Kerry Politzer to Headline Ninth Annual Montavilla Jazz Festival August 19–21

Kerry Politzer to Headline Ninth Annual Montavilla Jazz Festival August 19–21


Kerry Politzer to Headline Ninth Annual Montavilla Jazz Festival August 19–21

Montavilla Jazz Festival returns as a three-day event spanning four venues and 12 new jazz concerts by local artists. 

PORTLAND, OR—After creating spaces for jazz around the city throughout the pandemic —on the big screen, in parks, on the playground, and in driveways—Portland’s Montavilla Jazz Festival 2022 returns for its ninth season August 19–21 with concerts by an array of emerging and established local artists at Portland Metro Arts and expands its footprint to four venues across the city. Pianist/composer Kerry Politzer headlines the festival with LA-based guest trumpeter Alex Norris joining her Quintet Sunday, August 21, and Saturday night adventurous saxophonist Rich Halley is joined by NYC’s Matthew Shipp Trio. This year, Montavilla Jazz Festival includes two late-night sets at The 1905 and presents at Alberta Rose Theatre, kicking off the festival with Portland Jazz Composer Ensemble’s The Heroine’s Journey, a double-bill of newly commissioned works from veteran vocalist Marilyn Keller and alt-jazz singer-songwriter Rebecca Sanborn.

DATES: Friday, August 19–Sunday, August 21, 2022

LOCATIONS: Alberta Rose Theatre (3000 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211)
Friday, August 19 ONLY 8PM

Portland Metro Arts (9003 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97216)
Saturday, August 20 & Sunday, August 21, 2022, 2PM, 5PM, and 8PM
The six concerts at Portland Metro Arts will also be live-streamed.

The 1905 (830 N Shaver St, Portland, OR 97227)
Friday, August 19 & Saturday, August 20, 2022, 11:30PM

Vino Veritas Wine Bar and Bottle Shop (7835 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215)
Friday, August 19–Sunday, August 21, 2022, 6PM

TICKETS: $5-35 per concert with discounts for advance purchases, students, and Arts for All available for some concerts. Limited day passes for Saturday and Sunday performances at Portland Metro Arts for $50-60 and full festival passes for $155-185 are available. 

Find ticket details and information at https://www.tickettomato.com/event_group/338/montavilla-jazz-festival-22

The 2022 Montavilla Jazz Festival features debuts as bandleaders by Marilyn Keller, Barra Brown, James Powers, Noah Simpson, and Andrew Oliver. Festival events include:

  • PJCE’s The Heroine’s Journey Feat. Marilyn Keller with Darrell Grant and Rebecca Sanborn
    Friday, August 19, 2022, 8PM – Alberta Rose Theatre – Tickets $5-35
    Lyricists and songwriters Sanborn and Keller each debut their new songs honoring the power of dreams to change our waking lives, performed with Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble.
  • George Colligan and Jazz Millenium
    Friday, August 19, 2022, 11:30PM – The 1905 – Tickets $15-20
    Virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and mentor George Colligan showcases four young Portland jazz artists.
  • Tunnel Six performs the Columbia River Suite
    Saturday, August 20, 2022, 2PM – Portland Metro Arts – Tickets $5-20
    A musical pilgrimage following the Columbia River’s winding banks is the creative framework for this suite for sextet and spoken word. 
  • Idit Shner and Mhondoro
    Saturday, August 20, 2022, 5PM – Portland Metro Arts – Tickets $5-20
    Mhonodoro, meaning the lion spirit in Shona, a language of Zimbabwe, formed spontaneously, melding Zimbabwean folk and American jazz traditions. 
  • Rich Halley with Matthew Shipp Trio
    Saturday, August 20, 2022, 8PM – Portland Metro Arts – Tickets $5-30
    Dynamic tenor saxophonist Rich Halley performs in-the-moment improvisations with the New York City-based Matthew Shipp Trio to create a powerful emotional experience. 
  • Barra Brown Quintet
    Saturday, August 20, 2022, 11:30PM – The 1905 – Tickets $15-20
    A rare performance by drummer/composer Barra Brown’s melody-driven improvisational ensemble of inventive original music.
  • James Powers Relativity Ensemble
    Sunday, August 21, 2022, 2PM – Portland Metro Arts – Ticket $5-20
    A genre-bending 13-piece instrumental ensemble, playing new compositions exploring social issues, Identity, science fiction, and modern myth.
  • Noah Simpson Quartet
    Sunday, August 21, 2022, 5PM – Portland Metro Arts – Tickets $5-20
    Noah Simpson’s energetic, attentive, and dynamic quartet strives to create forward thinking music rooted in Jazz.
  • Kerry Politzer Quintet featuring Alex Norris
    Sunday, August 21, 2022, 8PM – Portland Metro Arts – Ticket $5-30
    2022 Festival Headliner, pianist/composer Kerry Politzer premieres original music from her album, In a Heartbeat, coming out this fall on PJCE Records.
  • MJF Student Stage
    Friday, August 19–Sunday, August 21, 2022, 6PM – Vino Veritas Wine Bar and Bottle Shop – FREE
    Breakout university students take center stage. 


