The 2021 fest kicks off on Thursday, Feb. 18 with Pink Martini Cabaret and runs through Saturday, Feb. 27
Of course the annual affair will feature performances from Portlanders, but this year's PDX Jazz Festival will also bring live streams from around the world (Havana, Johannesburg, London and Brooklyn) plus jazz films in collaboration with the Hollywood Theatre and two "Behind the Boards" beat workshops with Kassa Overall live from Brooklyn, NYC and Blue Lab Beats live from London—all streamed right into your living room!
Featured locals include Pink Martini Cabaret's opening night celebration with China Forbes and Thomas Lauderdale as well as Saeeda Wright, Noah Simpson, Mike Gamble, Charlie Brown III, Blossom, Darrell Grant, Arietta Ward and so many more live from the Jack London Revue. PDX Jazz Members can watch every 2021 concert online for free (no tickets required; membership is $50), while live stream tickets are as low as $5 per show.
SOUNDS OF MY CITY
Through the pandemic, police violence and racial injustice, Black music remains resilient in Portland.
"I want to amplify Black voices without sacrificing the clarity of our voices," says Mac Smiff, who guest edits the new print issue of Vortex.
Full of the Black voices and perspectives that Portland needs to hear, there are informative, emotional and thought-provoking writings by Jenni Moore, Brookfield Duece, Friends of Noise's André Middleton and Donovan M. Smith, shots by Black photographers, and the art of #PDXmusic makers and shakers like Parisalexa, Jordan Fletcher, People Music., Trap Kitchen, Produce and many more. Cover illustration by Alexander “Casso Dinero” Wright