When I lived in New York City I used to love strolling the streets of Greenwich Village, dipping into a dimly lit lounge to enjoy a jazz trio, and ending the night at a French bar and bistro with red wine and brie.

It’s not just NYC and New Orleans that have talented live musicians and enviable jazz bars, lounges, and dance halls. Central Florida is home to great live music venues with unique atmospheres of their own. 

Whether you love jazz for dancing, crooning, or for enjoying with a dirty martini, there are jazz tunes in The City Beautiful for everyone. Use this list to craft your own date night, centered around embracing America’s national treasure  – jazz – and supporting our city’s musicians and venues.

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Updated January 2024 by Meghan Roth 

Live Jazz in the Orlando Area

Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts 

2586 N Orange Blossom Trl, Orlando, FL (COMING SOON!)

The Blue Bamboo Center unfortunately closed up shop at the end of December due to rising rent costs at their Winter Park location. But there is good news! They announced in early January 2024 that they had secured a new home in the Packing District, just west of College Park.

Dr. Phillips Charities owns the 6,000 SF building which is currently being prepped to house Blue Bamboo sometime in mid-2024. In the interim, Blue Bamboo will be hosting programming at Casa Feliz, Crealde School of Art, and Winter Park Library.

The “crown jewel” of Blue Bamboo is the Orlando Jazz Orchestra. This orchestra is made up of some of the best jazz musicians of Central Florida and led by Greg Parnell, former road manager and drummer for the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

You can also enjoy the Eddie Marshall Blue Bamboo Big Band, as well as jazz trios and visiting artists you can learn about on the Blue Bamboo calendar of events.

TIMUCUA ARTS FOUNDATION

2000 S Summerlin Ave, Orlando, FL

Located just off of Kaley Street, you might drive right by Timucua since it looks just like a residence in the neighborhood of Delaney Park. Owners Benoit and Elaine built the home specifically to host concerts. The three-tier theatre provides great views of the stage, and visitors rave about the acoustics.

Enjoy visiting jazz artists and trios (in addition to an array of other live music, comedy, poetry, and artists) in a small and intimate atmosphere. Bring your own beer or wine to share and find yourself making new friends. Best to check in with their live calendar so as not to miss jazz artists as they stop through Orlando. See what’s playing.

Follow Timucua Arts Foundation on Instagram to stay updated on their events and shows.

Live jazz in Orlando at Timucua
Image credit: Timucua Arts Foundation

Judson’s Live

Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts
445 S Magnolia Ave, Orlando, FL 32801

In February 2024 Orlando will have its own version of the legendary listening rooms of the world’s most musical cities. Judson’s Live is an intimate artistic oasis. The atmosphere is low-key with a stylish slant, anchored by a grand piano once belonging to Judson Green, the late jazz musician, beloved Dr. Phillips Center board member.

Judson’s Live is 90 minute escape from the world. To take-in the surroundings as much as the delicious food and drinks, while discovering new music in the span of a 50-minute performance.

Order from a curated scratch-kitchen menu of small shareable plates, developed by executive chef Jason Klingensmith. Enjoy a craft cocktail or delve into exceptional wine offerings hand-selected by the in-house sommelier.

Judson's Live at Dr Phillips Center
Judson's Live at Dr Phillips Center. Photo by Dani Meyering.
Judson's Live at Dr Phillips Center
Judson's Live at Dr Phillips Center. Photo by Dani Meyering.

JAZZ TASTINGS

164 Lake Avenue, Maitland, FL

This family-owned jazz venue in Maitland boasts live jazz performances plus a full bar and seasonally rotating restaurant menu, perfect for a complete date night. Take a look at the full entertainment calendar for weekly events (like Brazilian jazz nights) and special performances.
FYI: There is a cover charge of $10/person on Friday and Saturday nights
and a $50 Minimum Purchase Per Person.

Make a reservation at Jazz Tastings.

