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
Marcia Hocker—Vice President
Nancy Mitchell—Secretary
Steve Mitchell—Treasurer
Kim Harrison
Aaron Hayman
Katherine Sharp

Resource Council

Stephen Blackman—Brownstein Rask
Donna Cruz-Moreno—PJCE

Douglas Detrick—Substrate Arts Consulting
Darrell Grant—PSU
Fritz Hirsch—IRCO
Don Lucoff—DL Music Media
Pancho Savery—Reed College
George Thorn—RACC

With support from:

Ron & Jean Boesl
Regional Arts & Culture Council
Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation
Oregon Community Foundation
Mr Plywood
Jeremy & Joan Mattson
Accelerator Design Studios, Inc.
Washman LLC
James F & Marion L Miller Foundation
Montavilla Sewing Center
Oregon Arts Commission
Prosper Portland
OnPoint Community Credit Union
Bret Brantner
Sami Khawaja
Katherine Mattson
Autzen Foundation
New Music USA
East Glisan Pizza Lounge
Truman Heartland Community Foundation
Elizabeth Booher
Fix Auto East Portland
Riverview Bank
Randy P Lifshotz
Barbara Newell
Eric Busch
Bipartisian Cafe
Mt Tabor Middle School Foundation