Mt. Hood Jazz festival returns to in-person performances
A three-day, in-person celebration of jazz music returns as the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival is held Friday to Sunday, May 6-8, at the Yoshida Haven Estate, 29330 S.E. Stark St. in Troutdale.
The festival will feature 15 world-renowned jazz performers, including pianist and composer Helen Sung, Portland-raised singer-songwriter Sarah Clarke and Grammy Award-nominated saxophonist Chris Potter, to name a few.
Tickets are available at the Mt. Hood Community college website. Kids under 12 will be allowed free day passes, which are $25 for adults. Weekend passes are $50, while students participating in the Educational Festival will receive discounted rates.
Gates open at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 6, noon on Saturday, May 7, and noon on Sunday, May 8. Food and other vendors will also be available at the event.
For more information on tickets, parking and other event rules go to the event's website.
Mt. Hood Community College launched the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival in 1982, in partnership with the city of Gresham and the Mt. Hood Jazz Association. At its height, the festival drew crowds of 30,000 attendees who came to listen to top jazz performers, including Sonny Rollins, Dave Brubeck, Arturo Sandoval and B.B. King.
After acquiring the rights to the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival name in 2019, the MHCC music department began to plan a relaunch. With support from an arts and culture grant and generous contributions from the community, the festival returned. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was live-streamed last year. Despite those limitations, the 2021 event engaged more than 2,000 viewers, including residents from all over Oregon and as far away as Spain.
The 2022 version will return the event to its original vision of an in-person immersion into jazz culture.
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