Acts such as Benny Green, Hugh Masakala, Brad Mehldau and Joe Lovana are just a few of the names that have helped build the Cleveland Heights-based jazz club's remarkable rep with quality jazz acts. Down Beat, the bible for jazz readers, has voted the place one of the 100 best jazz clubs in the entire world, and lucky for us, it's right in our backyard. Booked by locally based Jim Wadsworth Productions, the club regularly brings major jazz and world beat acts to town in one of the coziest, classiest venues around. 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. Even Stevie Wonder has taken note: When the Motown icon dropped by Cleveland in 2010 to receive an honorary doctorate from Oberlin College, he stopped at Nighttown to play an impromptu set. On occasion, singer-songwriters such as Carrie Rodriguez and J.J. Cale have played the club, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015.
12387 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Heights, 216-795-0550, nighttowncleveland.com.
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