Earlier this year Bham Now announced that Uptown Jazz—a new jazz club formed by four Birmingham entrepreneurs—would be opening soon in The Magic City. Now, we’re thrilled to announce that Uptown Jazz is officially open! Keep reading for more information.
Uptown Jazz is Birmingham’s only jazz lounge, founded by four locals: Rod Conwell, Patrick Chatman I, Patrick Chatman II and Larry Forest. The four owners created Uptown Jazz in order to bring back the magic of the jazz joints that were popular in Birmingham in the 80s, 90s and 2000s—such as 27th Street Jazz, Grundy’s Music Room and Ona’s Music Room.
Uptown Jazz offers an upscale lounge experience, perfect for relaxing and enjoying live jazz music. Inside, you’ll find dozens of four-top tables surrounding the main stage, which is decked out in quality speakers, lights and any stage equipment a jazz band could need. In the rear, Uptown Jazz hosts a full bar with beer, wine and craft cocktails.
“The atmosphere has been very vibrant, and that’s just with people coming by just through word of mouth. On our first night open, the performer was doing his thing and people walking by through CityWalk just started vibing along and dancing to the music. It’s been very exciting!”
Although Uptown Jazz will not serve food, the team is working on partnerships with several of the food trucks that operate in CityWalk BHAM’s food truck block.
A jazz lounge is only as good as the performances it hosts—luckily, Uptown Jazz is bringing the best. The owners plan to have live jazz performances most weekend nights and will incorporate open mic nights, karaoke and spoken word performances throughout the week and the occasional Sunday.
Since Uptown Jazz opened on October 27, they’ve hosted several locally-, regionally- and nationally-known artists including Cashmere Williams, Tony Tatum, Sophisticated and Poogie Bell. In addition to these heavy hitters, the owners want Uptown Jazz to be a place where local up-and-comers can get their start.
“From the start, we’ve wanted Uptown Jazz to be a place where people can hear the best of the best as well as showcase artists that haven’t had a stage to perform on. These artists are just as talented and have put in just as much time to hone their craft.”
Looking forward into the next year, Uptown Jazz is planning to host Eric Essex, James “PJ” Spraggins, Kim Scott and many other big names in jazz.
The best way to stay up-to-date on upcoming performances and events at Uptown Jazz is to sign up for their newsletter on their website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
“We want to extend an invitation to the whole Birmingham Metro Area to join us in listening to great music with good vibes. Jazz has been missing in Birmingham for nearly a decade, so it’s time to come enjoy everything you’ve been missing!”
Have you visited Uptown Jazz? Tag us @bhamnow on Instagram to let us know what you thought!
Senior Content Producer with Bham Now | Originally from Tennessee, Nathan moved to The Magic City after graduating from Birmingham-Southern College. Nathan is passionate about recognizing Birmingham’s history and is thrilled to learn more about the big things planned for The Magic City’s future.
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