Thank you to the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble (PJCE) for their partnership with the Montavilla Jazz Festival! This local 12-piece jazz chamber orchestra commissions and performs original works, including the suite “Fathers and Sons” by George Colligan, which will premiere this Saturday night at MJF 2016

The PJCE’s mission is to commission and perform original works by jazz composers in the Portland music community and elsewhere and to engage and enrich community awareness and appreciation of contemporary music. They also operate a grassroots label, PJCE Records, which releases albums of original music by local jazz artists.

Executive Director, Doug Detrick had this to say about the PJCE’s partnership with MJF:

The PJCE is tremendously proud to be a MJF sponsor for the third year in a row. This festival is a jewel in the crown of Portland’s jazz scene for all kinds of people including musicians, students, fans, and people in the Montavilla neighborhood. We can’t wait to give the world premiere of George Colligan’s new suite “Fathers and Sons” on Saturday night!

(In 2015, the PJCE produced an episode of their “Beyond Category” podcast featuring interviews with MJF fans, musicians, and volunteers. Find it here.)

We’re thrilled to collaborate with this incredible Portland institution. If you would like to collaborate with them yourselves, they are always looking for new members!