Welcome to the 15th Annual PDX Jazz Festival!

The PDX Jazz Festival arrives each and every February to recognize Black History Month, and to remind Portlanders and our many out of town guests what a rich and robust Jazz experience we offer. With upwards of 100 paid and ticketed events over 11 days, there are ambitious programs that will warm the heart and swing your soul. As always, we pay homage to living jazz legends and those who came before. Emerging and exploratory musicians and the legacy artists we admire will be on full display in the beautiful city of Portland!



We lost Geri Allen far too soon. She was a beloved musician and dear friend of the festival, giving us a memorable performance with Esperanza Spalding and Terri Lyne Carrington in 2012. Plans called for ACS to return at the 2018 PDX Jazz Festival but upon her recent passing, Carrington and Spalding will be joined by Ravi Coltrane, a close associate of Geri. Darrell Grant who collaborated with Geri at Reed College nearly a decade ago drew great strength and inspiration from her music and will pay tribute in an opening solo performance.


Jazz singers throughout time have acknowledged and embraced a hip part of their special craft known as the language of vocalese. Serious fun will pervade as renowned singers will use their vocal range to emulate and improvise. The best known and most prolific and pioneering practitioners are living icon Jon Hendricks and the deceased centurion Eddie Jefferson, and the vocabulary they created will be on full display.

The PDX Jazz Festival

The PDX Jazz Festival is a multi-venue series of jazz events presented each February within Portland, Oregon. Nationally and regionally supported as a cultural tourism initiative in celebration of Black History Month, PDX Jazz Festival is dedicated to preserving America’s indigenous art form by presenting internationally recognized jazz masters alongside local jazz musicians. A series of jazz education and outreach programs that extend into Portland’s schools and neighborhoods is at the heart of the annual event.

Presented by PDX Jazz

In addition to the PDX Jazz Festival, PDX Jazz produces a variety of year-around performances that feature acclaimed national and international jazz musicians, as well as the renowned talent of Portland’s musician community. Our programming brings jazz to many of Portland neighborhoods; to The Mission Theater in the Northwest; to The Old Church in downtown; to the Alberta Abbey in the Northeast’s Alberta Arts district; and to the Aladdin Theater and Revolution Hall in the Southeast. We have also curated shows in Oregon Wine Country, and in communities beyond the region’s boundaries.