For 10 years in a row, Downbeat magazine has voted this Cleveland Heights restaurant and club one of the best jazz clubs in the country, and it certainly lives up to the rep on a regular basis. Booked by locally based Jim Wadsworth Productions, the club regularly brings major jazz and world beat acts to town. When Motown icon Stevie Wonder was in town in 2010 to receive an honorary doctorate from Oberlin College, he stopped at Nighttown to play an impromptu set. Jazz guitarist Charlie Hunter might be better suited to play some of the rock clubs in town, but he prefers Nighttown and has even debuted new music at the place. On occasion, singer-songwriters such as Carrie Rodriguez and J.J. Cale will play the club too.
12387 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Heights, 216-795-0550, nighttowncleveland.com.
Staff Pick: Nighttown