• 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

    2004
    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

    2003
    Joe Lovano Nonet, Jason Moran, Peters Drury Trio, Nnenna Freelon, Classical Jazz Quartet, Greg Osby, Tin Hat Trio, Ron Steen

    2002
    Joe Lovano, Rick Braun, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Kevin Mahogany, Russell Malone & Benny Green, Melissa Walker, Jenna Mammina, Darrell Grant

    2000
    Patricia Barber, Terence Blanchard, Michael Brecker, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown Big Band, John Pizzarelli, Dave Stryker, The Yellowjackets, James Cotton, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Stefon Harris, Linda Hornbuckle, Denny Zeitlin & David Friesen, Jazz Times Super Band, Lloyd Jones, Kevin Mahogany, Regina Carter, Jenna Mammina, Rosemary Clooney, Shemekia Copeland, Tower of Power, McCoy Tyner, Chucho Valdes, Carlton Jackson/Dave Mills Big Band

    1999
    Mose Allison, Black Swan Classic Jazz Band, Ronnie Earl, Richard Elliot, Benny Golson, Jerry Hahn, Bruce Hornsby, Jeru Blue, Little Feat, Paul Mazzio, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown Big Band, Flora Purim & Airto, Sphere, Steve Turre, Kirk Whalum, Buster Williams, Avenue Blue w/ Jeff Golub, Randy Brecker, Neville Brothers, Dr. Jazz & The Interns, Dan Faehnle, Royal Crown Revue, Darrell Grant, Mark Isham, Jed Wilson, Keiko Matsui, Mulgrew Miller, People Music Project, Danilo Perez, Nnenna Freelon, David Sanborn, Spirituals To Swing, Ellen Whyte & Reflex Blue

    1998
    Dan Balmer, David Benoit, Chris Botti, Joyce Cooling, Kurt Elling, Four Play, Vital Information, Tom Grant, Carl Allen, Dave Holland, Alan Jones, Patrick Lamb, Dianne Reeves, John Scofield, SoVoso, Peter White, Guitars & Saxes, Mary Kadderly, Bebop & Destruction, John Blake, Rick Braun, Chick Corea, Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Michael Wolff, Joe Henderson’s “Porgy & Bess,” Charlie Hunter, Kilgore Trout, Joe Lovano, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Omar Sosa, Darrell Grant, Everette Harp, Gary Hobbs

    1997
    George Benson, Kenny Blake, Randy Brecker, Billy Childs, Brian Culbertson, Denis DiBlasio, Dizzy: The Man & The Music, Buddy Guy, Boney James, Diana Krall, Joe McBride, Eddie Palmieri, The Rippingtons, McCoy Tyner, Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Rick Braun, Mel Brown, Robert Cray, Paul DeLay, Paquito D’Rivera, Dan Faehnle, Leroy Vinnegar, Jon Faddis, Heath Brothers, Earl Klugh, Kevin Mahogany, Jean-Luc Ponty, Dian Schuur w/ Art Abrams Swing Machine, Tom Grant

    1996
    Nat Adderly, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Hank Crawford & Jimmy McGriff, Grover Washington Jr., Spyro Gyra, The Temptations, Tom Grant, Al Jarreau, Louis Bellson, Kenny Burrell, Norman Sylvester, Stanley Turrentine, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Cyrus Chestnut, Tall Jazz, Bob James

    1995
    Paul DeLay, Four Freshman, Charlie Haden, Wayne Henderson & The Jazz Crusaders, Pleasure Reunion, Nelson Rangell, Lee Ritenour & Larry Carlton, George Shearing, Roberta Flack, David Friesen, Gene Harris, Arturo Sandoval, Art Porter, Joshua Redman, David Sandborn & Orchestra, BB King

    1994
    Ernie Andrews, Dave Brubeck, Joe Henderson, John Tesh, James Williams, New York Voices, Dian Schuur, Horace Silver, Dave Koz, Dick Berk, Contemporary Piano Ensemble, Tower of Power, Poncho Sanchez, Doc Severinson Orchestra, Mary Kadderly, Ronnie Laws

