Above George Colligan

It’s August and the Montavilla Jazz Festival (MJF) is the perfect way to celebrate the dog days of summer. This is the Fest’s 3rd year and Portland Metro Arts, 9300 Stark St., hosts these two days of innovative music, Saturday and Sunday, August 20 and 21.

This year, the festival’s headliner is Portland composer and multi-instrumentalist George Colligan. He performs opening night with Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble and unveiling a new composition, Fathers and Sons. On the second evening Colligan is in a piano trio setting with Boris Kozlov (bassist and musical director for Mingus Big Band) and Rudy Royston (drummer for Bill Frisell and Ravi Coltrane).

Scenes: Johnson, Stowell and Bishop

Scenes: Johnson, Stowell and Bishop

Other highlights include Trio Uncontrollable with guitarist Dan Balmer; Jeff Baker Phrases with pianist Darrell Grant; Batida Diferente. pianist/composer Kerry Politzer; and Scenes, guitarist John Stowell, bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer John Bishop.

General admission day passes are available at the box office only during festival hours on a sliding scale from $10-$25. A portion of ticket sales benefit the Montavilla Schools Music Fund. As a project of the Montavilla Neighborhood Association, MJF’s mission is to support local artists while creating an accessible cultural experience for all.

“The artists featured are truly creating new frontiers in jazz,” said Fritz Hirsch, managing director of MJF.

Montavilla Jazz Festival is a member of the Arts for All program, administered by RACC. Anyone enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is eligible to purchase up to two (2) Jazz Festival passes for $5 per pass when they present their SNAP Oregon Trail Card at the box office.

See the whole schedule at montavillajazzfest.com