Portland’s annual jazz festival shakes its way into town starting February 21, bringing live music from far-flung corners of the globe like Brazil and Norway, as well as performers from PDX’s own back yard.
The top-notch tunes will be heard in venues around town. However, these rocking hot spots aren’t one-week wonders. If you can’t make it to the festival, stop by another time for smooth tunes.
Venue: Norse Hall
Who’s Playing the Jazz Festival: Christian Wallumrød,Trygve Seim and Frode Haltli, In the Country
Rest of the Year: Norse Hall, run by the Sons of Norway, features occasional live music and lots of dancing. Tango, swing, ballroom and folk: you’ll find it all here. Check the calendar of events for future shows.
Venue: Crystal Ballroom
Who’s Playing the Jazz Festival: Dave Douglas Brass Ecstasy
Rest of the Year: This beloved restored McMenamin’s property swung open its doors in 1914, as a ballroom and dance academy. The mechanical, “floating” dance floor may be the only one of its kind left in the country. Music here ranges from Bollywood to ’80s dance party, and local acts to big name touring bands. The Crystal Ballroom calendar lists performances for the upcoming month.
Venue: Brasserie Montmartre
Who’s Playing the Jazz Festival: Dave Fleschner Jam Session
Rest of the Year: You can find live music seven nights a week at the recently re-opened Brasserie Montmartre restaurant. Now LEED Gold certified, the Brasserie promises “a touch of Paris” with jazz, swing and piano ensembles. Preview artists at the Brasserie Montamatre MySpace page.
Need a place to stay while you’re in town for the festival? Check out this list of Portland Jazz Festival hotels.