Home Cultural Exploration 5 More Great Places For Jazz in Dallas

5 More Great Places For Jazz in Dallas

by Penny Sadler



Dallas is a great city for listening to live music and you can literally go out to a different place every night of the week. I continue to be amazed at the number of extremely talented musicians in this city. Since the 1920s Dallas has been a hub for great musicians of all genres and thankfully, the tradition continues.

Another thing, in most large metropolitan areas a night out listening to live music could get rather expensive. Every venue on this list is free. That would be unheard of in a city like Los Angeles or New York, and the talent in Dallas – most have played both of those cities and then some. I’d go so far as to say some of the best musicians in the world are in Dallas, Texas.

Not all of these venues are technically in Dallas, nor or they strictly jazz, but they are unique in some way and offer live music. Good ambiance is important too, though it does seem that good music and good ambiance just go together.




Great trio on Thursday nights at Eddie V’s – Rachel Vonne. The bar is relaxed and the service excellent. I had an appetizer but the full menu is available at the bar. Happy hour menu is available until 7:00 pm. Excellent place for a date or quiet dinner with friends. I’ll be going back.

Without Further Ado, 5 More Great Places For Jazz in Dallas




updated: 5/10/2017 Stoney’s has a very small cover charge on weekends. Very small. I also discovered that Diane is an excellent jazz singer. 

5 More Great Places for Jazz Music in Dallas @PennySadler 2014

Max Naseck Trio at Stoney’s Wine Lounge

Stoney’s Wine Lounge
. Stoney and his wife Diane have been a part of the Dallas music scene for a long time, and have created a cozy neighborhood wine bar where live jazz happens on Friday and Saturday nights. They know pretty much everyone in the Dallas jazz world, and more than a few people internationally, which means they get great players at Stoney’s. I love the comfortable sofas scattered around and the variety of tables to accommodate couples or larger groups.

They have a small but select offering of wines by the glass, bottle, or to take home. I also like that they serve some appetizers to go with the wines –  very civilized. There’s an easygoing atmosphere and good wine selection, which makes this one of my favorites.

Stoney’s Wine Lounge
6038 Oram



5 Great Places for Jazz in Dallas @PennySadler 2014

Shelley Carol at Scat Jazz Lounge, Ft. Worth

Scat Jazz Lounge is located in Fort Worth (about thirty minutes from downtown Dallas). If you are in the area and want more of a big city feeling (think NYC or LA), but off the grid club experience, the Scat is the place to go. I loved the retro vibe, the small room, and the speakeasy atmosphere. While it would be a great place for a date, it’s also fine if you’re just with friends or on your own.

Top local players like Shelley Carol are regulars. If you’ve never seen and heard Shelley Carol romancing the saxophone you are missing out. Shelley was the band leader for Duke Ellington Orchestra and is an icon on the jazz scene. I recently discovered that he also plays flute and sings! He’s an absolute monster. One of the most talented and accessible musicians anywhere.

Another important detail about the Scat: you can’t find it! That’s right, the entrance is down a small alley and then you have to take an elevator to the main entrance. The hipster in you will love it. Be sure to check the calendar as they are not open every night and some nights there is a cover charge – it’s worth it! If the Scat Lounge were in Dallas, I’d be a regular.

Jazz in Dallas, Texas @PennySadler 2014

Scat Jazz Lounge
111 W. 4th Street #11
Ft. Worth



5 More Great Places for Jazz in Dallas

photo courtesy of Table 13

Table 13 is a new addition to the restaurant/lounge scene, with live music six nights a week. The owners aim to create a 1960s Vegas vibe with plush quilted leather booths and acts like Ricki Derrick and Hunter Sullivan. The menu has some traditional retro offerings, including cocktails like the Scorpion, Zombie, Manhattan, and Brandy Alexander. Or dine on Steak Diane, Chicken Cordon Bleu and Shrimp Scampi (an old favorite of mine), and much more. The owners watch over every detail to make sure this is a unique dining and listening experience.

I went on a Thursday night and the place was packed, but the crowd thinned out around 10:00 pm. making it perfect for enjoying the music with fewer distractions.

Go for dinner with a date, or just go to the bar and hang out while romantic ballads, piano, or jazz classics fill the air with sounds that will take you back to the days of the Bratpack.

Happy Hour daily from 4:00 – 7:00 pm.

4812 Beltline Rd.



Located in the Deep Ellum neighborhood near downtown Dallas, The Freeman has live music seven nights a week and several different musical options each night! This is a great place to catch a variety of styles of music and some of the country’s best musicians. I recently saw guitar virtuoso Todd Parsnow there with Shelley Carol, and once again was blown away by the talent in Dallas, Texas. Todd toured with Grammy winner, Roy Hargrove. Do check the calendar because the Freeman hosts musicians from all over the world and it’s a chance to see some amazing talent in a really intimate venue.

