43rd Annual Cathedral Park Jazz Festival

The Cathedral Park Jazz Festival is live for our 43rd anniversary of this landmark jazz festival! The event will be held from July 14th to the 16th. 

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 14, 2023

4:30-5:30pmMary Flower
Singer, songwriter, guitarist Mary Flower, is considered a world-class finger-style guitarist and lap slide player. In addition to performing at folk festivals around the world, she is a dedicated guitar teacher, hosting the annual “Blues in the Gorge” intensive for 10 years. With 13 CDs to her name she has been awarded seven Muddy awards for Acoustic Guitar, was twice a finalist in the International Fingerstyle Guitar Championship and nominated three times for the Blues Music Award.

6:00-7:00pmTerry Robb Trio
With drummer Gary Hobbs, bassist Dave Captein, and virtuoso blues guitarist Terry Robb, who is also a composer, singer, and producer. Robb has released 15 albums and has toured with Buddy Guy, Steve Miller, Robin Trower, and John Fahey; Captein has performed with Larry Coryell, Mose Allison, Wynton Marsalis and Tom Grant; Hobbs has played with the Stan Kenton Orchestera, Bud Shank, Anita O’Day, and the Woody Herman Orchestra.

7:30-8:30pmThe Gold Experience
Gold Experience
, a collaboration of veteran blues, soul, gospel, hip-hop, and jazz musicians, backing up artists, such as Buddy Guy, BB King, Pleasure, the Neville Brothers, Sting, Aretha Franklin, and others.

9:00-10:00pmCurtis Salgado Band
Award-winning blues, blues rock and soul blues vocalist, instrumentalist and songwriter Curtis Salgado was the inspiration for John Belushi’s Blues Brothers. He has 10 albums to his name and performs here with his band.

SATURDAY, July 15, 2023

1:00-2:00pmThe 1905 Orchestra
The 1905 Orchestra
 blends both classic jazz and contemporary big band music.

2:30-3:30pmDmitri Matheny Group “West Coast Cool”
Dmitri Matheny Group, “West Coast Cool”, will play from the Chet Baker songbook. A protegee of Art Farmer, flugelhornist Matheny has also been compared to Miles Davis and Chet Baker. He is accompanied by vocalists Zach Connolly and Holly Pyle.

4:00-5:00pmShoehorn’s Hatband
Shoehorn’s Hatband
 is an unusual jazz quartet led by tap-dancing saxophonist Michael Conley aka Shoehorn, who dances while he plays.

5:30-6:30pmChuchito Valdes Trio
Chuchito Valdés
 – Cuban-born pianist, arranger, composer, and bandleader Valdes has performed for large audiences in South America, Europe, and the U.S. He is a master of Cuban music (mambo, danzon, timba/salsa, and guaguanco) with a passion for American jazz and classical music.

7:00-8:00pm3 Leg Torso
3 Leg Torso
 – Originally a trio, now a quintet with an original, eclectic sound, 3 Leg Torso has released six CDs and composed music for films, TV and symphony orchestras. Calling themselves “modern chamber pop music”, the group’s music is influenced by tango, Eastern European folk music, other world music, chamber music, and rock and roll. Béla Balogh (violin, trumpet, piano, octave mandolin), Courtney Von Drehle (accordion, tenor sax, slide guitar), T.J. Arkko (percussion), and Bill Athens (double bass).

8:30-9:45pmUral Thomas and The Pain
Ural Thomas and the Pain
 - Thomas topped the soul charts in the 1960s and was brought back to the live music scene by a group of young Portland musicians. A showcase for vintage soul and funk, this group always gets the audience dancing.

SUNDAY, July 16, 2023

1:00-2:00pmPortland Vanguard Big Band
Portland Vanguard Big Band
 members combine Portland Youth Jazz Orchestra alumni, professionals, band directors, college students and top high school musicians. They will play big band music from all eras.

2:30-3:30pmJesse Marquez
Latin jazz vocalist Jesse Marquez blends Cuban, Brazilian, jazz and pop sounds with lush harmonies. She recorded in Havana with members of the Afro Cuban All-Stars.

4:00-5:00pmBrian Charette Organ Trio
New York-based organist and composer Brian Charette will be accompanied by Portland’s own Mel Brown on drums and Pink Martini’s Dan Faehnle on guitar. The trio will take us on a tour of jazz organ history.

5:30-6:30pmYak Attack
Yak Attack
 is a live electronica power trio, drawing on a wide spectrum of electronica along with elements of jam, funk, and jazz.

7:00-8:15pmJr Soul Masters of Funk Pleasure Tribute
Jr Soul Masters of Funk
 is an 11-piece band, including some original members of the iconic 1970’s group Pleasure, in a tribute that blends soul, funk, and jazz.