Numerical Listing of Chicago Jazz Clubs,

ca. 1915-30


Acknowledgments

This list of jazz clubs was compiled by U of C alumnus Leon H. Lewis (College '28), who passed away on June 12, 2003. Mr. Lewis started work on the map when he was 80; he generously donated it to the Chicago Jazz Archive, which made it available on the CJA website in 1999. We are grateful to Mr. Lewis for allowing us to make this priceless gift available to jazz scholars all over the world. More about Mr. Lewis.

Mr. Lewis acknowledged the use of Dempsey J. Travis' An Autobiography of Black Jazz (Chicago: Urban Research Institute, 1983) as a source for much of the information below, including the names and addresses of clubs as well as names of groups and musicians who played in each club. Without Mr. Travis' work, Mr. Lewis could not have provided such a detailed list. The Curator of the CJA used the "Nightclubs and other venues: Chicago" entry from the New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, Second Edition (London: Macmillan Press Limited, 2002) and the Chicago Defender newspaper to amplify the information provided by Mr. Lewis and Mr. Travis.


Numbers in brackets refer to the points on the maps.

[1] Pekin Theatre aka Pekin Inn, Pekin Cafe, Pekin Cabaret
2700 S. State St. ca. 1910's-20's

Shelton Brooks
Manuel Perez
Tony Jackson
Joe "King" Oliver
Sidney Bechet

[2] Lincoln Theatre
3132 S. State St.

[3] Elite Club aka Elite Cafe
Elite #1 was at 3030 S. State St.
Elite #2 was on State between 26th and 31st.
The clubs operated ca. 1910-1928

Jelly Roll Morton
Earl Hines
Alberta Hunter

[4] Grand Theatre
3110-12 S. State Street ca. 1908-1930

Wilbur Sweatman
Dave Peyton
George Mitchell
Kid Ory
Bob Schoffner
Bud Scott
Jimmy Bertrand
Zue Robertson
Warren "Baby" Dodds
Reuben Reeves
Cab and Blanche Calloway
Bessie Smith
Clara Smith
Charlie Allen
Ethel Waters and her Jazz Masters
Sammy Stewart

[5] Vendome Theatre
3145 S. State St. ca. 1910's-49

Louis Armstrong
Erskine Tate and the Vendome Theater Symphony Orchestra
Earl Hines
Fats Waller
Clarence Jones

[6] Dave's Cafe
51st and Michigan until ca. June/July 1934
343 E. 55th (Garfield Blvd.) ca. 1934-36
Becomes the Swingland Cafe ca. 1936- ca. 1940
Becomes the Rhumboogie ca. 1940-1947
Becomes the Premier Studio ca. Aug.1949- ca. Nov.1950

Ray Nance
Fletcher Henderson
Coleman Hawkins
Carroll Dickerson

[7] Zeppelin Inn
31st and S. Indiana Ave. ca. 1930

Freddie Keppard
Frankie "Half Pint" Jaxon

[8] Schiller Cafe
318 East 31st Street 1916 - ?

Managed by promoter Harry James, offered some of the earliest known performances in Chicago.

March-May 1916:
Johnny Stein
Alcide "Yellow" Nunez
Eddie Edwards
Henry Ragas
Nick LaRocca

[9] Royal Gardens
459 E. 31st St.
Became Lincoln Gardens ca. 1921.

Jimmy Noone
Joe Oliver
Bill Johnson
Clarence Williams

[10] Lincoln Gardens
459 E. 31st St. ca. 1921
Became New Charleston Cafe, then Cafe de Paris

King Oliver's Jazz Syncopators
Johnny and Warren "Baby" Dodds
Louis Armstrong
Buster Bailey

[11] New Deluxe Cafe
3502 S. State St.

Jelly Roll Morton

[12] Monogram Theatre
3435-40 S. State St. ca. 1910's-

Sidney Bechet
Ethel Waters
Erskine Tate
Ma Rainey

[13] Dreamland Cafe (aka Dreamland Gardens)
3518-20 S. State St. ca. early 1920's to 1928
4700 S. State Street ca. 1933-46
Was Dreamland Ballroom 3518-20 S. State Street ca. 1910-early 1920's

Louis Armstrong
Jack Johnson
Ethel Waters
Alberta Hunter
Cab Calloway
Joe Oliver
Honoré Dutré
Johnny and Warren "Baby" Dodds
Freddie Keppard
Doc Cheatham

[14] Dreamland Ballroom
3618-20 S. State ca. 1912-early 20's
Became Dreamland Cafe ca. early 1920's

King Oliver
Johnny & Warren "Baby" Dodds
Louis Armstrong and Hot Five
Alberta Hunter
Sidney Bechet
Lawrence Duhé
Ethel Waters

[15] Panama Club
3501 S. State St. ca. 1910's-1920
Became the Oriental Cafe (3532 S. State) ca. 1920's

Panama:
Ada "Bricktop" Smith
Florence Mills
Cora Green
Alberta Hunter

Oriental:
J. Glover Compton & the Syncopators
Reuben Reeves

[16] Alvin Ballroom
51st at Michigan

[17] Fiume Cafe
35th (or South Parkway) at State ca. 1919

Freddie Keppard
Buster Bailey

[18] Entertainer Cafe aka Entertainer Club
Two locations: 207-209 E. 35th St., and on E. 35th between S. Indiana and S. Prairie Avenues ca. 1910's-20's

