2021 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival
Presented by PDX Jazz
Welcome to the 2021 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival — celebrating jazz music and culture in Portland for 18 consecutive years! Festival highlights, artist descriptions, venue and ticket information can be found by clicking through each link above.
Biamp PDX Jazz Festival Opening Night Celebration: Pink Martini Cabaret with China Forbes and Thomas Lauderdale
News & Announcements
Biamp PDX Jazz Festival
The PDX Jazz Festival is a two-week multi-venue celebration of jazz, ‘live’ concerts and education events, presented each February in Portland, Oregon. Nationally and regionally supported as a cultural tourism initiative in celebration of Black History Month, PDX Jazz Festival is dedicated to evolving America’s indigenous art form, featuring recognized jazz masters and rising jazz stars, alongside local jazz heroes.
PDX Jazz Presents
In addition to the PDX Jazz Festival, PDX Jazz produces a variety of year-round performances showcasing acclaimed national and international jazz musicians, as well as the renowned talent of Portland’s musician community. Our programming explores the center and the fringe of jazz, connecting jazz to many Portland neighborhoods and to communities beyond the region’s boundaries. On-going partnerships with Lan Su Chinese Garden and Juneteenth Oregon anchor our summer programming.
Experience PDX Jazz:
PDX Jazz Promotional Video
Song: Archie Shepp, 'Hipnosis'
Thundercat covers "What's the Use?" by Mac Miller
During the 2020 BIAMP Portland Jazz Festival, Thundercat closed his set at the Kridel Grand Ballroom with one of our favorite tracks off of the late rapper's "Swimming."
Kassa Overall: Backpack Jazz Producing In Portland
In February 2020, backpack jazz producer Kassa Overall brought his mobile studio to Portland for the PDX Jazz Festival and the release of his second, and most personal, album through Brownswood Recordings.
Along the way, he dished out real talk on his nomadic creative process and why music is his secret for a balanced life.
Meet Mel Brown, The Portland Jazz Legend Who Plays For Something Greater Than Himself
If you've heard any '70s-era Motown record, you've probably heard Mel Brown's drumming. But if you happen to live in Portland, it's much more likely that you've seen him play live jazz.
The PDX Jazz podcast series will be online soon!
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Interviews with PDX Jazz Festival Artists
Portland Jazz Festival at Art Bar 2020
Giant of the Jazz avant-garde Archie Shepp talks music with journalist Ashley Kahn at the Art Bar for the 2020 Portland Jazz Festival.
Portland Jazz Festival 2020 at the Art Bar, February 21, 2020.
Listen to guitarist Stanley Jordan and Jazz journalist Ashley Kahn talking music. Portland Jazz Festival Jazz Conversation.