Food. Booze. Jazz.
That’s the slogan for The 1905, a jazz club and restaurant in the historic Mississippi neighborhood of North Portland. A club that Downbeat Magazine recently recognized as one of the world’s top jazz venues.
Several years ago, my husband, Alan, and I chatted about music with Andre, the head waiter at Urdaneta. After Alan shared that he’s been drumming since he was six years old and missed playing, Andre said The 1905 had the best jam session in town. We had to go.
One Monday night, after a particularly hard day, I insisted that Alan grab his drum sticks. We headed to The 1905. Alan played that night and hated how little he knew about jazz drumming. That inspired him to learn more. We’ve been regulars ever since.
Aside from great pizza and perfect cocktails, the best thing about The 1905 is how it unites long-time jazz enthusiasts with those new to the jazz scene. All thanks to the tireless efforts of Aaron Barnes, owner of The 1905. He brings in acclaimed out-of-town musicians, but he also supports up-and-coming local artists of all ages. Alan and I recently delighted in the magic of Jon Cowherd & Mercy Project, featuring world-renowned musicians, including drummer Brian Blade. A cluster of young, Portland musicians, all of whom play at The 1905 regularly, sat in one corner, entranced. So were we.
Food. Booze. Jazz. And one more word I’d add to the slogan—Community.