This iconic jazz supper club, founded in 1965, has hosted major names like Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughan, and Ella Fitzgerald. With world-class blues, jazz acts, and top-notch acoustics, patrons find the ticket prices and drink minimum totally worth the money. Plus, this is the best spot in town to combine your love of seafood gumbo and catfish with smooth and groovy tunes.
Washington, D.C. might be known as a pretty serious place, full of history and politics, but if you’re looking for jazz, this is legendary turf. DC is the home of jazz legends Shirley Horn and Duke Ellington, to name just a few, and its jazz scene is long established (and thriving).
Of course, the heart of it all remains to be U Street Corridor, full jazz bars, restaurants and shopping spots oozing with cool, but by now the vibes have spread all across the city. Here you’ll find everyone from the most famous names in the business to up-and-coming acts you might have never heard of before. Here are the best jazz clubs in Washington, D.C.