University of Portland Jazz Festival

In order to ensure a safe and comfortable learning and playing environment, masks (including playing masks for horn players), bell covers, and proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required for all participants in the 2022 UP Jazz Festival. Please contact Dr. Don Norton at with any questions.

The University of Portland Jazz Festival showcases outstanding student musicians and guest artists from around the nation, all contributing to a vibrant celebration of jazz performance and education on our campus. Since it began, the festival has grown to become a premier student jazz event in the Pacific Northwest.

The UP Jazz Festival supports the program’s mission of "excellent teaching and individual attention in an environment that fosters development of the whole person." As we continue to add to the rich tradition of this festival, we look forward to welcoming student groups, artists, clinicians, and adjudicators from across the country. Our goal is to ensure that every participant leaves the festival energized, with a greater appreciation for the art of jazz.

The 2022 Jazz Festival will feature high school bands on Wednesday, April 13 and middle school bands on Thursday, April 14. It also serves as an OMEA state qualifying event for Oregon high school bands. Events each day include performances by student ensembles, a clinic for each participating student group, a master class with this year’s guest artist, and a concert featuring the UP Jazz Ensemble featuring this year’s guest artist. Please note that sight-reading adjudication will not be included in this year’s festival.

We look forward to seeing you at the Festival!

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