Tomorrow morning, I will have the thrill of driving through south central Washington State and along the Oregon side of the magnificent Columbia River Gorge (pictured) to the Portland Jazz Festival. My schedule permits attending only the first four days of the festival, which runs nearly two weeks. I’ll take in major concerts by Ahmad Jamahl, Eliane Elias, Brian Blade and The Fellowship Band, Dave Frishberg and Bob Dorough together, Toshiko Akiyoshi with Lew Tabackin and as much other music as I can absorb. To see the packed schedule, go here. I’ll report for Rifftides as often as time and endurance permit. Stay tuned.