34th Annual Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, July 18 - 20th
The Cathedral Park Jazz Festival is the longest-running, free Jazz Festival west of the Mississippi. Located under the piers of the iconic St. John's Bridge in north Portland, Oregon. They have an outstanding line-up planned again this year.
The Jazz Society of Oregon put out the call, in the eleventh hour, to a group of volunteers affiliated with the Jazz Society of Oregon. They jumped in with gusto, and filled all of the committees with excited neighborhood, and jazz-loving volunteers, to ensure the festival would happen.
Special kudos go to Arthur Marx for his untiring efforts in making sure the 2014 festival would fly high!! Huge thanks also, to the Central Hotel at 8608 N. Lombard for sponsoring After Hours events and fund-raisers.
Friday, July 18th is Blues Night, Roosevelt High School Band opens the show at 5pm.Blues nightfeatures 3 professional bands including the DK Stewart Sextet with the Soul Survivor Horns at 6:20 pm.
Saturday and Sunday, July 19th and 20th, boasts many of the absolute finest, Portland-based jazz artists. Some of these All-Stars include the Mel Brown Sextet, Tom Wakeling, Randy Porter, and David Evans Trio, Bobby Torres Latin All-Stars, Farnell Newton, Devin Phillips, Louis "King Louis" Pain B3 Trio, featuring Renato Caranto and Micah Kassell.
The Battleground Washington High School Band will lead off the action at noon onSaturday on the main stage. Portland Youth Orchestra sets off the downbeat at noon on Sunday.
An expanded beer garden and food booths will again be available, as well as other vendor booths, as in years past. They will be re-located to the bottom of the hill on N. Crawford St., so there will much more room in the bowl to spread out blankets and low, beach chairs to enjoy the music. Concert-goers are also invited to bring their own picnics and sunscreen. All ages welcome.