Seattle may be the birthplace of grunge greats Nirvana and Pearl Jam, but it’s also home to multiple festivals, radio stations, and venues that support world-class jazz musicians. From big band to bossa nova—whether you’re looking to toe-tap or really get moving—you won’t be disappointed by these jazz hotspots in the city. Here’s where to hear jazz in Seattle.
Jazz in Seattle
Tula’s Restaurant and Nightclub
Just ten minutes walking from The Pan Pacific, in Seattle’s Belltown Neighborhood, lies Tula’s, a sort-of-old-and-cramped, but still charming jazz institution. Offering live shows seven days a week, it brings in huge national acts, as well as a mix of talented locals. With an intimate setting of around 20 tables, you’ll want to make your reservations in advance. Tula’s Restaurant and Nightclub: 2214 2nd Ave.; 206-443-4221 P
Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley
Excellent acoustics, cozy seating, and consistently quality talent make Dimitriou’s a go-to in Seattle’s jazz scene. If you’re in town at the end of the month, be sure to stop by for a performance by The Rippingtons & Russ Freeman, a Grammy-nominated contemporary jazz group that’s been influencing the genre for the last 30 years. Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley: 2033 6th Ave.; 206-441-9729
Photo above courtesy of Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley on Instagram.
Start your Saturday off on the right foot with jazz brunch at the SeaMonster Lounge. With no-frills, honest bar food and affordable drinks, regulars say it’s like sitting down for a world-class show in the comfort of your own living room. SeaMonster Lounge: 2202 N 45th St.; 206-992-1120
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
Also referred to as the Ballard Locks, this busy waterway on Salmon Bay is lined by gardens, and hosts six months of free, live music, with lots of great jazz options. If you’re in the city in mid-July and looking for an open-air concert, head to the locks and check out The Mood Swings—an awesome, all female Big Band Jazz ensemble from the Northwest. Hiram M. Chittenden Locks: 3015 NW 54th St.; 206-780-2500