Ivories is small for a jazz venue, and the tables – flanked by the bar on one side and windows on the other – are packed in tight. The stage is home to a huge Mason & Hamilton grand piano. The stage lighting and PA system are pretty rudimentary but the place has only been around for a few months. The floor plan, being a big rectangle, makes every seat a good seat.
Great ambiance, great jazz. They’ve got a nice wine list and the menu has some great choices.
Portland trumpeter Farnell Newton and his quintet took the stage and offered up the music of Miles Davis. These guys didn’t need a fancy PA system – they just shot it right at you. Ivories was filled with good music, good food, and a lot of smiling faces.
Portland needs a real jazz venue that doesn’t book the same person four nights a week just because he brings people in. Ivories is making a grand effort to book international jazz luminaries as well as local gems. Support!
Ivories Jazz Lounge and Restaurant, 1435 NW Flanders, Portland, Oregon 97209