Down a quiet alley off Georgetown loud and crowded Wisconsin Avenue lies a well-worn, 18th century red brick carriage house, home to “the nation’s finest jazz and supper club,” as The New York Times once described it. Old brick walls, tight and divey quarters, a small stage, and an overall “chill, baby” ambience define the place. Blues Alley has been around for more than 50 years. It knows what it’s doing:
Showcasing the top jazz and blues talents around. From Dizzy Gillespie to Karrin Allyson, the roster of musicians who’ve played here makes Blues Alley a must for fans of those genres, or let’s say, of live music, period. In such an intimate space, it’s clear that the artists are loving what they’re doing and want you to, too.
At show’s end, the audience reluctantly files out the door, everyone still snapping their fingers, bobbing their heads, and shimmying their shoulders to the sounds of music still in their heads.
Blues Alley’s menu features Creole dishes named after jazz greats, like Dizzy Gillespie’s jambalaya.