The Cheap Ensemble

Saturday - May, 11 @ 8:00pm

A tenor-guitar-drums trio playing ambient and exploratory jazz that is spacious, seeking, interactive, romantic, subtle, lyrical, and at times provocative and restless. Improvised vibes for turbulent times.

2016 BMI/NEA Future Jazz Master Chris Otts (saxophone), innovative guitarist Patrick Arthur, (from Ropeadope recording artists Grüt), and drummer Dana Fitzsimons released their debut CD "The Cheap Ensemble" last year to critical acclaim and spins on over 175 jazz radio stations around the world. The Atlanta-based trio embraces ambient and avant garde approaches and a highly improvisational mindset in support of a consistent lyricism and melodic dominance in their music. Their performance will include selections from their debut CD, excerpts from their upcoming suite “States of America”. and compositions by Paul Motian, Bill Frisell, Chick Corea, and others.


“This highly musical Atlanta-based trio is exploratory, inventive and lyrical” (JazzMostly)

“This is ECM level work from the olden day’s” (Mark Tucker)

“This music constitutes a remarkable debut” (jazzmusicarchives)

Upcoming Events

Irish Session

Wednesday, July 6th

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Layne’s Wine Gig

Thursday, July 7th

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Maine Middle Eastern Ensemble

Thursday, July 7th

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Showmen’s Rest

Thursday, July 7th

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Bird at Sea

Friday, July 8th

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Jake Klar

Friday, July 8th

8:00 PM - 9:30 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.