MJF 2018 Artists

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Headliner: Randy Porter Trio with Nancy King

Sunday, August 19, 8:10 p.m.
Portland jazz master Randy Porter performs music from his Grammy-nominated album Porter Plays Porter, featuring Nancy King, and new music created for this MJF 2018 set. Read More

David Friesen

Farnell Newton | Evolution

Saturday, August 18, 6:50 p.m.
Revitalizing jazz, funk, and soul with a new twist, Farnell Newton has been stirring up a ton of noise in the Northwest music scene. Read More

Andre St. James Sound Ensemble with George Sams

George Colligan | Other Barry

Saturday, August 18, 2:50 p.m.
Downbeat poll-winning pianist and Portland State professor George Colligan leads a powerhouse fusion trio and unleashes a new release on PJCE Records. Read More

Ron Steen

Alan Jones | Social Music

Sunday, August 19, 1:30 p.m.
Alan Jones’s Social Music aims to create a refreshing atmosphere of relaxed comradery, with music that is accessible and engaging for audiences. Read More

Rich Halley 5 with Vince Golia

Nicole Glover Quartet

Saturday, August 18, 8:10 p.m.
This New York City rising star and Portland hometown hero returns to perform an energetic acoustic set with Portland jazz masters. Read More

PJCE with Jasnam Daya Singh

PJCE featuring James Miley | Watershed Suite

Saturday, August 18, 5:30 p.m.
In a new suite, renowned composer James Miley honors Oregon’s diverse waterways, from the mighty Columbia to the serenity of Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge. Read More

Rebecca Kilgore

Christopher Brown | Art of the Dialog

Sunday, August 19, 2:50 p.m.
The busiest jazz group in Portland performs for the first time at Montavilla Jazz Festival, presenting a set that explores the dialogue between artist and audience. Read More

Trio Subtonic with Dan Balmer

Ryan Meagher's Evil Twin

Saturday, August 18, 4:10 p.m.
Acclaimed for his compositional acumen, Ryan Meagher and his double trio spontaneously compose a set and celebrate their newest release. Read More

Blue Cranes

Dmitri Matheny and Darrell Grant

Sunday, August 19, 6:50 p.m.
Longtime duo partners Dmitri Matheny and Darrell Grant lead an all-star quartet in a performance of new chamber jazz works. Read More

Ezra Weiss Sextet

Tim Willcox Superjazzers

Sunday, August 19, 5:30 p.m.
Tim Willcox’s saxophone sings and, at times, broods passionately and inventively in the vein of Jan Garbarek, as well as modern master Rick Margitza. Read More

Joe Manis

Creative Music Guild | Sound Foundry

Sunday, August 19, 4:10 p.m.
One of Portland’s most adventurous musical organizations hosts an improvised set with top-flight instrumentalists. Read More

Quadraphonnes + Andrew Durkin

Shao Way Wu | Salting

Saturday, August 18, 1:30 p.m.
Portland bassist Shao Way Wu’s collaborative project, Salting, features Randy Porter and Jason Palmer performing new compositions that examine the role of truth in today’s society. Read More