Portland’s 2021 Cathedral Park Jazz Festival | Longest-running Free Jazz Festival West of the Mississippi

The Cathedral Park Jazz Festival is both the longest-running free annual jazz festival west of the Mississippi. After a going virtual in 2020, Portland’s longest-running annual community event is back under the St. Johns Bridge in July!


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Cathedral Park FREE Jazz Festival
July 16-18, 2021
More info: jazzoregon.org

The free Cathedral Park Jazz Festival [CPJF] featuring local jazz, blues, soul, and Latin artists will be back in Cathedral Park under the historic St Johns Bridge in North Portland for the 41st year of the festival on Friday, July 16, Saturday July 17, and Sunday July 18, 2021.

Oregonians Credit Union is this year’s presenting sponsor, and the organizer is the Jazz Society of Oregon (JSO).

Friday, July 16 is dedicated to Blues performers, starting at 4:30pm, closing at 10pm. On Saturday, July 17, Portland State University’s Collective Combo kicks off the program at 1pm, and Soul singer/songwriter Jarrod Lawson closes the evening, which ends 9:45 pm. Sunday, July 18 begins with members of the Portland Youth Jazz Orchestra at 1:00 pm and concludes with a Rose City favorite, Soul Vaccination.

“This is the 41st consecutive year of the festival, which was started by a group of volunteers seeking to commemorate the construction of spectacular Cathedral Park,” said Rita Rega, chair of the CPJF Programming committee. “Because we had to live-stream the festival last year, this year’s event is a continuation of that landmark 40th year, and we are celebrating with one of the strongest lineups we’ve ever had.”

Covid-19 policies to be posted

“We will be establishing COVID-19 policies and protocols,” noted festival manager Yvonne Lerch.  “For the first time, entry will be regulated. Masks must be worn while waiting to enter the festival, although they may be removed once you are seated. Social distancing of at least 6 feet from groups in front of you is recommended.  Because the festival is held outdoors, there is abundant space to allow for adequate social distancing, while still enjoying excellent views of the entertainment stage,” Lerch added.

Background – Cathedral Park Jazz Festival

This year marks the 41st consecutive year of the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, which has been managed for the past six years by the Jazz Society of Oregon.

“This is a free, non-profit festival that provides the best in jazz, blues, R&B and soul, from around the greater Portland/Vancouver area,” 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.



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