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Jazz is the quintessential American art form. And like jazz the Jazz Venue comes in many forms: moody lighting and fine dining, local flavor and international flair. Each of the venues listed below offers intimate listener experience with emphasis on quality of sound.

Over the past few years has traveled the country photographing the ins and outs of many American live music venues. Here are the top ten favorite featured jazz venues from the featured venues list.

10. Blue Note Napa

The Blue Note in downtown Napa, California, spares no expense in creating an upscale jazz experience bathed in soft blue light.

9. Puckett’s Downtown

Puckett’s Grocery in downtown Columbia, Tennessee, knows the value of a good jazz brunch. Inhabiting a former warehouse, there’s plenty of space and not a bad seat in the house.

8. Sound Bites Grill

Sound Bites Grill in Sedona, Arizona, offers supper club dining with world class live entertainment and memorabilia covered walls.

7. Motif Jazz Cafe

Motif Jazz Cafe

Motif Jazz Cafe is a dark and intimate cocktail bar tucked in to a shopping center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

6. The Tin Pan

The Tin Pan

The Tin Pan in Tuckahoe outside Richmond, Virginia, features a variety of local, regional, and national touring acts nightly.

5. Kuumbwa Jazz

Kuumbwa Jazz is a nonprofit venue in Santa Cruz, California, dedicated to engaging the local community through education and live performances from local, national, and international jazz musicians.

4. Sidebar Nola

SideBar Nola

SideBar Nola redefines “intimate venue” with seating limited to less than 15.

3. The Ohio Club

Ohio Club

The Ohio Club in Hot Springs, Arkansas, has live music 7 nights while the atmosphere harkens back to its days as a speakeasy and gangster-era casino.


2. Green Lady Lounge

The Green Lady Lounge in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, gets all the ambiance just right; from the tin-tiled ceiling to the candlelit tables. Kansas City Jazz featuring local musicians completes the vibe every night of the week.

1. Vaughan’s Lounge

Vaughan’s Lounge in New Orleans, Louisiana, is a hole-in-the-wall dive with late night jazz and brass to make you shake your ass.