The Top Spots for Jazz Music in Houston
When you think of jazz, the first city that likely comes to mind is New Orleans, the recognized birthplace of the music genre. But jazz also has a welcome home and strong following in Houston. During your stay with Kozi Corporate housing in one of our great furnished apartments in Houston, check out the venues and clubs that make up the city’s vibrant jazz music scene.
When Hurricane Katrina bore down on New Orleans, many locals fled. The city was completely devastated and saw there saw their homes completely destroyed. An estimated 200,000 New Orleans residents found refuge in Houston, which took in more evacuees than any other city. A large number of New Orleans residents simply never went back, deciding instead to call Houston their new home.
Prior to Hurricane Katrina, there has been a strong between New Orleans and Houston for many years. While Houston has a reputation for commerce and working hard to get things done, New Orleans is better known as a lifestyle city. New Orleans’ nickname, the Big Easy, reflects that it is paradigmatic for those seeking simply to be and have fun. Indeed, New Orleans has a magnetic force drawing many Houstonians seeking respite. The two port cities are a 1-hour flight and 5-hour drive from one another, and this trip has become a rite of passage of sorts for many Houstonians – whether it be for Mardi Gras, to celebrate a birthday, or for a bachelor or bachelorette party.
There is little doubt that over the years the New Orleans’ jazzscene has rubbed off on Houston. And when thousands of New Orleans residents decided to settle in Houston after Hurricane Katrina, it was a shot in the arm for Houston’s jazz music scene.
Whether you are looking for a fun night out during the week or on the weekend, you are bound to find a great jazz performance in town. There are a bunch of great jazz venues. Here are some that we and the critics think are the best. Caps Piano Bar, one of the last piano bars left standing in Houston, has been bringing great music to Houston since 1987. Caps is located at 2610 Briar Ridge Drive. Cezanne is a premier spot for jazz and considered Houston’s most authentic venue. Located at 4100 Montrose above the Black Labrador, Cezanne is an intimate listening room that brings in great local and nationally renowned artists. , a restaurant with branches now in Houston, Dallas, and Plano, Texas as well as Nashville, Tennessee, pairs awesome food and delicious drinks with great live music. Located in the Theater District at 909 Texas Avenue, Sambuca is well worth a visit for a fun-filled night. Make sure that your time in Houston includes at least one visit to one of these great jazz establishments.
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