Places to Go to Hear Live Jazz in New Jersey

by Donna Tinus
Jazz remains very popular in New Jersey.

Jazz remains very popular in New Jersey.

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Jazz music is abundantly popular in New Jersey. Newark was rich with jazz music throughout the golden age of jazz. The state still celebrates the rich, eclectic sounds of jazz music with many clubs and restaurants offering live performances. Some venues offer live jazz music daily, weekly or occasionally. It's best to inquire about the schedule of events before going.

Clubs with Frequent Jazz Music

These jazz clubs offer live jazz music on several nights each week, and often feature major jazz players: Cecil's Jazz Club is located at 364 Valley Road, West Orange (973) 736-4800. The Priory Club is a dinner club with great historic atmosphere located in the old renovated St. Joseph church on West Market Newark (973) 639-7848. Shanghai Jazz Restaurant and Club offers live jazz music five nights a week at 24 Main Street in Madison Their phone number is (973) 822-2899, or you can see the schedule of events at Trumpets Jazz Club in Montclair frequently features big-name musicians. You can view the schedule at

Restaurants with Occasional Jazz Music

Located on Broad Street, The The Hopewell Valley Bistro & Inn is a Hungarian restaurant that offers jazz on Saturday nights in their Starlight Room. Arthur's Downtown offers American cuisine and is located in Newark. Call the restaurant to inquire about the days they are offering jazz music (973) 286-1700. Cecere's, located on Erie Street in Montclair, is an old-fashioned, beautifully decorated supper club with a 24-piece jazz band. French Quarter Restaurant in Wayne offers a New Orleans feel with a small jazz band on weekends.

Other Locations

Glen Rock Inn in Glen Rock, Just Jake's in Montclair (973) 655-8987 and Luna Rossa Restaurant in Clifton (973) 340-6125 are a few restaurants that offer jazz bands several times a month. It's best to call for their schedules. Meyersville Inn in Gillette is an old family-owned restaurant that offer jazz bands occasionally. Call them at (908) 647-6302 to inquire. Orvieto Italian Restaurant, located in Flemington, is another restaurant situated in an old, historic building. They can be reached to inquire about their jazz schedule at (908) 788-0119.

Rutgers Institute for Jazz Studies

During the daytime, when you're not listening to live jazz music, check out The Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies. It is located on Rutgers University campus in Newark. Here you will see a collection of items such as instruments of some of jazz's most celebrated musicians. They host many photographs and musical charts. You can also peruse tapes and recordings. It's a mecca of information for any jazz enthusiast and an interesting way to spend a day learning about the history of jazz.

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