Houston Blues & Jazz Clubs

From local blues dives that have been standing since Houstonís live music scene was still in diapers to classy jazz dens that serve nightlife up with a twist, anyone who loves these two styles of music will never be without an amazing place to go to find them. Some of the best jazz and blues acts in the world take to the stages in Houston, as well as plenty of incredible local bands. The thriving music-producing populations of Austin and Dallas further enhance the live performances in Houston, giving Houstonís amazing venues the privilege of showcasing some of the best talent in Texas. From the sultry notes that make life seem steamier to the rich wail of a manís soul as he holds his guitar in hand, live jazz and blues donít just add a soundtrack to your night, they offer up some of the most profound, body-shaking music youíve ever heard.
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4100 Montrose, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.522.9621
The best local and nationally touring live jazz acts roll through the ultra chic Cezanne to wow the serious music lovers that pack into its' classy walls. Houston needed a live music club like this and Cezanne delivered, and the musical stylings don't just stop at traditional jazz, live acts along the musical spectrum from Latin jazz to Western swing break out their gear and tickle the ears of the always appreciative hip crowd.

Etta's Lounge

5120 Scott St., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.528.2611
Etta's Lounge is a Houston blues club institution that's been rocking it with dive bar sensibilities for a darned long time. The mixed crowd, from older African Americans to curious student types all share the common goal of listening to seriously good live music while downing seriously cheap drinks—the winning combination that has kept Etta's Lounge in the black.

Howling Coyote

6536 FM 1960, Houston, Texas; Tel. 281.444.3401
The live music blues scene hits Houston in the form of the Howling Coyote featuring the best local talent with some drop ins by national touring acts. The drinks and the music flow out of this blues club with equal force and if there's a better staff around for keeping your glass full or dropping some knowledge about the band, we're at a loss to find 'em. These elements synergize in the Howling Coyote to keep this Houston live music club teeming with audiophiles looking for some down home blues.

Mr. A's

3409 Cavalcade, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.675.2319
Mr. A's in Houston takes patrons on a musical journey through its loungy depths with the hippest local zydeco live music acts, so you can sip some cocktails while listening to yet another great offspring of New Orleans. Also, Mr. A's gets a steady booking of jazz, blues, soul and funk acts for the supreme pleasure of the Houston music aficionado.

Red Cat Jazz Café

924 Congress, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.226.7870
Laid back jazz is the hallmark of the Red Cat Jazz Café in Houston that strives to bring you world-class live music every night of the week from local and national touring acts. Each night at the Red Cat brings a different style of jazz to the stage from straight jazz to world to Latin, Wednesday's feature a jam session night and for patrons that get a little hungry while digesting the smooth sounds, the Red Cat Jazz Café offers a full menu.

Sammy's at 2016 Main

2016 Main Street, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.751.3101
This newer Houston live music hotspot has been packing lovers of jazz since it threw open its doors. Sammy's at 2016 Main hosts live music every weekend always starting things off with the venerable Houston jazz musician Sammy Relford, who just so happens to own the club, so even before hearing an ensemble, you know the riffs are going to be top notch. Sammy's at 2016 Main bagged jazz hipster status the moment it opened, so if you caught that soul wave early, congratulate yourself, if you haven't yet been to this Houston jazz club; what exactly are you waiting for?

Scott Gertner's Sky Bar

3400 Montrose Blvd., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.520.9688
This is the bar in Houston to hear some world-class live jazz in one of the coolest settings anywhere. Scott Gertner's Sky Bar really takes the name to heart because it sits like a heavenly oasis above a Montrose high-rise offering its well dressed biz pro crowds a spectacular view of Houston. The jazz is always hot at Scott Gertner's Sky Bar, the crowds are see and be seen hipsters and, like we said, there is no better view in Houston.

The Big Easy

5731 Kirby, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.523.9999
The Big Easy in Houston is a rocking blues club that offers up to patrons local live music acts seven nights a week. The Big Easy, modeled after the blue-collar drinking and music holes of New Orleans, packs more than enough soul and down home drink fueled rocking party style into an intimate spot that seems at odds with its' more gentrified neighbors.

The Shakespeare Pub

14129 Memorial Dr. Ste E, Houston, Texas; Tel. 281.497.4625
Despite the name sharing with the English Bard you're more likely to hear the classic works by our own poets of the guitar than of the pen. The Shakespeare Pub is a little slice of blues heaven in Houston that hosts live music usually four nights a week; always good and ever-funky. Blues and zydeco fans of all stripes flock to The Shakespeare Pub because they always book top draw local acts and then do something that is simply unheard of in the realm of live music... there's almost never a cover.
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