Black Lives Matter

Montavilla Jazz stands in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives and the fight to end systemic racism in our communities and institutions.

Jazz is America’s indigenous art form born out of the African American experience. We believe that jazz is relevant to the lives of all people as a community-building force for education and social justice. We are proud to dedicate ourselves to the promotion of jazz, its history, its cultural significance, and the local musicians who perform it.

It is time to find the courage to look in the mirror and ask ourselves how we can improve as we work to become a more equitable and diverse organization. We at Montavilla Jazz have to do better. We will do better.

Our Commitments 

Montavilla Jazz is committed to growing our organization in a way that brings more voices to the table. We have set our intention to make the following commitments an indelible part of Montavilla Jazz systems, practices and policies as we grow and develop as an organization.


  1. Seeks to include the people who reflect the community we serve. 
  2. Highlights members of our artist community who are less visible because of their race, gender, or other factors. 
  3. Provides opportunities for underserved members of our community to participate in the planning and operations of events. 
  4. Recruits and hires individuals who come from groups who have been historically marginalized.


Board of Directors

Neil Mattson—Executive Director/Chair
Nancy Mitchell—Secretary
Steve Mitchell—Treasurer
Kim Harrison
Aaron Hayman
Marcia Hocker
Ryan Meagher
Katherine Sharp

Resource Council

Hobie Bender—Bipartisan Cafe
Stephen Blackman—Brownstein Rask
Donna Cruz-Moreno—PJCE

Deborah DeMoss Smith—KMHD
Douglas Detrick—Substrate Arts Consulting
Pete Emerson—Bipartisan Cafe
Darrell Grant—PSU
Fritz Hirsch—IRCO
Don Lucoff—DL Music Media
Pancho Savery—Reed College
George Thorn—RACC