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Cathedral Park Jazz Festival

July 17th, 18th & 19th

Cathedral Park Jazz Festival

The Cathedral Park Jazz Festival is 35 years old in 2015! This is the oldest continuous free jazz festival west of the Mississippi River and we are proud of that. While the organization which produced the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival for the past two years has dissolved, ownership of the festival has been turned over to the Jazz Society of Oregon. This is an exciting opportunity for JSO. Our mission includes supporting jazz performance. We are currently seeking sponsors to help finance the festival this year and we are gratified by the support we are receiving in this endeavor. Local businesses and community organizations are strongly behind it. PDX Jazz and KMHD have offered to partner with making this happen. Key individuals involved in producing recent festivals have come forward to help make it happen again. Contact us at to let us know how you can help, and stay tuned to this website for updates on the festival.

Volunteers needed!


Main Stage Lineup for Cathedral Park Jazz Festival 2015

Friday, July 17th

5:00 – 6:30:    Ben Rice

6:50 – 8:10:    La Rhonda Steele

8:30 – 10:00:  The Dover Weinberg Quartet & Master Guitar Jam

Saturday, July 18th

12:00 – 1:00:  Portland Youth Jazz Orchestra

1:30 – 2:30:    Chris Parker Quartet

3:00 – 4:00:    Blueprints Trio

4:30 – 5:30:    Kung Pao Chickens

6:00 – 7:00:    Pa’lante

7:30 – 8:30:    Toni Lincoln Quartet

9:00 – 10:00:  Hailey Niswanger’s PDX Soul

Sunday, July 19th

1:00 – 2:00:    Alan Jones Academy of Music

2:30 – 3:30:    Todd Bishop Group

4:00 – 5:00:    Kelly Broadway Quartet

5:30 – 6:50:    Robert Moore Orchestra

7:20 – 8:35:    Paul Creighton Project, Tribute to Stevie Wonder

2013 Portland Cathedral Park Jazz Festival Pictures, Schedule, & Info | Extra Day, FREE

St. Johns Jazz Festival
Cathedral Park Jazz Festival Photo by Erik Ratcliffe

The Cathedral Park Jazz festival is longest-funning free jazz festival west of the Mississippi.” Also, is there a cooler setting in Portland to see a jazz festival than in Cathedral Park under the St. Johns Bridge? No way and that is why it has lasted 30+ years !

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Cathederal Park Jazz Festival Under St Johns Bridge33rd Annual Cathedral Park Jazz Festival
July 18-21, 2013
Free | All Ages
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St John’s Cathedral Park, Portland, Oregon

As usual, during the third weekend of July, thousands of music fans and qualified people of leisure will be gathering under the St. Johns Bridge to revel in jazz and blues at the longest-running free jazz festival west of the Mississippi. This year’s prominent local acts include Tom Grant, Jessie Marquez, and Portland’s celebrated post-jazz ensemble the Blue Cranes.

Blues Night is Back! Enjoy the New Orleans-influenced Roseland Hunters featuring a big band and March Fourth brass players, and Norman Sylvester with his six-piece electric blues band.

Saturday’s headliners will also feature two famous PDX jazz educators, Stan Bock and the New Tradition, plus Chuck Israel’s Jazz Orchestra.

Sunday becomes eclectic with domestic and international highlights including a West Coast introduction to the impressionistic compositions of Eri Yamamoto Trio of New York City, and United States debut of the energetic Ventura Trio, from Sao Paulo. The progressive Brazilian Trio will launch their West Coast tour at CPJazz 2013.

Multnomah County Cultural Coalition has also granted funds to create a new education branch of CPJazz Engagements, like workshops, film, and talks. All of these will be hosted at The Colony, an exciting new multi-purpose space in a historic landmark building.


33rd Cathedral Park Jazz Festival Music Line-up

The Main Stage Heritage Concert
Cathedral City Park at N Crawford and Pittsburg
All Ages | Free

Friday, 5pm-9pm | Blues Night

  • Lulu La Fever & the Hot Tamales
  • Transcendental Brass Band
  • Roseland Hunters
  • Norman Sylvester

Saturday, 2pm-9pm | Jazz and Swing

  • Roosevelt High Jazz Band
  • Dmitri Matheny (Phoenix, AZ)
  • NOPO Big Band
  • Tom Grant Band
  • Trio Flux
  • Stan Bock and the New Tradition
  • Chuck Israels Jazz Orchestra

Sunday, 3pm-8:30pm | Eclectic International

  • New West Guitar Group (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Jessie Marquez
  • Eri Yamamoto Trio (NYC)
  • Ventura Trio (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
  • Blue Cranes

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