The jazz scene in Philadelphia ebbs and flows with the times, much like an improvisational Pat Martino guitar solo. Whatever your taste in jazz, this town has got you covered.

Hours: Daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m
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For a world-class experience in a stunningly beautiful setting, there’s nothing better than a concert at the Kimmel Center.  As part of their 10th Anniversary season, Kimmel presents the “Jazz Up Close” series through 2012. Don’t miss performances by Terell Stafford Quintet or Danilo Perez.

Hours: Daily 4:30 pm – 10 p.m.

This classy restaurant in the posh neighborhood of Rittenhouse Square is perfect for a jazzy night out. There is a pianist every night to accompany dinner with everything from old standards to the new type of jazz. On weekends, the tempo picks up a bit by adding a bassist. Don’t miss this jazz hot spot on your next night out.

Hours: Tues – 7 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

If you have a hankering for impromptu jamming, then bring your instrument and join one of approximately 30 other jazz musicians any Tuesday night, where you’ll play in front of 70-100 people. There is no cover charge, but there is a full bar, casual dining and lots of Jazz, impromptu style.

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Hours: Mon 7 p.m.-12 a.m.; Tues – Fri 5 p.m. 1 a.m.; Sat  4 p.m – 1 a.m; Sun 4p.m.- 11p.m.

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Food, culture and music encompass this real Southern rhythm and blues experience along the Delaware River, but every Sunday they feature a live jazz performance during their popular jazz brunch buffet. Additionally, on Thursdays, a DJ offers jazz during happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Providing a welcoming atmosphere for the whole family, Warmdaddy’s also offers a children’s menu for those under 10.  And with free parking and easy access off of Route 95, this restaurant/concert spot continues to be a destination for many Philadelphians and tourists alike.

Hours: Daily 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Part of the lively bar scene that has developed on Samson Street between 12th and 20th Streets, this restaurant, whiskey bar & taproom delivers live music every night at 9 p.m. Jazz kicks in on the weekends when they serve up “Dinner Jazz,” with local jazz bands performing from about 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

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Cyndy Drue is a longtime radio and TV personality in Philadelphia. She lives in Center City. Visit her website at or check out her work here.

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