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

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 the Royal Theater has been torn down and jazz clubs are a lot different today, believe it or not, they’re still out there.

Institutes like the Peabody and John Hopkins University are playing their part in preserving this piece of Baltimore’s culture and identity, providing venues to support new and established musicians, alike. Bonafide clubs like Caton Castle or Bobby's Jazz Club are strictly dedicated to jazz. Other spots like the 13th Floor in the Belvedere, or the 8X10, though not specifically jazz clubs, dedicate one night a week to honor this musical genre for those enthusiasts determined to keep it alive in Charm City.

Germano's Piattini

Germano's Trattoria isn't the first place you'd think of when you look in Baltimore for a jazz club. However, it turns itself into one, even if just for a night. In memory of Baltimore jazz great, Ruby Glover, Germano's created a cabaret...  Read More

Joe Squared
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Joe Squared might be a pizza spot but sporadically, a couple nights a week, it turns itself into a jazz joint. Just close your eyes, listed to the music and you'll forget where you're at. One of the best pizza and delivery places in Baltimore,...  Read More

Cat's Eye Pub
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The Cat's Eye Pub is a neighborhood mainstay in Fells Point and lends just as much character to the area as the neighborhood lends to it - a synergistic relationship. If you're looking for jazz on a Monday night, this is where you'll usually...  Read More

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Well-received Gertrude's enjoys a prime location inside the Baltimore Museum of Art. Its name pays homage to chef John Shields' grandmother, who introduced him to cooking, and to Gertrude Stein, who introduced several important artists to the...  Read More


Bertha's has been serving up good food in the Fells Point area for over 30 years. Its well known for its fresh seafood, particularly its mussels, but it also delivers on something else just as fresh. Live jazz. On Tuesday and Thursday nights,...  Read More

Bobby's Jazz club is located in the Washington Village/Pigstown area, not too far from M&T Stadium on Paca Street. It's a perfect nightcap for those sports fans who want to end their evening with a calming bit of jazz. Its doors are open on...  Read More

Club 347

Club 347 prides itself as being a premiere stop for live jazz in Baltimore. Its atmosphere and intimate space will surely remind you of a jazz club. One night a week, Mondays, you can sit in on a live jam session or check out smooth jazz on...  Read More

Most of the faces you'll see at Caton Castle may be peppered with greys but that's to be expected from one of the last traditional jazz clubs in Baltimore. The seasoned clientele that crowds Caton's premises are what keep the jazz scene and...  Read More

Don't be confused when you walk into a record store where you thought a jazz lounge would be. You're in the right spot. An die Musik makes good use of its intimate space. The top floor is where you'll find live jazz performances from both local...  Read More

The Peabody Institute and Johns Hopkins have joined forces to help preserve the jazz scene in Baltimore by offering a venue for jazz musicians to showcase their talents. Baltimore was once known as jazz hot spot for musicians traveling the...  Read More


Meet Tawanna Browne Smith

Tawanna has had a wanderlust spirit since she was 13. A dozen or so addresses later, she now resides in Maryland with her husband and two sons.

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