“Montavilla [Jazz] is doing so much for the music right now, really cultivating that community-driven aspect,” 2019 Festival artist Charlie Porter told NPR’s Jazz Night in America. “There are so many crushing musicians in Portland, and they should have more opportunities to play… It’s a problem of having a place for them to go do it.” Executive Director Neil Mattson shares, “Montavilla Jazz has been focused on turning the ‘issue’ of venues into an opportunity to look at spaces creatively. If people haven’t been to the festival before, they may be surprised at the high-quality, intimate venues right here in Montavilla. Portland has an embarrassment of riches: world-class jazz from straight-ahead to out, right outside your front door, and we’re proud to be creating space and a platform for these artists.”

Find the complete festival lineup and schedule at https://montavillajazz.org/.  



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About Montavilla Jazz: The mission of Montavilla Jazz is to support and strengthen local music culture and enrich our community by showcasing the best of Portland jazz. Montavilla Jazz is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.



Montavilla Jazz premiers collaborative film and live concerts for 8th annual festival on August 20–22

Montavilla Jazz premiers collaborative film and live concerts for 8th annual festival on August 20–22

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Montavilla Jazz premiers collaborative film and live concerts by local artists at the organization’s 8th annual festival on August 20–22

Montavilla Jazz Festival returns as a 3-day hybrid event featuring live-streamed concerts by local artists, and the world premiere of Call + Response: A collaborative film project pairing local jazz composers and filmmakers.

PORTLAND, OR—If local icons like Mel Brown, Tom Grant, Nancy King, David Friesen, Ron Steen, and Leroy Vinegar ushered in a resurgence of jazz in Portland that blossomed in the 1980’s, a new group of influential artists were handed the torch in the new millenium. One of the most influential of those artists in Portland over the past decade and a half, Farnell Newton, will headline the 8th Annual Montavilla Jazz Festival running August 2022 live-streamed from Portland Metro Arts and screened for in-person viewing at select locations in Montavilla and around Portland. For the first time ever the Montavilla Jazz Festival is entirely FREE. This year’s festival is bolstered by the world-premiere and repeated screenings of a new music-meets-film project, Call + Response, presented in collaboration with Portland Art Museum, Open Signal and Mobile Projection Unit. Festival information can be found at https://montavillajazz.org/

Events include: 

Our four musical sets will be live-streamed, with limited in-person tickets available, details TBA:

Farnell Newton Quintet – Sunday, August 22, 2021 7PM – FREE
Newton performs music off “Rippin’ & Runnin’” his second leader album for Posi-Tone Records. Personnel: Farnell Newton, trumpet and compositions; Kyle Molitor, trombone; George Colligan, organ; Ryan Meagher, guitar; Andres Moreno, drums.

Rebecca Sanborn – Saturday, August 21, 2021 7PM – FREE
Sanborn explores new material supported by long time mentor pianist Randy Porter and fellow Blue Cranes drummer Ji Tanzer and bassist Jon Shaw. Personnel: Rebecca Sanborn, voice and compositions; Randy Porter, piano; Jon Shaw, bass; Ji Tanzer, drums.

George Colligan: Fredson the Jeffy – Sunday, August 22, 2021 4PM – FREE
Colligan presents original works mixing 20th century European classical techniques with jazz and improvisation in a unique collaborative and genre defying set. Personnel: George Colligan, piano and compositions; Lisa Lipton, clarinet; Micah Hummel, drums.

Ryan Meagher: AftEarth – Saturday, August 21, 2021 4PM – FREE
Meagher writes music inspired by the line-art of visual artist Tina Granzo resulting in a collaborative exploration of the world we live in now and the world we will leave future generations. Personnel: Ryan Meagher guitar and compositions; Tim Willcox, tenor saxophone; Andrew Jones, bass; Charlie Doggett, drums; Tina Granzo drawings and animation.

