Incredible Journey of Jazz
The story of jazz in America.
Saturday 30 April 2016 | 4:00 pm
Alberta Abbey, Portland, Oregon



The Incredible Journey of Jazz is a free, 60-minute music program designed for students in Portland's public schools that tells the story of jazz music, one of America's treasured contributions to world culture. Through live performance, students learn about the roots of jazz from African music and its culture, its development in the United States, and current place in modern culture. With International Jazz Day being celebrated this year at the White House and all over the world, the IJOJ Ensemble gave a free performance for attendees of all ages at the historic Alberta Abbey in NE Portland.

Also featured: Portland's own percussionist Bobby Torres will be presented with the Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Hero Award, presented by Oregon Music News Editor Tom D'Antoni. The Jazz Journalists Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the best use of media of all kinds to tell the story of jazz and develop new jazz audiences. The JJA Jazz Awards are given for excellence in journalism as well as musicianship. The Local Jazz Hero Awards are also given to community jazz activists and local parties and meet ups are held in many communities as part of the yearly Awards celebration.

Torres has led a celebrated career as an educator, mentor, session player and live performer with artists including Arlo Guthrie, Jackson Browne, and Captain & Tennille. He appeared at Woodstock with Joe Cocker and he was inducted in 2009 into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame.



Incredible Journey of Jazz Ensemble

Tracy Williams-Murphy / Narration
Marcus Reynolds / Piano
Bryan Dickerson / Saxophone
Derek Sims / Trumpet
Stan Bock / Trombone, Vocals
Cary Miga / Bass
Mario Sandoval / Percussion



PDX Jazz is a non-profit cultural arts organization dedicated to curating jazz in Portland, Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. We strive to inspire, educate and develop future jazz audiences for generations to come.



Recorded on location by Alan Niven with two cameras and two channels of audio. This video was produced by wolftraks.com in co-operation with PDXjazz.