Cleveland’s Jazz Scene (04.12.09)
A few weeks ago I attended a jazz concert presented by the Cleveland State Jazz Ensemble. It was extremely well done and, even better, it was free. Several times during the course of a semester, music students of all sorts are required to perform. Of these, most performances are open to the public and some, like student recitals, are free. Click here for Cleveland State’s calendar of events.
After the concert I got to thinking about the jazz scene in Cleveland Plus. While Cleveland is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, it is also home to several well-known live jazz venues:
• Located in Cleveland Heights and open since 1965, Nighttown is known for quality jazz as well as good late-night food and a relaxed environment. Voted #1 best live music venue in Cleveland by AOL and named one of the top 100 jazz clubs in the world by Downbeat magazine, Nighttown offers shows nightly—sometimes without a cover.
• The Bop Stop, located just west of downtown, offers live jazz from some of the most prominent jazz musicians from Cleveland and around the world. The Cleveland Bop Stop moved just west of the Detroit-Superior Bridge in 2003 and is now open only for special events. Check their calendar for dates.
• Brother’s Lounge, on the border of Cleveland and Lakewood, offers live music most nights of the week, although its mostly rock. The restored neighborhood pub’s wine bar has Martini Mondays with Mojo Big Band, a 17 piece group.
• House of Swing, on Cleveland’s East Side, offers live jazz and blues throughout the week. Although very small, House of Swing is known by Clevelanders as a staple in the city’s music scene.