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
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.
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.
7. Lilt Lounge, 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami; 305-351-7403; liltlounge.com.
This downtown club is for those feeling a bit fancy.
6. Le Chat Noir, 2 S. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-377-8899; lechatnoirdesalis.com.
This wine, cheese, and live jazz venue
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.
4. Lagniappe House, 3425 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-576-0108; lagniappehouse.com.
The charming midtown hangout describes itself as a New Orleans-style wine house and jazz bar. There's live music every night starting at 9 p.m. which features a heavy rotation of local jazz curated by Zach Larmer, a local jazz
3. The Corner, 1035 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-961-7887; thecornermiami.com.
Tuesday night Downtown Jazz at the Corner was named by this publication as Miami's best jazz night a couple of years back. You can generally expect the bands to start the first of their two sets at around 10:30 p.m. One of the more interesting recent nights featured a three-piece known as Vector that played jazz interpretations of indie rock bands like Blonde Redhead and Fleet Foxes.
2. Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-757-1807; churchillspub.com.
For 16 years, Monday night at Churchill's has belonged to the Miami Jazz Jam. Starting around 9 p.m., the city's jazz aficionados gather in the pub's indoor stage to bebop. Their recent 16th-anniversary party featured the Larry Kendzora Hornucopia Dixieland Band along with Fernando Ulibarri on guitar, Gola Jose on bass, and Jonathan Joseph on drums. If you're looking to partake, Monday night on the outside stage hosts Theatre de Underground, an open mic night featuring poets, musicians, storytellers, jugglers, and comedians, as well as aspiring jazz players.
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1. Ball & Chain, 1513 SW Eighth St., Miami; 305-643-7820; ballandchainmiami.com.
The renovated Little Havana landmark generally has a live jazz set Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights from 6 to 10 p.m. But on the last Thursday of every month, the local jazz station WDNA-FM (88.9) broadcasts live performances from Ball & Chain. It's free admission, and this month's simulcast is happening on June 30. Special jazz performances coming up this summer include jazz vocalist Kevin Mahogany on June 17 and Danny Burger and the Tuscany Reunion Band featuring Brian Murphy, Matt Bonelli, and Randall Dollahan on June 23.