This post is organized alphabetically. Good thing G comes before J and P, because when it comes to jazz and blues in Birmingham, how could I not start with …
Address: 3101 Ave C., Bessemer, AL 35020 (Park your car and follow the music.)
Hours: Sat. 8PM-until
Gip’s Place in Bessemer is Alabama’s last authentic backyard juke joint and a great place to hear blues, R&B, soul and Southern rock. Your benevolent host Henry “Gip” Gipson celebrated his 99th birthday in January 2019 and is still going strong.
Everyone’s invited to the Saturday night party at Gip’s Place—just remember, BYOB. To find out who’s playing, follow the venue’s Events page on Facebook.
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Jazzi’s on 3rd
Address: 1725 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Hours: Thurs. only 5-9PM (happy hour/no cover 5-6PM)
Unwind after a long Thursday at the office with jazz and cocktails at Jazzi’s on 3rd, just a half block down from Alabama Theatre.
Primarily a special events venue, Jazzi’s on 3rd on opens to the public on Thursdays, 5-9PM, for the Renaissance Experience, featuring live traditional jazz, spoken word, art and sculpture. While you’re there, check out the artifacts of local jazz legend Henry Blankenship.
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Address: 1845 Montgomery Hwy S, 201 Hoover AL 35244
Hours: Thurs. and Fri. 11AM-11PM; Sat. 5-11PM; Sun. Noon-5PM
Jazz, blues, old school R&B, big band and gospel strike the “Perfect Note” at this bar and supper club in Hoover. Want a taste? Hit play on the Instagram video below.
Tip: on Thursdays and Sundays, there’s no cover charge to listen to live music and dine in the main stage dining room, as long as everyone orders something from the menu. (There’s an exception when a national artist is playing.)
On Fridays and Saturdays, the cover charge or ticket fee depends on the artist.
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Jazz, blues, R&B, soul, funk, open mic nights—hear it all at the Plum Bar. Birmingham Pedal Tours, our city’s pedal-powered party tour company, told Bham Now that the Plum Bar is one of their most popular downtown tour stops.
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