About & All That Jazz
This event is different.
&ATJ is all about fantastic jazz music and the social partner dancing that goes along with it. Specifically mid-to-slow tempo groovy swing, NOLA jazz, and jazzy blues & torch songs.
This is not a crossover event but rather a place for people who adore both lindy and blues and think that doing both in one night is just about the best thing ever.
In Portland for our third year, we're excited to announce our we're be back in the Village Ballroom.
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Music will range from "mostly lindy" to "mostly blues", with excellent DJs from throughout the U.S. taking care of us each night.
Fine Print: Music Expectations
90% of the music at the event will be “jazz” or “jazz related”. Primarily (groovy) swing, NOLA jazz, jazzy blues, and torch songs.
The other ish 10% will be jazz-inspired things like soul, gospel, vintage R&B, funk, boogie woogie, and the like. Nothing approaching EDM or “alt blues”. While “trip hop” and “electro swing” may be jazz inspired genres, those will be not be played either.
Lindy / Swing
The swing will be on the groovy and slow side. There'll be a good split between slow (< 120bpm) and medium-tempo (120-150bpm), with some faster ones thrown in at the DJ's discretion.
Delta-/Chicago-/Piedmont-/Rock- Blues all have their place, but we'll focus exclusively on the jazzier side of the genre and open it to include NOLA Jazz and Torch Songs. This probably means no electric guitar or harmonica, probably. There'll be a nice mix of slow (< 80bmp) and mid-tempo (80-120) songs, with some faster ones thrown in at the DJ's discretion.
There will be four borad types of sets at &ATJ as described below. The goal is to have people dancing blues & lindy throughout the night.
Music that people will be expected to listen to and not dance to. Perhaps it has a funky beat, goes on forever, or has “acid/smooth/nu” in the genre.
Music that is roughly 75% for Lindy and 25% for Blues. Expect more mid-tempo music here.
Music that is roughly 50% for Lindy and 50% for Blues. Expect a good mix of mid-tempo and slow music here.
Music that is roughly 75% for Blues and 25% for Lindy. Expect more slow music here, but songs that double-time for a section are encouraged as well.
DJ'd Dancing: 9pm–3am, Friday-Sunday
Venue & Map
The Village Ballroom
704 NE Dekum St
Portland, OR 97211
The Village Ballroom
The Village Ballroom is an already gorgeous space and former speakeasy with beautifully preserved wood floors. This 2000+ square foot venue features a bar which will serve beer, wine, champagne, and various cocktails of our own design. We will add to the intimacy of this already cozy space with more couches, rugs, and nooks for socializing.
Food & Drink
We are partnering with the Village Ballroom and the Oregon Public House (located downstairs) to provide a limited selection of beer, wine, champagne, and cocktails until 1am each night. Liquor and outside alcohol is not permitted.
Small snacks will be provided throughout, with additional food available for purchase though the Oregon Public House kitchen [menu].
Give us your email if you want us to tell you when registration opens.