PDX Jazz, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit cultural arts organization founded in 2003 in partnership with Travel Portland, produces the annual Portland Jazz Festival. The organization’s mission is to inspire, educate and develop future jazz audiences for generations to come. The Portland Jazz Festival is a multi-venue series of jazz events presented each February within Portland, Oregon. Nationally and regionally supported as a cultural tourism initiative in celebration of Black History Month, Portland Jazz Festival is dedicated to preserving America’s indigenous art form by presenting internationally recognized jazz masters alongside local jazz musicians. A series of jazz education and outreach programs that extend into Portland’s schools and neighborhoods is at the heart of the annual event.
Celebrated pianist John Medeski, whose work with the trailblazing instrumental trio Medeski Martin & Wood set new standards for soulful improvisation, has been hailed by the Chicago Tribune's Howard Reich for "the virtuosity of his technique, the alacrity of his imagination, and the depth of his knowledge of jazz history." He has collaborated with the likes of T Bone Burnett, former Phish guitarist-frontman Trey Anastasio, Grateful Dead alumnus Phil Lesh, gospel group The Blind Boys of Alabama, and rock collective Grizzly Adams. Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear John Medeski, in support of his new solo piano album A Different Time.