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Philadelphia Jazz: Jazz Around Philadelphia

Below are our Philadelphia Jazz recommendations, with information on location, admission, transportation/parking, venue history and other points of interest in Philadelphia Art.

Chris’ Jazz Café

With a stellar line-up of local and national talent six-nights-a-week, Chris’ is a great way to spend an evening in Philly without making the trek into NYC. The cover charge can be a little steep (up to $20 for the bigger weekend shows), but if you consider yourself a night owl, the second set is often half-price. (There are also great student discounts!) The food can be a little pricey …more…

Ortlieb’s Jazz Haus

One of the most venerated jazz spots in Philly, Ortlieb’s has played host to countless jazz legends since opening in the 1980’s. While some of its initial mystique may have worn off, the music is still top-notch. The food is exceptional (if not a little expensive), the drinks are reasonable and the cover charge is mid-range, but if you’re excited about that evening’s performer, the Ortlieb’s gestalt makes for a …more…

Sci Fi Philly

Sci Fi Philly is a project of the Ars Nova Workshop, a group dedicated to the promotion of avant garde jazz and experimental music. Held every Sunday at Gojjo, Sci Fi is a true meeting of the experimental minds (with a bit of an Ethiopian flair, given the setting). The cover charge is usually around $5, and for such a small price, you get a whole world of unexpected. On …more…

The Philadelphia Clef Club of the Performing Arts

Many of the great players of the 20th century cut their teeth in Philly’s numerous gritty jazz clubs, many of which closed decades ago. One surviving venue that thrives today is the Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts. The club was founded in 1966 by black members of AF of M, the musicians union, who had been denied membership to the segregated Local #77. The local union became the …more…

World Café Live

While not exclusively a jazz venue, World Café Live is one of Philadelphia’s centers for live music. Every Monday night the great local pianist Orrin Evans hosts a jazz jam session, and every style of music imaginable is represented onstage throughout the month. World Café Live is the place in Philadelphia to find eclectic and energetic live music from all over the globe. The venue features two performing spaces; downstairs is dedicated to …more…