PDX Jazz Festival

    Do you want to surprise your significant other? I mean really surprise them?
    Roughly a week post Valentine’s Day…just about the time they think they’ll have to wait another year for romance…BAM! You swoop in with tickets to the Annual Portland Jazz Festival, which runs from February 20-March 2.

    PDX Jazz, a non-profit cultural arts organization, was founded in 2003. Their mission is to “inspire, educate and develop future jazz audiences for generations to come”…“A series of jazz education and outreach programs that extend into Portland’s schools and neighborhoods is at the heart of the annual event.”

    What better way to wow my wife, while supporting a fantastic cause? Plus, I get to get my jazz on.

    This year’s festival is sure to wow, with an abundance of talented artists, many of whom are award-winning and acclaimed both nationally and internationally. Local venues such as The Secret Society, Jimmy Mak’s, Mission Theater and Pub, and Arrivederci will host the concerts.

    A wide range of pricing options ensure affordability for most, with tickets costing anywhere from $5 – $58 depending on artists, venues, and show times.

    But what if you broke the bank on Valentine’s Day? What if you decided to indulge this year and take a ride on The Spirit of Portland and are a bit short of cash?

    No problem. PDX Jazz offers many FREE shows as well!

    I plan on surprising my wife with not just one, but two of the free concerts. On February 21, I will be wining and dining my beautiful bride at Brasserie Montmartre, a fantastic restaurant in downtown Portland, while listening to the unique harmonies of Trashcan Joe—Trashcan Joe is a quartet that Cap’n James Cook, Jason Wells, Mike Danner, Yascha Noonberg. This free concert begins at 8pm.

    Next, on February 22 at 6:00 pm, we will be swinging along with the Jenny Finn Orchestra, based in Portland, at the Secret Society Ballroom. The Jenny Finn Orchestra plays vintage swing jazz from the 1920’s and 30’s. Justin, please say something like “I’ll be donning my —— and my wife will wear —– with her best red lips—- or something…..

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