Ready to get your jam on where the scene is live and the music is hot? Then you’ll want to check out trendy entertainment venues around the state for great jazz, blues, rock, R&B, folk and Reggae sounds.
Detroit jazz can't be summed up in one word. But how about three--Baker's Keyboard Lounge. OK, it's certainly not the only jazz club in town, but it's inarguably one of the most important, with a nearly seven-decade history of hosting the finest musicians from around the world (Tommy Flanagan, Art Tatum, John Coltrane, Dave Brubeck and scores of others) and helping to launch Detroit greats such as Marcus Belgrave, Elvin Jones, Earl Klugh, James Carter and Alexander Zonjic.
Located at 20510 Livernois Ave. just south of Eight Mile Road, Baker's became a music room in 1939, when the then owner Clarence Baker began operating the sandwich shop his father had opened four years earlier. Local pianist Pat Flowers brought crowds in, and the younger Baker expanded the room and focused on songs rather than supper. Baker's reputation was such that luminaries such as Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald stopped by after performing at other Detroit venues-- and wound up getting on stage themselves.
Noted by historians as the final place that Harry Houdini ever performed, today The Majestic is one of Detroit's hottest spots for nationally renowned jazz, blues, rock and reggae concerts.
For some additional notable jazz and other hot music spots around that state, check out the short list below:
At Billy's Lounge in Grand Rapids, every night is filled with an eclectic mix of live music ranging anywhere from open-mic nights to jazz, R&B, rock, funk, folk and reggae.
For casual elegance, cool grooves and nightly jazz, Grand Rapids has another cool little spot known as Crush at The B.O.B. The popular club features progressive DJ's on weekends.
Czar's 505 brings an avant-garde atmosphere and the best jazz, blues, alternative rock, and other snappy music on the club circuit to St. Joseph.