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Top Places to Listen to Live Jazz in Philadelphia

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Top Places to Listen to
Live Jazz in Philadelphia

Explore the city’s reputation as a go-to destination for jazz

As the birthplace and hometown of some of the most notable figures in jazz history, including Billie Holiday, John Coltrane, Ethel Waters and Dizzie Gillespie, Philadelphia’s jazz roots run deep. Luckily for us, the city’s reputation as a go-to destination for jazz music doesn’t stop there.

Almost any day of the week, you can find a stellar lineup of local, national and international talents performing at one of the city’s many jazz clubs and concert venues. As acclaimed bassist and Philly native Warren Oree once said, “There’s another ‘Sound of Philadelphia’—the sound of Philadelphia’s jazz.”

Here are a few places where you can find the sweet sound of Philadelphia jazz all year long.

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LaRose Jazz Club

The spot for authentic jazz in Philadelphia

Although it’s only open on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays, LaRose Jazz Club in Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood is considered one of the most authentic of the city’s clubs, thanks to its traditional jazz and blues offerings in a cabaret setting.
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Warmdaddy's

National acts and more, right on the water

In its waterfront location, Warmdaddy’s has a down-home vibe, a down-home Southern menu and a get-down lineup of national music acts every night. Most evenings feature soul and blues artists, with the occasional jazz virtuoso. While some nights require a cover charge, many do not.
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Melodies Cafe

Highlighting the Main Line's jazz talent

With live music most nights of the week, Melodies Cafe reserves Mondays for its jazz open-mic night. This increasingly popular jazz jam session at the Montgomery County/Main Line location (adjacent to the Ardmore train station) shows off fresh new talent honing their skills.
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Paris Bistro

Dinner and drinks alongside Philly's hottest jazz musicians

Recently opened beneath the Chestnut Hill Hotel, Paris Bistro is a 50-seat jazz cafe offering performances Thursday through Sunday nights. Patrons can enjoy full food and drink lists while taking in hour-long performances from Philadelphia’s hottest jazz musicians. Sets begin at 7:00, 8:30 and 10:00 p.m. and an hour earlier on Sundays.
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Friday Night Jazz at Woodmere Art Museum

Weekly evening concerts in Chestnut Hill

This season’s Friday Night Jazz events at Chestnut Hill’s Woodmere Art Museum features toe-tapping tributes to icons from John Coltrane to Jimi Hendrix and Nancy Wilson, among others. Guests sip on complimentary wine while enjoying the tunes.
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Smooth Jazz Summer Nights at Penn's Landing

Spend your Friday nights at the waterfront

Smooth Jazz Summer Nights celebrates another summer of bringing the cool sounds of smooth jazz to Philadelphia’s waterfront. Open to jazz fans of all ages, the free outdoor concerts happen on the RiverStage at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing.
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Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz

Preserving and promoting jazz through performance and education

More of a performance space and educational center than a club or lounge, the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz aims to promote jazz — past, present and future — with workshops, classes, private lessons and, of course, concerts.
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Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Jazz, drinks and more, every Friday night

The Art After 5 events at the Philadelphia Museum of Art features live jazz concerts and a cash bar in the Great Stair Hall every Friday of the month. The performances focus on jazz, but also feature a smattering of international, soul and rhythm and blues starting at 5:00 p.m.
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Jazz and R&B Happy Hour

Reserve Wine Bar & Lounge has your jazz hook-up

Every first and third Friday, Reserve Wine Bar & Lounge showcases the soulful side of jazz with its popular mixer, Jazz and R&B Happy Hour. Guests can enjoy Reserve’s selection of fine wines, while listening to the sweet sounds of jazz musicians and R&B vocalists from the local music community.
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Sassafras Bar

A classic Philly neighborhood bar in Old City

Serving Philadelphians for more than 35 years, this Old City bar brings in a live jazz trio to entertain guests on most Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
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