Sammy Stewart and his Knights of Syncopation
Freddy Keppard's Band
Earl Hines
Natty Dominique
Vernie Robinson
Carroll Dickerson

[19] The Peerless
3956 Grand Boulevard ca. 1917-28

[20] Apex Club
330 E. 35th St. ca. 1926-28
Was the Club Alvadere ca. 1920-22; the Nest Club ca. 1922-26

Junie Cobb
Johnny St. Cyr
Dave Nelson
Joe Poston
Johnny Wells
Earl Hines
Jimmy Noone

[21] Plantation Cafe
338 E. 35th St. 1924-30's; 5060 S. Michigan 1934-

Joe "King" Oliver with the Dixie Syncopators
Jabbo Smith
Dave Peyton

[22] Grand Terrace & New Grand Terrace
3955 S. Parkway ca. 1928-37; 315-17 E. 35th 1937-

Earl Hines
Dave Peyton
Tiny Parham
Carroll Dickerson
Fletcher Henderson
Count Basie

[23] Sunset Cafe
315-17 E. 35th St. 1921-1937

Erskine Tate
Carroll Dickerson's Band
Earl Hines
Cab Calloway
Sammy Stewart Band
Buster Bailey
Louis Armstrong Sunset Stompers
Charlie Elgar's Band
Boyd Atkins Band
Tiny Parham

[24] Platinum Lounge at the Vincennes Hotel
601 E. 36th St. ca. 1930's

Jimmy Noone
Earl Hines
Franz Jackson
Joe Williams

[25] The Owl Theatre
4653 S. State St.

Clarence Jones

[26] Metropolitan Theatre aka Ascher's Metropolitan Theater
4644 S. Parkway ca. 1917-30

Erskine Tate
Fats Waller
Bob Schoffner
Omer Simeon
Quinn Wilson
Wallace Bishop
Sammy Stewart
Louis Armstrong
Clarence Jones and his Syncopators

[27] Savoy Ballroom
S. Parkway Blvd. and E. 47th, 1927-48

Louis Armstrong
Zutty Singleton
Carroll Dickerson's Band
Clarence Black
Charlie Elgar
Fletcher Henderson

[28] Regal Theatre
4719 S. Parkway Blvd. 1928-1960's

Earl Hines
Dave Peyton
Cab Calloway
Duke Ellington
Count Basie
Fess Williams
Louis Armstrong
Eubie Blake
Jimmy Lunceford
Lionel Hampton
Woody Herman
Noble Sissle

[29] Warwick Hall
543 E. 47th St.

Nat "King" Cole
"Pee Wee" Jackson
Cavel Chilton

[30] Indiana Theatre
219 E. 43rd St.

[31] Bacon's Casino
E. 49th at S. Wabash ca. 1927-45

Jimmie Noone
Joe Williams
Floyd Campbell
"Scoops" Carry

[32] Century Club
49th at Michigan

[33] Willard Theatre
340 E. 51st St.

Sammy Stewart

[34] Blue Heaven Ballroom
12 W. Garfield (55th St.)

[35] 'It' Club
5450 S. Michigan Boulevard ca. 1930's

John Kirby
Albert Ammons
Tommy Powell and his Hi-De-Ho Boys
Maxine Sullivan

[36] Michigan Theatre
East 55th Street and Michigan Avenue ca. late 1920's-early 30's

Sammy Stewart
Chu Berry
Boyd Atkins
Sid Catlett
Erskine Tate
Fess Williams and his Jazz Boys

[37] Club El Rado at the Garfield Hotel
231 E. 55th Street ca. 1920's-early 1930's

Jimmy Noone and the Apex Recording Orchestra
Dicky Wells

[39] Golden Lily Chinese Restaurant/Tavern
309 E. 55th Street (Garfield Blvd.) ca. 1926-1939
Became White's Emporium ca. 1939

Coleman Hawkins (ca. 1941)
Tiny Parham & Ikey Robinson with the Victor Recording Orch.
Teddy Wilson
Albert Ammons
Punch Miller

[40] Ciro's
317 E. 55th Street (Garfield Blvd.)

[41] Booker Ashford's '65' Club
5507 S. Michigan Ave.

[42] Midway Garden Ballroom aka Midway Gardens
60th at Evans/ Cottage Grove

Elmer Schoebel
Art Kassel
Muggsy Spanier
Jess Stacy
Benny Goodman
Boyce Brown
Frank Teschemacher

[43] White City Amusement Park Ballroom
6300 S. Parkway Boulevard ca. 1920's-1930's

Husk O'Hare's Wolverines
Bud Freeman
Dick and Jimmy McPartland
Frank Teschemacher
Dave Tough
Muggsy Spanier
Mezz Mezzrow

[44] Pershing Ballroom and El Grotto Supper Club at the Pershing Hotel
E. 64th at Cottage Grove

[45] Venetian Room at the Southmoor Hotel
66th at Stony Island Ave. ca. 1926-

Benny Goodman
Ben Pollack and his Sunkist Serenaders (later named Californians)

[X] Radio Inn

Tommy Ladnier


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