The Oklahoma City Jazz scene covers a lot of ground, and each venue has a really different vibe. Here are the best lounges, clubs, and stages to hear live jazz in OKC.
Saints Bar and Lounge, Plaza District, OKC
By now, most have at least heard of First Thursday Saints Sessions, but Saints has great combos swingingevery Thursday at 8-10 p.m.
The UCO Jazz Lab, Edmond
The UCO Jazz Lab on 5th Street in Edmond is a powerful bastion of music education. So many of the Saints Sessions artists have run countless experiments in ‘the Lab.’
Ice Event Center, The East Side, OKC
Ice Event Center has long been a hidden gem for dancing, poetry, and live music in OKC. Currently, Monday nights are the time to connect with the jazz scene. “Dope Sounds” is a Monday night jam hosted by Chanda Graham. The house band regularly features great players like Jeremy Thomas and Garrett Jacobson, and they’ve been known to blend spoken word with jazz and neo-soul, featuring guest like Anthony Crawford, Jr.
Dope Sounds is an open jam for experienced players, so if you’re a performer, bring a tune! There is no cover for Monday nights at Ice, and the jam begins at about 8:30pm. Ice is on NE 36th St, East of N. Kelley Ave.
Here’s a few bonus venues…
There are lots of new live jazz shows popping up in 2019, including Skirvin Jazz Club, 51st Street Speakeasy, and Tuesdays at the Blue Door. There are also rumors of a jazz club opening in Film Row later this year…