• 2022 Mt. Hood Jazz Festival Lineup


  • Chris Potter Trio

    Chris Potter

    Chris Potter Trio
    Grammy Award nominated saxophonist Chris Potter is a world-class soloist, accomplished composer and formidable bandleader. His music showcases a vibrant sense of swing, prompting critics, musicians and fans alike to cite him as one of the finest saxophonists today. The New Yorker calls Potter, “a tenorist who can remind you of Joe Henderson at his craftiest.” With his 2019 album “Circuits,” Potter returned to groove, echoing music from his underground era. His new music blends a vibrant soundscape of electronics, melodies with unforgettable hooks and surprising turns of phrase, all played with relentless energy.

    Helen Sung Quartet

    Helen Sung

    Helen Sung
    Helen Sung is an acclaimed jazz pianist and composer, and a 2021 Guggenheim fellow. She eschewed her classical piano upbringing after a jazz epiphany during her undergraduate studies at UT Austin. Her recent releases, “Sung With Words” – a collaborative project with renowned poet Dana Gioia – and “Anthem For A New Day” topped the jazz charts. Her latest release “Quartet+” garnered a 4.5 star DownBeat review and inclusion in its "Best of 2021 Albums" list, and a JazzTimes cover story.

    Trio Uncontrollable Featuring Dan Balmer

    Trio Uncontrollable Featuring Dan Balmer

    Trio Uncontrollable Featuring Dan Balmer
    Experience unpredictable, unfettered, deconstructed, groove-based, soul-based jazz and beyond. Trio Uncontrollable brings together three unique voices from different disciplines, that result in surprising, in-the-moment jazz creativity. Combining the propulsive power of Jones' uncontainable drum set mastery, the super fat grooves of bass virtuoso Erskine, and Balmer's broad palette of guitar wizardry, the trio has wowed, moved, amazed and destroyed audiences for the last six years.

    Bridgetown Sextet

    Bridgetown Sextet

    Bridgetown Sextet
    Experience authentic and energetic 1920s and 30s jazz, stomp, blues and swing. Bridgetown Sextet creates a trademark sound evoking Creole New Orleans, the stomp of prohibition-era Chicago, raucous and wild 1920s Memphis and Kansas City, fast-paced Harlem stride piano, and the tight swing of depression-era Manhattan. They perform music by icons of early jazz, such as Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, James P. Johnson, King Oliver and Bix Beiderbecke, as well as lesser-known musical innovators, such as the Missourians, Fess Williams, Alex Hill and Jabbo Smith.

    Tony Pacini Trio

    Tony Pacini Trio

    Tony Pacini Trio
    In his hometown of Portland and throughout the West Coast, nightclub and festival audiences have enjoyed the jazz piano artistry of Tony Pacini. A mainstay of piano trio jazz interpretation, the Tony Pacini Trio albums have gained popularity in the Japanese jazz market since 2000. In addition to leading his trio, Pacini has been the pianist and musical director of the Mel Brown group for nearly 20 years, as well as producer of their release, "Live: An Evening With The Mel Brown Quartet."

    Shanghai Woolies

    Shanghai Woolies

    Shanghai Woolies
    The Shanghai Woolies capture the essence of the hot jazz era. They give this music a modern-twist and renewed vigor, and utilize every trick at their disposal. Anyone who pines to hear jazz the way it was once played in the early years will love the Shanghai Woolies. They evoke an era gone by in such a way as to make the music current. The Oregonian described their sound as, “a new twist on the music of the flapper era: jitterbug music, big band, swing. The raucous, slippery, foot-happy jazz you’d expect to hear at the legendary Cotton Club … hard to resist.”

    Ryan Meagher Trio

    Ryan Meagher Trio

    Ryan Meagher Trio
    Ryan Meagher is a Portland-based jazz guitarist, composer and educator. Jazz Journal called him, “the most interesting new guitarist on the scene since Pat Metheny.” JazzTimes remarked that his music was, “startlingly original stuff.” DownBeat noted that, “there’s a strong element of folksong in Meagher’s compositions, expressed by his singing melodies and commitment to the gravity and beauty of a balanced lyrical arc.”

