About Montavilla Jazz Festival
The very best in Portland jazz
Montavilla Jazz Festival (MJF) is a three-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.
Montavilla Jazz Festival 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, Montavilla Jazz Festival relies on the contributions of local businesses, donors, and volunteers. Before a single ticket is sold, the resources needed to present our ninth festival will be raised in the form of sponsor cash and in-kind contributions. Montavilla Jazz is proud and grateful to be supported by dozens of local sponsors and community partners. All Montavilla Jazz events are supported by the dedicated volunteers who ensure everything runs smoothly. From the food and drink vendors to the volunteer who takes your ticket, every aspect of Montavilla Jazz Festival is infused with the spirit of the Montavilla neighborhood.
Join us in support of our community!.
Festival ’22 dates and location
When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 19-22, 2022
Where: Live-streamed from Portland Metro Arts, other in-person event locations TBA!
Photo by Kathryn Elsesser.
Board of Directors
Neil Mattson—Executive Director/Chair
Ryan Meagher—Programming Director
Aaron Hayman—Art Director
Hobie Bender—Bipartisan Cafe
Stephen Blackman—Brownstein Rask
Deborah DeMoss Smith—KMHD
Pete Emerson—Bipartisan Cafe
Don Lucoff—DL Music Media
Pancho Savery—Reed College