Knoxville's Jazz Venues

The Knoxville Jazz Festival comes just once a year, but you can hear the music all over town every week

Baker Peters Jazz Club

9000 Kingston Pike


Knoxville's only full-time jazz club, with only occasional forays into R&B, blues, and pop. Live music seven nights a week at this restored antebellum mansion in West Knoxville.

Bijou Theatre

803 S. Gay St.


Traditional jazz (Jimmy Cobb's playing there this weekend), pop crossovers (David Sanborn's scheduled for October), and, at least a few times a year, some first-rate, cutting-edge contemporary performances. In recent years the 100-year-old Bijou, built as an opera house, has hosted the Nels Cline Singers, Jack DeJohnette, the Tord Gustavsen Trio, and Australian trio the Necks.

The Bistro at the Bijou

807 S. Gay St.


Among the regular performers at this cozy nook next to the Bijou Theatre are the Johnson Swingtet, Emily Mathis, Ben Maney, and Wes Lunsford.

Capitol Theatre

127 W. Broadway St. (Maryville)


This restored movie palace in downtown Maryville, half-an-hour south of Knoxville, is a regular stop for the Streamliners Swing Orchestra, one of East Tennessee's premier big bands.

The Crown & Goose

123 S. Central St.

(865) 524-2100

The English-style gastropub has music several nights a week, including a new fusion trio on Wednesday nights.

Downtown Grill & Brewery

424 S. Gay St.


Downtown brewpub supplements its regular Sunday afternoon jazz with live music several nights a week.

Knoxville Museum of Art

1050 World's Fair Park Drive


The weekly Alive After Five series on Friday evenings focuses on blues and R&B, but straight jazz, both local and from out of town, occasionally sneaks onto the schedule.

Pilot Light

106 E. Jackson Ave.


This eclectic Old City club specializes in indie and experimental rock, but has hosted numerous avant-garde jazz and jazz-friendly shows.


7049 Kingston Pike


Donald Brown and Sanda Allyson have held a Friday night residency at this West Knox sushi bar/nightclub since 2008.

S&W Grand

516 S. Gay St.


The lovingly restored Art Deco restaurant has become downtown's most consistent jazz venue in the last few months with Donald Brown's Saturday night jam sessions featuring an all-star rotation of local collaborators and guests.


428 S. Gay St.


Upscale cocktail lounge offers a healthy slice of local jazz along with DJs, singer/songwriters, and R&B.

The Square Room

4 Market Square


The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra has made this mid-size listening room-style venue its unofficial home with concerts and its Jazz Lunch series, held the first Wednesday of each month.

Tennessee Theatre

604 S. Gay St.


The official state theater hosts touring artists, Knoxville Jazz Orchestra concerts, and the Mighty Musical Monday series, held the first Monday of each month. People are still talking about Sonny Rollins' heroic appearance a few years ago.

University of Tennessee James R. Cox Auditorium

Alumni Memorial Bldg.

1408 Middle Drive

The University of Tennessee hosts student and faculty recitals and features guest artists throughout the academic year.