Thousands across the northwest gather annually under the landmark St. Johns Bridge for a free outdoor jazz festival, celebrating heritage, equity, and progress. Music-lovers bask in a natural setting on the Willamette riverbank at the height of summer, with America’s first indigenous music. CPJazz brings friends and family, young and elder, together for a multi-generational music experience.
The success story of InterArts’ handling of CPJazz in 2012 is all about hard work by volunteers, the generosity of community donors, and the support of business sponsors. Having stabilized this historic event, with 3,000 people attending, InterArts plans to ramp this old program up from the 20th century to the 21st. Being a media-arts focused non-profit encourages a deeper exploration into the appreciation of jazz music. This year, we are introducing film, workshop, art exhibition, and late night club shows. This event will grow by investing synergy in to St. Johns public spaces, theaters, lounges, and cafes, in collaboration with community.
We are also enhancing the most important aspect: the traditional free concert in the park. For the first time in history, we are bringing international talent to the roster. Additionally, we are newly focused on bringing diverse food and beverage options to the park, reducing the ecological footprint, enhancing community involvement, and serving a great concert on our community lawn, as always at Cathedral Park.