Jazz Venues

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.

The Peninsula – San Francisco

The City – (San Francisco)

San Jose

Farther Afield


Angelicas, 863 Main St., Redwood City, CA 94063.   650/679-8184. 
Tuesday night jazz with Denny Berthiaume Trio & vocalists. Other jazz occasionally.

B Street & Vine, 320 South B Street, San Mateo, CA 94401  650/347-VINE   www.bstreetandvine.com. Wine café. Live music Wed. thru Sat., 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.     

Cetrella Restaurant, 400 Main St., Los Altos, CA 94022, (650) 948-0400

BluesJam at Club FoxFox Theatre, 2209 Broadway, Redwood City 94063. 
Blues on Wed. evenings. $7 cover. For calendar check the website: www.rwcbluesjam.com

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

Fattoria e Mare, 109 Rollins Rd., Burlingame. 650/342-4922. Jazz some evenings.

Jazz at Filoli. 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        

Little Lou’s BbqCampbell Plaza, 2455 Winchester, Campbell 95008.  408/796-7852. Music nightly, some jazz.

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 Fri. & Sat.. eves., 5:30, sometimes jazz. Good waterfront dining, and, oh, that clam chowder. For best music listening, get a seat at the bar.

Savanna Jazz1189 Laurel St., San Carlos 94070. 415/624-4549. Jazz nightly.

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  

7 Mile House, 2800 Bayshore Blvd, Brisbane 94005. 415/467-2343. Jazz on Monday and Tuesday nights, plus Sunday jams (5-8pm) with Vince Lateano and friends.  Great bar with good food.

2. THE CITY  Venues for jazz in San Francisco

Bird & Beckett Book, 653 Chenery St., San Francisco.   415/586-3733  
Jazz various evenings, 5:30-8pm.

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

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

Black Cat400 Eddy St., San Francisco 94109. 415/358-1999. Live music nightly, often jazz.

Burritt Room, Mystic Hotel, 417 Stockton St., San Francisco.  
415/400-0500.  Jazz, Mon-Sat. evenings.

Café Claude, 7 Claude Lane, SF 94105.  415/392-3505. Jazz every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 7:00-10:00pm. Good food, too.     

Castagnola’s Restaurant, 286 Jefferson, San Francisco 94133.  415/776-5015. Well-known Fisherman’s Wharf eatery hosts live music in the lounge, Mon.-Fri., 4-7pm; Sat.-Sun., 1-7pm.

Chez Henny1300 Silver Ave., San Francisco 94134. 415/552-2729.          Private home, 4pm concerts.

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

Club Deluxe1511 Haight St., San Francisco 94117.  415/552-1555. Jazz some nights.

Gaspar Brasserie185 Sutter St., San Francisco 94104.  Sat. nights, music, sometimes jazz.

Le Colonial Restaurant, 20 Cosmo Place, SF 94109. 415/931-3600. French-Vietnamese cuisine.  Jazz, most evenings. Le Jazz Hot some Tuesdays.

Doc’s Lab, 124 Columbus Ave., San Francisco .  415/649-6191. Comedy, occasional jazz. Big band on Sundays, 5:30pm. Big band on Sundays.       

Local Edition691 Market St., San Francisco.  415/795-1375. Big band Mondays, 8pm

Martuni’s Piano Bar4 Valencia St., San Francisco 94103.  415/241-0205. Music nightly: jazz, standards, show tunes.  To 2 am. 

Mr. Tipple’s Recording Studio39 Fell St., San Francisco.  
415/851-8561. Jazz evening, Mon.-Sat

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

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

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

San Francisco Jazz Center201 Franklin St., San Francisco 94102. 866-920-5299. Perhaps the country’s premier venue for jazz, the center’s main auditorium hosts most of the world’s jazz headliners during the year. Music nightly.

Sheba Piano Lounge1419 Fillmore St., San Francisco 94115. 415/440-7414. Live music, often jazz, 7 nights a week.

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.

Zingari Ristorante, 501 Post St., San Francisco 94102. 415/885-8850.
Jazz lounge—live jazz 7 nights a week, 8 pm.


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

Five Points169 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose 95113.  408/982-5816.  Jazz Tuesdays, 9-11pm.  

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

San Jose Jazz Events. San Jose Jazz organizes a fine summer jazz festival downtown San Jose each August. SJJ sponsors other gigs at San Jose clubs. San Jose Jazz, 145 W. San Carlos, San Jose, CA 95113. 408/288-7557.    


California Jazz Conservatory, 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 club, and excellent Japanese food.