About the Montavilla Jazz Festival

Musical Philosophy and Background

Held in the Montavilla neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, the mission of the Montavilla Jazz Festival (MJF) is to support and strengthen local music culture and to enrich our community by showcasing the best of Portland’s originally composed, progressive jazz. While other festivals focus on international acts, legacy heavy hitters, or more mainstream jazz, MJF showcases the best of Portland-based artists–and they’re chosen based solely on their skill and creativity.

After the successful 2014 and 2015 seasons, MJF will happen again in 2016, at Portland Metro Arts, a non-profit community center for arts education and performance.

MJF is underwritten entirely by its sponsors. All revenue in excess of expenses will be saved to fund next year’s festival and to enhance music education (see below). Contributions made toward MJF are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Montavilla Jazz Festival is a project of the Montavilla Neighborhood Association and is fiscally sponsored by SE Uplift, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and coalition of twenty Portland neighborhoods.

Dates and location

When: Saturday and Sunday, August 20 and 21, 2016
Where: Portland Metro Arts, 9003 SE Stark, Portland, OR 97216

Montavilla Neighborhood Association

Montavilla is a fantastic, unique place to live, being one of Portland’s largest and most diverse neighborhoods. As one of our city’s officially recognized neighborhood associations, Montavilla Neighborhood Association (MNA) supports neighbors in their efforts to engage with each other and carry out creative projects to improve community life. Examples of current and recent MNA projects and efforts include:

  • Funding projects such as concerts in the park at Berrydale Park, and, through a small grants program, varied projects at neighborhood public schools
  • Advocating for public safety improvements, including improved pedestrian safety on neighborhood streets; hosting an annual National Night Out event
  • Holding the MNA Annual Cleanup, which allows neighbors to dispose of recyclable and unwanted items and conducting ongoing street cleanup

To foster engagement, MNA holds general membership meetings every second Monday of the month (August and December excepted). MNA also periodically hosts problem-solving workshops focused on specific topics, as well as socials where neighbors can connect informally. MNA hosts one of Portland’s largest and most active Facebook groups. Please attend one of MNA’s regular meetings or engage with MNA online. MNA exists to support neighbors in Montavilla!

Montavilla Schools Music Fund

The Montavilla Neighborhood Association and the MJF team are dedicated to enriching the lives of Montavilla residents by supporting our neighborhood schools and their music education programs. To learn about the Montavilla Schools Music Fund (MSMF), please visit the MSMF page.


Organizers Aaron Hayman—art director Neil Mattson—development director Ryan Meagher—programming director Support Team Suzanne Bader—volunteer coordinator Sam Foulger—assistant Louise Hoff—development assistant Austin Stewart—communications Jennifer Tamayo––project coordinator, liaison to MNA Luby Wind—volunteer assistant Production Rick Gordon—sound engineer Ryan Meagher—production lead Emcees Tom D’Antoni Lynn Darroch Deborah DeMoss Smith Nick Fish Daniel Flessas Alissa Keny-Guyer Ben Turner Website Tina Granzo—webmaster, blog Aaron Hayman—graphic designer Kristin Thiel—editor Program Aaron Hayman—graphic designer Kristin Thiel—editor Photography Kathryn Elsesser Aaron Hayman