Cathedral Park Jazz Festival 2022 starts tonight!


Free Cathedral Park Jazz Festival [CPJF] featuring local jazz, blues, soul and Latin artists will take place in Cathedral Park under the historic St Johns Bridge in North Portland for the 42nd year of the festival on Friday July 15, Saturday July 16 and Sunday July 17 2022. The festival is organized by the Jazz Society of Oregon (JSO).

Cathedral Park Jazz Festival is back!

We are told :

Friday July 15 is dedicated to Les Bleus, from 4:30 p.m. The star performer is guitarist and session player Eddie Martinez, who has performed alongside Tina Turner and Mick Jagger. Friday night ends with “Tribute to the Three Kings: BB, Albert, and Freddie” by Tony Coleman. Coleman was BB King’s drummer.

Saturday July 16 and Sunday July 17 will feature a mix of jazz, soul and Latin music artists. Kicking off the day Saturday at 1 p.m. is the new orchestra at Portland’s The 1905 jazz club. Also on Saturday, the dynamic 10-piece Latin band, Pura Vida Orquestra, plays salsa, timba, cumbia, cha-cha-cha, Latin jazz, merengue, bachata and Latin funk, and led by Costa Rican saxophonist/singer Gabriel (“Paquito”) Martinez.

Sunday, July 17 begins with the Portland State University Festival Ensemble. Greaterkind gives the final performance – the premiere of ‘Time Sound; Albina’s Jazz Re-Imagined,” a suite of local jazz, soul, funk, and fusion compositions accompanied by narration by elders from the Albina neighborhood, where most of Portland’s black residents lived in the 1920se century. “Time Sound” is a World Arts Foundation/Albina Music Trust & Brown Branch production.

“This is the 42nd consecutive year for the festival, which was started by a group of volunteers seeking to commemorate the construction of the spectacular Cathedral Park,” said Rita Rega, creative director of this year’s festival and president of the Jazz Society of Oregon.


Friday evening July 15, 2022

  • 4:30 p.m. Lauren Sheehan with Great Aunt Lo – Mixing old blues, old jazz and country, multi-instrumentalist and singer Sheehan has recorded five CDs. His trio is made up of guitar, double bass and percussion.
  • 6:00 p.m. City Soul Bridge – Led by Ramsey Embick, this six-member band plays soul, funk and R&B with a driving beat and a compelling message.
  • 7:30 p.m. Eddie Martinez – After decades of playing on recordings by Pattie LaBell, Steve Winwood, Duran Duran and Mick Jagger, guitarist Martinez adds Soul Vax Horns to his quartet for this performance.
  • 9:00 p.m. Tony Coleman– Drummer to BB King, Bobby Blue Bland, Johnnie Taylor, Etta James and many more, Coleman and his seven-member band, including guitarist Lloyd Jones, play a Tribute to the Three Kings: BB, Albert and Freddie.

Saturday afternoon & evening, July 16, 2022

  • 1:00 p.m. The Orchestra of 1905 – 1905 jazz club owner and saxophonist Aaron Barnes hand-picked some of Portland’s finest jazz musicians for this new 12-piece orchestra. Matt Sazima co-directs.
  • 2:30 p.m. Threesome Continuum– Kiran Raphael on piano, Michael Rodenkirch on drums and Christian Ramirez on bass present music in the style of the great jazz piano trios of the 20th and 21st centuries.
  • 4:00 p.m. Shoehorn headband – Multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter MC Shoehorn Conley simultaneously plays saxophone and tap dancing.
  • 5:30 p.m. Pura Vida Orchestra– This 10-piece Latin band, led by “Paquito” Martinez, plays salsa, timba, cumbia, cha-cha-cha, Latin jazz, merengue, bachata and Latin funk.
  • 7:00 p.m. brown sunflower – Named one of Portland’s best new bands, Brown Alice and Brown Calvin perform experimental/spiritual jazz, or “spacey soul.”
  • 8:30 p.m. outer orbit – This funk soul collective with singer Arietta Ward and led by Galen Clark, draws on a range of influences from Sly Stone and The Meters to Aretha Franklin and Emily King.

Sunday afternoon & evening July 17, 2022

  • 1:00 p.m. Portland State University Festival Ensemble– Led by Marshall Peterson, this group of college students from different PSU programs and with a range of majors perform a wide variety of jazz favorites.
  • 2:30 p.m. Mel Brown Threesome – One of Portland’s most prominent jazz, funk and soul musicians, Brown was a session player for many Motown Records artists in the late 1960s and early 1970s, including Martha and the Vandellas, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations and Marvin Gaye.
  • OMN Editor Tom D’Antoni will introduce Mel and his friends. This will be her first pubic appearance since her two major surgeries this year.
  • 4:00 p.m. Rebecca Hardiman – After singing with Boston-based vocal jazz band The Ritz and performing at the Montreal Jazz Festival as well as clubs across the United States, Hardiman returned to her native Oregon to found jazz band Euphoria, then went solo in 2013, quickly becoming a singing favorite with many Portland musicians.
  • 5:30 p.m. Jim Pepper Flying Eagle Band– Led by Gary Ogan (Cherokee), this group celebrates the legacy of the late great Kaw/Creek musician Jim Pepper (1941-1992).
  • 7:00 p.m.Bigger in the first performance of “The sound of time; Albina’s jazz reinvented“- a suite of local jazz, soul, funk and fusion compositions originally conceived in 1981 by Thara Memory for her Creative Jazz Orchestra.

Background – Cathedral Park Jazz Festival

This year marks the 42nd consecutive year of the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, run for the last eight years speak Oregon Jazz Society.

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