6. Great Jazz Joints worth Name-Dropping
Iridium Jazz Club
New York, New York

That guitar pioneer Les Paul performs here on Monday nights is all you need to know. But the lineup is great the rest of the week, too.

Yoshi's Japanese Restaurant & World Class Jazz House
Oakland, California

With great acoustics, excellent sightlines, and an intimate setting, this venue consistently offers the best live jazz on the West Coast.

Jazz Showcase
Chicago, Illinois

Second City's oldest and foremost jazz room, the Showcase presents touring talent Tuesday through Sunday nights, with matinees on Sunday afternoons.

Snug Harbor
New Orleans, Louisiana

Snug Harbor is home base for Ellis Marsalis, the elder statesman of modern jazz's first family, as well as local heroes such as Allen Toussaint and Nicholas Payton.

Baker's Keyboard Lounge
Detroit, Michigan

The oldest active jazz venue in the world, these days Baker's focuses on Detroit-area players.

Wally's Café Jazz Club
Boston, Massachusetts

Since 1947, this room has been training ground for up-and-comers from the Berklee College of Music, Boston Conservatory of Music, and New England Conservatory. Better yet, it's open 365 days a year.