Montavilla Jazz Film Night: Call + Response plus Blue Cranes film premieres August 20, 2021 9PM – FREE outdoor screening by Mobile Projection Unit at Portland Art Museum Courtyard

Montavilla Jazz presents: Call + Response is a collaborative effort pairing three local jazz artists with three local filmmakers. In early 2021, musicians Micah Hummel, Noah Simpson, and Idit Shner, each composed, performed, and recorded seven to ten minutes of original music. Filmmakers Jeff Oliver, Shilpa Sunthakar, and Deejuliano Scott responded with visual “scores” with access to production facilities and the Independent Filmmaker Kit provided by project partner Open Signal. The result: three entirely original short works of art-music-film. The shorts will premiere at an outdoor screening produced by Mobile Projection Unit at Montavilla Jazz Film Night at the Portland Art Museum’s courtyard (1219 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR) on Friday, August 20 at 9PM. The event will also include world-premiere screenings of Portland post-jazz quintet Blue Cranes’s music-films from their upcoming VOICES album produced by filmmakers Sarah Whelden, Rachel Blumberg, and Jim Bashfield

Call + Response will also be available for viewing following the live-streamed Festival performances Saturday and Sunday.

The Call + Response shorts include:

  • The Beast of Torpor with music by Micah Hummel and film by Jeff Oliver
  • A Day in Color with music by Noah Simpson and film by Shilpa Sunthankar
  • Last Signs of June with music by Idit Shner and film by Deejuliano Scott


  • For more information, please visit montavillajazz.org and www.facebook.com/montavillajazz

About Montavilla Jazz: The mission of Montavilla Jazz is to support and strengthen local music culture and enrich our community by showcasing the best of Portland jazz. Montavilla Jazz is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

About the Artists:
Montavilla Jazz Festival ‘21 Headliner Farnell Newton is one of the most versatile musicians & educators in the Northwest, playing straight ahead jazz, smooth jazz, Latin music, soul, hip hop, funk and more. When he is not working as marketing coordinator at Marmoset, trumpeter for Portland Cello Project, creator of Funklandia, producer and trumpeter #LofiJazzSoul (Lo-fi Hip-Hip), and jazz trumpeter at Posi-tone Records, he is touring, recording, and sharing the stage with Skerik, Lettuce, Slightly Stoopid, Karl Denson, Galactic, Nigel Hall, sax man Mike Phillips, the Doo Doo Funk All-Stars, and many more. In the last few years, Farnell has been touring with three-time Grammy winning singer/songwriter Jill Scott and with the Legendary rhinestone rock-star bassist Bootsy Collins. In previous years, Farnell has performed with musical artists including Lalah Hathaway, Ron Isley, R. Kelly, Cee Lo Green, Fantasia, Gladys Knight, Charlie Wilson, Chaka Khan, Najee, Will Downing, Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind and Fire and many more.

Rebecca Sanborn began writing songs at six, starting an early pattern of creative straying from sheet music. The love affair with stories and music continued and at eighteen, she left her native Portland to study at the Contemporary Music Program at The College of Santa Fe, in New Mexico. Upon returning to the Northwest, Rebecca met her husband and musical partner, drummer Ji Tanzer. They are both members of the adventurous jazz quintet, Blue Cranes, the art pop trio Swansea, and Portland’s veteran indie group Loch Lomond. Rebecca also plays in the all-female, cape-wearing, fog-machine-loving synth trio, Eccoh Eccoh Eccoh with Kyleen King and Jenny Conlee-Drizos. When she is not playing music or teaching, she can be found chasing after her disco-obsessed three-year-old daughter or trying to get some sleep.

George Colligan is one of the great jazz pianists of his generation, earning an international reputation as multi-instrumentalist (drums, trumpet, organ, keyboards), composer, accompanist, teacher, bandleader, and blogger (jazztruth.blogspot.com). Winner of the 2015 DownBeat magazine Critics Poll (Keyboard), Colligan has had a long association with living jazz legend Jack DeJohnette; his recent tour took Colligan around the U.S. with An Evening with Jack DeJohnette and Savion Glover. He also toured the US and Canada as a leader with his trio featuring legends Buster Williams and Lenny White. With over 130 albums to date as an accompanist, Colligan has worked with a long list of jazz greats, including John Scofield, Buster Williams, Cassandra Wilson, Don Byron, Ravi Coltrane, and many others. Colligan, a New York resident for 15 years, now lives in Portland, Oregon where he is an associate professor at Portland State University. He recently won the PSU College of The Arts Dean’s Council Award for Research, Scholarship and Creativity in 2020, and also won the Researcher of the Year Award from the PSU College Of The Arts in 2021. His latest album, Theoretical Planets: Long Term Goals (PJCE Records), is his 34th as a bandleader and features PSU faculty and alumni.

