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Where to Find Live Jazz on the Peninsula and Beyond

The entries below are some of the choice clubs and jazz venues on the Peninsula and beyond. We cover only the San Francisco Peninsula, San Jose, and San Francisco. Venues without informative websites are generally not included. We suggest you telephone or check the website to find out what’s happening at that venue. Things change often.

Updated March 15, 2012

The San Francisco Peninsula

San Jose

The City (San Francisco)

Farther Afield


Angelicas, 863 Main St., Redwood City, CA 94063.   650/679-8184. 
Tuesday night jazz jams, 7-10pm, and more.

B Street & Vine, 320 South B Street, San Mateo, CA 94401  650/347-VINE Wine café. Live music Wed. through Sun, generally jazz.

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society
, 307 Mirada Rd. (PO Box 302), El Granada, CA 94018. 650/726-4143. This coastside gem is one of the best places for jazz anywhere.  Sunday afternoons—jazz headliners.

Bix Restaurant, 56 Gold St., SF.  415/433-6300.  Sun-Mon—Solo piano; Tues-Thurs—piano plus vocalist; Fri-Sat—Jazz Trio.     

BluesJam at Club Fox, Fox Theatre, 2209 Broadway, Redwood City 94063.
Blues on Wed. evenings. For calendar check the website:

Cetrella, 845 Main St., Half Moon Bay, CA 94019   650/726-4090.  Handsome restaurant offers jazz Friday and Saturday evenings.    

Community School of Music & Arts at Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View, CA 94040. 650/917-6800.  Occasional faculty jazz concerts

Jazz at Filoli 2010. Great summer series, June-Sept. Concerts are 1:30-4pm on the Filoli Estate, 86 Cañada Road, Woodside, CA 94062.  650/364-8300, x. 508        

MONTALVO ARTS CENTER. Carriage House Theatre Performing Arts Series, 15400 Montalvo Rd., Saratoga, CA 94070. Various concert series during      the year, some jazz.

Sam’s Chowder House, 4210 N. Cabrillo Hwy, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019. 650/712-0245. Music, usually Fri., Sat., Sun. eves, sometimes jazz.  Good waterfront dining, and, oh, that clam chowder. For best music listening, get a seat at the bar.

Stanford Jazz Workshop Events.  Campbell Recital Hall and Dinkelspiel Auditorium on campus. The annual Stanford Jazz Festival is a “must” for any jazz fan. Stanford Jazz Workshop, PO Box 20454, Stanford, CA 94309  

Studio Pink House, 14577 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA.  Concert series—generally Sunday, 4-6pm. Wayne Wallace, Hristo Vitchev, Paul Nagel.  $10 donation.

7 Mile House, 2800 Bayshore Blvd, Brisbane 94005. 415/467-2343. Jazz on Monday and Tuesday nights.   Sunday jam is 6-9 pm.


Café Stritch, 374 S. 1st St., San Jose 95113.  408/280-6161. New York-style jazz club,with nightly jazz, Wed.-Sun.

Hedley Club in Hotel DeAnza, 233 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose, CA 95113   408/286-1000. Live jazz in this pleasant, comfortable hotel cocktail lounge and wine bar. 1st and 3rd Wed. eves., jazz

J J’s Blues, 3439 Stevens Creek Blvd, San Jose.    408/243-6441. Blues entertainment most nights

Poor House Bistro, 91 S. Autumn St., San Jose, CA 95110.  408/292-5837.  New Orleans cuisine. Various music styles, incl. jazz and blues, nightly.

San Jose Jazz Events. San Jose Jazz organizes a fine summer jazz festival downtown San Jose each August.  This non-profit also puts on an excellent winter jazz series.Jazz Jam at Hedley (see above), plus Fri. night gigs at San Pedro Square Market. San Jose Jazz, 145 W. San Carlos, San Jose, CA 95113. 408/288-7557.    

Unwined, 6946 Almaden Expwy., San Jose, CA 95120.  408/323-WINE.   Jazz on Saturday nights, 7-9:30pm, and some Thursdays.

