The Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex is no stranger to jazz music. After all it's where you'll find the University of North Texas, one of the top institutions for jazz studies in the nation. The area is also home to Deep Ellum, a neighborhood once considered a hotbed for jazz and blues musicians. It's where legendary artists like Blind Lemon Jefferson, T-Bone Walker and Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter all got their start.
For those looking for an authentic jazz club experience, there's probably not a better place in the city to go than the Balcony Club, a venerable hole-in-the-wall joint that offers an incredible lineup of music seven nights a week. Esquire Magazine even named it one of “America's Top 100 Bars."
Then there's Sandaga 813, a bar and live music venue that's considered by discerning jazz fans and musicians alike to be the best spot for jazz jams in town. Even Wynton Marsailis and Erykah Badu have played gigs here.
With live jazz, R&B, funk and pop on offer seven nights a week, you don't even need to worry about checking the schedule at Soho Food and Jazz, as there’s always something going on.
Another terrific spot offering a line-up of jazz and blues is the Roost, a cozy lounge perched atop the Kansas City barbecue bastion, 18th and Vine.
And though, Deep Ellum might not be the jazz mecca it was during the early 20th century, you can still find places like the Free Man Cajun Cafe and the Twilite Lounge keeping the music very much alive almost every night of the week.
If that's not enough to get you in the groove, check out 10 best's full list of Dallas jazz joints below, where there's sure to be a place to suit jazz lovers of every stripe.