Friday - December, 13 @ 8:00pm

Sojoy is back at the Blue with its annual set of favorite holiday themes and a few wintery originals. Come let them swing and groove you into the holiday spirit with their signature versions of some of your favorite, as well as some lesser-known, holiday melodies. Nothing brings more joy to the holiday times than gathering for music, and no group is more dedicated to the sound of joy than Sojoy.

The rich sounds of Sojoy originated in the head of composer, drummer, and pianist Jonny Peiffer, arranged for a horn section five-deep - some of the best players north of NYC. With Matt Langley (WeirdTurnPro, OurBigBand), Eric Klaxton (Soggy Po Boys, OurBigBand), and Nick Mainella (Soggy Po Boys, OurBigBand) on reeds, and Zach Lange (Soggy Po Boys) and Justin Leach on brass, these gentlemen combine to create the warmest sound around. Sojoy is expanding its universe and taking on new members as a planet takes on new moons. Peiffer is pushing over to the piano for the first time since the band was formed in 2014 to allow the excellent drummer Eric von Oeyen (OurBigBand) to join the group. Bassist Scott Kiefner (Soggy Po Boys) rounds out the rhythm section and will be laying down the grooves, over which this soaring horn section swings.

Sojoy is:

Eric Klaxton, Nick Mainella, Matt Langley - reeds

Zach Lange, Justin Leach - brass

Jonny Peiffer - keys

Scott Kiefner - bass

Eric von Oeyen - drums

A "merry band of joyful noise creationists." "Proving that great music still exists even as new traditions are being forged." - Chris Hislop, Portsmouth Herald

"Tightly arranged and swinging like a modern version of John Kirby’s Sextet of the 30s." "Utterly charming!" - Jazz Weekly

"The album (The Adventures of Oliver Z. Wanderkook) stands alone as a piece of art ... they maintain their memorable beauty and convey a story all their own. - Austin Sorette, The Sound

Sojoy was listed among's Best of Bandcamp Jazz in 2017, and received a Spotlight on the Arts Award for Best Jazz Group in that same year.

Upcoming Events

Bess Jacques & The Strays

Tuesday, September 27th

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


Tuesday, September 27th

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM


Wednesday, September 28th

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Irish Session

Wednesday, September 28th

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Javier Rosario Trio

Friday, September 30th

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Album Cover Project: Hunter Lefebvre & Friends

Friday, September 30th

10:00 PM - 11:45 PM


650A Congress Street, Portland ME

Mon: 5PM-11PM
Tues: 6PM-12AM
Wed: 5PM-12AM
Thurs: 5PM-12AM
Fri & Sat: 5PM-1AM
Sun: 4PM-10PM

Blue has won Portland’s Best Jazz Venue for several years in a row and dedicates every Saturday night to Jazz at Blue.

We are a DONATION BASED venue. Please show your support to the musicians by donating to the basket by the stage. Because we don’t charge a cover and 100% of your donations go to the musicians we respectfully ask that each person make a ONE PURCHASE MINIMUM of food/beverage to help support the room. All seats are first come, first served (feel free to share a table). We do not take reservations.