Ryan Meagher (pronounced Marr) is a jazz guitarist and composer who grew up in San Jose, California. Perhaps best-known for his compositional acumen, he is also well-known for his flexibility and range as guitarist. He is truly in his own space when exploring thought-provoking original material with exciting and sensitive collaborators. While living in New York, Meagher launched his debut album, Sun Resounding, which announced his arrival on the modern jazz scene. After the release of his second album, Atroefy, on Fresh Sound New Talent Records, Meagher relocated to Reno, Nevada in pursuit of his master of music degree from the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). His third album, Tone, recorded in NYC in between semesters at UNR, received international critical acclaim. After completing his masters degree, Meagher relocated to Portland, Oregon where he quickly became a recognizable force in the creative music community. Meagher’s fourth album, Tango In the City of Roses, was released shortly after his move to Portland, and ever since he has been instrumental in expanding the local jazz scene. Meagher is a co-founder and the programming director of the Montavilla Jazz Festival. He is the director of operations for the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble (PJCE), the director of PJCE Records, was previously the editor of the Jazzscene Magazine, and teaches at a number of institutions in the Portland metropolitan area. His fifth album, Mist. Moss. Home., was released in 2016 on PJCE Records. His two most recent albums, Lost Days, and Evil Twin were both released in 2018.

Call + Response featured artists:
Portland, Oregon-based drummer, composer, and educator Micah Hummel has established himself as an essential player in the creative music scene in the Pacific Northwest. After moving to Portland in 2013, he has become a first-call collaborator with artists including George Colligan, Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble, Barra Brown, Machado Mijiga, Moorea Masa, Coco Columbia and others. Honing his craft throughout the last decade, he is known for his specialty in cross-genre sounds and contemporary jazz. He has performed in venues from Toronto and Beijing to Amsterdam, Berlin, and Vienna. He regularly performs with local projects including Sama Dams, Integer, and the Micah Hummel/Alex Mltzer Duo. Hummel is endorsed by Canopus Drums and Sunhouse Technologies. 

Jeff Oliver is a media educator, filmmaker, writer, and former stand-up comedian. He has appeared at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, on NPR’s Tell Me More, and once as a question on Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me. Since 2012, he has been a teaching artist using PBL (Project Based Learning) to create short films with youth. In the Portland area, he has worked with: Open Signal, The Hollywood Theatre, Portland Center Stage, OMSI, Open School North, The Emerson School, Art4Life, and at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn. He spent seven summers teaching at Buck’s Rock Performing & Creative Arts Camp in New Milford, Connecticut. His documentary about the camp, A Summer To Discover, premiered in 2017. He is currently in pre-production for Redline, a Black horror film about gentrification.

Pacific Northwest performer, composer, and forward-thinking improviser Noah Simpson’s approach to the trumpet is modern, energetic, dynamic, and attentive. Early in his career, he performed in The Young Sounds of Arizona, The Paradise Valley Community College Monday Night Big Band, and many Scottsdale Community College combos. Later he attended Portland State University, studying with his mentors George Colligan and Darrell Grant. Simpson has worked with George Benson, Lewis Nash, Bernard Purdie, Alex Acuna, Ralph Peterson III, Jaleel Shaw, Sean Jones, and Dennis Rowland. He has toured the US with Ron Artis II, Climbing Poetree, The Polyphonic Spree, and Dirty Revival and has performed at The Nash, The 1905, Montavilla Jazz Festival, PDX Jazz Festival, Jack London Review, and the Creative Music Guild Outset Series. His recent work includes a feature on Barra Brown’s new single release, NOAH, and arranger credit on the PDX Jazz educational presentation, The American Refrain: Jazz and Modern Music.

Shilpa Sunthankar is a screenwriter, director, and producer with an affinity for stories about different cultures in coexistence, thanks to her background as an Indian-American woman raised in the “cowboy country” of Colorado. She graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts after interning for BBC London and attending the 35mm Filmmaking Master Class at FAMU in Prague. Her recent short film, Working Lunch (2018), inspired by the proliferation of hate graffiti after the 2016 US presidential election, premiered at the Toronto South Asian Film Festival and received a Regional Arts & Culture Council project grant. Her other short films, The Company of Thieves (2011) and Biography of an American Hostess (2004), have won awards including “Best Director” at the Los Angeles FirstGlance Film Festival, and have been licensed by the ShortsHD Channel, IndieFlix, and the CBC. Her feature script Seeta’s Demon (in production) was showcased at the C3 Conference at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific American Film Festival. She was awarded the SAGindie Fellowship to attend the 2019 Stowe Story Lab for developing her first feature film, Continental Divide, an outdoor thriller taking place on the US-Mexico border. 

