42nd Annual Cathedral Park Jazz Festival

The Cathedral Park Jazz Festival is live for our 42nd anniversary of this landmark jazz festival! The event will be held from July 15th to the 17th. 

This is a free event, but you will have many opportunities to support the festival through cash donations and purchasing drinks from the beer and wine garden! There will be food carts and booths so you won't need to bring any nourishment with you. Bring your own low chair or a blanket. Dogs are discouraged unless they are service animals. No outside alcohol is allowed. Alcohol consumption is allowed for those 21 and over in the beer and wine garden only. We do not allow any umbrellas or tents on the festival grounds since they will block the view of others. Please remember to protect yourself with sunscreen! Get there early to get a good parking spot (street parking only) - or better yet, take public transit to the park!

Festival Line Up

Friday, July 15 - 4:30pm Kick-off

4:30 pm – Lauren Sheehan with Great Auntie Lo
Lauren Sheehan brings her down-home country blues uptown, mixing old blues, early jazz, and roots of country for a bluesbilly-good-time sound. The trio includes Lauren on guitar, Ronnie Ontiveros on upright bass and Fres Ingrams on percussion.

6:00 pm – Bridge City Soul 
With its pulsing beat, soul-stirring vocals and compelling message, BridgeCity Soul does an amazing job of representing the Soul/R&B idiom. The band includes Ramsey Embick on keys; Doug Lewis on guitar; Mary Tucker, vocals; Tim Kendall, vocals; Rusty Cox, drums/vocals; and Randy Smith, bass/vocals.

7:30 pm – Eddie Martinez 
Hailing from New York City, guitarist Eddie Martinez spent decades as one of rock’s premier session and touring players, lending an emotive blues-inflected touch to several broadly successful records by the likes of Patti LaBelle, Steve Winwood, David Lee Roth and Robert Palmer (Duran Duran). For this weekend, Eddie is adding the Soul Vax Horns to his quartet. The entire band includes Eddie Martinez, guitar; Ramsey Embick, keys; John Mazzocco, bass;  Reinhardt Melz, drum; Louis Livermore, trumpet; Dave Mills, trumpet; Gary Harris, tenor sax; Lars Campbell, trombone; and two surprise vocalists.

9:00 pm – Tony Coleman playing Tribute to the Three Kings: BB, Albert, and Freddie
Drummer Tony Coleman has had an illustrious career touring the world with B.B. King, Otis Clay, Bobby Blue Bland, Johnnie Taylor, Albert King, Albert Collins, Etta James, James Cotton, Katie Webster, Z.Z. Hill, O.V. Wright and Buddy Guy. The group consists of Tony Coleman, drums; Lloyd Jones, guitar; Mike Osborn, guitar; John Mazzacco, bass; Louis Pain, organ; Chris Mercer, saxophone; and Joe Mc Carthy, trumpet.

Saturday, July 16

1:00 pm – The 1905 Orchestra 
This newly formed twelve-piece orchestra will feature some of Portland’s top musicians. Aaron Barnes (of The 1905) and co-director Matt Sazima will present a program of contemporary big band originals along with a few classics. The 1905 Orchestra plans on performing throughout the Northwest in the coming months. The band includes John Nastos, alto saxophone; Aaron Barnes; alto saxophone; Joe Manis, tenor saxophone; Sean Edging, baritone saxophone & bass clarinet; Noah Simpson, trumpet; Paul Mazzio, trumpet; Chris Shuttleworth, trombone; Adriana Wagner, trombone; Matt Sazima, piano & vibraphone; Kerry Politzer, piano; Garrett Baxter, bass and Ken Mastrogiovanni, drums.

2:30 pm – Trio Continuum
Trio Continuum is a collective group presenting authentic and innovative music in the style of the great Jazz Piano Trios of the 20th and 21st century. While simultaneously developing and presenting their own unique and distinct style, the name reflects the nature of music evolution and the connection between past and present. The group features Kiran Raphael, piano; Michael Rodenkirch, drums; and Christian Ramirez, bass.

4:00 pm – Robert Moore and the Wildcats
​​​​​​​Robert Moore started his singing career in a Southern Baptist church, and that early heartfelt gospel truth can still be heard in the soulful delivery of his music. As an artist, he has steadily grown in depth, passion and honesty during his 61 years on the planet. Robert’s well-seasoned, finely-honed chops on vocals, trumpet, and harmonica are bringing joy to a wider audience than ever. This performance features Robert Moore on vocals, trumpet and harmonica; Devin Phillips, saxophone; Dan Gildea, guitar; Perry Thoorsell, bass; Ben "Snacks" Turner, organ; and Domo Branch, drums.

