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Cathedral Park Jazz Festival 2018 Lineup

The Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, under the bridge in St. John's runs Friday, July 20-Sunday, July 22. Here's the full lineup.

38th Annual Cathedral Park Jazz Festival in Portland

Friday, July 20-Sunday, July22


Run by The Jazz Society of Oregon

15 bands will be performing. Youth groups open each day of the festival.

·       Friday afternoon and evening performances feature some of Portland’s top blues artists, including Norman Sylvester, Reggie Houston, Timothy James, and the NW Women Rhythm and Blues.

·       Saturday is a showcase for the women of the Portland jazz community, featuring five female-led groups from the big band of Jessika Smith to the country swing of Becky Kilgore.

·       Sunday opens with a young jazz guitar hero and ends with a tribute to Ray Charles.

Friday, July 20

5:00pmTimothy James and the Portland Blues Revival  - Strong vocals, instrumentals and arrangements got this talented group of young artists to the prestigious International Blues Competition in Memphis in January this year.

6:00 pm:  Reggie Houston - Former long-time band leader for Fats Domino and Charmaine Neville, Houston is a world-class artists of Blues, New Orleans Jazz and R&B.

7:30 pm:  NW Women Rhythm and Blues - Sonny Hess brings together a powerful band of award-winning NW performers, including Joanne Broh, Lady Kat, Leah Hinchcliff, Kathryn Grimm and Kelly Pierce.

9:00 pm:  Norman Sylvester Band, featuring Lenanne Miller & Renato Caranto – Show-stopping energy from Oregon Music Hall of Fame member, multiple CBA Muddy Award-winning, Norman “Boogie Cat” Sylvester and his 6-piece band. Finale sees Timothy James and Taylor Newville join the “old dogs”.


Saturday, July21

1:00 pmRoosevelt High School Jazz Band under the direction of Jason Margolis.

2:30 pmBecky Kilgore & the Cowhands (presented by JoBar)- Nationally recognized interpreter of the Great American Songbook, Kilgore brings her playful approach to Western swing and country with a taste of gypsy jazz. James Mason on fiddle, Doc Stein on Hawaiian steel guitar, Pete Lampe on upright bass.

4pmJessika Smith Big Band - Composer, saxophonist and music educator, Smith was lead alto saxophonist in the award-winning Oregon Jazz Ensemble and has performed at the Montreux, Vienne, Umbria and La Spezia jazz festivals. Here she has hand-picked 17 outstanding musicians from around the Northwest to fuel her powerhouse big band.

 5:30pmCatarina New & Brazilian Touch – Swedish-born saxophonist and vocalist, Catarina New’s sound is a perfect match for Brazil’s sultry Bossa Nova beat. Performing with her are some of Portland’s top Latin musicians, including her husband-percussionist Al Martin and Cuban born electric bassist Al Criado.

7pmQuadraphonnes – This all-female saxophone quartet delivers both the sweetest harmonies and the hottest dance music. Spirited playing and dynamic vocals break all the boundaries of the usual sax quartet.

8:30pmTahira Memory - Following in the footsteps of her Grammy-winning father, Thara Memory, vocalist and band leader Tahira Memory is one of the most popular vocalists to come out of Portland. She has been praised as having “a love for old Soul, an open ear for all music, and a respect for current Rhythm & Blues.”

 Sunday, July 22

1pmEnzo Irace - Young composer-arranger, jazz guitarist and student of Dan Balmer.

2:30 pmUnder the Lake: On the heels of their success at this year’s PDX Jazz Festival, Under The Lake will satisfy those fans of funk, neo-soul and jazz with their groove and attitude. The 6-member group has four internationally-distributed albums.

4pmRandy Porter Trio with Nancy King – Portland’s Randy Porter and Nancy King were both nominated for Grammys again this year and are two of the country’s best improvisers. They will take us on a trip through the music of Cole Porter, sampling the material from the recent release, “Porter Plays Porter”.

5:30pmDavid Evans Quartet - Portland saxophonist and clarinetist David Evans has shared the bandstand with Pete Fountain, B.B. King and Mose Allison, among others, but here he will lead his own quartet, including Randy Porter (piano), Tim Gilson (bass) and Charlie Doggett (drums).

7pmRemembering Ray- Something audiences won’t experience anywhere else, this tribute to Ray Charles, “the father of Soul” is led by soul singer, Sean Holmes, and backed by Ray Charles sideman, saxophonist Dan Wilensky and organist King Louis. 


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