5 Clubs in Seattle Keeping Jazz Alive

Whether you like jazz or not, you probably have heard the strains of Dave Brubeck's most famous composition, "Take Five" at some point along the way. It was just several years back that Brubeck stopped by Seattle for a four night run at Jazz Alley. And it just happened to be the same year that the timeless "Take Five" was turning 50 years old.

Although we lost a jazz giant today with Brubeck's passing, his music, as well as his influence on jazz, will live on. Here are a few clubs in Seattle keeping it alive.

Dimitriou's Jazz Alley

Typically a straight ahead jazz joint, Jazz Alley has recently been venturing outside of their namesake genre, including an upcoming performance from Geoff Tate of Queensryche. But they are also staying true to their roots - you can catch Latin legend Poncho Sanchez as he closes out 2016 on the Jazz Alley stage.

Tula's Restaurant and Jazz Club

A great venue located in the heart of Belltown to hear some of the young lions making a mark on the scene today. Ravi Coltrane, post-bop saxophonist and son of jazz legends John Coltrane and Alice Coltrane, has been known to stop by for a spirited set or two.

Seamonster Lounge

Jazz acts, mix with funk bands, mix with reggae. Seamonster Lounge is as good as it is eclectic. Stop by their weekly Sunday Jazz Brunch and get some sustenance for the body and the soul.

The Triple Door

Another all-purpose venue that is in the heart of downtown. There's a bar upstairs that often has local jazz musicians plying their craft during Happy Hour. Down a flight of stairs to the supper club and you'll hear established acts such as the upcoming performance by Branford Marsalis and his quartet.


Stop by on a Thursday night and you won't just get a good deal on a bottle of wine, you'll hear some smokin' straight ahead jazz. Throw in the fact that there's no cover charge and your Thursday night plans should be all set.

Michael Nank is a Seattle-based writer with a penchant for film, theatre and travel.