza Spalding Returns to the City Where Her Career First Bloomed (2018)

A Guide to the Portland Jazz Festival for the Newbie, the Purist, and the Adventurer (2017)

Top Five Shows In the First Week of The Portland Jazz Festival (2015)


PDX Jazz Festival reviews: music and more by Angela Allen (2018)

MusicWatch Weekly: musical Warming by Brett Campbell (2018)

Jazz Festival Preview: tributes by Angela Allen (2018)

Music Watch Weekly: Jazzing Portland by Brett Campbell (2018)

Kneebody and Misteriosos: Updating the tradition by Patrick McCulley (2017)

Arts Watch Weekly: And All That Jazz by Bob Hicks (2017)

PDX Jazz Festival reviews: Hearing the home folks by Doug Ramsey (2017)

PDX Jazz Festival reviews: Brothers and sisters by Doug Ramsey (2017)

PDX Jazz Festival preview: Signs of life by Brett Campbell (2017)

Portland Jazz Festival review: Pianists prevail by Angela Allen, photos Mark Sheldon (2016)
“Though the spotlight shone on saxophones, keyboard masters tickled heartstrings and ivories at the 2016 festival”

ArtsWatch Weekly: Tragic love, Lear, art hop, film fest, all that jazz by Bob Hicks (2016)
“This year’s Portland Jazz Festival continues through Sunday, the 28th, and we’ve been out and about, checking the sounds and the scene. Here’s a look at our coverage so far:….”

Some reflections on the 2015 Portland Jazz Festival by Angela Allen
“Festival curators did a first-class job of mixing up big names and smaller ones, international hotshots with local stars.”

Portland Jazz Festival preview: Cécile McLorin Salvant by Alex Notman
“Cécile McLorin Salvant has gone from rising to shooting star in the world of jazz. The New York Times has declared her the heir to the legacy of the “Big Three,” Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald.”

Portland Jazz Festival reviews: Ramsey’s wrap up by Doug Ramsey

“In his solo piano concert opening the Portland Jazz Festival last night, Sullivan Fortner surveyed a wide territory of styles and wrapped them into his own.”

Pat Martino preview: In the Moment by Charlie Stanford

“Since 1980, when he underwent neurosurgery for a life-threatening brain aneurysm, jazz guitarist Martino’s memories are foggy, sometimes nonexistent. Partly because of this condition, Martino stresses the importance of the present.”

Brian Blade: Serving the music by Kaleb Davies

“For the eminent jazz drummer and bandleader, who brings his Fellowship Band to Eugene and Portland this week, drumming in a band is about completing relationships.”


Where We Live: Portland’s Godfather of jazz by Ken Boddie (2017)

Where We Live: PDX Jazz Festival by Ken Boddie (2016)
“Portland is already considered one of the best jazz towns in the nation, but starting Thursday, Portland will become the center of the jazz universe.”

PDX Jazz Festival includes ‘Jazz in the Schools’ by Ken Boddie and KOIN News Staff

What’s working in schools: Jazz music by Elishah Oesch
“Jazz in Schools takes place during art class”

Where We Live: Artist Diane Russell by Ken Boddie

“In her tiny Southeast Portland studio, Diane Russell captures the essence of jazz and blues musicians through paintings and drawings.”


Here are 6 can’t miss shows at the 2018 PDX Jazz Festival by Robert Ham (2018)

2017 PDX Jazz Festival reflects ‘vibrant’ local jazz scene  by Brett Campbell (2017)

Live review: Ravi Coltrane revives ‘Africa/Brass’ at the PDX Jazz Festival by David Greenwald (2016)
“Africa/Brass” didn’t get a thorough introduction at the Biamp PDX Jazz Festival on Friday night, so here’s one: if 1960’s “Giant Steps” was John Coltrane at his most athletic, the 1961 release tested his breadth.

Portland’s Jazz Festival: 5 things to know this week by David Greenwald (2016)
“We’re halfway through this year’s annual Portland Jazz Festival, which means it’s not to late to get to Jimmy Mak’s or Portland’5 to see a few of the world’s—or the city’s—finest performers…….”

John Coltrane at 90: Jazz generations to honor a giant at Biamp PDX Jazz Festival by David Greenwald (2016)
“This year would’ve marked the 90th birthday of John Coltrane, the towering saxophonist who remains………….”

Live review: Bebel Gilberto, Somi give the Portland Jazz Festival a lively start by David Greenwald (2015)
“If you listen to public radio or have a passion for the music of Brazil, you probably know Bebel Gilberto, the daughter of the legendary João and a talent in her own right with five albums to her name.”

Sax great Wayne Shorter relies on improvisation in life and in music by Robert Ham
“The sound of Wayne Shorter’s saxophone has been a sturdy, reliable presence in jazz for six decades now.”

5 things to do in Portland this weekend by Dillon Pilorget

“And music lovers can bathe in the smooth waters of the PDX Jazz Festival or the raw torrent of a Led Zeppelin tribute band.”


