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Whether you are seeking the best travel options, or need to locate the perfect hotel in the heart of the action in vibrant downtown Portland, this year's jazz festival will help make your experience as enjoyable and convenient as possible. Go to Travel Portland for more information.

Special ticket packages are offered through our participating partners. Portland is also close to many world-class tourist destinations including the Columbia River Gorge, Mount Hood, the famed Willamette Valley Wine Region and the Pacific Coast.

Watch this video from our partner, Travel Portland to get a taste of Portland or to book partner hotels:

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In Portland’s historic Pearl District, railroad tracks, industries and warehouses have given way to trendy boutiques, art galleries and much more, including a jazz scene undergoing a renaissance.  The Pearl is reminiscent of New York’s Soho or Old City, Philadelphia, with echoes of Greenwich Village, The French Quarter, Georgetown in D.C., Kansas City and the 18th & Vine district; neighborhoods around the U.S. that have at one time or another supported a lively jazz scene.

Since 1996, Jimmy Mak’s has anchored the district’s jazz scene and in 2006 moved to its current address on NW 10th Ave.   Owner/operator Jimmy Mak feels “very fortunate [to] serve as the continuation of a great jazz tradition and maintain a high level of interest in the community.” As of 2012 PDX Jazz @ Jimmy Mak’s has presented, saxophonist Charles McPherson,  bassisit Ben Williams and singer Tierney Sutton.

The Pearl District has seen Touché, Camellia Lounge, and the recently opened Ivories Jazz Lounge and Restaurant program an impressive mix of local artists.   Legendary jazz clubs such as Remo’s and Delavan’s used to occupy this space.  Besides excellent jazz, Touché boasts low lights, and candles which allow for a cozy romantic scene.”

“The Camellia Lounge has been presenting jazz for five years in a 40-50 seat intimate setting,” says co-owner Jhanne Jasmine.  “We’ve had positive response from our customers on how personal and close they feel with the music.”  Ivories co-owner Jim Templeton, states “As far as I am aware, we are the only restaurant with both piano bar and live music concerts.  My plans for Ivories are more far-reaching and experimental than most music spots in town.  I hope eventually to feature music six days a week.”

Since 1975, Wilf’s Restaurant in the Amtrak Train Station has been a fixture on the club scene.  “It’s a coup for us that our local artists are highly regarded nationally,” states Wilf’s co-owner Adele Nofield.  “They often perform with the touring artists and in turn the national performers enjoy sitting in with our local artists. “

The Mission Theater, on NW Glisan in the alphabet blocks and home to the monthly PDX Jazz @ The Mission Theater series, is presented by KMHD Radio.