Get Jazzy With It: Where to Find the Best Jazz in the D

By: Scott Davis | April 30, 2018

Jazz is one of the oldest and most beloved music genres, and metro Detroiters are lucky to have some truly great clubs that keep the genre alive and well. Today, April 30, is known as International Jazz Day and we thought it would be the perfect time to highlight some of the best jazz clubs in the metro Detroit area. Here are five clubs where you can celebrate the beauty of jazz!

Cliff Bell’s

One of the premiere clubs in Detroit, Cliff Bell’s honors jazz’s rich history will showcasing rising local talent. The historic venue has plenty of noteworthy shows this upcoming week including the Trunino Lowe Quartet tomorrow, May 1, the Spartan Spectacular on Wednesday, May 2, and the Scott Gwinell Jazz Orchestra on Thursday, May 3. You can enjoy a delicious dinner along with your show, or even go in early on Sundays to try their brunch menu.

Baker’s Keyboard Lounge

One of Detroit’s original jazz club’s, Baker’s Keyboard Lounge has hosted countless talented jazz artists over the decades. View all of their upcoming performances here, along with finding past performances. Be sure to visit their Facebook page for more information on their upcoming concerts and events.

Goodnite Gracie and D’Amato’s

Jimmy Smith Trio

Jimmy Smith Trio. Photo Courtesy of Goodnite Gracie.

D’Amato’s is your home to some of the best traditional Italian cuisine in the Royal Oak area, while Goodnite Gracie is home to some great jazz music. The jazz and martini bar regularly hosts the Jimmy Smith Trio on Tuesday nights, the Liz Smith Trio on Thursday nights, and a vinyl and cocktail party every Friday and Saturday night featuring the best soul, funk, and jazz albums around.

Ziggy’s

For those in the Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor area, Ziggy’s is a great place to discover talented musicians in all genres, including aspiring local jazz musicians. The venue will host the progressive jazz-rock band, Marbin, along with special guest Nadim Azzam on Friday, May 11, and they also showcase rising local talent on their 734 Saturdays. You can check out their full schedule on the venue’s Facebook page.

Jazz Cafe at Music Hall

Jazz Cafe at Music Hall

Photo Courtesy of Jazz Cafe at Music Hall

The Jazz Cafe at Music Hall in Detroit is one of the area’s best kept smaller music venues, but the jazz is larger than life. The Jazz Cafe has been a part of Detroit’s Music Hall for eleven years, but they have already played host to some of the most talented musicians in the world. Performances this week include Lufuki & Divine Providence with Mike Monford on Friday, May 4, the Music Hall Jam Session on Sunday, May 6, and Hairitage The Play later on Sunday, May 6.