Spotlight on the Portland Music Scene
For those musicians and fans living in Portand, Oregon, this section contain listings to, or information about, various record releases and gigs of interest. Check back here from time to time for updates. To have your gig, or record release listed here, send an e-mail, with all relevant information, to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Portland Jazz Jams started out as the West Side Jazz Jam and evolved to this site supporting jazz in Portland and beyond.
The Jazz Society of Oregon has detailed information, and venue listings, for the Portland (and Oregon) jazz scene. The Portland Dixieland Jazz Society has information for those interested in more traditional swing and jazz.
Portland hosts several jazz venues worth visiting.
Jimmy Maks, in downtown Portland at221 NW 10th Ave. (between Davis and Everett), is rated one of the 100 best jazz venuesnationwide by Downbeat Magazine and regularly hosts local and nationally known musicians.
The Blue Monk, at 3314 SE Belmont, also hosts many local musicians.
LV's Uptown Jazz and Eats, located at 310 SW Lincoln, showcases the finest Northwest jazz duos and trios on Friday and Saturday nights from 7-10pm with no cover charge. A Jazz Brunch on Sundays is also available.
Can't get out to hear some music? Portland Jazz Jam Podcasts hosts jazz jam sessions in Portland, Oregon. The website also has much other information hepful to musicians and listeners alike.
Tickets are now available for the upcoming Portland Jazz Festival this February 16 - 25, 2007.
Jumptown: The Golden Years of Portland Jazz, 1942-1957, by Robert Dietsche, provides an interesting historical account of the Portland jazz scene. A must read!
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