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If you’re looking for a good old-fashioned jazz night, the Hudson Valley is the place to be, with live music throughout the area.
The Hudson Valley is home to a thriving arts community with some of the best live music New York has to offer. With a deep history of classic jazz music, there’s no better place to learn about jazz, whether it’s new talent or one of the greats. Check out these fun valley jazz clubs and restaurants for an evening of swing and syncopation.
This joint is a little slice of heaven for art and music lovers in the Hudson Valley. Every Saturday is Jazz Night, with artists like Harlem Blues and Jazz Band. The venue offers a vegetarian menu with full service during all performances, including wine, beer, and an espresso bar. Although the music scene here is lively in the evening, drop by in the morning for brunch and to check out the in-house art gallery.
Opened by legendary arts and music producer Tony Falco, this place is known as one of the best live music venues in the Hudson Valley. With no tickets or cover fees required, The Falcon is on a mission to share incredible musical performances that everyone can enjoy. The Falcon puts on music from an array of different genres, but the jazz here is unparalleled. The menu includes classic pub fare and an impressive list of beers, wines and cocktails. Take a walk downstairs to view the huge collection of vintage rock and roll memorabilia from the Avalon Archives.
Oh, and the amazing view of Marlboro Falls just outside it doesn’t hurt either.
Jazz Forum Club
This jazz club is loved by locals for its intimate setting that allows patrons to get up close to world-class jazz musicians. The performers described the atmosphere as “playing in Mark’s [the owner’s] living room,” and often stick around to chat and take photos with fans between sets. The club features jazz headliners every Friday and Saturday night, and even offers monthly “jam sessions” where visitors can play alongside professional musicians and learn. Jazz Forum also has a separate lounge and billiard room where guests can enjoy food and drinks while waiting for the show to start.
A charming and cozy restaurant, Lydia’s Cafe never disappoints. After the eponymous Lydia Haynes sold the restaurant to her daughter and son-in-law, Lydia’s has become a mecca for live music. Open on Fridays and Saturdays, Lydia’s offers a menu of delicious bites and homemade pastries. On Saturdays, guests can listen to music from a variety of genres, but special attention is paid to its stellar jazz bands.
Maureen’s Jazz Cellar
Named after jazz singer Maureen Budway, Maureen’s is all about the music. The venue prides itself on being an intimate “listening room,” where people can come from all over to appreciate the arts. Maureen’s hosts celebrated jazz musicians every weekend, as well as open mic nights every Tuesday, giving Hudson Valley residents a taste of New York jazz. The menu features classic bar fare, including an extensive cold beer and wine list. Check out Maureen’s as it kicks off Nyack’s Jazz Week in July.
Quinn’s stands out for its unique menu of authentic Japanese comfort food and sake, as well as its eclectic lineup of live music. The place promises customers “Every Monday, no excuses, there will be jazz!” Quinn’s is the perfect combination of comfort and cool, bringing both classic jazz and hip indie music to Beacon’s main street.
Reserve wine bar
This newcomer to the scene has nothing to envy to the prolific jazz venues of Beacon. Open since December 2021, Reserva offers an extensive wine list and an extensive menu of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free bites. Every weekend, Reserva hosts jazz concerts that fill the beautiful hall with soulful music. Stop to sip a glass of wine (or two!) and settle in for an evening of classy entertainment.
Originally a parking garage built in the 1920s, the Senate Garage is a massive space with perfect acoustics for live jazz. This venue is a modernized piece of history, with exposed brick walls and soaring chandeliers, making it a sophisticated place to enjoy meals and music. Although the Senate Garage is often reserved for weddings and private events, it has been known to host concerts and public events for the enjoyment of the community. Coming soon, the venue is set to host performances for Jazzstock in July and August.
Town Crier’s Cafe
Opened in 1972, the Towne Crier Cafe has remained a mainstay of music in the Hudson Valley through its many years and evolutions. Now a fine dining restaurant in Beacon, the venue features a main stage showcasing top talent, as well as a secondary stage that features local Hudson Valley performers. Every weekend, artists light up the stages while guests feast on its menu of salads, seafood and other delicious bites. Thursdays are reserved for open mic nights on the Salon stage, in keeping with the venue’s close ties to the community.
Traghaven Whiskey Pub
This authentic Irish pub is home to the largest selection of whiskey in the United States, as well as being the site of incredible live music. Traghaven has its own farm, supplying the restaurant with local grass-fed beef for the famous burgers. On Thursday and Friday evenings, jazz music fills the pub from the bar to the illuminated patio. For a livelier outing, meet on the second or fourth Friday of the month to experience a Hootenanny for music, dancing and fun.
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