Look to the Strip and beyond for exciting jazz entertainment. (Photo: Images )
Las Vegas, Nevada, may be best known for its casinos, shows and wild nightclubs, but there's also a burgeoning jazz scene underneath the glitz and glamour. Jazz music is finding its way to the swanky hotel lounges on the Las Vegas Strip and has an established presence in many of the smoky dive bars in other parts of the city. Whether you like the high energy of big band or the sultry tones of a singular saxophone, there are opportunities to enjoy jazz music all over Las Vegas.
Jazz Lounges on the Strip
Head to the 23rd floor of the The Mandarin Oriental, on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip, to listen to jazz in the sophisticated setting of the Mandarin Bar. The stylish bar, boasting floor-to-ceiling windows, hosts weekly Jazz Sundays in the evenings, featuring a variety of live jazz bands and singers. You can order gourmet appetizers and specialty cocktails to indulge in while listening to the music. At the Baccarat Bar at the Bellagio, enjoy nightly performances from a rotating roster of regular jazz acts while partaking in the cocktail service. The M Resort at the end of the Strip also features a weekly jazz night at the Ravello Lounge, with an emphasis on Latin jazz.
Off-Strip Jazz Clubs
The Cellar Bar & Lounge, just east of the Strip, is an underground bar that has become a beloved place for locals to enjoy blues and jazz music. The Cellar prides itself on having legendary artists perform almost every night of the week. They also have open mic nights on Saturdays and video poker. For a more elegant evening of jazz, head to the Smith Center, Las Vegas' performing arts center. The center is home to the Cabaret Jazz Club, a two-story intimate venue that features a variety of jazz performers from around the world. Take advantage of the club's light fare and cocktails to enjoy while listening to the music.
Combine jazz with a hearty meal at the Bootlegger Bistro, an Italian restaurant and entertainment venue on the south end of the Strip. Open 24 hours a day, the entertainment includes regular jazz night events where guests can listen to both local and national jazz artists while enjoying traditional Italian food from this family-run establishment. Make reservations for the Sunday Jazz Brunch at the Country Club restaurant at the Wynn Las Vegas casino and hotel. The brunch includes a generous spread of seafood, carved meats, gumbo, egg dishes and other traditional breakfast fare. A live band plays smooth jazz throughout the brunch.
Annual Jazz Festivals
The annual Las Vegas City of Lights Jazz Rhythm & Blues festival is held at the Clark County Government Amphitheater over three days at the end of April. You'll have to bring your own lawn chair to the amphitheater, but there are a variety of food vendors around. The JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa hosts their own annual Las Vegas Jazz Festival over three days in mid-September, bringing over two dozen national jazz acts and soul singers into town. The concerts take place outdoors in the center of the resort. Concert and hotel packages are available.