Many musical genres can be defined quite easily but try to put parameters on jazz and it will leave you scratching your head because improvisation is at the heart of this soulful music. As the birthplace of jazz legend Duke Ellington, Washington, D.C. has a number of venues that will keep your toes tappin' and fingers snappin.'
Opening its doors in 1965, the Georgetown-based Blues Alley has welcomed many jazz legends over the years including Dizzy Gillespie and Wynton Marsalis. While taking in a show at this intimate venue, be sure to order an entrée off their menu – each selection is named after a great jazz performer. Anyone up for Tony Bennett's shrimp and artichoke hearts or Jerry 'The Iceman' Butler baked salmon?
Some venues focus exclusively on jazz talent while others offer shows in additional to other genres of music. Be sure to check the show calendar at hot spots like Madam's Organ to find out when amazing jazz acts while grace their stages.
A number of area restaurants like Georgia Brown's and the Tabard Inn host jazz nights where performers can showcase their talent in a relaxed, causal atmosphere.
Whatever venue appeals to you, jazz up your night by heading to one of these top district clubs.