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San Diego: Jazz

While jazz as an art form did originate in the South, San Diego has taken quite a liking to the genre. The city is home to a number of great jazz venues that showcase both fantastic local talent and national touring acts. San Diego owes much to its Latin roots and its jazz is no different. The city often plays host to many great players who borrow liberally from the Latin and Afro-Cuban palette.

Check out venues like Dizzy’s if you are are a fan of great music with no-frills, hot spots like La Gran Tapa if you’re in the mood for gypsy & Brazilian jazz, or Croce’s if you find that your tastes run toward the more refined.

San Diego has a wealth of opportunities to hear live music, especially jazz. Check back often here at Arts America to see what’s new and swingin’ in “America’s Finest City.” (Angela Rivera)

San Diego Jazz: Jazz Around San Diego

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


Anthology is one of the newest music spots in San Diego, the brainchild of owners Howard and Marsha Berkson. This venue aspires to combine the best elements of fine dining and live music. Popular local chef Todd Allison was hired (away from another prestigious San Diego restaurant) in 2010 to revamp Anthology’s menu. The music calendar is diverse; in one week one might see artists as diverse as blues rock …more…

Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar

Owned and originated by Ingrid Croce, the wife of folk artist Jim Croce, Croce’s Restaurant stands as a tribute to his life and music. As the story goes, the restaurant was an idea that the couple had when they first moved to San Diego in the early 1970’s. Years later, Ingrid opened this venue in San Diego’s then-ramshackle Gaslamp district, to honor Croce’s memory and with the hope of giving …more…


Opened in 2000 in San Diego’s Gaslamp district, Dizzy’s has distinguished itself as the kind of venue that musicians love to play. Owned and operated solely by musician and entrepreneur Chuck Perrin, Dizzy’s is a listening room, first and foremost; here the emphasis is on the music. Soon after its opening, the club became a venue of choice for local musicians, …more…

La Gran Tapa

Located on B Street in the heart of downtown San Diego and open since 1984, La Gran Tapa designates itself San Diego’s ‘original Tapas bar.’ The live music schedule here reflects the Mediterranean flavor of its menu, featuring flamenco twice a week, and gypsy jazz; various blues groups and Brazilian jazz round out the weekly calendar. Each night of the week …more…

The Turquoise

The Turquoise is an intimate venue that aspires to recreate the atmosphere and feeling of a Southern European café; its name refers to the ancient colloquial name for the Mediterranean Sea. The menu reflects this as well, with a selection of hot and cold tapas and Italian dishes (including entrees and panini). The music schedule showcases a variety of music, including …more…