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Portland, Oregon, June 3, 2023 – Portland’s free Cathedral Park Jazz Festival [CPJF] featuring local jazz, blues, soul, and Latin artists has just announced...
Jul 14, 2023
Final Lineup Announced: 43rd Annual Cathedral Park Free Jazz Festival July 14-16, 2023
At a special event benefiting the 43rd Annual Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, the Jazz Society of Oregon will put the spotlight on three dynamic vocalists, all...
Jun 10, 2023
Jazz Society To Honor Hall of Fame Voices on June 10
One of the more exciting days on the calendar — International jazz Day — is on the horizon and Portland will have a chance to celebreate it in style this year...
Apr 27, 2023
Benny Benack III to Perform at the 1905 in Celebration of International Jazz Day
Like so many of us, keyboardist Todd Marston spent the long hours during the pandemic lockdowns looking within. He re-committed himself to the work of...
Mar 17, 2023
Todd Marston Connects With Friends Old and New On Latest Album
The hype surrounding the 2023 edition of the Biamp Portland Jazz Festival has been somewhat muted this year. And that's in spite of the fact that the event has...
Feb 17, 2023
A Humble, Diverse 2023 Biamp Portland Jazz Festival Kicks Off Tonight
Saxophonist BrandonLee Cierley had a dual purpose in mind when he named his latest album Camaraderie. The title is a nod to the late trumpeter Roy Hargrove, a...
Oct 14, 2022
Album Review: BrandonLee Cierley
PJCE, the imprint run by the braintrust behind the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble, is closing out 2022 with authority. The label has three releases on deck...
Oct 04, 2022
PJCE Records To Release Three New Albums This Fall
Originally from Reno, Nevada, drummer Matt Mayhall took a typically meandering path to land here in Portland. After graduating from high school, he slipped...
Sep 09, 2022
Drummer Matt Mayhall Brings The Music of ’60s Cult Film Blow-Up To Jack London Revue
Trumpeter Cyrus Nabipoor would be forgiven for shedding a few tears. The last couple of years have been difficult for the 28-year-old musician, from the loss...
Aug 26, 2022
Trumpeter Cyrus Nabipoor Can't Cry
Thirty years ago, the Portland jazz community lost one of its most dynamic voices. Until his passing from lymphoma in 1992, saxophonist Jim Pepper had amassed...
Jul 14, 2022
The Flying Eagle Band To Honor The Late Jim Pepper At The 2022 Cathedral Park Jazz Festival
When friends and frequent collaborators Thara Memory and Ken Berry dreamed up the Creative Jazz Orchestra in the late ’70s, their concept was simple: to keep...
Jul 12, 2022
Tribute To Thara Memory and Time Sound To Close Out 2022 Cathedral Park Jazz Fest
The physical space where a piece of music is recorded can have as much of an impact on the sound as the choice of microphones or the instruments being used....
May 17, 2022
Bassist Liam Hathaway Discusses His Powerful, Personal Album "The Farm"
International Jazz Day is Saturday, April 30th! The Jazz Society of Oregon presents four shows at The 1905 in celebration! All four shows will be live-...
Apr 30, 2022
International Jazz Day 2022
One of the best ways to make a career out of being a jazz musician in a market as relatively small as Portland is to be as flexible as possible — able to play...
Apr 27, 2022
Album Review: Machado Mijiga
In Ken Burns' documentary Jazz, bassist Charlie Haden remembered the conversations he and Ornette Coleman would get into about the radical sound they were...
Apr 19, 2022
Trombonist Chris Shuttleworth Talks Ornette Coleman
Something about writing music for his trio integer seems to mellow Todd Marston out. In his various guises, either solo or working with his long-running world...
Apr 15, 2022
Album Review: integer
The Jazz Journalists Association (JJA), the august body of jazz writers and photographers from around the world, recently announced their 2022 slate of Jazz...
Apr 07, 2022
JSO President Rita Rega Named 2022 Jazz Hero
The dull reality that independent jazz artists have to face these days is that, without the help of a record label, to make a proper recording of their music...
Mar 29, 2022
Pianist Dylan Hayes Talks Crowdfunding For His New EP
In an era when, due to continually shrinking funding options and pitiful payouts for streams, most independent artists are being forced to maintain a lean...
Mar 17, 2022
Album Review: Aaron Space Cosmic Orchestra
Filling the shoes of Douglas Detrick, the multi-talented artist and composer who, after eight years is stepping down as the executive director of the Portland...
Mar 09, 2022
Meet Meg Morrow, PJCE's New Executive Director
Story by Robert Ham — February 17, 2022 Nicholas Salas-Harris took on the role of PDX Jazz Artistic Director at the best and worst time. As he stepped into the...
Feb 17, 2022
Nicholas Salas-Harris Discusses the 2022 Biamp PDX Jazz Fest
Story by Robert Ham — Feb 5, 2022 — Jazz musicians, at their best, love to dangle off a cliff, with only their wits and their fingertips holding themselves and...
Feb 11, 2022
Drummer Cory Limuaco Plays Like It's the Last Time, Every Time
Review by Robert Ham — February 2, 2022 — Alan Jones deserves to sound as relaxed and in reponse as he does throughout his latest album You Took Me Home. The...
Feb 02, 2022
Alan Jones "Take Me Home" album review
Note: This article is being published in memory of Dave Frishberg who recently passed. This appeared in the Jazz Society of Oregon's JazzScene magazine in 2007...
Nov 19, 2021
In Memory of Dave Frishberg
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