Inspired by the role that jazz has played in bringing cultures together, the Jazz Bridge Project is supported by a number of institutions and individuals in the Portland region
Leroy Vinnegar Jazz Institute (LVJI) is an independent, self-supporting institute housed within the Department of Music in PSU’s School of Fine and Performing Arts. LVJI celebrates jazz’ origins as an American art form that embodies the most noble aspirations of our national character. Named for Leroy Vinnegar, the “Master of the Walking Bass,” who after a legendary career called Portland, OR home for several years, LVJI serves as a catalyst bringing together the ideas, resources, and needs of a large community of students, scholars, educators, artists, and music professionals. By carrying out its programs in collaboration with other institutions and individuals that share its mission, including the non-profit arts community, schools and educational institutions, and the professional music community, LVJI seeks to impact communities throughout the state and the greater Northwest region.
The Portland-Khabarovsk Sister City Association (PKSCA) was formed in 1988 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to foster international friendship through cultural & educational exchange and to facilitate social & economic ties between the citizens of our two communities. Over the past 23 years, PKSCA has undertaken a wide variety of projects, working with our Russian partners on issues of public safety, healthcare, environmental protection, music and graphic arts, public education and youth programs.
Community-supported radio station KMHD has been a staple of the Portland jazz scene for the last 25 years showcasing the best of jazz and blues. Licensed to Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham and operated by Oregon Public Broadcasting, KMHD champions jazz performances and education to ensure that this uniquely American art form continues to thrive in our region.
PDX Jazz is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing world class jazz to the Pacific Northwest. Throughout the year and with the annual PDX Jazz Festival in February our mission is to present, promote, and preserve jazz as America’s only indigenous art form. We strive with your contributions and sponsorships to broaden the audience base through educational programming, school outreach, and making the music accessible to everyone through a variety of settings and concerts.