    1993
    Count Basie Orchestra, Robert Cray, Akbar DePriest & Janice Scroggins, Arturo Sandoval, Branford Marsalis, TS Monk, Pat O’Neal Riverboat Band, Sonny Rollins, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Bob James, Manhattan Transfer, George Benson, AJ Croce, Curtis Salgado, Joe Sample, Tom Scott, Mark Murphy, The Rippintons, Eliane Elias, 5 Blind Boys from Alabama, Etta James

    1992
    Ray Anderson, David Benoit & Larry Carlton, Kelly Broadway, The Cheathams, Tom Grant, Jeff Lorber & Brian Bromberg, Herbie Mann, Dianne Reeves, Rob Thomas, Red Holloway, Kenny Barron, Red Mitchell, Ray Charles, Denny Zeitlin & David Friesen, Eastern Rebellion, Earl Klugh, Joanne Brackeen, John Pizzarelli, Take Six, Jessica Williams

    1991
    Dan Balmer, Robert Cray, Curtis Salgado, Red Holloway, Al Jarreau, Lloyd Jones, Eiji Kitamura, Gordon Lee, Roy Hargrove, Clark Terry, Chick Corea, Joey DeFrancesco, David Sanborn, John Lee Hooker, Bobby Watson, Nancy King & Glen Moore, Cleo Laine & John Dankworth, Jon Hendricks, The Yellowjackets

    1990
    Tony Bennett, Randy Cannon, Michael Franks, Tom Grant, Leroy Vinnegar, Harper Brothers, Lloyd Jones, Andrei Kitaev, Tall Jazz, Tuck & Patti, Anita Baker, Ray Bryant, Larry Carlton, Terry Gibbs & Buddy DeFranco, Al Hirt, Stanley Jordan, Mongo Santamaria, Mel Torme, Johny Griffin

    1989
    Don Alberts, Count Basie Orchestra, Steve Christofferson with Nancy King, Rob Thomas, Brandford Marsalis, Pointer Sisters, Red Rodney, Pquito D’Rivera, Ramsey Lewis, Back Porch Blues, Mel Brown, Dian Schuur, Kevin Eubanks, The Yellowjackets, Frank Morgan, Lou Rawls, Toots Thielemans, Earl Klugh

    1988
    David Benoit, Hank Crawford & Jimmy McGriff, Stan Getz, Rebecca Kilgore, Manhattan Transfer, Akbar DePriest, JJ Johnson, Terence Blanchard & Donald Harrison, Modern Jazz Quartet, Ron Steen, Ramsey Lewis, Ella Fitgerald, Gene Harris, Grover Washington, Jr.

    1987
    Monty Alexander, Warren Bracken, Tom Grant, George Howard, Wynton Marsalis, Doc Severinson Orchestra, Ron Steen, Mel Torme, Phil Woods, Dick Blake, Pat George, Hiroshima, Herbie Mann, Curtis Salgado, George Shearing, Timeless All-Stars, Nancy Wilson

    1986
    Mel Brown, Robert Cray, Stan Getz, Carm McRae, Oscar Peterson, Sadao Watanabe, Dave Brubeck, Michael Franks, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Pass, McCoy Tyner, The Yellowjackets

    1985
    Count Basie Orchestra, Art Farmer, Kenny G, Red Holloway, Eiji Kitamura, Rebound Jazz, Spyro Gyra, Sara Vaughan, Rickie Cole, Jimmy Smith, Tom Grant, Milt Jackson & Ray Brown, Ramsey Lewis, Dino Franks, Ron Steen

    1984
    Mose Allison, The Crusaders, Les McCann, Tania Maria, Lee Ritenour, Jimmy Witherspoon, Dave Brubeck, Don Latarski, Herbie Mann, Tito Puente, Calvin Walker

    1983
    Richie Cole, Stan Getz, Ahmad Jamal, Les McCann, Wynton Marsalis, Dian Schuur, Spyro Gyra, Scott Cossu, Tom Grant, Mel Lewis, Gerry Mulligan, Dan Siegal, VSOP

    1982
    Jackie Cain & Roy Kral, Rickie Cole, The Crusaders, Dexter Gordon, Jon Hendricks, Anita O’Day, Buddy Rich, Sonny Rollins, Betty Carter, Condoli Brothers, Terry Gibbs & Buddy DeFranco, Bobby Hutcherson, Hoops McCann, Flora Purim & Airto, Tom Grant