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.