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For the first time since 2004, the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival will return to the Mt. Hood Community College campus in April 2020.

COURTESY PHOTO: MT. HOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE -      The Mt. Hood Jazz Festival will return to Mt. Hood Community College April 24-26 and has an stellar lineup of musicians ready to welcome it home.

Tickets are on sale now and sponsorship opportunities are available for those who wish to support the festival. Newly envisioned for 2020, the festival will focus on jazz education, bringing the next generation of artists and supporters into contact with the contemporaries and historical figures of this important genre.

"The new Mt. Hood Jazz Festival will connect the jazz artists of today with the jazz artists of tomorrow by joining our educational festival with an impressive professional line-up," said Dan Davey, director of jazz studies at MHCC. "Our jazz audience will experience a weekend jazz immersion into the culture and inspiration of this American-born style."

In addition to the performances by internationally acclaimed jazz musicians Wycliffe Gordon and Ben Wendell, more than 70 high school and middle school jazz ensembles will compete throughout the weekend.

Headlining artists will be joined by local jazz icons including George Colligan, Tim Gilson, Renato Caranto, Charlie Porter, Charlie Doggett and Tim Rap. Regional jazz artists will hold hourly masterclasses and the MHCC Jazz Ensemble will hold special performances throughout the festival.

Additional performances and events will be announced as they are added to the lineup. Visit the festival's website and follow the festival on Facebook.


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