The Marc Chillemi Quartet

Friday - July, 16 @ 7:00pm

Marc Chillemi is a Portland-based musician and composer active in Jazz and roots music from the Caribbean and West Africa. For 30 years Marc has amassed a considerable list of performances and recordings across a wide range of styles and genres. Marc has performed as a guest with international recording artists including Orchestra Baobab, The Satellites, Alton Ellis, Slavic Soul Party, Antibalas, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, G.Love & Special Sauce, and John Popper.

Originally from New York, Marc moved to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music, where he earned a BA in Jazz Composition. After college Marc toured throughout Europe and North America with several Boston-based bands. With 30 years of performance experience Marc as developed eclectic styles including; Zydeco, Klezmer, Bluegrass, Suokous, Ska, Samba, Bossa Nova, Mambo, Salsa and Son Cubano. He spent a decade with Babaloo, performing their self-proclaimed genres of Punk Mambo and Hardcore Juju. Fused with Punk and lyrics in English, French, Spanish, Swahili and Portuguese, Babaloo released 4 albums, which resulted in several Boston Phoenix Awards for Best World Music Act and a Boston Globe Award.

Currently Marc resides on Westport Island in mid-coast Maine and continues to perform throughout New England with his band Raging Brass and Primo Cubano. Marc’s aspirations are to share his growing passion and knowledge, with students and the public of all ages and cultural backgrounds, continues through his research and musical experiences.

Upcoming Events

Way It Works

Saturday, September 24th

10:00 PM - 11:45 PM

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


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.