An active performer of both jazz and classical music, Idit Shner has performed at The Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center as well as The Diet Coke Woman in Jazz Festival (New York), the Belleayre Festival (New York), and the New Trier Jazz Festival (Illinois). Currently she performs and records with her quartet in Eugene and Portland, Oregon. Her debut jazz release, Tuesday’s Blues featuring nursery melodies from Jewish liturgy received critical acclaim from JazzTimes, All Music Guide, and Jazz Review. Her latest jazz release, 9 Short Stories, earned a 4-star review in Downbeat Magazine. As a classical saxophonist, she has commissioned and recorded new music and performed solo recitals in the US and Israel. Her third release, Le Merle Noir, featuring music by Messiaen, Bozza, Partos, and Glass, was released on Origin Classics in August 2013. Her recording, FISSURES: 20th Century Music for saxophone and Harp with renowned harpist Yumiko Schlaffer, was played on NPR’s All Things Considered. Her latest classical release is entitled MINERVA.

Deejuliano Scott is a self-taught filmmaker, editor, and producer based in Portland, Oregon. He manages Desert Island Studios, a film and photo studio that supports underserved members of the Portland arts community. His film credits include production work on Love, Cheryl (2018), film editor of the short film L’Ortolan (2020)–winner of “Most Original Concept” at the 2020 Portland Short Fest, film editor of the documentary Staying Connected (2021), and uncredited assistant editor on The Speed Cubers (2020) which made the Oscar Shortlist in 2021. Scott won “Best Editor” for the short film Vent (2020) at the Asian American Film Lab 72-Hour Shootout.


Montavilla Jazz celebrates Portland jazz with live streamed concerts on August 15-16

Montavilla Jazz celebrates Portland jazz with live streamed concerts on August 15-16


Montavilla Jazz celebrates Portland jazz with live streamed concerts on August 15-16

Montavilla Jazz hosts weekend concerts in honor of its cancelled annual festival and shifts to new projects and expanded educational programming in 2021.

PORTLAND, Oregon, August 5, 2020

For the first time in seven years Montavilla Jazz will not host a late summer neighborhood jazz festival in East Portland.

In each of the past six summers Montavilla Jazz Festival has featured established and emerging local jazz artists including Mel Brown, Gordon Lee, Essiet Okon Essiet, Sylvia Cuenca, Darrell Grant, Nancy King, Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble, George Colligan, Dana Reason, Charlie Porter, Nicole Glover, Bobby Torres, Ezra Weiss, Alan Jones, Farnell Newton, Tim Willcox, Randy Porter, Jasnam Diya Singh, David Friesen, and many more. With each successful event Montavilla Jazz has grown and expanded its programming centered on its mission to support local artists and build an audience for jazz.

The global pandemic and ensuing shutdown of almost all live music events has given festival organizers a chance to pause and reflect on how they will serve our community moving forward.

“We know that now more than ever Montavilla Jazz has a crucial role to play in helping to sustain Portland jazz by providing local artists with performance and teaching opportunities that pay well” says executive director, Neil Mattson. “Without a festival this year we feel it’s important to celebrate the good work we’ve done over the past half dozen years and give our community a chance to support some important projects we’ve got cooking for 2021!”

Festival Weekend Honored with Live-Streamed Benefit Concerts

In lieu of a 2020 festival, Montavilla Jazz is celebrating Portland jazz by hosting live-streamed concerts as a fundraiser for future programs and projects.

Let’s Celebrate Portland Jazz!
A benefit for Montavilla Jazz
Live-streamed by Left Door Streaming from The 1905
August 15 and 16, 2020, 5-7 p.m. both nights!

Integer Saturday, 8/15, 5 p.m.

Integer is a Portland-based jazz trio led by composer and pianist Todd Marston, with bassist Andrew Jones and drummer Micah Hummel. Marston’s compositions are accessible, propelled by strong grooves, they juxtapose singable melodies with complex harmonic textures.

Ron Steen Trio Sunday, 8/16, 5pm

Ron Steen, who was recently honored as a Jazz Journalist Association 2020 Jazz Hero, is a local jazz legend. This concert will feature Ron Steen with pianist George Mitchell and bassist Perry Thoorsell.

