It's almost that time... Almost that time where the city of Portland dedicates nearly half a month to Jazz music. The 2013 U.S. Bank Portland Jazz Festival Presented by Alaska Airlines kicks off in one week. You can take part in a city wide celebration of America's great musical art form. There are plenty of free events along with ticketed ones, as well as educational and outreach programs. You can view a full schedule here.
Now in its tenth year, the Portland Jazz Festival has continued to bring worthy headliners and local musicians together in the name of Jazz. An eclectic showcase of Jazz happenings around Portland keep it exciting year after year. You can find many events taking place in restaurants or pubs, smaller venues, and larger concert halls.
Also take note that Battle Hymns and Gardens will be performing February 22 at The Blue Monk. I'll be there for a nightcap after The Jazz Message event (Curtis Fuller, Bobby Watson, Eddie Henderson, George Cables, Buster Williams, Lewis Nash, and Javon Jackson) at the Newmark Theater. And it's worth noting that you can sample a handful of unmastered takes for BHaG's upcoming debut album on their website.