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Unread 05-09-2010, 06:25 AM
 
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Default Best cities for live Jazz aside from the obvious

Other than NYC, Chicago, D.C., and New Orleans what cities have the best Jazz?

I know Orlando actually has a pretty good selection with two dedicated jazz radio stations another that often plays jazz, free outdoor jazz concerts all the time, and a few jazz lounges. But I'm looking at moving elsewhere.

I read Kansas City has a lot of jazz. OKC has some sort of Jazz "Lab" but it seems thats the only Jazz in the entire state.

Not going to include a poll because I wouldn't even know where to begin but figured this would be the forum to post this in so people can start battling out for jazz representation.
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Unread 05-09-2010, 08:03 AM
 
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Philly has a few decent Jazz clubs but not on the same level as those you listed. It can be good but you have to look a little harder here
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Unread 05-09-2010, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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I have always felt that Seattle would have a good Jazz base, but I don't know for a fact, it's just a feeling.
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Unread 05-09-2010, 04:32 PM
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This can give you an idea of the scene in the Syracuse area:
Welcome to the 2010 Syracuse Jazz Fest

Home - CNY Jazz (http://www.cnyjazz.org/home.aspx - broken link)

Home - Jazz In The Square

Sophistications by Mahogani Hills - Home

WAER - HOMEPAGE

Syracuse Jazz Network - Welcome to the Syracuse Jazz Network (http://syracusejazz.ning.com/ - broken link)

Syracuse also is pretty big on the blues too.
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Unread 05-09-2010, 05:37 PM
 
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I think people would be surprised by the jazz that's available in KC. It's nothing like NOLA or NYC, but pretty decent.
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Unread 05-09-2010, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Houston
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I can't say for sure, but I think Philly and San Francisco are probably next two most prominent jazz cities after the first four mentioned. I know Houston has a pretty good jazz scene. I'm sure that has a lot to do with the cities long history with New Orleans.
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Unread 05-09-2010, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD/Washington DC
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Salt Lake City, but only from November to April or maybe May.

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Unread 05-09-2010, 08:43 PM
 
Location: San Francisco, CA
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San Francisco has a good jazz scene. It's not on the same level as NY, New Orleans, Chicago, and DC, but it is still pretty good. I agree with what was said about Kansas City too, they have a good jazz scene as well.
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Unread 05-09-2010, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Wynnewood, PA/Philadelphia, PA (Temple U)
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Philly has a few decent Jazz clubs but not on the same level as those you listed. It can be good but you have to look a little harder here
Never been there, but I know Chris' Jazz Cafe is the place to be in Philly.
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Unread 05-09-2010, 11:43 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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I'm thinking Kansas City and San Francisco. Kansas City has a big jazz museum and I think was where Charlie Parker came from. California is notable in the history of "Dixieland Revival" and particularly "Cool Jazz." Dave Brubeck, Vince Guaraldi, Hampton Hawes, Cal Tjader, etc were Californians by birth or upbringing. (Some of those names are more Latin jazz than Cool jazz) Los Angeles had some importance in that too. It looks like LA has about four jazz clubs at present. Looking it up Boston, Detroit, and Minneapolis-St. Paul also look like they may have some notable clubs. Minneapolis-St. Paul also has some jazz festivals.

One of the most surprising places in jazz, surprising to me anyway, is Moscow, Idaho. There they have the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, which I've heard mentioned at jazz sites. Another surprising name in jazz might be Sitka, Alaska which also has its own jazz festival of some renown.
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