About the 11th Annual 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. 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!


Fetival dates and locations

The 11th Annual Montavilla Jazz Festival will run August 30th through September 1st, 2024 with concerts across the city featuring original jazz by world-class local artists. The lineup will be announced on Monday, May 20, 2024.

Photo by Kathryn Elsesser.


Board of Directors

Neil Mattson—Executive Director
Marcia Hocker—Vice President
Nancy Mitchell—Secretary
Steve Mitchell—Treasurer
Kim Harrison
Aaron Hayman
Katherine Sharp

Resource Council

Stephen Blackman—Brownstein Rask
Donna Cruz-Moreno—PJCE

Douglas Detrick—Substrate Arts Consulting
Darrell Grant—PSU
Fritz Hirsch—IRCO
Don Lucoff—DL Music Media
Pancho Savery—Reed College
George Thorn—RACC

With support from:

Ron & Jean Boesl
Regional Arts & Culture Council
Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation
Oregon Community Foundation
Mr Plywood
Jeremy & Joan Mattson
Accelerator Design Studios, Inc.
Washman LLC
James F & Marion L Miller Foundation
Montavilla Sewing Center
Oregon Arts Commission
Prosper Portland
OnPoint Community Credit Union
Bret Brantner
Sami Khawaja
Katherine Mattson
Autzen Foundation
New Music USA
East Glisan Pizza Lounge
Truman Heartland Community Foundation
Elizabeth Booher
Fix Auto East Portland
Riverview Bank
Randy P Lifshotz
Barbara Newell
Eric Busch
Bipartisian Cafe
Mt Tabor Middle School Foundation