Welcome to Jazzlandia!

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, we’ll help make your experience as enjoyable and convenient as possible.

Portland is close to many world-class tourist destinations including the Columbia River Gorge, Mount Hood, the famed Willamette Valley Wine Region and the Pacific Coast.

Learn more about visiting Portland, from restaurants and accommodations, to must-sees and must-dos while you’re here from our partner, Travel Portland.


Getting around Portland

Getting around one of the nation’s most livable cities is a cinch. Portland is chock-full of transportation options:

When you have time between events, here are a few resources to help enjoy its well-known culinary and coffee wonders:

Jazz Venues in Portland

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, D.C.’s Georgetown and Kansas City’s  18th & Vine district – all neighborhoods 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 and 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.” In partnership with Jimmy Mak’s, PDX Jazz presents year-around programming, having presented countless artists like Charles McPherson, The Clayton Brothers, Miguel Zenon, Joshua Redman, Ravi Coltrane, Terence Blanchard, and The Bad Plus.

The Pearl District has also seen Camellia Lounge present an impressive mix of local artists.  “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.”

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

Festival Hotel Deals

Coming to the 2016 PDX Jazz Festival? Our hotel partner the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower is offering a rate for all Festival patrons. Click on the link and use the three letter code PJF in the group/convention code box. You may also call 1-800-HILTONS and speak with a reservations agent to book a room. In order to receive the group rate, reservations must be made by­­­­­­­­­­ January 19, 2016. We look forward to seeing you at the Festival.