2017 Montavilla Jazz Festival Artists
“Essiet Essiet is, as always, a rock solid foundation on which the others build their improvisational construction.” – Seacoast Newsletter
“Bassist David Friesen is a phenomenon, a player whose musicianship, tone, time, and imagination are uncategorizable.” – Nat Hentoff
Portland bassist leads a groundbreaking set, featuring St. Louis avant-garde trumpeter, George Sams, and Bay Area violinist India Cooke.
Rich Halley quartet plus Los Angeles based multi-reed virtuoso Golia perform music from their most recent release The Outlier.
The nonprofit PJCE teams up with Brazilian-American composer, Jasnam Daya Singh, to premiere a brand new work, Ektah – The Unity Project.
One of America’s leading song stylists brings her quartet of well-known Portland jazz stalwarts for a captivating set of original songs.
“One of Portland’s brightest lights…evoking post-rock icons Sigur Ros and Godspeed You! Black Emperor.” – Downbeat
Internationally acclaimed composer/pianist Ezra Weiss leads an incredible sextet, comprised of world-class Portland-based musicians.
Rising saxophone star and SteepleChase recording artist leads a quartet that plays freewheeling, high energy jazz.