FEBRUARY 26-27, 2016



Welcome to the website for the JAZZ FORWARD COMPETITION!

Attention Finalists: Click here to make your final competition payment.


Portland State University, Oregon’s largest university located in downtown Portland, in partnership with PDX Jazz are proud to present the first annual JAZZ FORWARD COMPETITION. The festival-within-a-festival will run Thursday, February 19, through Saturday, February 21, 2015, in conjunction with the 12th annual Portland Jazz Festival.

Students will compete in five categories:

First round submissions will be judged ‘blind’ by members of the PSU Jazz Faculty and 12 Finalists will be selected from the first round of entries, and invited to attend the competition in February.

The winners in each category will receive a $1000 cash prize, and an opening set that same evening at the Portland Jazz Festival!


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