2017 Montavilla Jazz Festival Artists

Essiet Okon Essiet

Essiet Okon Essiet Quartet with Sylvia Cuenca

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

David Friesen

David Friesen Quartet

“Bassist David Friesen is a phenomenon, a player whose musicianship, tone, time, and imagination are uncategorizable.”  – Nat Hentoff

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 Bay Area violinist India Cooke.

Ron Steen

Ron Steen Quartet

Portland jazz legend brings a brand new quartet to open Montavilla Jazz Festival 2017 playing energetic, swinging original tunes.

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.

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.

Rebecca Kilgore

Rebecca Kilgore

One of America’s leading song stylists brings her quartet of well-known Portland jazz stalwarts for a captivating set of original songs.

Trio Subtonic with Dan Balmer

Trio Subtonic with Dan Balmer

A groove-heavy power trio that blends genre bending funk with slow burning soul-jazz.

Blue Cranes

Blue Cranes

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

Ezra Weiss Sextet

Ezra Weiss Sextet

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

Joe Manis

Joe Manis Double Drums Quartet

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

Quadraphonnes + Andrew Durkin

Quadraphonnes + Andrew Durkin

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