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Bringing Back Jazz Excellence!

Mt. Hood Jazz Festival Returns

The Mt. Hood Jazz Festival is returning to Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) from May 3-5, 2024, with a star-studded lineup of jazz musicians. Performing at the festival are acclaimed artists Joshua Redman, Hailey Niswanger, Etienne Charles and Creole Soul, Camille Thurman, Steve Spiegl Big Band, the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble, the Mt. Hood Jazz Collective, the MHCC Jazz Combo, Sherry Alves Brazilian Quartet, and the Randy Porter Trio.

Though many skilled performers will take the stage at this event, the jazz festival’s

overall mission is rooted in education. With 79 high school and middle school jazz

ensembles participating in this year’s festival, festival organizers hope to educate and inspire the jazz artists and audience of tomorrow.

 Etienne Charles

Career highlights among some of the performers include trumpet player Etienne

Charles being written into the US Congressional Record for his musical contributions

to Trinidad and Tobago as well as the rest of the world, and Hailey Niswanger

playing flute on Beyonce’s Grammy-winning song “Black Parade.”

“This weekend of music not only showcases world-class talent but also mirrors the

vibrant spirit of jazz, honoring its rich past and promising future. We hope the

community will join us for these exciting performances,” Director of Jazz Studies Dan

Davey said.


The festival will take place at Mt. Hood Community College at 26000 SE. Stark St. in

Gresham as well as other local venues, May 3-4. Ticket and schedule information can

be found at Prices for tickets vary depending on the day and

the type of ticket.



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