Suddenly, the cold teeth of a cruel winter bit down a little bit harder and many wondered where jazz music would find shelter.
Fast forward to the here and now of late spring, and the news is very good indeed. Downtown Portland has a new venue for jazz called The Jack London Revue.
Hidden below the Rialto Poolroom, the 220 capacity club offers music lovers the opportunity to catch local artists in weekly showcases in addition to touring acts headed to The Rose City.
Explore the neighborhood, politics and music behind Portland’s brief, brilliant jazz age.
Nicholas Harris and Haytham Abdulhadi of Soul’d Out Productions quietly started assembling the talent for the club’s opening, with a mission to apply the aesthetic of jazz to the sounds they bring to the club.
Those sounds will likely blur boundaries and break new ground, creating an incubating space for jazz music and its vibrant sub-genres.
On most weeknights, the club will host up and comers and local legends such as trumpeter Farnell Newton on Tuesdays and debonair drummer Mel Brown’s B-3 Organ group on Thursdays.
Speaking of Farnell Newton, he will be taking the stage at The Jack London Revue June 10 to celebrate the release of his new album, “Back To Earth”. Joining Newton will be Kyle Molitor on trombone, George Colligan on keys, RJ Reyes on bass and Christopher Brown on drums.
The band will be delving into the straight ahead acoustic sounds from the album, bringing warm tunes to a new room for jazz. Dig it.