The Top 10 Places to Hear Live Jazz in Las Vegas

By Tess Eyrich | March 4, 2016 | Lifestyle

From classic to contemporary, live jazz music can be found in bars, lounges, and theaters all over Las Vegas. Here are some of our favorite places to enjoy it.

Cabaret Jazz

Significantly smaller than the Smith Center’s Reynolds Hall, the 240-seat Cabaret Jazz theater offers a more intimate setting for enjoying acts such as David Perrico’s Pop Strings Orchestra, Clint Holmes, and even visiting stars like Cheyenne Jackson. Adding to the space’s sophisticated club feel, guests also have the option of ordering from a menu of cocktails and shareable bento boxes. 361 Symphony Park Ave., 702-749-2000

The Bootlegger Bistro

The just-south-of-the-Strip Bootlegger Bistro has been a Vegas institution for decades, and much of its appeal stems from its live entertainment offerings (although the restaurant’s 24-hour menus of Italian classics—think fried calamari and osso buco—don’t hurt either). Stop in for nightly performances by locals like Kelly Clinton and George Bugatti, among others. 7700 S. Las Vegas Blvd., 702-736-4939

The Country Club

What goes better with Creole-style staples than live jazz? The crème de la crème of the Vegas brunch scene is the Country Club’s Jazz Brunch (Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), which treats diners to a buffet-style presentation of dishes like French toast bread pudding, open-faced French dip sandwiches, and buttermilk fried chicken—all backed by a soundtrack of Dixieland classics. Wynn Las Vegas, 702-770-3315

The Dispensary Lounge

Just a few blocks east of UNLV’s campus, the Dispensary Lounge bills itself as a dive bar, but the celebrated hangout’s weekend jazz nights (Fridays and Saturdays from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.) might convince you otherwise. The schedule here rotates frequently, drawing in both Vegas-based and touring musicians for hours of improvisation with the bar’s in-house trio, headed by Uli Geissendoerfer. 2451 E. Tropicana Ave., 702-458-6343

La Casa Cigars & Lounge

Part cigar shop, part music venue, this Tivoli Village lounge offers live jazz Tuesday through Saturday evenings, exposing audiences to sub-genres like classic, contemporary, and even Latin jazz. A full bar (be sure to check out the broad selection of cognacs) and breezy patio round out the setup at this treasure chest of cigars sourced from around the world. 430 S. Rampart Blvd., 702-407-1171

The Label

Palazzo’s bar the Label flies largely under the radar, but the low-lit retreat is one of the best places on the Strip to hear live music without having to pay for a ticket. Something of a throwback to the days of the Rat Pack, the lounge spotlights a range of Sinatra-style performers, pianists, and saxophonists every night of the week from 9:15 p.m. to 1 a.m. Palazzo, 702-607-2500

Mandarin Bar

Mandarin Oriental’s tucked-away Mandarin Bar has garnered quite a following for its weekend jazz sessions, held from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. This spring, local acts like the Shaun DeGraff Band and the Rockie Brown Band are taking the stage for jazzy renditions of classic hip-hop and rap songs (House of Pain’s “Jump Around,” anyone?) and soulful pop tunes. Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, 702-590-8888

The Mob Museum

From 6 to 8 p.m. every Friday night in April (except April 1), Downtown’s immersive Mob Museum will toast Jazz Appreciation Month with live performances by Kai Brant with the Las Vegas Jazz Trio, and Sue Mirman with students from the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts. Covering swing, blues, and everything in between, the program plays up the connection between Prohibition and the Jazz Age of the 1920s. 300 Stewart Ave., 702-229-2734

The Sayers Club

SLS’s plush Sayers Club is the most toned-down of the hotel’s entertainment venues, and its jazz-heavy performance calendar matches the space’s low-key vibe. Every Friday night at 7 p.m., the Sayers Jazz Series showcases established performers like Vegas-based saxophonist Vince Preister, coupling uncomplicated live entertainment with an unfussy atmosphere accented by leather sofas, Persian rugs, and glass chandeliers. SLS Las Vegas, 702-761-7618

UNLV Performing Arts Center

Looking to spot a new breed of talent? You’ll find the next generation of jazz greats at UNLV, whose four-theater Performing Arts Center hosts student concerts like this month’s upcoming ensemble show, held in the 550-seat Judy Bayley Theatre in honor of former Las Vegas Jazz Society President Paul Coladarci (March 6). University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 702-895-3535



Photography by: PHOTOGRAPHY VIA THE SMITH CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS (CABARET JAZZ)