MJF 2017 Artists

Essiet Okon Essiet

Essiet Essiet IBO with Sylvia Cuenca

“Essiet Essiet is, as always, a rock solid foundation on which the others build their improvisational construction.” – Seacoast Newsletter
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David Friesen

David Friesen Quartet

“Bassist David Friesen is a phenomenon, a player whose musicianship, tone, time, and imagination are uncategorizable.”  – Nat Hentoff
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Andre St. James Sound Ensemble with George Sams

Andre St. James Sound Ensemble with George Sams

Portland bassist leads a groundbreaking set, featuring St. Louis avant-garde trumpeter George Sams and cellist Lori Goldston.
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Ron Steen

Ron Steen Quartet

Portland jazz legend brings a brand-new quartet to open Montavilla Jazz Festival 2017, playing energetic, swinging original tunes.
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Rich Halley 5 with Vince Golia

Rich Halley 5 with Vinny Golia

Rich Halley quartet plus Los Angeles based multi-reed virtuoso Golia perform music from their most recent release The Outlier.
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PJCE with Jasnam Daya Singh

PJCE with Jasnam Daya Singh

The nonprofit PJCE teams up with Brazilian-American composer, Jasnam Daya Singh, to premiere a brand new work, Ektah – The Unity Project.
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Rebecca Kilgore

Rebecca Kilgore

One of America’s top song stylists leads her quartet of well-known Portland jazz stalwarts in a captivating set of original songs.
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Trio Subtonic with Dan Balmer

Trio Subtonic with Dan Balmer

This groove-heavy power trio that blends genre bending funk with slow burning soul-jazz features Portland guitar legend Dan Balmer.
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Blue Cranes

Blue Cranes

“One of Portland’s brightest lights…evoking post-rock icons Sigur Ros and Godspeed You! Black Emperor.” – Downbeat
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Ezra Weiss Sextet

Ezra Weiss Sextet

Internationally acclaimed composer/pianist Ezra Weiss leads an incredible sextet comprised of world-class Portland-based musicians.
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Joe Manis

Joe Manis Double Drums Quartet

Rising saxophone star and SteepleChase recording artist leads a quartet that plays freewheeling, high energy jazz.
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Quadraphonnes + Andrew Durkin

Quadraphonnes + Andrew Durkin

The accomplished all-female saxophone quartet performs compositions of former Industrial Jazz Group leader, Andrew Durkin.
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