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Best jazz clubs

Fritz Hahn  |  Updated 08/15/2012

When you're looking for hot musicians and a warm atmosphere, these jazz haunts deliver.


Blues Alley

Washington, DC

The city's finest and best-known jazz club has played host to everyone from Dizzy Gillespie to Wynton Marsallis, and artists like Ahmad Jamal still hold annual residencies.


Bohemian Caverns

Washington, DC

This legendary nightspot takes its name from its cave-like decor in the basement, where giants like Duke Ellington and Theolonious Monk have performed.



Washington, DC

Dedicated to the rhythms of Latin jazz, this bar and restaurant brings bands playing everything from straight-ahead jazz to neo-soul to bossa nova.


Twins Jazz

Washington, DC

A tiny, well-worn club attracts some of the area's best musicians, hosts weekly jams and offers discounts to students. Don't miss the Ethiopian food.



Washington, DC

Dedicated to the preservation of jazz and blues, this small club, which recently relocated to H Street NE, hosts amateurs and professionals alike with a close-knit atmosphere and great food.


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