Live jazz performance at Jazz Tastings in Maitland
Image credit: Jazz Tastings

LIVE JAZZ AT EDDIE V’S PRIME SEAFOOD 

7488 West Sand Lake Rd, Orlando, FL

Eddie V's is the kind of place where jazz musicians play in suits and fresh Florida seafood is brought to your table as a “tower,” – The Shellfish Tower of lobster, shrimp, oysters, and colossal crab. Prime seafood and live jazz pair nicely, and Eddie V’s has perfected this mix.

The entertainment schedule in the V Lounge features live jazz seven nights a week, and describes the vibe as “civilized seduction.” With locations all over the country, and 3 in Florida alone (Visit the others in Ft. Lauderdale or Tampa), Eddie V’s is what you’d call a standard – timeless. 

Enjoy happy hour Sunday – Thursday from 4:00-6:30p.

Live Jazz at Eddie V's – Image credit: Eddie V's

VINIA WINE & KITCHEN

444 W New England Ave #119, Winter Park, FL

This intimate wine bar and restaurant is tucked away on the cobblestone streets of Hannibal Square in Winter Park. Besides the fantastic European wine list and scratch-made tapas, this date night favorite also hosts live musicians every Thursday night. Here you'll find a variety of live performances from classic jazz and bossanova, to Brazilian jazz and flamenco. Definitely make a reservation in advance, as Thursday evenings are popular and seating is limited.

Image credit: VINIA Wine & Kitchen

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HOWEY MANSION

​1001 Citrus Ave, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL

Get your fix of jazz and classical music at The Howey-in-the-Hills Mansion's monthly Music Series. Most of the shows take place outdoors on the beautiful terrace. The series highlights classical and jazz music from top performers.

Tickets are usually around $25/person, and you're encouraged to bring along a picnic basket and chairs. See what’s playing on The Howey Mansion Music Series webpage.

CAFE DAVINCI

112 W. Georgia Ave, DeLand, FL

Not too far up I-4 from Downtown Orlando lies an underrated Central Florida suburb, DeLand, home to this funky live music venue featuring an outdoor patio area that's both intimate and spacious. More New Orleans in style and atmosphere, Cafe DaVinci hosts occasional jazz performances. Check the calendar for upcoming shows.

Cafe DaVinci live music venue in Orlando DeLand
Image credit: Cafe DaVinci

AUSTIN'S COFFEE

929 W. Fairbanks Ave. Winter Park, FL

This local hangout in Winter Park is not your average coffee shop. Aside from offering organic coffee and tea, Austin's Coffee has a lively events calendar. The highlight for jazz lovers being the weekly Jazz Jamz on Thursday evenings at 9pm. There's no cover to get in, but arrive early to get a good seat in the small shop.

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HEIDI’S JAZZ CLUB

7 N Orlando Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL

Jamming since '92, Heidi’s is just a short drive to the Space Coast where there is live music every Wednesday through Sunday. Consider yourself a jazz aficionado? Heidi’s website hosts a page dedicated to featuring its rotating musicians, so you can develop your taste and find your following.

Love jazz and just want to stay up to date on concerts, consider joining the Central Florida Jazz Society to keep a pulse on what’s playing.

Note – Heidi's takes a break each year in September and reopens in early October.

Jazz Swing Dancing in Orlando

Lindy Hop, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Shim Sham. Take a step back into the 1940s to swing to the sounds of Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Woody Herman, and the like. 

Join the Orlando Area Swing Dancers Facebook group, and the Dancin’ Orlando Facebook group to stay up to date on the latest swing dance socials. For only a few dollars you can drop in on a social (no partner required), learn a few moves, and meet new people.

On Saturdays in Casselberry, the Orlando Big Band accompanies a swing dance social called Saturday Night Swing. Held at the German American Society of Central Florida's Ballroom, for just $15 you get a dance lesson, live big-band music, and a night of joyous dancing. There is plenty of FREE Parking on site, a big dance floor, a full bar with German beer on tap, and light food, German pretzels, coffee/desserts are also available for purchase.

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So grab your date, get a glass (bottle?) of wine, and enjoy the live jazz talents of Central Florida.

Feature image credit: Bud, Not Buddy