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Key to map of Chicago South Side jazz c.1915-c.1930


This list of jazz clubs and the accompanying spotting map were compiled by Mr. Leon H. Lewis of Highland Park, who graciously gave his permission for the Chicago Jazz Archive to reproduce his work in progress. We are grateful to Mr. Lewis not only for making this priceless gift available to jazz scholars, but also for his generosity in allowing it to be added to the CJA web site.

Mr. Lewis acknowledges the use of Dempsey J. Travis' An Autobiography of Black Jazz (Chicago: Urban Research Institute, 1983) as the 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 that source, Mr. Lewis's list could not exist. In some cases the curatorial staff of the CJA have used the "Nightclubs and other venues: Chicago" entry from the New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (London: Macmillan Press Limited, 1988) to amplify the information provided by Mr. Lewis.

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A Preliminary List of Clubs, With Names of Bands and Musicians

  1. New Deluxe Cafe
    3502 S. State St.

    • Jelly Roll Morton

  2. Lincoln Theatre
    3132 S. State St. (?)

  3. The Peerless
    315-317 E. 35th St. at Calumet Ave. c.1917-28

  4. The Owl Theatre
    4653 S. State St.

    • Clarence Jones

  5. Indiana Theatre
    219 E. 43rd St.(?)

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

    • Ray Nance
      Fletcher Henderson
      Coleman Hawkins
      Carroll Dickerson

  7. Monogram Theatre
    3435-40 S. State St. c. 1910's-?

    • Sidney Bechet
      Ethel Waters
      Erskine Tate
      Ma Rainey

  8. Century Club
    49th at Michigan (?)

  9. Royal Gardens
    459 E. 31st St.
    Became Lincoln Gardens c.1921.

    • Jimmy Noone
      Joe Oliver
      Bill Johnson
      Clarence Williams

  10. Lincoln Gardens
    459 E. 31st (at S. Cottage Grove) c. 1921
    Became New Charleston Cafe, then Cafe de Paris (dates?)

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

  11. Dreamland Cafe (aka Dreamland Gardens)
    3518-20 S. State St.c. early 20's to 1928
    4700 S. State Street c. 1933-46
    Was Dreamland Ballroom 3518-20 S. State Street c.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

  12. 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 c. 1910-1928

    • Jelly Roll Morton
      Earl Hines
      Alberta Hunter

  13. Dreamland Ballroom
    3618-20 S. State, at 35th Street. c.1912 - early 20's
    Became Dreamland Cafe c. early 1920's

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

  14. Michigan Theatre
    East 55th Street and Michigan Avenue c. late 1920's to early 30's

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

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

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

  16. Ciro's
    317 E. 55th Street (Garfield Blvd.)

  17. "IT" Club
    5450 S. Michigan Ave. c.1930's

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

  18. Booker Ashford's "65" Club
    5515 S. Michigan Ave.

  19. White City Amusement Park Ballroom
    6300 S. Parkway Boulevard c. 1920's-30's

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

  20. Grand Theatre
    3110-12 S. State Street c.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

  21. The El Rado Cafe at the Garfield Hotel
    231 E. 55th Street (Garfield Blvd. & South Prairie Avenue) c. 1920's-early 30's

    • Jimmy Noone and the Apex Recording Orchestra
      Dicky Wells

  22. Regal Theatre
    4719 S. Parkway Blvd. 1928-c.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

  23. Warwick Hall
    543 E. 47th St.

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

  24. Panama Club
    3501 S. State, (3532 S. State, according to Grove) c.1910's-1920
    Became the Oriental Cafe c.1920's

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

      J. Glover Compton & the Syncopators
      Reuben Reeves

  25. Alvin Dasant Hall
    51st at Michigan

  26. Blue Heaven Ballroom
    6 W. Garfield

  27. Bacon's Casino
    E.49th at S. Wabash c.1927-45

    • Jimmie Noone
      Joe Williams
      Floyd Campbell
      "Scoops" Carry

  28. Apex Club
    35th St. between S. Calumet and S. Prairie Avenues c.1926-28
    Was the Club Alvadere c. 1920-22; the Nest Club c.1922-26

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

  29. Fiume Cafe
    35th (or South Parkway?) at State c.1919

    • Freddie Keppard
      Buster Bailey

  30. Savoy Ballroom
    47th at Vincennes (S. Parkway Blvd. and E. 47th, according to Grove) 1927-48

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

  31. Platinum Lounge at the Vincennes Hotel
    601 E. 36th St. at S. Vincennes Ave. c.1930's

    • Jimmy Noone
      Earl Hines
      Franz Jackson
      Joe Williams

  32. Williard Theatre
    340 E. 51st St.

    • Sammy Stewart

  33. Vendome Theatre
    3145 S. State St. c.1910's-49

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

  34. Metropolitan Theatre aka Ascher's Metropolitan Theater
    4644 S. Grand Boulevard c. 1917-30

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

  35. Zeppelin Inn
    31st and S. Indiana Ave. c.1930
    • Freddie Keppard
      Frankie "Half Pint" Jaxon

  36. Pekin Theatre aka Pekin Inn, Pekin Cafe, Pekin Cabaret
    2700 S. State St. c. 1910's-20's

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

  37. Plantation Cafe
    338 E. 35th St. 1924-30's

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

  38. Entertainer's Cafe aka Entertainer's Club
    two locations; 209 E. 35th St. at Michigan and on E. 35th between S. Indiana and S. Prairie Avenues c. 1910's-20's

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

  39. Radio Inn (?)

    • Tommy Ladnier

  40. Grand Terrace & New Grand Terrace
    3955 S. Parkway c.1928-37; 315-17 E. 35th at Calumet 1937-?

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

  41. Sunset Cafe 315-17 E. 35th St. at S. Calumet 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

  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. Venetian Room at the Southmoor Hotel
    66th at Stony Island Ave. c.1926-?

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

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