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2019 Cathedral Park Jazz Festival

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July 19, 2019

The Jazz Society of Oregon’s free Cathedral Park Jazz Festival [CPJF] will take place for the 39th consecutive year on Friday July 19, Saturday July 20, and Sunday July 21, 2019, in Cathedral Park under the historic St Johns Bridge in North Portland.

Among the Portland-area jazz, blues, R&B and funk musicians who will be performing at this year’s festival: trumpeter Farnell Newton and the Othership Connection; vocalist and pianist John Gilmore in a tribute to Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra (Gilmore’s father was Sinatra’s record producer in the 1950s); guitarist Dan Faehnle of Pink Martini fame; drummer Tyrone Hendrix and the Cello Project; and the Cherry Blossom Orchestra.

Stay tuned - the complete schedule of performers playing will be announced in May. 

“This is the 39th consecutive year of the festival, which was started by a group of volunteers looking to commemorate the construction of spectacular Cathedral Park – one of the city’s most beautiful settings,” said Dan Presley, Jazz Society of Oregon’s Vice President. “It has evolved into a celebration of Portland’s diverse jazz music scene. It’s still free and still run by volunteers, so everyone is welcome. It is also the longest-running community event in the Greater Portland area.”


Background - Cathedral Park Jazz Festival

             This year marks the 39th consecutive year of the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, which has been managed for the past five years by the Jazz Society of Oregon.

“This is a free, non-profit festival that provides the best jazz music, including blues, R&B and soul, from around the greater Portland/Vancouver community,” said Presley. “In fact, the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival is both the longest-running free annual jazz festival west of the Mississippi – and Portland’s longest-running annual community event.”

About the Jazz Society of Oregon

               The Jazz Society of Oregon is an all-volunteer non-profit organization 501(c)(3) whose mission is to promote the local jazz scene in Portland and the rest of Oregon.  The Society supports jazz education, as well as fostering a greater appreciation of this thoroughly American art form.

               Information on the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, including news on sponsorships, poster contest, volunteer opportunities and talent, can be found at