303 SW 12th Avenue Portland, OR, 97204
Sunday, January 28, 2024
Crystal Hotel - Al's Den
6:30 pm doors, 7 pm show
$10 in advance, $15 at the doorsLimited seating; advanced tickets do not guarantee seats. Standing room available.
21 and over
6:30 pm doors, 7 pm show$10 in advance, $15 at the doorsLimited seating; advanced tickets do not guarantee seats. Standing room available.21 and over
Guitarist, composer and producer Chance Hayden presents the Desert Room All Stars, a monthly series every Last Sunday at McMenamins, Al's Den evoking the venue's storied past in the 50s and 60s as the Desert Room. Formerly a high-class hang for Portland's underworld where anything desired was obtainable, burlesque and jazz were showcased nightly with a long-term house band led by New Orleans native saxophonist Charlie Gabriel who attracted notable guests such as Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and Sammy Davis Jr.
In a similar format, Hayden leads a trio plus various guests performing two sets of mid-century jazz, blues and original works inspired by that period. Hayden's guitar stylings are rooted deeply at the intersection of these genres, yielding an "adventurous, no-holds-barred sensibility with both bluesy grit and modern-jazz finesse" (Jazz Society Of Oregon).
Though the building has undergone numerous changes through the years and be come more of a singer-songwriter hub under McMenamins ownership, vibes of the Desert Room era remain highly palpable and Hayden will reveal that Al's Den stands as one of one of the city's most iconic rooms for jazz.
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