Portland Jazz Festival
Trombone Lip © Paul VanDerWerf
The annual Portland Jazz Festival aims to promote jazz by presenting international jazz masters as well as talented local musicians in a series of concerts, free performances, films, lectures, and exhibitions. February is also Black History Month, with jazz education and outreach programs.
The dynamic sounds of jazz have enlivened the Portland area since the days of World War II, when thousands of African Americans came to work in the Kaiser shipyards. After the war, local jazz pioneers hosted backyard jam sessions. Past festivals have included artists such as Dianne Reeves, McCoy Tyner, Don Byron, Eddie Palmieri, and Nancy King.