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Portland Jazz Club Jimmy Mak’s To Close At Year’s End


Portland jazz club Jimmy Mak’s will close at the end of the year. The building has been sold to developers. Owner Jimmy Makarounis had hoped to rebuild. He was able to secure a nearby location, but club spokesman John McIsaac says Makarounis suffers from cancer in his larynx.

“He had secured a space,” McIsaac said. “They’d even started the buildout. They had a lease. They had a design. But his health just took a turn for the worse and he needed to focus on that. Those funds needed to be diverted to healing him.” 

Makarounis is hopeful a buyer might step forward to take over the business, and the lease on the new location. Jimmy Mak’s has hosted to hundreds of jazz and R&B acts over the years.

It’s home to regular gigs by Portland musicians like drummer Mel Brown, whose quartet is a cornerstone of the Portland jazz community. The club made Down Beat magazine’s 2013 list of 150 Places To Hear Jazz.

The club’s final show will be a New Year’s Eve celebration featuring the band Soul Vaccination.

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