The 32nd Annual Cathedral Park Jazz Festival wrapped up last weekend, and KMHD was there. This year’s festival had a different flavor, showcasing Portland’s diverse Jazz scene. Here are some highlights:
Saxophonist David Evans and pianist Andrew Oliver delivered a wonderful duo performance on Sunday afternoon. Their stripped down, vibrant takes on Jazz standards were the perfect fit for the weather, setting the tone for a lazy afternoon in the park.
On Saturday afternoon, the Pete Peterson Seven gave the crowd a swingin’ set of Jazz standards. The band’s tight horn section (with trumpeter Paul Mazzio, Stan Bock on trombone, and festival organizer Mary-Sue Tobin on sax) and impressive rhythm section (with George Colligan and Andre St. James) included a surprise visit by vocalist Alyssa Schwary.
Portland groove-merchants Trio Subtonic played a pleasing early afternoon set that got the crowd up on it’s feet and dancing. Their new release has been getting heavy rotation at KMHD, making them a festival favorite.
The “gypsy brass” sounds of Krebsic Orkestar were on full display early Sunday afternoon, on the stage and in the crowd. Their raucous, fun sounds filled the park with their own Balkan-influenced take on World Jazz.
You may have heard that the festival almost didn’t happen this year. Thanks to a dedicated group of volunteers, community organizers and musicians – it all went down without a hitch, and that’s a wonderful thing! Here’s looking forward to next year!
-Matt Fleeger, Program Director