PDX Jazz Celebrates the Centurions, Sans Jimmy Mak’s by Jason Buehrer (2017)

2016 PDX Jazz Fest: What Would Coltrane Dig? by Ramona Denies
“Spoiler alert: according to organizers of the 2016 PDX Jazz Fest, legendary bandleader John Coltrane……….”


Your Guide to the 2017 PDX Jazz Festival by Robert Ham

Your Guide to This Year’s Portland Jazz Festival by Robert Ham (2016)
“THE PDX JAZZ FESTIVAL has endured a lot in its 13-year existence. Portland’s annual celebration of jazz from around the globe died……….”


A love supreme: PDX Jazz Festival celebrates John Coltrane by Paul DeBarros (2016)


One Night Only: A Tribute To Geri Allen by Robinson Eaton (2018)

Walking the Lost Highway: A Conversation with John Scofield by Nathan Rizzo (2017)

Universal Consciousness: A Tribute to Alice Coltrane… by Anthony Pidgeon
“Alongside Pharoah Sanders, Ravi Coltrane presented Universal Consciousness: A Tribute to Alice Coltrane”

PDX Jazz Festival: John Scofield and Joe… by Anthony Pidgeon
“John Scofield (guitar) and Joe Lovano (saxophone) brought their quartet—featuring Ben Street on bass and Bill Stewart on drums…”


Allan Harris and Richie Cole in a Jazz Conversation with David Watson / Portland Jazz Festival (2018)

Amina Figarova Jazz Conversation with Gordon Lee: Portland Jazz Festival 2018 / Audio (2018)

Charnett Moffett: Jazz Conversation at Portland Jazz Festival 2018 / Audio (2018)

Kurt Elling, Michele & Aria Hendricks, Kevin Fitzgerald Burke: Jazz Conversation/Portland Jazz Festival by Diane Rusell (2018)

The Definitive Guide to the Portland Jazz Festival by Tom D’antoni (2018)

Mike Stern: On The Upside / Portland Jazz Festival 2017 / Q&A by Nathan Rizzo

Tribute to Jimmy Mak: Jazz Conversation, PDX Jazz Festival (2017)

James Blood Ulmer: A report from Planet Harmelodic / Portland Jazz Festival by Tom D’Antoni (2017)

Mel Brown: Coffeeshop Conversation #89 – A special show at the 2017 Portland Jazz Festival by Tom D’Antoni (2017)

Charlie Gray: Coffeeshop Conversations #58 by Tom D’Antoni
“Coffeeshop Conversations is back after a week off while we piled PDX Jazz Festival Jazz Conversations on your plate. Hope you had a nice meal.”

Pat Martino, Pat Bianchi, Carmen Intorre: Jazz Conversation PDX Jazz Festival by Stephen Blackman

“Guitarist/composer and deep Jazz intellectual Pat Martino (not that all of the other folks in the Jazz Conversations aren’t) with bandmates Pat Bianchi and Carmen Intorre…”

Alicia Olatuja and Jeff Baker: Jazz Conversation by Jeff Baker

“Once Alicia Olatuja moved to New York, her reputation as a supreme jazz vocalist began to take shape.  The New York media lauded her performance…”

Javon Jackson, Gary Bartz, Renato Caranto: Jazz Conversation by Tom D’Antoni

“Saxophonists Javon Jackson, Gary Bartz and Renato Caranto talking with OMN’s Tom D’Antoni at the Art Bar in a Jazz Conversation…”

Dianne Reeves talks to Inessa: PDX Jazz Festival 2016 by Inessa

“Dianne Reeves Grammy® history tells it all. Reeves has won the Grammy-Award for Best Vocal Jazz Performance for three consecutive recordings and is the first to do this in any vocal category.”

Sullivan Fortner: Jazz Conversation – PDX Jazz Festival 2016 by Debra DeMoss Smith

“The PDX Jazz Festival kicked off with a Jazz Conversation between pianist Sullivan Fortner and KMHD host and writer Deborah DeMoss Smith at Portland State University on Thursday, February 18. It begins with Fortner playing.”

Devin Phillips and Tom D’Antoni: Jazz Conversation by Tom D’Antoni

“Why the saxophone player doesn’t hang with other musicians…”


Jazz Fest Lauds Voice as Instrument by Jason Vondersmith (2018)

PDX Jazz Festival highlights music icons by Jason Vondersmith (2017)


15th Annual PDX Jazz Festival (2018)

2017 PDX Jazz Festival by Halynn Blanchard


Biamp PDX Jazz Festival – A World Class Jazz Showcase in Portland by Thomas Schultz (2017)


KMHD’s 2018 Jazz Festival Guide (2018)

Notations From Jimmy Heath Part I by Deborah DeMoss Smith (2017)

Notations from Jimmy Heath…Part II by Deborah DeMoss Smith (2017)

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PDX Jazz Festival Kicks Off Feb 15 with free Portland Events (2018)


Pianists Recall Geri Allen’s Legacy at the Biamp PDX Festival (2018)