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Jazz Scene Retro Concert

Albina festival ‘Brings It Back’

8/11/2017, 3:20 p.m.
The birthplace of Portland’s modern jazz scene and a historical marker for the black community will be front and center ...
Ron Steen, Devin Phillips and LaRhonda Steele are part of a great musical lineup of musicians to play for the first Albina Jazz Festival.

The birthplace of Portland’s modern jazz scene and a historical marker for the black community will be front and center when the “Albina Jazz Festival,” makes its debut on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 12-13 at the Sting Ray Cafe, one of the original jazz clubs for African Americans during the 1940's and still standing.

The Albina Jazz Festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., both days, consisting of a great musical lineup, including Ron Steen, Andre St. James, Dennis Bradford, Chris Brown, Devin Phillips, LaRhonda Steele and more.

The festival’s mission is to keep jazz music in Portland alive and contribute to the history of jazz in the Albina community, especially the early African American jazz clubs that were lined along Williams Avenue after the Vanport flood. Many of the clubs operated in the area where the Moda Center is today. They were torn down by the city to build the Memorial Coliseum in 1960.

Sponsors include the Portland Pioneers of Color Walking Tours and KBOO radio.

Tickets are $10 at the door. The StingRay Café is located in a complex called the Leftbank Project at 240 N. Broadway. For a complete lineup and more details, visit albinajazzfestival.com.