DC Jazz Clubs Overview

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The nation’s capital is home to a great variety of jazz venues, from small and funky independent jazz clubs and jazz bars to swanky restaurants where a fabulous five-course meal comes with a whole lot of blues.

Some of the more popular jazz clubs in Washington, DC obviously require advanced ticket purchase, but most jazz haunts trend on the casual side, making them perfect for just dropping into on a lazy afternoon or mellow evening.

The District gave the world several jazz pioneers, including Duke Ellington, one of the most famous of them all. DC’s U Street Corridor was nicknamed the “Black Broadway” because of its powerful collection of African American-owned and frequented music venues, and remains to this day a stellar place to not only catch jazz but all types of music and vibes.

Bohemian Caverns on U Street is one such stellar DC jazz club, and it’s easy to see where this intimate music venue gets its name – the performance area quite literally looks like a cave. Music lovers tunnel down into a subterranean space completely covered in faux rock, with a small center stage that has been graced by not only Ellington, but Cab Calloway, Miles Davis, and many other jazz giants.

Columbia Station in Adams Morgan is also one of the great Washington, DC jazz clubs worth checking out, attracting a sophisticated but unpretentious crowd with its roster of live music and no cover charge. Even Georgetown gets in on the DC jazz fix thanks to Blues Alley, a cozy little joint that – despite its name – is all about the jazz.

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