Portland’s 2024 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. The free event features local jazz, blues, soul, and Latin artists.

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Cathedral Park FREE Jazz Festival
July 19-21, 2024
More info: jazzoregon.org

The free Cathedral Park Jazz Festival [CPJF] featuring local jazz, blues, soul, and Latin artists will take place in Cathedral Park under the historic St Johns Bridge in North Portland for the 44th year of the festival on Friday, July 19, Saturday July 20, and Sunday July 21, 2024.

Oregonians Credit Union and the Jazz Society of Oregon [JSO] are this year’s presenting sponsors.  The festival is organized by the Jazz Society of Oregon), which is currently seeking sponsors, donations, and volunteers.

Friday, July 19 is dedicated to the Blues, starting at 4:30 pm.

Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21 will feature a mix of jazz, soul and Latin performers starting at 1pm on both days.

Lineup highlights

The complete schedule of performers will be announced shortly.

Among those appearing are:  jazz singer Lauren “Lo” Steele who incorporates soul, gospel, blues and modern R&B; innovative drummer, composer and producer Tyrone Hendrix, cousin of Jimi, who blends soul, funk, and jazz; and the 11-member Afrobeat group Jujuba, combining the rhythms of Nigerian Afrobeat legends Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade with the godfather of soul, James Brown, and featuring Talking Drum master, Nojeem Lasisi. The closing act on Friday, Blues night, is Johnny Wheels and The Swamp Donkeys.

CPJF is the longest-running free annual jazz festival west of the Mississippi – and Portland’s longest-running annual community event, according to organizers. Future announcements will provide the full lineup and times of each performance. There is no admission charge.

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