2016 Montavilla Jazz Festival Artists

George Colligan

George Colligan Trio with Boris Kozlov and Rudy Royston

“George Colligan has been enjoying an increasingly visible profile and continually takes giant leaps forward.” – JazzTimes
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Jeff Baker - Phrases featuring Darrell Grant

Jeff Baker - Phrases featuring Darrell Grant

Called “…one of the best male vocalists in the jazz world today” by WCLK in Atlanta, Jeff Baker has quickly become one of the most significant talents in the next generation of jazz vocalists. The 2016 Montavilla Jazz Festival will mark the world premier of Phrases.
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The 3 Trumpet Band

The 3 Trumpet Band

“…terrific writing and playing! Funky great grooves, beautiful voicings, cool harmonies and the playing is KILLIN!!!” –Rick Hammett, Boston trumpeter/entrepreneur
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Todd Bishop

Todd Bishop

…a strange and excellent musical experience…
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PJCE

George Colligan: "Fathers and Sons" with the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble

A new suite of music penned exclusively for this performance with one of Portland’s most exciting large jazz ensembles.
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Batida Diferente

Batida Diferente

Brazilian jazz standards and originals with an exciting jazz twist.
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The Gordon Lee Quartet featuring Warren Rand

The Gordon Lee Quartet featuring Warren Rand

“Lee is a master…” – All About Jazz;
“[Lee’s music is] soulful, insinuating, or both…” – JazzTimes
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Thomas Barber’s Spiral Road

Thomas Barber’s Spiral Road

Simple melodic material interwoven with complex rhythm and harmony.
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Trio Uncontrollable

Trio Uncontrollable featuring Dan Balmer

Unpredictable, unfettered, uncontrolled, deconstructed, groove-based, soul-based, solo-based, individual teamwork jazz and beyond.
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Scenes

Scenes

“Considerably absorbing…Dynamically astute and rhythmically sensitive, this is very satisfying music, the kind of interactive jazz that doesn’t hit you over the head as much as insinuate itself into your consciousness.” – Cadence Magazine
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The InBetweens

The InBetweens

“This exploratory trio belongs to a social network of musicians who filter jazz protocols through an indie-rock lens.” – Nate Chinen New York Times;
“The Inbetweens are dangerous in the best way. Check out their newest and mightiest salvo NOW!” – Nels Cline, guitarist (WILCO, Nels Cline Singers)
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Jessika Smith Big Band

Jessika Smith Big Band

The Sound of the New Big Band; “Jessika Smith is a composer whose language speaks to every milestone of her genre…” – Sean Ongley/Thru Magazine
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