The Jazz Voyager is heading to the airport to catch a plane to the midwest to hang out at The Blue Room situated in the American Jazz Museum and catch a set tomorrow night with Everett Freeman’s band Eclipse with Lisa Henry. Located in the historic 18th & Vine jazz district at 1616 E 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108 it honors the past and showcases the present best local and national names in jazz.
The Blue Room opened in 1997 and is a happening club that’s determined to keep “Kansas City Jazz” alive and thriving. Welcoming all into an intimate setting it is said you can sit in on the Monday night jam session, big band performances as well as Latin Jazz and Salsa mixed into the varied nights of jazz performances. Open on Monday & Thursday from 5-11pm and Friday 5p-1a and Saturday from 7pm – 1:00am. To discover more visit their site at americanjazzmuseum.org/blueroom or call 816-474-6262 #jazz voyager
The Jazz Voyager is heading to the airport to fly into Midway Airport in the Windy City to check out Greg Osby tomorrow at the infamous nightspot called the Green Mill Jazz Club. Located at 4802 N. Broadway St., Chicago, IL 60640 it is open from 12:00pm – 4:00am nightly and 5:00am on Saturdays.
Established in 1907 as Pop Morse’s Roadhouse, a bar and beer garden catering to mourners spilling from the nearby Graceland and Saint Boniface cemeteries. In 1910, the establishment became the Green Mill Gardens under the ownership of real estate developer Tom Chamales. During the Prohibition and Jazz Age years it was patronized by Al Capone and other mobsters and well-to-doers in Chicago and the clubs pedigree had no equal, proffering the best talent in the country.
The clubs notoriety has given it appearances in films like The Joker’s Wild, Ocean’s 12, V.I. Warshawski, The Lake House, High Fidelity, The Break-Up and Prelude to a Kiss.
All types of jazz music are featured at the Green Mill including traditional, bebop, improvisational, contemporary and avant-garde. For more info and reservations 773-878-5552.
The Jazz Voyager is regrettably leaving France and crossing the pond for the warm climates of Florida’s Space Coast and take in the great live jazz coming out of Heidi’s Jazz Club situated at 7 N Orlando Avenue in Cocoa Beach, 32931. This upscale hangout that opened in 1992 is connected to an Austrian restaurant and for the past twenty-five years has been serving up great jazz, drinks and atmosphere.
Performances are scheduled Wednesday through Sunday, with an open jam session on Sunday beginning at 7pm. Reservations are recommended at 321-783-4559 or at heidelbergcocoabeach.com/reservation/.
They say the best laid plans can change in the blink of an eye and oh, how true it is. I hopped a flight to Paris, France to catch my friend, saxophonist Mike Ellis and his group New Blue at the 45 Degrees Jazz Club. But sadly, another jazz venue has closed for good.
So since this Jazz Voyager has already landed in the City of Lights, I’m going to rent a car and drive four hours through the French countryside and see what I can discover that’s interesting as I head southwest to the coast for a little jazz on the water at the Piano Barge. Located in the Gulf of Morbihan in the small Breton city at Allée Loïc Caradec, 56000 Vannes, it is the best jazz club to emerge anywhere in the world these past two years.
An old boat turned into a chic bistro, Piano Barge is a dream come true for proprietress Dephine Grimont and the French jazz community. However, it does more than just host live sessions, some of its cabins are used as studios, with the goal of producing 20 to 30 new albums a year.
Reservations are recommended for the restaurant and can be made by calling +33 2 97 47 76 05. Open evenings from 6:00pm-12:00am Wednesday through Saturday.
Located at 56 Gold Street, 94133 this Jazz Voyager is catching a flight to San Francisco, California and looking forward to stepping into Bix Restaurant this weekend to experience going back in time to the opulence of prohibition. Jazz was the soundtrack of the 1920s and it’s the soundtrack of Bix. Situated in the Barbary Coast enclave down an alley, Bix welcomes pianists and vocalists Sunday through Thursdays and jazz trios Friday and Saturday night. This supper club has a swanky 1930s ambiance, live jazz & a dining room serving American-French cuisine. Reservations recommended: opentable.com or 415-433-6300.