Westside Blues and Jazz, a locally owned and operated nightclub specializing in live blues and jazz music, announced today that it is now open to the public. Located in Glendale, Arizona, Westside Blues and Jazz is the first and only full-service nightclub in the Phoenix-metro area specializing in live blues and jazz, and the first live music lounge to open in the West Valley.
As the first and only nightclub in the Valley specializing in blues and jazz, the new venue is a full-service nightclub and music venue that hosts live, professional entertainment every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The club’s live music features local, Arizona-based musicians that are nationally recognized in the blues and jazz industry, including Francine Reed; Beth Lederman; Cros; We3 & The Sahnas Brothers; Bluesman Mike; Diana Lee; Alice Tatum; Nolaz Band;Sandra Bassett; Big Pete Pearson; Ike Ramalho; Ratio Band; Sugar Thieves; Chuck Hall; and Charles Lewis Quintet, just to name a few.
To celebrate its grand opening, Westside Blues and Jazz will be hosting live musical performances starting Thursday, July 8, 2021, featuring The Ratio Band, WE3 and Sandra Bassett. The Ratio Band is one of Arizona’s premier bands specializing in rhythm and blues and is recognized as the “Best Jazz Band in Phoenix” by the Phoenix New Times and the “Best Blues Band” by the Arizona Republic. On Friday, July 9, Westside Blues and Jazz will host WE3 and Todd Chuba, a leading female group that pays tribute to timeless tunes with new and familiar interpretations of popular jazz, swing and blues. The weekend will also feature performances by the Nolaz Band, a New Orleans groove and soul musical group, and Sandra Bassett, a Motown, jazz, and rhythm and blues singer.
Owned and operated by Valley residents and longtime jazz enthusiasts, Paul Vincent Perez and Cindi Jackson, Westside Blues and Jazz is launched with the mission to build a vibrant jazz community in the Valley, keeping alive America’s original art form through music education, community involvement and quality live music by top musicians.
“Owning a blues and jazz nightclub has been on my “Bucket List” for more than 25 years and has always been a dream of mine,” said Westside Blues and Jazz co-founder, Paul Vincent Perez. “After retiring in 2019, I decided to turn my dream into a reality and open Westside Blues and Jazz. I want to expose blues and jazz to a wider community and provide a friendly and casual social scene with high quality music for all to enjoy.”
With a professional soundman on-site every night, Westside Blues and Jazz features a professional-grade sound system, lighting system and stage that provides a superior musical experience that rivals large concert venues and music halls. The nightclub also features a 2,500-square foot lounge-style seating area, dance floor, full-service bar and an outdoor patio.
Inspired by traditional Chicago-style night clubs, Perez and Jackson designed Westside Blues and Jazz to have a speakeasy atmosphere with Prohibition era décor, including industrial designs, exposed red brick walls, plush lounge chairs and sofas, vintage high top tables and bar stools, and dim mood lighting.
“Jazz is in my blood,” said Westside Blues and Jazz co-founder, Cindi Jackson. “As the niece of Arizona saxophonist Lou Garno, I was empowered to open a jazz club that celebrates and honors the history of blues and jazz. We also opened Westside Blues and Jazz out of necessity; we knew there weren’t any full-service blues and jazz clubs in the Valley that offered live music in a traditional lounge setting. We wanted to change that.”
The club’s full-service bar and lounge serves premium liquor and signature craft cocktails, such as its Miles Davis, Lady Ella and Westside Hurricane, that offer a unique twist to classic cocktail recipes. It also serves tapas and desserts, such as Bangers and Mash, Bavarian Pretzel Bites and Cod Sliders. Happy Hour is served daily with $5 food and drink specials.
Westside Blues and Jazz is located at 17045 N. 59th Ave. Suite #104, Glendale, AZ, 85308. Live music is hosted every Thursday from 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.), Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m., – midnight (doors open at 6 p.m.) and Sunday afternoons 2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (doors open at noon).
To learn more about Westside Blues and Jazz, including its band schedules and cover charges, visit www.westsideblues.com. Preferred seating and prepaid cover charges are recommended, but not necessary. Walk-ins are always welcomed.