Nighttown is my next destination for jazz and I am looking forward to sitting in a cool looking club that has been in existence for six decades. Opened in 1965 in a building that dates back to the 1920s, and what began as a single 40 seat storefront joint has evolved into one of the largest performance spaces and restaurants in the city. Named after Dublin’s Red-Light District in James Joyce’s Ulysses, Nighttown is located at 12387 Cedar Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44106.
Attracting an eclectic group of patrons to its ambience fashioned after the turn-of-the-century restaurants of the 1920s New York, it features renowned jazz artists four or more nights a week. This weekend the Jazz Voyager is spending the a couple of days in the city on the shores of Lake Erie and checking out the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra featuring Vince Mastro tonight at 8:30pm and on Sunday at 7:00pm, I will be catching the talents of pianist Chuchito Valdes. For dinner reservations and cover charge for performances the number is 216-795-0550.