MJF 2019 Artists

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Sunday Headliner: Mel Brown and Gordon Lee with the PJCE

Sunday, August 18, 8:10 p.m.
A celebration of their thirty-three year musical partnership, Mel Brown and Gordon Lee reunite to perform Lee’s original works arranged for this performance with the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble. Read More

David Friesen

Mel Brown B3 Organ Group

Saturday, August 17, 6:50 p.m.
Portland music legend Mel Brown and his all-star B3 Organ Group have wowed Portland audiences for 23 years and counting with their unique combination of jazz, soul, and blues, performed with fire and spontaneity. Read More

Andre St. James Sound Ensemble with George Sams

Dana Reason: Torque Songs

Saturday, August 17, 4:10 p.m.
A new song cycle that uses A.I. to generate textual, sonic and visual mashups created from letters/poems/autobiographies of the forgotten voices of female (or female identified) artists/mothers/creatives. Read More

Ron Steen

Ian Christensen’s Rolling House

Sunday, August 18, 2:50 p.m.
A brand-new group of stellar locals performing Christensen’s newest work as a composer. Read More

Rich Halley 5 with Vince Golia

Saturday Headliner: Ezra Weiss Big Band: We Limit Not the Truth of God

Saturday, August 17, 8:10 p.m.
The Ezra Weiss Big Band celebrates the release of their new album on Origin Records with this original suite of intensely personal reflections on the troubled world we live in today. Read More

PJCE with Jasnam Daya Singh

Bobby Torres Ensemble

Sunday, August 18, 5:30 p.m.
Latin jazz with enough flavor and spice to satisfy your body and soul’s need for rhythmic nourishment. – The Oregonian Read More

Rebecca Kilgore

Sherry Alves with George Colligan

Sunday, August 18, 4:10 p.m.
Newest member of the Portland State University jazz faculty, vocalist Sherry Alves fronts a quartet powered by new music from keyboard virtuoso, George Colligan. Read More

Trio Subtonic with Dan Balmer

Kathleen Hollingsworth: Mad Love

Sunday, August 18, 1:30 p.m.
Best described as having “East Coast drive and West Coast soul.” The trio’s music is rooted in the jazz tradition yet playfully branches out into Americana, singer-songwriter, and Rhythm & Blues territory. Read More

Blue Cranes

CMG Sound Foundry presents Wayne Horvitz

Sunday, August 18, 6:50 p.m.
Michael Gamble, the artistic head of Portland’s most adventurous musical organizations, Creative Music Guild, performs an improvised set in collaboration with award-winning pianist Wayne Horvitz. Read More

Ezra Weiss Sextet

Charlie Porter Quintet

Saturday, August 17, 5:30 p.m.
One of Portland’s best-known artists outside of the local area performing new original music with an all-star cast. The Palm Beach Post says, “Porter’s excellent stylish playing draws you in; you hang on each note!” Read More

Joe Manis

Bryan Smith: Let Me Take You There

Saturday, August 17, 2:50 p.m.
A nature-inspired multimedia collaboration between composer/saxophonist Bryan Smith and poet/photographer Matt Spohn, aiming to bring awareness to the importance of environmental conservation. Read More

Quadraphonnes + Andrew Durkin

Kerry Politzer: Bossa PDX

Saturday, August 17, 1:30 p.m.
Brazilian jazz inspired by the masters of bossa nova. Read More