THE CITY   Venues for jazz in San Francisco

Bird & Beckett Books, 653 Chenery St., San Francisco.   415/586-3733  
Friday evening jazz, 5:30-8pm.

Biscuits & Blues, 401 Mason St., SF 94102   415/292-2583. Wed.-Sun. Nightly blues, except Monday.

Café Claude, 7 Claude Lane, SF 94105.  415/392-3505. Jazz every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 7:30-10:30pm. Marcus Shelby, Mad and Eddie Duran, et al.  Good food, too.

Café Divine, 1600 Stockton St. (Washington Sq.), San Francisco 94133. 415/986-3414. Jazz Tuesdays, third Sunday of month, 7-9pm.

Castagnola’s Restaurant, 286 Jefferson, San Francisco 94133.  415/776-5015. Well-known Fisherman’s Wharf eatery hosts live music in the lounge, Wednesday - Saturday, some jazz.

Cigar Bar & Grill, 850 Montgomery St., San Francisco 94133. 415/398-0850. Mexican cuisine. Latin & mainstream jazz, Thurs., Fri., Sat. 

Le Colonial Restaurant, 20 Cosmo Place, SF 94109. 415/931-3600. French-Vietnamese cuisine.   Jazz, Mon.-Thurs. evenings

Doc’s Lab, 124 Columbus Ave., San Francisco .  415/649-6191. Nightly music, comedy, some jazz. Big band on Sundays.                    

Les Joulins Jazz Bistro, 44 Ellis St., SF 94102. 415/397-5397. Restaurant, with nightly jazz, swing, blues.

Martuni’s Piano Bar, 4 Valencia St., San Francisco 94103.  415/241-0205. Music nightly: jazz, standards, show tunes.  To 2 am.  Pianist Dee Spencer appears often (also at Catch, 2362 Market St.—415/431-1744).

Melt!, 700 Columbus Ave., San Francisco. Jazz 2-3 nights a week..

One Market Restaurant, 1 Market St., San Francisco 94105.  415/777-5577. Fri.-Sat. nights, Billy Philadelphia solo piano.  

Rose Pistola, 532 Columbus Ave., San Francisco 94133. 415/399-0499. Italian cuisine. Jazz Thurs.-Sun. evenings.

Pier 23 Café, 23 Pier Ste. 4 (Embarcadero, San Francisco 94111.  415/362-5125. Seafood restaurant. Music nightly, except Monday. Occasionally jazz.     

Rasselas, 1534 Fillmore St., SF 94115. 415/346-8696.  Jazz club and restaurant (Ethiopian cuisine). Live music (jazz, blues) 7 nights a week

Royal Cuckoo, 3202 Mission, San Francisco.  415/550-8667. Wed.-Sun., often jazz: Broussard, Lavay Smith, et al.

Savanna Jazz, 2937 Mission St., SF 94110. 415/285-3369. Nightly music, except Monday & Tuesday.

Sheba Piano Lounge, 1419 Fillmore St., San Francisco 94115. 415/440-7414. Live music 7 nights a week.  Ethiopian cuisine.

Top of the Mark, Mark Hopkins Inter-Continental Hotel, Number One Nob Hill, SF 94108   877/270-1390. San Francisco landmark.  Nighly music, Tues-Sat, Sunday brunch.  Small cover charge.

Yoshi’s San Francisco, 1330 Fillmore St., SF 94115. 415/655-5600. The Bay Area’s premier jazz club presents many of jazz’s major headliners. Excellent Japanese food. Bring money.

Zingari Ristorante, 501 Post St., San Francisco 94102. 415/885-8850.
Jazz lounge—live jazz 7 nights a week.


The Jazz School, 2087 Addison St., Berkeley, CA 94704. 510/845-5373.   Frequent concerts with young jazz musicians, faculty members and others. A Bay Area jazz treasure.

Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060. 831/427-2227. Another Bay Area treasure, one of the nicest venues for jazz.  Monday nights—jazz headliners. Well worth a trip.  Other occasional gigs during the week.

Yoshi’s at Jack London Square, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, CA 94607   510/238-9200. One of the country’s best jazz clubs (like its San Francisco affiliate), and excellent Japanese food.



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