5:30 pm – Pura Vida Orquestra 
A ten-piece Latin band based out of the Pacific Northwest, Pura Vida Orquestra plays Salsa, Timba, Cumbia, Cha Cha Cha, Latin Jazz, Merengue, Bachata, and Latin Funk. Pura Vida Orquesta is a mainstay in the Portland Latin Music Scene. Led by Saxophonist and Vocalist Gabriel (Paquito) Martinez (Costa Rica), Ethan Maier, piano/vocals; Milko Escalera, percussion/vocals; Jackson Coffey, vocals/percussion;
Christian Ramirez, bass; Andrew Thompson, trombone; Adriana Wagner, trombone; Quinn Walker, trumpet; and singers Joseph Núñez and Ronell Aguilera.

7:00 pm – Brown Calculus
Named one of Willamette Week’s Best New Bands, Brown Calculus has quickly become an exciting act in Portland’s music scene. The duo includes Brown Alice on keyboards/instrumentals and Brown Calvin on vocals.

8:30 pm – Outer Orbit
Outer Orbit is a funk soul collective led by Galen Clark (Trio Subtonic). The band features an all star lineup. Outer Orbit brings original burning soul and pocket heavy funk while drawing on a range of influences from Sly Stone and The Meters to Aretha Franklin and Emily King. The band includes Galen Clark, keys; Tyrone Hendrix, drums; Arietta Ward, vocals; Trent Baarspul, guitar; Peter Knudsen, guitar/bass; and Charlie Brown on keyboards.

Sunday, July 17

1:00 pm – The Portland State University Festival Ensemble
Led by Marshall Peterson, this college group consists of students from a range of different majors and programs. They will be performing a wide variety of jazz favorites. This group includes Zach Connolly, vocals; Thomas Tuerff, saxophone; Santiago LaRochelle, piano; Max Reynolds, guitar; Marshall Peterson, bass; and Turner Williams on drums.

2:30 pm – Mel Brown Trio
Mel Brown has been one of the most prominent jazz musicians in Portland, Oregon, since his arrival in 1973. Brown was employed as a session musician for many Motown Records artists in the late 1960s and early 1970s, including Martha and the Vandellas, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, and Marvin Gaye.  Brown continues to play live with some of the Pacific Northwest's most prominent jazz, funk and soul musicians! The band includes Jof Lee, piano; Tim Gilson, bass; and Mel Brown on drums. This performance will include a special arrangement as a tribute to Jessica Williams!

4:00 pm – Rebecca Hardiman
Rebecca Hardiman started her professional career in 1987 having been recruited to join the Boston-based vocal jazz group The Ritz, performing at the Montreal Jazz Festival as well as jazz clubs throughout the country. In 1990 Rebecca returned to her home state of Oregon where she started the vocal jazz group Euphoria, performing at local festivals, most notably opening for Mel Torme’ in 1993 at the Hult Center in Eugene. The band includes Rebecca on vocals; Ray Hardiman, piano; Whitney Moulton, bass; Bryant Allard, trumpet; Catarina New, saxophone and Ron Steen, drums.

5:30 pm – Jim Pepper Flying Eagle Band
Led by Gary Ogan (Cherokee), celebrates the legacy of the late, great Kaw/Creek musician Jim Pepper (1941-1992). “Pepper is remembered for his contributions to both the jazz scene and the Native music scene and for expanding the perceptions and expectations in both genres.” –American Indian Community House, NYC -- The band includes Gary Ogen keyboard/guitar/vocals; Renato Caranto, saxophone; Tony Carr, guitar/vocals; Ken Man Miller, percussion; LaRhonda Steel, vocals; Margaret Linn, vocals; and Jeff Frankel, drums.  

7:00 pm – Greaterkind in the debut performance of “Time Sound; Albina’s Jazz Reimagined”
Albina Music Trust  along with Charlie Brown and Domo Branch premier a suite of local jazz, soul, funk, and fusion compositions originally conceived in 1981 by Thara Memory for his Creative Jazz Orchestra. This will be accompanied with narration by elders from the Albina community. The band includes Charlie Brown III, piano; Domo Branch, drums; Cory Limuaco, drums; Peter Knudsen, guitar; Ian Michael Lindsay, bass; Noah Simpson, trumpet; Kyle Molitor, trombone; Lo Steele, vocals; Arietta Ward, vocals; and Tahirah Memory, vocals.

Recent Festival Photos