The 2020 PDX Jazz Festival returns with a bang Wednesday, February 19-Sunday, March 1 and this year’s list of artists is impressive. It’s the 17th year of this much anticipated event and musicians, composers and producers who take chances with their art figure prominently. 

The first weekend featured artists are NEA Jazz Master Archie Shepp, Branford Marsalis, Larry Carlton and Stanley Jordon, Terry Riley, Antibalas and Kandace Springs.

During the week see Omar Sosa & Yilian Cañizares; Aguas Trio featuring Gustavo Ovalles; David Sanborn Jazz Quintet; Tuck & Patti; Terrace Martin; Eric Gales and Ron Artis II with the Truth; Kat Edmonson and The Miguel Zenón Quartet. Also the first of two solo piano shows pairing Kenny Barron and John Medski, and James Francies and Aaron Goldberg.

 The second weekend features the Stanton Moore Trio, Nolatet, Thundercat and Georgia Anne Muldrow, and many more. Many musical plates overflow with sounds for this superb jazz feast.

 Nearly 15 venues across town host headline shows. Local artists appearing include Blue Cranes, Jimmie Herrod, Devin Phillips, Christopher Brown, Saeeda Wright and many others.

See Jazz Conversations with Stanley Jordan and Archie Shepp and the Hollywood Theatre’s screening of Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes. There are late night jams at several hotels and many Fest performances are free. 

For the entire dizzying schedule, see pdxjazz.com.