“For the past 50 years, Steen has been a paragon of integrity and consistency in the Portland jazz community. As a jam session host, he is congenial and supportive, giving everyone a chance, at least once. As a bandleader and hired gun, he can rise to any creative challenge the music has to offer, with fierce intelligence and finely honed chops.”  —Rick Mitchell

OCF Covid Relief Fund Awarded to Expand Education Programs

Montavilla Jazz has received funding from Oregon Community Foundation’s Covid Relief Fund to continue their jazz education programs in Montavilla schools in 2020-21. The $7,000 grant will fully fund an expansion of Montavilla Jazz Artist-in-Residence adding a third school and reaching approximately three hundred 4th and 5th graders.

Montavilla Jazz Artist-in-Residence 2020-2021 will serve students at three Montavilla public schools (Bridger K-8, Vestal School, and Harrison Park) This program provides essential arts and culture experiences to children from historically marginalized communities in these underserved schools. By sharing the cultural heritage of jazz, Montavilla Jazz hopes to create a sense of belonging to a proud creative tradition, foster ownership of the artistic practices of that tradition, and share opportunities for inclusion in music and art making.

RACC Award Funds Montavilla Jazz Film Series

Very soon Montavilla Jazz will announce details about Montavilla Jazz Presents: The Portland Sound Film Series. The film series is partially funded by Regional Arts & Culture Council and features six Portland jazz artists in collaboration with five local filmmakers collaborating to create an original work filmed at unique locations within the Montavilla neighborhood and presented as a series of concert films for 2021 screenings.


  • For more information, please visit montavillajazz.org and www.facebook.com/montavillajazz

About Montavilla Jazz: The mission of Montavilla Jazz is to support and strengthen local music culture and enrich our community by showcasing the best of Portland jazz. Montavilla Jazz is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


UPDATE: April 19th Season Reveal Postponed

UPDATE: April 19th Season Reveal Postponed

Dear Montavilla Jazz Supporters and Friends,   

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we have decided to postpone our April 19th Season Reveal Fundraiser event until Summer 2020 (date and time TBA). Montavilla Jazz is committed to keeping our jazz community safe during these challenging times. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this public health crisis.

For those who have already purchased tickets, we will honor those at the rescheduled event. If for some reason you are at risk or have a financial hardship we can arrange a refund (we will accept refund requests until May 31).

As you know it is a difficult time for all arts nonprofits. We thank you for your support. If you can please continue to contribute to your favorite arts organizations. 

If you have any questions about tickets or to request a refund please contact Ticket Tomato at (800) 820-9884.

Thank you,

Neil Mattson
Executive Director
Montavilla Jazz

The 5th Anniversary Montavilla Jazz Festival Spotlights Musicians at Forefront of Portland’s Jazz Scene

The 5th Anniversary Montavilla Jazz Festival Spotlights Musicians at Forefront of Portland’s Jazz Scene


The 5th Anniversary Montavilla Jazz Festival Spotlights Musicians at Forefront of Portland’s Jazz Scene

Explore new frontiers in jazz with the most innovative and influential local artists
August 18–19, 2018, at Portland Metro Arts, day passes $15

PORTLAND, Oregon—August 8, 2018—What is jazz? More importantly, where is it headed? At the Montavilla Jazz Festival (MJF), the future of the art form is at the forefront of the experience. With Portland artists from across the spectrum of expression, attendees will hear musical pioneers exploring new frontiers in jazz.

Now in its fifth year, MJF 2018 takes place at comfortably air-conditioned Portland Metro Arts, 9003 SE Stark Street, Portland, Oregon on August 18–19, 2018. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, MJF’s mission is to support local artists while creating an accessible cultural experience for all. The full festival lineup, schedule, and ticketing information is available at www.montavillajazzfest.com.

Festival Details

  • Location: Portland Metro Arts, 9003 SE Stark Street, Portland, Oregon, on August 18–19, 2018. Both days the doors and box office open at 1:00 pm, with the festival starting promptly at 1:30 p.m..
  • Day Passes: General admission day passes will be available for purchase only at the box office during festival hours. General Admission Day Passes are $15, and a portion of ticket sales benefit the Montavilla Schools Music Fund. Youth 12 and under are admitted free.
  • Presale Tickets: Limited Reserved ($25) and VIP Stageside tickets ($50) for individual concerts available for purchase online at: https://www.tickettomato.com/event_group/233/montavilla-jazz-festival-18
  • Limited Reserved and VIP Stageside tickets also provide General Admission access to all other shows on the same day.
  • Parking: To help meet our urban sustainability goals, attendees are encouraged to use public and alternative transportation options. On-street parking is available in the neighborhood surrounding Portland Metro Arts.

