New Year’s Jazz at 1905

Dear Liza,

December is definitely our month for going out! In the 35 days between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, we have two anniversaries and three major holidays. It feels a bit much, sometimes.

We have spent the last half-dozen New Year’s Eves at home because we were worn out from all the holiday-ing. But this year, Grandpa Nelson found a place we just couldn’t resist.

1905 is a jazz club, cocktail bar and pizza joint all in one, up in the Mississippi neighborhood. It’s a small place with seats and tables for about 45 people. We ordered our food and drinks by way of an app called Union, which minimizes close conversations with strangers.

The Caili O’Doherty Quartet played a wonderful set of different types of jazz, from Herbie Hancock’s “Butterfly” and “Come Running to Me” to Betty Carter’s “Tight”. Callie lead the band with her melodic and racy piano playing.

Parnell Newton, on trumpet, was innovative and powerful without hogging the sound wall. He could make the trumpet sing, shout, or whisper. Cory Cox, on drums, was all over the drum kit, putting in amazing flourishes that gave the music texture and imagination.

Ross Garlow played the stand up bass with head-bopping joy, dancing with his instrument as he laid down the bass line.

Besides the wonderful music and the joy of hearing it live, the pizza was outstanding and the cocktails delightful. We will definitely head up to 1905 again, once we have recovered from this holiday season.

Happy New Year!


Grandma Judy

Author: Judy

I am a new transplant to Portland from Salinas, a small city in Central California. This is a blog about my new city.

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