“Music is the universal language that everyone can hear and understand.”
– Rashaan Roland Kirk
PDX Jazz was bestowed a very generous gift from Roberto Lovato and Laura Golino de Lovato for the purpose of creating a Fund to underwrite the cost of attendance at the annual PDX Jazz Festival and seasonal PDX Jazz concerts for Portland-area disadvantaged and under-served 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, this fund was named “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.”