University of Portland Jazz Festival

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 2020 University of Portland Jazz Festival will feature High School bands on Wednesday, April 8 and Middle School bands on Thursday, April 9. It will also serve as an OMEA state qualifying event for Oregon high school bands. Events each day will 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.

A detailed schedule for each day, as well as registration forms, will be available on this site beginning December 2. Please contact Dr. Don Norton at with any questions.

We look forward to seeing you at the Festival!

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