Where to Hear Live Jazz in Tampa Bay

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Tampa Bay Jazz

The Tampa Bay area is filled with so many hidden gems that can be easily missed if you don’t look closely. The local jazz scene, for example, is alive and well when you know where to find it. Break the monotony of dinner and a movie with some good music and great company. Dedicate your date night to Tampa Bay jazz. Here's a guide to help you on your way.

Note: This post was originally published in February 2019 and has been updated.

JAZZ CLUBS

Ruby’s Elixir – St. Petersburg

This little pocket of joy has been around since 2011. It’s across the Bay in downtown St. Petersburg and has a reputation for having a regular stream of top musical talent seven days a week.

The atmosphere is the perfect mix of modern elegance and old school charm, plus the drinks are top notch and the musicians are superb. If you like a good cigar then you will really enjoy the adjoining cigar bar. There's also outdoor seating so you don’t have to sacrifice the music for some fresh air. Parking is hassle-free which is always a plus at a downtown venue. You can find the upcoming musical lineup on the lounge's website and Facebook page.

 

Lakeland Loft – Lakeland

Experience 4,000 square feet of jazz lounge goodness at Lakeland Loft. This stylish space offers weekend entertainment and an assortment of spirits to sip. The interior features Oxford-style decor as well as a cigar lounge. Enjoy local live jazz artists every Friday and Saturday night beginning at 9pm, plus a large selection of spirits as well as a chilled walk-in wine room. This is a classy spot, so dress accordingly in your date night best.

Photo Credit: Lakeland Loft

LIVE JAZZ AT RESTAURANTS & BARS

Independent Bar and Cafe – Tampa

The Independent is a lovely little spot that invokes an intimate feeling of being as “in the know” as any given local. A dash of comfort food and a delightful beer garden make a dangerously inviting combination—especially when movie nights and low-key local artists whipping out their acoustic guitars are cornerstones of the event calendar. Catch live jazz performances by local artists on the first Saturday of each month.

 

Eddie V's – Tampa

Eddie V's is the kind of place where jazz musicians play in suits and fresh Florida seafood is brought straight to your table. If their four-course menu is any indication of the nightly music, then they’ve got this high-end, jazz-infused dining experience down to an art. The entertainment schedule in the V Lounge features live jazz seven nights a week, always a good sign.

 

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Monday Night Jazz Jam | Image credit: The Hangar Restaurant & Flight Lounge

CONCERT HALLS

The Palladium

St. Pete's historic theater is a fantastic spot to catch everything from ballet and dance performances to live concerts featuring the best in jazz, blues, classical music and more. Two unique entertainment spaces, including the intimate 175-seat Side Door Cabaret listening room with table seating, set the stage for a perfect musical date night experiencing the best in Tampa Bay jazz. Check the calendar for all upcoming performances.

 

Carrollwood Cultural Center

Get your monthly jazz fix at Carrollwood Cultural Center's monthly Jazz with Jim concerts. This lively performance features The Jazz Directions, comprised of Jim Burge (saxophone/flute), Ron Delp (keyboard), Jeff Hanson (drums), and Mike Ruven (bass). Enjoy a new concert theme each month. Tickets are $18.

Tampa Bay JAZZ FESTIVALS

Clearwater Jazz Holiday

Jazz lovers travel from all over to attend this annual celebration in Clearwater Beach each October. This multi-day Tampa Bay jazz festival has been going strong for the past 42 years! Each day features multiple performances, plus onsite vendors selling food and beverages. The next event date is set for October 13 – 16, 2022.

Live Jazz in Tampa Bay - Clearwater Jazz Holiday
Image credit: Clearwater Jazz Holiday

St. Petersburg Jazz Festival

St. Pete's annual jazz fest will celebrate its 13th year in 2022. Each February, jazz lovers can enjoy five nights of live jazz performances hosted at the historic Palladium Theater and Side Door. Check out the 2022 lineup here.

Feature Image Credit: Clearwater Jazz Holiday


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