Montavilla Jazz Festival 2018 Features Local Artists with World-Class Talent

“The artists featured at this year’s festival are truly creating new frontiers in jazz,” said Ryan Meagher, programming director of MJF. “Our goal is to support local jazz artists and provide a wonderful cultural experience for the community while shining a light on the need for music education. With the support of the Montavilla community, donors, festival sponsors, and the work of many volunteers, we are honored to present a dynamic music festival that is as unique as the city of Portland.”

Several extraordinary local musicians will perform new compositions as well as host visiting world-class musicians in their ensembles at MJF 2018. Check out the full artist schedule below and visit montavillajazzfest.com for more information on the artists performing at MJF 2018.

Festival headliner, jazz pianist, Randy Porter has a refined understanding of improvisation and the spontaneous communication among musicians. Jazz writer and radio host Lynn Darroch stated, “Porter has built a reputation as a musician’s musician, a knowledgeable, inventive, and sophisticated player with a remarkable sense of time and gorgeous keyboard facility.”

Nominated for the 60th Grammy Awards, Porter’s recent release Porter Plays Porter with vocalist Nancy King is a mix of swing, harmony, and lyrical adventure. In the spirit of Cannonball Adderley and Nancy Wilson, King’s vocal stylings are interspersed with instrumental tracks featuring the Randy Porter Trio. John Wiitala on bass will be joined by guest Portland legend Alan Jones (replacing Todd Strait) on drums for Porter’s MJF 2018 performance.

Nancy King has been called everything from a “cult figure” and an “uncompromising artist” (Earshot Jazz) to “the greatest living jazz singer” (Herb Ellis). As one of the few improvisers in vocal jazz to master the vocabulary, King has “indefatigable scat chops and a remarkably elastic range” (the Oregonian).

Additionally, top artists on the Portland jazz scene will be performing throughout the festival. Highlights include Nicole Glover Quartet; Dmitri Matheny and Darrell Grant; Farnell Newton; and James Miley with the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble (PJCE).

“Artistic expression is the foundation of a free-thinking and culturally rich society,” said Douglas Detrick, executive director of PJCE. “What we love about the Montavilla Jazz Festival is the encouragement from the community to take risks, explore new territories, and express ideas that can resonate across boundaries.”

PJCE will perform with award-winning composer James Miley and unveil his new composition, Watershed Suite. Miley’s new work honors Oregon’s diverse waterways, from the mighty Columbia to the serenity of Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge.

Schedule of Artists: Montavilla Jazz Festival 2018

Saturday, August 18, 2018 (doors open at 1:00 pm)

  • 1:30 p.m. – Shao Way Wu: Salting
    Lineup: Shao Way Wu, bass; Randy Porter, piano; Jason Palmer, drums.
  • 2:50 p.m. – George Colligan: Other Barry
    Lineup: George Colligan, keyboards; Enzo Irace, guitar; Micah Hummel, drums.
  • 4:10 p.m. – Ryan Meagher’s Evil Twin
    Lineup: Ryan Meagher and Mike Gamble, guitars; Tim Willcox, tenor sax; Lee Elderton, woodwinds; Charlie Doggett and Tim DuRoche, drums.
  • 5:30 p.m. – PJCE featuring James Miley: Watershed Suite
    Lineup: Ian Christensen, soprano sax; Idit Shner, alto sax, clarinet; Tim Willcox, tenor sax; Andy Rayborn, bari sax, bass clarinet; Thomas Barber, trumpet; Douglas Detrick, trumpet;  Matt Hettwer, trombone; Denzel Mendoza, trombone; James Miley, composition, piano; Ryan Meagher, guitar; Andrew Jones, bass; Jonas Oglesbee, drums.
  • 6:50 p.m. – Farnell Newton: Evolution
    Lineup: Farnell Newton, trumpet; Kyle Molitor, trombone; Charlie Brown III, piano; Peter Knudsen, bass; Tyrone Hendrix, drums.
  • 8:10 p.m. – Nicole Glover Quartet
    Lineup: Nicole Glover, tenor sax; George Colligan, piano; Jon Lakey, bass; Alan Jones, drums.

Sunday, August 19, 2018 (doors open at 1:00 pm)

  • 1:30 p.m. – Alan Jones: Social Music
    Lineup: Alan Jones, drums; Joe Manis, tenor sax; Randy Porter, piano; Jon Lakey, bass.
  • 2:50 p.m. – Christopher Brown: Art of the Dialog
    Lineup: Christopher Brown, drums; John Nastos, alto sax; George Colligan, piano; David Captein, bass.
  • 4:10 p.m. – Creative Music Guild: Sound Foundry
    Lineup: Jimmie Herrod, vocals; John Savage, reeds; Mike Gamble, guitar; Andrew Jones, bass; Chris Johnedis, drums.
  • 5:30 p.m. – Tim Willcox: Superjazzers
    Lineup: Tim Willcox, tenor sax; David Goldblatt, piano; Bill Athens, bass; Charlie Doggett, drums.
  • 6:50 p.m. – Dmitri Matheny and Darrell Grant
    Lineup: Dmitri Matheny, trumpet, Darrell Grant, piano; Eric Gruber, bass; Michael Raynor, drums.
  • 8:10 p.m. – Randy Porter Trio with Nancy King
    Lineup: Randy Porter, piano; Nancy King, vocals; John Wiitala, bass; Alan Jones, drums.

