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Montavilla Jazz Festival 2017

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Portland Metro Arts
9003 SE Stark St.

Aug. 19, 2017, 2 p.m.


The very best in Portland jazz

Now in its fourth year, Montavilla Jazz Festival (MJF) is a two-day festival that showcases the very best in original Portland jazz. While other festivals focus on international acts, legacy heavy hitters, or other mainstream jazz, MJF instead supports and strengthens local culture by highlighting the freshest, most exciting original compositions from Portland’s eclectic and vibrant jazz scene. Taking place annually at nonprofit performing arts space Portland Metro Arts, MJF offers Portlanders a unique and accessible way to join Portland’s finest musicians as they chart new frontiers in jazz. The 2017 MJF will host 12 performances over two days, and is headlined by Portland’s own Essiet Okon Essiet. The acclaimed bassist has performed and recorded with notable musicians ranging from Freddie Hubbard to Kenny Burrell to Art Farmer.

MJF mission and background

The mission of Montavilla Jazz Festival is not only to bolster Portland’s dynamic jazz culture, but also to enrich the local community. Like the neighborhood that serves as its home, MJF is a progressive, diverse, locally minded event that offers Montavilla residents an opportunity to come together, form connections and plug into Portland jazz.