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.

charlie porter playing trumpet

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

Nancy Mitchell—Secretary
Steve Mitchell—Treasurer
Kim Harrison
Marcia Hocker
Katherine Sharp

Resource Council

Hobie Bender—Bipartisan Cafe
Stephen Blackman—Brownstein Rask
Donna Cruz-Moreno—PJCE

Deborah DeMoss Smith—KMHD
Douglas Detrick
Pete Emerson—Bipartisan Cafe
Darrell Grant—PSU
Fritz Hirsch—IRCO
Don Lucoff—DL Music Media
Pancho Savery—Reed College
George Thorn—RACC