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10th Annual Montavilla Jazz Festival Artists

At the leading edge of Portland’s jazz scene, Montavilla Jazz’s 10th Annual Festival presented by Accelerator Design Studios runs September 1–3, 2023 with concerts across the city featuring original jazz by world-class local artists. Check out the festival schedule here!

Alan Jones

Alan Jones Quartet featuring Tivon Pennicott, Kevin Hays and Joe Martin

Sunday, September 3rd, 8PM
Alberta Rose Theatre – Tickets $5-45

Festival headliner Alan Jones assembles a dream team of award-winning talent for a concert of original music designed to inspire and challenge. Read More

Darrell Grant

Darrell Grant's Piano in the Dark with special guest Billy Childs

Saturday, September 2nd, 8PM
Alberta Rose Theatre – Tickets $5-45

Chasing the magic of the unexpected, Darrell Grant curates ephemeral encounters at and beyond the keyboard melding tradition and innovation. Read More

Views of an Urban Volcano

Views of an Urban Volcano with Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble

Friday, September 1st, 7:30PM
Mt. Tabor Park Amphitheater – FREE! (RSVP)

Composers Cyrus Nabipoor, Kirsten Volness, and James Powers premiere new jazz inspired by Portland’s beloved greenspace and extinct cinder cone, Mt. Tabor Park, performed by Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble. Read More

Mary-Sue Tobin

Vestal Stories: Mary-Sue Tobin Sextet

Friday, September 1st, 6PM
Mt. Tabor Park Amphitheater – FREE! (RSVP)

Celebrating where we come from and the joy around us, this project is the culmination of a collaboration between Montavilla Jazz, Portland State University’s Artist as Citizen Initiative, and Vestal Elementary. Read More

Tim Willcox

Tim Willcox Quartet featuring Chuck Israels

Sunday, September 3rd, 5PM
Portland Metro Arts – Tickets $5-30

Tim Willcox’s saxophone “sings and, at times, broods passionately and inventively” into the original works of his ensemble of local heavyweights. Read More

Ryan Meagher

Ryan Meagher, Ralph Alessi, Peter Epstein, and Mark Ferber

Saturday, September 2nd, 5PM
Portland Metro Arts – Tickets $5-30

Prominent Portland guitarist Ryan Meagher assembles a team of eminent improvisers to mine their decade-long creative relationships. Read More

Domo Branch

Domo Branch and Branchin’ Out

Sunday, September 3rd, 2PM
Portland Metro Arts – Tickets $5-30

Branch and company are on a mission to heal, motivate, and inspire through the trance of original and arranged music. Read More

George Colligan

George Colligan: The Phyllis Wheatley Project featuring Zyanna

Saturday, September 2nd, 2PM
Portland Metro Arts – Tickets $5-30

Phyllis Wheatley was the first published African American poet. Enslaved in 1761…Read More

Nicole McCabe

Nicole McCabe Quartet

Saturday, September 2nd, 11:30PM
The 1905 – Tickets $15-20

McCabe’s Los Angeles-based band plays music from her recent album Landscapes released on Spanish label Fresh Sounds New Talent. Read More

Charlie 3rown

Charlie 3rown Quartet

Friday, September 1st, 11:30PM
The 1905 – Tickets $15-20 SOLD OUT!
Riding the edge of multiple genres, the Charlie 3rown Quartet’s creations use their diverse experiences and influences to take listeners to the brink. Read More

Frank Irwin

Frank Irwin's Aurora Septet

Sunday, September 3rd, 11PM
The 1905Tickets $15-20
Blending chamber orchestration with improvisation and modal groove, Aurora Septet paints a beautiful landscape of self-discovery. Read More

PROWUS Students

MJF Student Stage

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Breakout high school and university students from Portland Youth Jazz Orchestra, Mt. Hood Community College, and Portland State University take center stage. Read more