Back in 2018! Jazz Lounge & PROWUS Student Stage

With the support of our generous Jazz Lounge and Student Stage sponsors PROWUS, East Glisan Pizza Lounge, Montavilla Brew Works, and Teutonic Wine Company, Montavilla Jazz Festival 2018 is excited to present performances by talented rising young local musicians. Student performances will be scheduled throughout both days of the festival inside Portland Metro Arts in our air-conditioned Jazz Lounge!

Enjoy handcrafted pizza by East Glisan Pizza Lounge and award-winning beer brewed by Montavilla Brew Works while listening to the next generation of local jazz artists perform between Main Stage sets.

Beverages are permitted in the air-conditioned Main Stage theater performance space and the Jazz Lounge.

Saturday Night After-Hours Jam Session at East Glisan Pizza

To celebrate the community spirit of the festival, we continue the tradition of hosting an after-hours jam session at East Glisan Pizza Lounge on Saturday (8/18) evening from 9:00 pm to midnight.

The session will be hosted by the Alan Jones Academy of Music as part of the acclaimed AJAM series of jam sessions and educational events. Musicians from across the city are encouraged to participate, with many festival performers participating on stage and hanging out in the audience.

East Glisan Pizza Lounge is located at 8001 NE Glisan Street, Portland, OR 97213.

Arts for All and Work for Art Programs Make the Festival Accessible to Everyone

As one of America’s original art forms, jazz music has a strong legacy of being created by the people, for the people. It is important for the Montavilla Jazz Festival to continue the tradition by helping to make the festival accessible to everyone.

The Montavilla Jazz Festival is proud to be a member of the Arts for All program, administered by the Regional Arts and Culture Council. Everyone enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is eligible to purchase up to two (2) Montavilla Jazz Festival passes for $5 per pass when they present their SNAP Oregon Trail Card at the box office.

Work for Art is a program of the Regional Arts & Culture Council serving the Portland, Oregon metropolitan region. Work for Art’s Arts cardholders can get 2-for-1 General Admission Passes (subject to availability).

TICKETS: Passes at the box office during festival hours with Arts Card and Photo ID. Re-entry is not guaranteed. No refunds.

Community Support for Arts and Education

We are delighted that Montavilla/East Tabor Business Association is a lead sponsor of Montavilla Jazz Festival 2018. Our shared vision of community building and support for youth education initiatives, like our Montavilla Schools Music Fund, is a perfect match for the festival and provides critical support for local budding artists. Together, we are supporting a thriving, diverse community. We thank the Montavilla business community for their support, along with more than 75 sponsors of the festival, including our lead partners, KMHD Jazz Radio (89.1 FM), The Skanner, Montavilla/East Tabor Business Association, and our Main Stage sponsors, Portland Piano Company, Sound Doctor PDX, and Revival Drum Shop.

In addition to an incredible lineup of emcees to support the event onsite, we are honored to have former NAACP Portland Branch president, Jo Ann Hardesty; Oregon House Member, Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer; Matt Fleeger, Programming Director, KMHD Jazz Radio (89.1 FM); and Stephen Rice, President, Montavilla/East Tabor Business Association, join us at the festival as special guest speakers. The broad support from both the public and private sector, along with individual donors, volunteers, sponsors, and partners is a strong indication of the overwhelmingly positive support and sense of community in East Portland.

Get Involved and Stay Connected

If you are interested in getting involved in the festival for sponsorship or volunteer opportunities, please use the contact information listed below. A healthy artistic community creates a vibrant and open society. Please join us at the festival and support local jazz!

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  • For more information: www.montavillajazzfest.com and www.facebook.com/montavillajazzfestival.
  • Purchase Limited Reserved and VIP Stageside tickets: https://www.tickettomato.com/event_group/233/montavilla-jazz-festival-18

About Montavilla Jazz Festival

The Montavilla Jazz Festival is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports and strengthens local music culture and enriches the community by showcasing the best of Portland’s originally composed, progressive jazz.