KBOO is broadcasting the virtual Cathedral Park Jazz Fest LIVE July 17-19!
Like jazz, life in the time of the pandemic is about improvisation. For the first time since its inception in 1980, the swinging sounds of the 40th Annual Cathedral Park Jazz Festival 2020 will – as so many festivals and performances these days - be virtual, Broadcasting Live on KBOO 90.7 FM and streaming here ar kboo.fm on Friday, July 17th, through Sunday, July 19th, 2020! to presenting sponsor, Oregonians Credit Union, and the organizer, the Jazz Society of Oregon.
For the past 39 years, this long-running free festival has been held in North Portland’s scenic Cathedral Park under the historic St Johns Bridge. Highlights of this year’s three-day festival celebrating jazz, blues, R&B, and funk: The Bayou Boyz in a tribute to the late New Orleans pianist Dr. John; violinist Eddie Parente, channelling the great jazz violinists like Stephane Grappelli, Stuff Smith, and Joe Venuto; and soulful vocalist Saeeda Wright and her nine-piece orchestra. Saeeda has sung backup for Prince, Lalah Hathaway, Live Warfield and others. The complete daily lineup and audio will be archived here: