Events

Jazz Night 2024

Event poster with watercolor silhouettes of jazz musicians reads: Woodlawn Elementary PTA proudly presents Jazz Night 2024, Friday, March 8th, 5:30 - 9 p.m. Join us at The Village Ballroom, 704 NE Dekum St, 97211. Featuring: Tahirah Memory & Charlie Brown III, with Guest Historians Mr. Paul Knauls & Albina Music Trust. Free entry with food from Cason's Fine Meats and drinks available for purchase + silent auction and raffle! Adults only - childcare provided at Woodlawn School for attendees only. Thank you to our amazing sponsors! Laurel Marquand of Think Real Estate, Former senator Chip Shields, Mariah Hudson, Bricks & Minifigs, Red Yarn Productions, Eyestrong Pediatric Eye Care, Woodlawn Neighborhood Association, Fancy Plant Solutions, Pivot PDX, DLR Group, StormBreaker Brewing, & The Village Ballroom.

Jazz Night is back! We are delighted to host this special event on Friday, March 8th, at The Village Ballroom, celebrating our school community and the Black music, culture, and history of our neighborhood.

Admission is free to this adults-only event, with food & drink available for purchase. Support our PTA by participating in the silent auction & raffle!

Meanwhile, at school, Woodlawn staff members will provide free childcare for Woodlawn students ages 5-11 while their parents/guardians attend Jazz Night.

We need many volunteers to chip in before, after, or during part of the night to help our event run smoothly.  Thank you!

Are you or your business interested in donating to support Jazz Night ’24 and the work of the Woodlawn PTA? Consider making a small donation, or becoming a sponsor with a $250-1000 donation. If you would like to donate items, gift certificates, or services for the silent auction or raffle, please contact Mallory at malloryatyler@gmail.com.

Our featured guests

Soul singer/songwriter Tahirah Memory is a Portland, Oregon native. Miss Memory has released two full length studio albums. She has been heard and seen touring as a background vocalist for long time vocal icon KD Lang, and foremost as front-woman on her own successful tours abroad, as well as locally. Following the release of Tahirah’s 2nd album, “ASHA”, in 2019, she was nominated by SOULTRACKS for Best Female Vocalist, Best Album, and Best Song of 2019. Most recently, Tahirah was featured in the 2022 PDX Jazz Fest, opening for headliner Robert Glasper, at the 2022 Vanport Jazz Festival alongside Eric Benét, and as a performer on the 2023 Capital Jazz Supercruise.

Tahirah Memory smiles joyfully for a portrait photo
Charlie Brown III performs at a keyboard with a bassist in the foreground

Charlie Brown III is a pianist, keyboardist, producer, and musical director from Portland, Oregon. You can frequently find him performing locally with the group greaterkind, a jazz/funk/fusion band with undertones of hip-hop, r&b, and gospel. Whether playing internationally with bassist MonoNeon or locally in PDX, Charlie’s music radiates an energetic and infectious positivity that is both timeless and of its time.

Mr. Paul Knauls is the “Honorary Mayor of NE Portland.” Born in Huntington, Arkansas, in 1931, he joined the Air Force just 17 days after graduating from high school. He became the first African-American to be stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington. After his honorary discharge, he worked three jobs to save money to fulfill his dream of owning his own business. In 1963, Knauls bought Portland’s Cotton Club, which became a hugely popular night club in the 1960s. Located at North Vancouver & Tillamook, the Cotton Club hosted the likes of Etta James, Big Mama Thornton, and Sammy Davis Jr. When the construction of I-5 shuttered his building, Knauls and his wife Geneva went on to open several more businesses. Geneva’s Shear Perfection, their beauty salon, was a hub for Portland’s African-American community until it closed in 2020. We are honored that Mr. Knauls will be our guest historian at Jazz Night!

Save the date for Celebrate Woodlawn: May 31st, 2024!

Pictured below, Celebrate Woodlawn 2023

Celebrate Woodlawn is an annual carnival put on by the Woodlawn PTA open to the entire community. Join us for fun, games, delicious food, student performances/karaoke, a raffle, and more!

We’ll also need lots of volunteers to chip in before, after, or during part of the night to help our event run smoothly.  Sign up here, and thanks!

Big thank yous to our Sponsors