Edmonton Jazz clubs that will leave you jumping and jiving

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Chateau Louis Hotel & Conference Centre

11727 Kingsway NW, Edmonton, AB T5G 3A1

Located in the Chateau Louis, this spot hosts live piano music every Thursday through Sunday. While a variety of genres are encouraged, the velour bar stools, stately leather armchairs and retro carpet sets the tone for an old timey jazz lounge; transporting you back the minute Edmonton’s next prodigy takes a seat at the bench.

Commercial Hotel-Blues On Whyte Pub

10329 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 1Z9

Featuring reasonably priced drinks and classic crooners, Blues on Whyte attracts diehard jazz fans from every corner of the city. This cherished dive bar, located in the Commercial Hotel, is unapologetically dedicated to the 1970s, seven days a week.

Brittany's Lounge

10225 97 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 0L5

This may very well be Edmonton’s best-kept secret. A newer establishment among its R&B counterparts, Brittany’s has a laid-back vibe equally inviting to the long-time jazz disciple and the novice fan. This comfortable venue brings an eclectic mix of performers and patrons alike.

Shepping Enterprises Ltd

11818 111 Ave Nw, Edmonton, AB T5G 0E1

Edmonton’s best karaoke bar may also be the city’s best springboard for amateur jazz artists. B Street opens its stage to jams every Saturday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Toss in their reputation for having the best pizza in town, and B Street Bar proves to be an A grade location.

Blue Chair Cafe

9624 76 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6C 0K3

A staple for both local musicians and touring performers, Blue Chair Café’s live music selection is as worldly as its menu. And, if your own band is looking for a transition from garage to glory, their Tuesday night jam sessions may be just right for you.

Edmonton Jazz Society (1973)

10203 86 Ave Nw, Edmonton, AB T6E 2M2

Recognized by DownBeat Magazine as a Great Jazz Venue of 2014, Yardbird is a seasoned vet in Edmonton’s local jazz scene. Great acoustics and a welcoming layout bring in receptive audiences, which, in turn, draws the best in local, national and international performers.

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