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Montavilla Jazz Festival
Published: 13 August 2018

At the Montavilla Jazz Festival (MJF), the future of jazz is at the forefront of the experience. With Portland artists from across the spectrum of expression, attendees will hear musical pioneers exploring new frontiers in jazz.

Now in its fifth year, MJF 2018 takes place at comfortably air­conditioned Portland Metro Arts, 9003 SE Stark Street, Portland, Oregon on August 18–19, 2018. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, MJF’s mission is to support local artists while creating an accessible cultural experience for all. The full festival lineup, schedule (which includes Farnell Newton, Pleasure and Nancy King) and ticketing information is available at www.montavillajazzfest.com.


Festival Details:

  • Location: Portland Metro Arts, 9003 SE Stark Street, Portland, Oregon, on Aug. 18–19, 2018. Both days the doors and box office open at 1:00 pm, with the festival starting promptly at 1:30 p.m..
  • Day Passes: General admission day passes will be available for purchase only at the box office during festival hours. General Admission Day Passes are $15, and a portion of ticket sales benefit the Montavilla Schools Music Fund. Youth 12 and under are admitted  free.
  • Presale Tickets: Limited Reserved ($25) and VIP Stageside tickets ($50) for individual concerts available for purchase online at: https://www.tickettomato.com/event_group/233/montavilla­jazz­festival­18. Limited Reserved and VIP Stageside tickets also provide General Admission access to all other shows on the same day.
  • Parking: To help meet our urban sustainability goals, attendees are encouraged to use public and alternative transportation options. On­street parking is available in the neighborhood surrounding Portland Metro Arts.


Schedule of Artists:

Saturday, August 18, 2018 (doors open at 1:00 pm)

  • 1:30 p.m. – Shao Way Wu: Salting - Shao Way Wu, bass; Randy Porter, piano; Jason Palmer, drums.
  • 2:50 p.m. – George Colligan: Other Barry - George Colligan, keyboards; Enzo Irace, guitar; Micah Hummel, drums.
  • 4:10 p.m. – Ryan Meagher’s Evil Twin - Ryan Meagher and Mike Gamble, guitars; Tim Willcox, tenor sax; Lee Elderton, woodwinds; Charlie Doggett and Tim DuRoche, drums.
  • 5:30 p.m. – PJCE featuring James Miley: Watershed Suite - Ian Christensen, soprano sax; Idit Shner, alto sax, clarinet; Tim Willcox, tenor sax; Andy Rayborn, bari sax, bass clarinet; Thomas Barber, trumpet; Douglas Detrick, trumpet; Matt Hettwer, trombone; Denzel Mendoza, trombone; James Miley, composition, piano; Ryan Meagher, guitar; Andrew Jones, bass; Jonas Oglesbee, drums.
  • 6:50 p.m. – Farnell Newton: Evolution - Farnell Newton, trumpet; Kyle Molitor, trombone; Charlie Brown III, piano; Peter Knudsen, bass; Tyrone Hendrix, drums.
  • 8:10 p.m. – Nicole Glover Quartet - Nicole Glover, tenor sax; George Colligan, piano; Jon Lakey, bass; Alan Jones, drums.

Sunday, August 19, 2018 (doors open at 1:00 pm)

  • 1:30 p.m. – Alan Jones: Social Music - Alan Jones, drums; Joe Manis, tenor sax; Randy Porter, piano; Jon Lakey, bass.
  • 2:50 p.m. – Christopher Brown: Art of the Dialog - Christopher Brown, drums; John Nastos, alto sax; George Colligan, piano; David Captein, bass.
  • 4:10 p.m. – Creative Music Guild: Sound Foundry - Jimmie Herrod, vocals; John Savage, reeds; Mike Gamble, guitar; Andrew Jones, bass; Chris Johnedis, drums.
  • 5:30 p.m. – Tim Willcox: Superjazzers - Tim Willcox, tenor sax; David Goldblatt, piano; Bill Athens, bass; Charlie Doggett, drums.
  • 6:50 p.m. – Dmitri Matheny and Darrell Grant - Dmitri Matheny, trumpet, Darrell Grant, piano; Eric Gruber, bass; Michael Raynor, drums.
  • 8:10 p.m. – Randy Porter Trio with Nancy King - Randy Porter, piano; Nancy King, vocals; John Wiitala, bass; Alan Jones, drums. 

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