About Montavilla Jazz Festival

The very best in Portland jazz

Montavilla Jazz Festival (MJF) is a two-day festival that showcases the very best in Portland jazz. While other festivals focus on international acts, legacy heavy hitters, or mainstream jazz, MJF instead supports and strengthens local culture by highlighting emerging and established artists from Portland’s eclectic and vibrant jazz scene. Taking place annually, MJF offers Portlanders a unique and accessible way to join Portland’s finest musicians as they chart new frontiers in jazz.

charlie porter playing trumpet

MJF mission and background

The mission of Montavilla Jazz Festival is not only to bolster Portland’s dynamic jazz culture, but also to enrich the local community. Like the neighborhood that serves as its home, MJF is a progressive, diverse, locally minded event that offers Montavilla residents an opportunity to come together, form connections and plug into Portland jazz.

Built on neighborhood support

Both by and for the neighborhood, MJF relies on the contributions of local businesses and volunteers. Before a single ticket is sold, all the resources needed to present MJF are raised in the form of sponsor dollars and partner in-kind contributions. MJF is proud and grateful to be supported by more than 80 sponsors and partners. MJF is also entirely run by volunteers. More than 70 volunteers ensure that the festival weekend runs smoothly, while still more volunteers work on the festival throughout the year. From the food and drink vendors to the volunteer who takes your ticket, every aspect of MJF is infused with the spirit of the Montavilla neighborhood.

Join us in support of our community!

MJF 2021 dates and location

When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 20-22, 2021
Where: Live-streamed from Portland Metro Arts, other in-person event locations TBA!

Photo by Kathryn Elsesser.



Board of Directors

Neil Mattson—Executive Director
Ryan Meagher—Programming Director
Aaron Hayman—Art Director
Nancy Mitchell—Secretary
Steve Mitchell—Treasurer
Kim Harrison—At Large Director

Resource Council

Hobie Bender—Bipartisan Cafe
Stephen E. Blackman—Brownstein Rask
Donna Cruz-Moreno—PROWUS

Lynn Darroch—PJCE
Deborah DeMoss Smith—KMHD
Douglas Detrick—PJCE
Todd Dennis—East Glisan Pizza Lounge
Pete Emerson—Bipartisan Cafe
Darrell Grant—Portland State University
Fritz Hirsch—MJF founder
Marcia Hocker
Don Lucoff—DL Music Media
Pancho Savery—Reed College
George Thorn—RACC

Support Team

Kim Gumble—communications
Jeremy Reynolds—volunteers
Amy Theberge—events
Mary-Sue Tobin—jazz artist-in-residence
Jeffrey Chilton—MTMS Jazz Band


David Biggs—lighting
Rick Gordon—sound engineer
David Kays—main stage manager
George Manley—front of house manager
Ryuu Joy—student stage manager


Steven Cantor
Marcia Hocker
S. Renee Mitchell
Deborah DeMoss Smith


Tina Granzo—webmaster
Kristin Thiel—editor


Kathryn Elsesser
Aaron Hayman
Diane Russell