Though Music City began as a very country music heavy town, eventually venues began to pop up and branch out that did a great job of covering just about every other type of popular music genre imaginable. However, something was still missing. For a while, there was no stable, longstanding jazz club. The kind where you could experience a dimly lit room with cushy chairs, prohibition-style cocktails and décor, and some of the best darn jazz music around. Enter Rudy’s Jazz Room, just outside of the downtown hustle and bustle, to fill the void.
Rudy’s features live music seven nights a week, with a cover charge for most evening shows. Though other places exist not too far away that offer cover-free dining and entertainment, Rudy’s wants to be sure their musicians are paid a living wage, so they stand by their decision to charge a cover for their high-level dinner entertainment. If your budget is a bit smaller, and you still want to come by and experience the vibe, they do offer a couple of other options including a no-cover lunch on Saturdays from 11-3, as well as music and an all-you-can-eat buffet for $20 on Sundays from 11-2.
Entrée choices are rooted in Cajun and Creole favorites, and the music is a mixture of Jazz, Blues, Funk, and Soul. Most evening shows are 21+, with the Saturday lunch and Sunday buffet and jam night serving as all ages options. You can purchase tickets at the door and find your seats on a first come, first serve basis, or take your chances on the limited reservations available.
Parking on the street is free after 4 pm, and there is also a lot behind their building, as well as several paid lots close by.
Cover image courtesy of Rudy's Jazz Room.