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Portland Jazz Festival


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The mission of PDX Jazz is to evolve the art of jazz by engaging our community, celebrating live performance, and enhancing arts education.

PDX Jazz, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, is the largest organization presenting jazz performances and associated education programming in the Pacific Northwest. Grown out of the African American tradition, jazz is uniquely American in its origin. We present a two-week, multi-venue citywide jazz festival each February celebrating Black History Month that includes ticketed and free performances, films, artist conversations, lectures, masterclasses, exhibitions, and jam sessions; flanked by year-round seasonal concerts.

Our education programs fill the gap of reduced funding, and in many instances no funding for arts education. We provide learning opportunities to under-served and under-represented students in the greater Portland area and surrounding communities, with a focus on Title 1A funded schools. These education programs extend across the entire student body, emphasizing an interdisciplinary appreciation of jazz and its African American roots from a historical, sociological, and cultural perspective.

We continue to evolve, grow, and expand our presentations and education programs.

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