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.
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
Kim Harrison—At Large Director
Hobie Bender—Bipartisan Cafe
Stephen E. Blackman—Brownstein Rask
Deborah DeMoss Smith—KMHD
Todd Dennis—East Glisan Pizza Lounge
Pete Emerson—Bipartisan Cafe
Darrell Grant—Portland State University
Fritz Hirsch—MJF founder
Don Lucoff—DL Music Media
Pancho Savery—Reed College
Mary-Sue Tobin—jazz artist-in-residence
Jeffrey Chilton—MTMS Jazz Band
Rick Gordon—sound engineer
David Kays—main stage manager
George Manley—front of house manager
Ryuu Joy—student stage manager
S. Renee Mitchell
Deborah DeMoss Smith