No Need For an APB, Baltimore Jazz is Still Alive and Kicking

Tawanna Browne Smith

By , Travel Expert at Large, Baltimore
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Baltimore’s nightlife speaks volumes about the pulse of the city. It varies from laid back lounges to hip clubs to rock venues to Irish pubs. Sometimes rock and pop are just too much to take in and music lovers want something a little more mellow. Although jazz clubs aren’t the first type of nightlife that comes to mind when you think of Baltimore after dark, the city was once a major stomping ground for jazz legends like Billie Holiday, Eubie Blake, and Cab Calloway, to name a few.

Back in the 30’s, Baltimore had its own Cotton Club, its own Ritz, and a bonafide scene that all converged on Pennsylvania Avenue. And although...  Read more »

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    The Johns Hopkins Club

    The Johns Hopkins Club only offers monthly performances, so you're guaranteed to see top-notch jazz shows.

    Local Expert Tip: "The Johns Hopkins Club is more of a concert venue than it is your traditional jazz club."

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    An die Musik LIVE!

    This club is a pleasant surprise to almost everyone who walks into it and there's a performance here almost every night of the week.

    Local Expert Tip: "Grab a voucher from An die Musik to get $2 parking on evenings and weekends at the Franklin Street garage. "

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    Caton Castle

    Caton Castle is one of the few traditional bonafide jazz clubs left in Baltimore.

    Local Expert Tip: "Join their mailing list or call for upcoming events - tickets sell out quickly."

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    Club 347

    Club 347 is one of few jazz clubs that have live jam sessions.

    Local Expert Tip: "For the most up to date schedule/events information, check out their Facebook page. "

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    Bobby's Jazz Club

    Bobby's is one of those hidden gems that offers good night of jazz and a cigar bar.

    Local Expert Tip: "Stock up on your discounted drinks by 8pm on Friday while you wait for the jazz to start at 9:30."

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    Bertha's has been around for decades, so you know you're getting great food with your music.

    Local Expert Tip: "Live jazz evenings are on Tuesday and Thursday. "

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    It offers jazz on a Sunday, earlier in the day for those who like their music with their eggs.

    Local Expert Tip: "The Sunday jazz brunch is popular, so do make reservations."

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    Cat's Eye Pub

    Cat's Eye Pub has all the beer your heart might desire to accompany your live jazz music outing.

    Local Expert Tip: "You'll find some of the most inexpensive drinks in Baltimore at the Cat's Eye."

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    Joe Squared

    Joe Squared is hip, young, and is the only place to offer pizza with jazz.

    Local Expert Tip: "There's no designated jazz night so you'll have to consult their website for updates on live jazz bands."

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    Germano's Trattoria

    Germano's isn't the obvious choice for a night of jazz but is helping to keep it alive in the city.

    Local Expert Tip: "You have to make reservations for the cabaret by phone or in person, only. "



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