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Cathedral Park Jazz Fest 13: A recap


As the 33rd annual Cathedral Park Jazz Festival drew to a close on a beautiful sunny evening, attendees slowly made their way out of the green grass and into the night, off to their homes (or perhaps one of the nearby venues hosting closing parties).

If they attended the entire 3 days, audience members were treated to one of the most diverse line-ups the festival has hosted in its three decades of existence.

On Friday night, the Transcendental Brass Band (pictured above) took the stage, laying down funky rhythms and New Orleans-influenced grooves. Before you knew it, the crowd was up and dancing. Of course, at Cathedral Park, one demographic in particular is ALWAYS dancing.

It’s a tradition at the Festival that children get up and dance on the platform in front of the stage. On Saturday, concert-goers were treated to the sounds of Stan Bock and the New Tradition, Portland’s Trio flux, and the Chuck Israels Jazz Orchestra. Sunday brought more new sounds to the stage with first time appearance from the bass and vibes duo, 1939 Ensemble. Click here to catch a glimpse of 1939 Ensemble performing live. After that, Eri Yamamoto and her trio delivered a nuanced, relaxing modern Jazz set that seemed to match perfectly with the weather.

For the concerts finale, Portland’s Blue Cranes took the stage. The band’s keyboardist, Rebecca Sanborn recalled attending the Cathedral Park as a teenager with her father to see Les McCann. At the time, she thought “one day, I might just get be on stage myself.” Dreams do come true…

All in all, the 2013 Cathedral Park Jazz Festival was a rousing success. From our rough count, it appeared to be one of the best attended events in years. We’re already looking forward to 2014!

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