Musicians regularly gathered at the Mutual Musicians Foundation in the wee hours of the night after performances, where they exchanged ideas and experimented with their instruments—now known as a “jam session.” Today the Foundation—which was also the home of Black Musicians Union Local 627—is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and holds the distinction as the longest running jazz venue in the world.
Connected to the American Jazz Museum, guests will find The Blue Room to be as essential to the city’s jazz scene as it was in the ‘20s and ‘30s, making it a can’t-miss attraction.
Known for its vibrant scene and no-cover-ever policy, the Green Lady Lounge has become a modern favorite for jazz lovers in KC.
Head to The Phoenix in Downtown KC for a taste of the local flavor—but be sure to arrive early, because this joint is jumpin’.
Situated in a historic building built in 1911 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Majestic Restaurant was once a Prohibition-era speakeasy. Today, the lower-level club is a classic Kansas City steakhouse and jazz hotspot featuring some of the best acts in the country.
While not technically a jazz club, Corvino Supper Club & Tasting Room is one of the hottest restaurants in the city and regularly features popular jazz acts to match the equally delicious cuisine.
For a more laid-back vibe, head to The Ship for jazz night every Thursday. Pair it with classic cocktails and you’ll be in in bebop heaven.