Aretha's Jazz Cafe
Despite residing at Music Hall and arguably hosting the best jazz season of all performing arts centers in the Midwest the Jazz Café is still relatively unknown.
In October 2018 the Music Hall re-christened the cool and cozy second stage as the Aretha’s Jazz Café – fulfilling a wish of the Queen of Soul for a downtown venue that will carry on her legacy and share it with the next generation. – fulfilling a wish of the Queen of Soul for a downtown venue that will carry on her legacy and share it with the next generation.
Aretha’s Jazz Café has seen performances from numerous great musicians as well as poets and artists, not just locally but from around the country. There are shows every day of the week, including a monthly comedy night on Wednesdays and weekly jam session on Sundays.
The Sunday jam session is an important event, it helps Aretha’s Jazz Café fulfill one of the missions of Music Hall — to educate youth on the rewards of performing arts — while enabling new jazz musicians to develop their talents.