Cathedral Park Jazz Festival Photo by Erik Ratcliffe
This weekend’s Cathedral Park Jazz festival is the “longest-running free jazz festival west of the Mississippi.” Also, is there a cooler setting in Portland to see a jazz festival than in Cathedral Park under the St. Johns Bridge? No way and that is why it has lasted 30+ years !
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Cathedral Park Jazz Festival
July 19-21, 2019
Free | All Ages
More info: jazzoregon.com/festival
St Johns Cathedral Park, Portland, Oregon
The free Cathedral Park Jazz Festival [CPJF] will take place for the 39th consecutive year on Friday July 19, Saturday July 20, and Sunday July 21, 2019, in Cathedral Park under the historic St Johns Bridge in North Portland. This year’s festival is presented by the Oregonians Credit Union and organized by the Jazz Society of Oregon (JSO).
Among the Portland-area jazz, blues, R&B and funk musicians who will be performing at this year’s festival: trumpeter Farnell Newton and the Othership Connection; vocalist and pianist John Gilmore in a tribute to Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra (Gilmore’s father was Sinatra’s record producer in the 1950s); guitarist Dan Faehnle of Pink Martini fame; drummer Tyrone Hendrix presenting PDX Soul featuring Ronnie White; and the Cherry Blossom Hot 4.
The Festival opens Friday evening with R&B, blues, and funk performers, while jazz is the focus on Saturday and Sunday. [See the complete three-day schedule below.]
“This is the 39th consecutive year of the festival, which was started by a group of volunteers looking to commemorate the construction of spectacular Cathedral Park – one of the city’s most beautiful settings,” said Dan Presley, Jazz Society of Oregon’s Vice President. “It has evolved into a celebration of Portland’s diverse jazz music scene. It’s still free and still run by volunteers. It is also the longest-running community event in the Greater Portland area.”
3-day performance schedule
Friday, July 19 – R&B, funk and blues-style jazz
- 4:30 pm: Chance Hayden
- 6:00 pm: PDX Soul featuring Ronnie Wright and Tyrone Hendrix
- 7:30 pm: Karen Lovely
- 9:00 pm: Farrell Newton & the Othership Connection
- 1:00 pm: Metropolitan Youth Symphony Jazz Band
- 2:30 pm: Cherry Blossom Hot 4
- 4pm: Painted Mantis
- 5:30pm: King Louis Organ Trio
- 7pm: David Watson’s Rebirth of the Cool
- 8:30pm: Dina y los Rumberos
Sunday, July 21
- 1pm: No Po Big Band
- 2:30 pm: Devin Phillips Quintet
- 4pm: The Mel Brown Trio: In Tribute to Leroy
- 5:30pm: Dan Faehnle Quartet
- 7pm: John Gilmore Octet
Background – Cathedral Park Jazz Festival
This year marks the 38th consecutive year of the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, which has been managed for the past five years by the Jazz Society of Oregon.
“This is a free, non-profit festival that provides the best jazz, blues, R&B and soul music from around the region to the greater Portland/Vancouver community,” said Rega. “In fact, the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival is both the longest-running free annual jazz festival west of the Mississippi – and Portland’s longest-running annual community event.”
About the Jazz Society of Oregon
The Jazz Society of Oregon is an all-volunteer non-profit organization 501(c)(3) whose mission is to promote the local jazz scene in Portland and the rest of Oregon. The Society supports jazz education, as well as fostering a greater appreciation of this thoroughly American art form.
Information on the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, including news on sponsorships, poster contest, volunteer opportunities and talent, can be found at http://www.jazzoregon.com/cpjazz/ .
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