The atmosphere is ultra casual and the stage is right up front. For the best seats get there early and sit at the bar or the tables on the side near the stage. Jazz, Swing, and Dixieland daily from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

The Freeman has a full kitchen and dining room serving traditional New Orleans style cajun recipes. Happy Hour daily from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

The Freeman
2626 Commerce St.



5 More Great Places For Jazz in Dallas @PennySadler 2014

Eddie V’s, photo courtesy of Melanie Skybell

Eddie V’s bills itself a jazz lounge with live music seven nights a week. Dallas jazz singer and pianist Melanie Skybell told me about Eddie V’s and is a regular on the entertainment calender there. Melanie is a talented composer as well and plays a lot of original material, along with crowd – pleasers from Ellington Songbook.

Happy Hour is usually very busy, and folks often drink cosmos or martinis with the appetizers on the happy hour menu. Later the lounge turns into a plush dinner spot. If you fancy dancing in front of the band or just chilling and listening, you’ll be right at home at Eddie V’s. By-the-way, Eddie V’s has locations across the country. Check it out.

5 Great Places for Jazz in Dallas

Eddie V’s, photo courtesy of Melanie Skybell

Eddie V’s
4023 Oak Lawn Ave.#110

I’ll be adding more places as I have the time to review them and updating as well. Love to hear your comments and recommendations.


All images and content copyright Penny Sadler 2013 – 2017. All rights reserved. Please send me an email if you are interested in images.

If You Liked This Article Check Out Another!


Mette September 7, 2014 at 8:51 am

Great guide to a good night out. Wich I could go to Dallas next weekend.

Penny Sadler September 7, 2014 at 8:59 am

If you ever do come to Dallas be sure to let me know.

Mary @ Green Global Travel August 24, 2014 at 3:22 pm

Thanks for sharing these great Jazz places in Dallas. Before your post, I would have never have associated Dallas with Jazz music.

Penny Sadler August 24, 2014 at 3:38 pm

Hey thanks for stopping by you guys. No one ever does. Dallas is simply an amazing place for live music.

Tom Bentley August 23, 2014 at 7:20 pm

Penny, I like both jazz and cocktails (or jazz and wine), and all those places look like they would present both beautifully. Nice images too!

Penny Sadler August 23, 2014 at 9:08 pm

If you ever come to Dallas I’ll take you to Scat.

Casey @ A Cruising Couple August 21, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Awesome! I’ve never been to Dallas, but I love jazz. Will definitely keep these in mind for hopefully a visit one day 🙂

Penny Sadler August 21, 2014 at 8:03 pm

Let me know if you do.

Gran Canaria Local August 19, 2014 at 3:30 pm

We’ve got a love-hate relationship with jazz, but we’d definitely visit all of these venues. They look fab. Thanks for the tip, Penny.

Penny Sadler August 20, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Matthew, me too. I’m learning a lot about it though, and it makes me appreciate it more.

Terry at Overnight New York August 19, 2014 at 12:20 pm

These sound terrific — especially Scat — and I love that there’s no cover charge. Great to know there’s one more place (well, two if you could Fort Worth) where good jazz is still humming.

Penny Sadler August 20, 2014 at 5:20 pm

Terry, I think you would love Scat. If you ever come to the area I’d love to show you around.

Ana O August 19, 2014 at 4:02 am

Great round-up! I’ll save this and try to visit those places. Thanks for the tips!

Penny Sadler August 19, 2014 at 10:00 am

Thanks Ana!

Lillie - @WorldLillie August 18, 2014 at 9:33 pm

This looks so fun!
I love the first two black and white photos.

Wandering Educators August 18, 2014 at 10:54 am

Sounds like you’ll never run out of good music!

Penny Sadler August 18, 2014 at 11:26 am

Indeed! It’s ridiculous how many places there are if you know where to go.

Sand In My Suitcase August 18, 2014 at 2:45 am

We didn’t know that Dallas is famous for its jazz bars. Stoney’s sounds like a great spot – nice you can sit around on sofas and other comfy seating to enjoy the tunes 🙂

Penny Sadler August 18, 2014 at 9:55 am

Not only jazz, but live music in general. There is an amazing number of venues that host excellent live acts.
If you are ever in Dallas let me know and I’ll make sure you get the current list.

Maria Falvey August 17, 2014 at 5:50 pm

If I make it back at Xmas, I’m heading directly to Table 13. Wow!

Penny Sadler August 18, 2014 at 12:58 am

Stick with me. I’ll show you around.


Leave a Comment