Miami's Eight Best Jazz Nights

Miami's jazz community is deeper than you think.
Miami's jazz community is deeper than you think.

While most think of cities like New Orleans or New York when they think of American jazz, our own Magic City also has its share of hot spots where you can catch local and international artists playing skat, hard bop, mainstream, fusion, and Latin jazz.

Miami's oddly large jazz community is partly due to the outpouring of students and graduates from the University of Miami's Frost School of Music. But it seems whatever part of town you like to frequent, there is a venue not too far away where you can hear horns blaring, pianos boogying, and the plucking of an upright bass. Some venues will even devote a whole night to it, which brings us to the reason we've gathered you here today: Miami's best jazz nights.

Rodolfo Zuniga, the musical director at the Globe.
Rodolfo Zuniga, the musical director at the Globe.
Photo Courtesy of the Globe

8. The Globe, 377 Alhambra Circle, Coral Gables; 305-445-3555; theglobecafe.com.

This Coral Gables restaurant features Saturday night jazz which is accompanied by special entries on their food menu. Recent players have included the John Yarling Trio, John Hart & Gary Campbell, the Osvaldo Vargas Trio, Roxana Amex, and Felipe Lamoglia. The Globe does not charge a cover, but all seats are subject to a $20 minimum consumption per person.

Lilt Lounge
Lilt Lounge
Photo Courtesy of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

7. Lilt Lounge, 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami; 305-351-7403; liltlounge.com.

This downtown club is for those feeling a bit fancy. Lilt features live music every Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 p.m. to midnight and every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesday nights are Sax and the City Jam Sessions featuring Alex Berti on upright bass, Aldo Salvent on sax, and special guests.

6. Le Chat Noir, 2 S. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-377-8899; lechatnoirdesalis.com.

This wine, cheese, and live jazz venue provides a little slice of the French Quarter right in downtown Miami. Le Chat Noir's website event page advertises "live jazz all the week," and that includes Wednesday's Descarga Latin Jazz Jam and Le Chat Eddy's Thursday Night Jam. In the month of June, Fridays at 10 p.m. will feature a trifecta of trios downstairs in the venue's cellar: Kemuel Roig's Trio play on June 3, the Richie Cole Trio on June 10, and Federico Brito's Trio will play on June 17.

The bar inside Jazid.
The bar inside Jazid.
Photo Courtesy of Jazid

5. Jazid, 1342 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-9372; jazid.net.

As you can tell by their name, one of South Beach's oldest bars planned to exclusively be a jazz club when it opened twenty years ago. Most nights they feature reggae, hip-hop, and fusion, but every Friday night they stay true to their name with Jazz at Jazid.



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