Kansas City’s Best Spots For Jazz

Where to listen to local culture

Whether you are visiting Kansas City for the first time, or regularly come through, the local jazz scene should not be missed. The city is world famous for its rich jazz legacy, and today, it continues to be an integral part of local culture. Here, three terrific spots to listen to some of Kansas City’s best jazz.

Green Lady Lounge

In a town well known for its jazz scene, Green Lady Lounge firmly remains an icon. Located in Grand Boulevard in the Crossroads District, the dimly-lit space drips in red velvet, chandeliers, and vintage art, and features live jazz every night of the year. Even better? There’s never a cover charge, and no televisions – so you can enjoy the music without interruption.

The Majestic Restaurant

This swanky steakhouse, which opened in 2009, celebrates two of Kansas City’s most famous traditions: terrific beef and world-class jazz. Housed in the historic J. Fitzpatrick Saloon Building, guests can feast on  USDA Prime, dry-aged chops and bold California Cabernets in the main dining room, or slip downstairs to the more discreet lower level – which formerly was a real speakeasy.

The Phoenix

With a colorful past – reportedly, it was once a bordello – The Phoenix in downtown’s hip Garment District is in a league of its own. In addition to hosting some of the city’s best live jazz acts five nights a week, there’s also a lively jazz brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. The food menu is hearty and crowd-pleasing, as evidenced by the best-selling Butcher’s Cut Ribeye Steak.

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