About Montavilla Jazz Festival 2017

The very best in Portland jazz

Now in its fourth year, Montavilla Jazz Festival (MJF) is a two-day festival that showcases the very best in original Portland jazz. While other festivals focus on international acts, legacy heavy hitters, or other mainstream jazz, MJF instead supports and strengthens local culture by highlighting the freshest, most exciting original compositions from Portland’s eclectic and vibrant jazz scene. Taking place annually at nonprofit performing arts space Portland Metro Arts, MJF offers Portlanders a unique and accessible way to join Portland’s finest musicians as they chart new frontiers in jazz. The 2017 MJF will host 12 performances over two days, and is headlined by Portland’s own Essiet Okon Essiet. The acclaimed bassist has performed and recorded with notable musicians ranging from Freddie Hubbard to Kenny Burrell to Art Farmer.

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 50 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.

Making an impact in Montavilla

The passion of organizers, artists, sponsors, partners and volunteers makes a big impact. In 2016, more than 500 attendees over two days witnessed 12 performances featuring 65 performers. Just as crucially, because of the hard work of its supporters, MJF is able to donate a portion of the proceeds from every ticket to the Montavilla Schools Music Fund. This money funds a variety of music education grants, which are open to the four public schools that serve Montavilla families. These grants support music education, encouraging the next generation of great jazz artists. To date MJF has granted $3,000 to Montavilla neighborhood schools.

Montavilla Schools Music Fund

Due in part to declining funding, Montavilla’s four public schools offer only limited opportunities for music education. To bolster music education, MJF earmarks a portion of each ticket sold to the Montavilla Schools Fund (MSMF). Neighborhood public schools then have the opportunity to apply for grants funded by these proceeds. To learn about the Montavilla Schools Music Fund (MSMF), please visit the MSMF page.

Join us in support of our community!

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MJF 2017 dates and location

When: Saturday and Sunday, August 19-20, 2017
Where: Portland Metro Arts, 9003 SE Stark, Portland, OR 97216

Credits

Board of Directors
Neil Mattson—President, Festival Director
Ryan Meagher—Secretary, Programming Director
Beth Buffetta––Treasurer
Aaron Hayman—At Large Director, Art Director

Advisory Council
Stephen E. Blackman––Partner, Brownstein Rask, LLP

Support Team
Luby Wind—volunteer consultant
Trevor Forbess—communications coordinator
Donna Cruz-Moreno—MSMF grants chair
Kim Morris—newsletter
Patrick Caldwell—development assistant
Fran —volunteer assistant
Margaret Lamb––volunteer assistant

Production
Ryan Meagher—production lead
Trevor Forbess—production manager
Rick Gordon—sound engineer
Ron Wilson—lighting technician

Emcees
Carmen Blanchard
Steven Cantor (KBOO)
Celeste Carey (KBOO)
Deborah DeMoss Smith (KMHD)

Website
Patrick Caldwell—writer
Tina Granzo—webmaster, blog
Aaron Hayman—graphic designer
Kristin Thiel—editor

Program
Patrick Caldwell—writer
Aaron Hayman—graphic designer
Kristin Thiel—editor

Photography
Kathryn Elsesser
Aaron Hayman

Videography
Ryan Startz