    Sarah Clarke

    Sarah Clarke

    Sarah Clarke
    Sarah Clarke is a songwriter and vocalist, born and raised in Portland. Known for her power, range and dynamic performances, Sarah exudes a subtle mastery of her craft that leaves her audiences craving more. She gained widespread recognition touring North America with her band Dirty Revival and continues to wow audiences with the funk unit Outer Orbit. Additionally, she can be seen performing regularly with the Bay Area-based soul, psych-rock band Con Brio.

    Horsfall / Matheny Quartet

    Horsfall Matheny

    Horsfall / Matheny Quartet
    Mike Horsfall and Dmitri Matheny, on vibes and flugelhorn, have been collaborating at various events for several years. Individually they are masters, but together they inspire to new heights. Add the world-class experience of Tim Gilson and Todd Strait on bass and drums, and the grooves get deeper and deeper.

    Dmitri Matheny launched his career on the West Coast, gigged in New York City, then went international, traveling to 19 different countries performing with Motown and popular acts including The Temptations, Martha Reeves, and Frankie Avalon, among others. He has appeared in concert with Larry Coryell, Tommy Flanagan, Darrell Grant, and James Moody, to name just a few. Matheny’s discography lists over 120 albums on which he appears as a composer, arranger, producer, and performer. In 1999 he was awarded “Best New Artist” by the Jazz Times Readers Poll, along with Brad Mehldau, Stefan Harris, and Ravi Coltrane.

    Mike Horsfall has enjoyed a successful musical career for over 40 years, serving as concert soloist, accompanist, musical director, educator, composer, arranger, and recording artist on both vibraphone and piano. In 2010 Horsfall was voted into the Oregon Jazz Society’s Hall of Fame as a member of the award winning trio, Tall Jazz, which he co-founded in 1989. He has performed and recorded with a diverse group of world class acts, including Anat Cohen, Kurt Elling, Janis Siegel, Pink Martini, Valarie Day and Nu Shooz, the Portland Chamber Orchestra, Marv & Rindy Ross, Rebecca Kilgore, Marilyn Keller, and Darrell Grant, to name just a few. Horsfall is a tireless jazz educator, serving on the faculties of Willamette University, Mt. Hood Community College, Clark College, and Oregon Episcopal School.

    Ezra Weiss Big Band

    Ezra Weiss Big Band

    Ezra Weiss Big Band
    DownBeat describes composer/pianist Ezra Weiss as, “a bold, inspired figure in the contemporary jazz arranging scene.”He has released seven albums as a bandleader: “The Five A.M. Strut,” “Persephone,” “Get Happy,” “The Shirley Horn Suite,” “Our Path To This Moment,” “Before You Know It [Live in Portland]” and “We Limit Not the Truth of God.” All of these albums received substantial national and international acclaim, and spent significant time on the JazzWeek radio charts.

    Christopher Brown Quartet

    Christopher Brown Quartet

    Christopher Brown Quartet
    Christopher Brown is an acclaimed musician, composer, bandleader and educator who seeks to be a voice within the advocacy of jazz music and American culture. He’s assembled and performed with an expansive range of groups, from duos to jazz big bands, military marching bands and orchestras. His musical and personal experiences have led him to an interest in synthesizing the principles of jazz with the day-to-day practicalities of life.

    Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group

    Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group

    Dubbed “Jimmy Mak’s signature band” by The Oregonian, The Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group is made up of four Oregon Music Hall of Fame inductees. Their collective resume reads like a "Who's Who" of jazz, blues and soul. They have the talent and confidence to be completely spontaneous, from blistering solos to improvised arrangements and segues. Brown is an American jazz drummer and one of the most prominent jazz musicians in Portland. He came to Motown via Martha Reeves, who hired him in 1967 to join her band. Many Motown Records artists employed Brown as a session musician in the late 60s and early 70s, including Martha and the Vandellas, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations and Marvin Gaye.