• Mt. Hood Jazz Festival History

  • The Mt. Hood Jazz Festival began at Mt. Hood Community College in 1982 and was produced by the Gresham/Mt. Hood Jazz Association (GMHJA) which is a non-profit, public-benefit corporation whose goal is to "promote the appreciation of jazz as a unique American art form."

    At its height, the festival drew crowds of 30,000 people to listen to the top performers in the jazz industry, including Sonny Rollins, Dave Brubeck, Tito Puente, Arturo Sandoval and B.B. King. After moving off-campus in the early part of this century, the festival was last held in downtown Gresham in 2014.

    Past Artists

    The Heath Brothers, James Carter Organ Trio, Los Hombres Calientes – no show- Marcus Belgrave instead, Madeleine Peyroux, Abbey Lincoln, Cyrus Chestnut w/Frank Morgan , Charlie Hunter

    Joe Lovano Nonet, Jason Moran, Peters Drury Trio, Nnenna Freelon, Classical Jazz Quartet, Greg Osby, Tin Hat Trio, Ron Steen Jam Session

    Joe Lovano, Rick Braun, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Kevin Mahogany, Russell Malone & Benny Green, Melissa Walker, Jenna Mammina, Darrell Grant