2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival
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The 2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival – set for Wednesday, February 19 through Sunday, March 1 – will include an array of artists spanning the full breadth of jazz during the 17th annual edition of the event; musicians, composers and producers who “take chances” with their art figure prominently. The music begins with performances by Mark de Clive-Lowe and Jaimie Branch on Wednesday, and falls solidly into its groove with Ghost-Note and Liv Warfield on Thursday night.
Opening weekend sets the tone for the coming musical journey, unlocking a vast diversity of jazz including performances by NEA Jazz Master Archie Shepp, Branford Marsalis, Larry Carlton and Stanley Jordon, Terry Riley, Antibalas and Kandace Springs.
Additional layers unfold during the first full week with Omar Sosa & Yilian Cañizares: Aguas Trio featuring Gustavo Ovalles, David Sanborn Jazz Quintet, Tuck & Patti, Terrace Martin, Eric Gales with Ron Artis II and the Truth, Kat Edmonson and Halie Loren, and Miguel Zenón Quartet. The first of two one-of-a-kind solo piano shows debuts mid-week, pairing pianists NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron and John Medeski, followed by the pairing of James Francies and Aaron Goldberg later in the week.
As the final weekend of the Festival emerges the Stanton Moore Trio and NOLATET bring the “Big Easy” to Portland. Thundercat and Georgia Anne Muldrow, Donald Harrison-Mike Clark-Wil Blades Trio, Dan Tepfer: Natural Machines, and, Kenny Garret and María Grand provide a kaleidoscope of jazz to close the 2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival.
Weaving the community of Portland into the fabric of the Festival continues to be an inherent element of the event. Nearly 15 venues across Portland will host headline shows, and Portland based artists, including Blue Cranes and Jimmie Herrod will share the stage on such shows; paying homage to our rich stable of local jazz talent. Education initiatives incorporated into the 2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival includes the forging of a stronger partnership with Portland State University, which will host two headline performances as well as master-classes for students.
The PDX Jazz Festival
The PDX Jazz Festival is a multi-venue series of jazz events presented each February within Portland, Oregon. Nationally and regionally supported as a cultural tourism initiative in celebration of Black History Month, PDX Jazz Festival is dedicated to preserving America’s indigenous art form by presenting internationally recognized jazz masters alongside local jazz musicians. A series of jazz education and outreach programs that extend into Portland’s schools and neighborhoods is at the heart of the annual event.
Presented by PDX Jazz
In addition to the PDX Jazz Festival, PDX Jazz produces a variety of year-around performances that feature acclaimed national and international jazz musicians, as well as the renowned talent of Portland’s musician community. Our programming brings jazz to many Portland neighborhoods and in communities beyond the region’s boundaries.