Live Classic Jazz: Churchill Grounds

In Night Life, Restaurants on August 1, 2011 at 12:01 AM


Whether you’re a jazz fanatic or just looking for a great place to listen to live music, we think you can find it at Churchill Grounds.  Located next door to the Fox Theatre on Peachtree, this is a quaint little spot that can take you back to the days of the Cotton Club.  We found ourselves here on a Friday night after dinner and enjoyed the classic sounds of Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker and other great legends come to life thanks to Thad Wilson and his jazz orchestra.  http://www.myspace.com/thadwilsonjazzorchestra

Make sure you visit the Churchill Grounds website as the bands that come to perform change at least weekly.  You will be required to pay a $25 admission and then put in an order of at least $10 a set.  We ordered drinks, however, they do have small plates if you’re interested in taking in a small bite while watching the show.

In this day and age of auto tunes and digital music, it’s nice to just get out and hear some trumpets and saxophones blow in your face.  We even got a little blues and jazz crooners who sang a few lyrics on the microphone.  We listened to a song that was probably banned back in the day as the lyrics talked about a woman that belonged to someone else but she was at the man’s house to “do him” too (and maybe others).   Oooh, so racy!  However, there seems to be something more tolerable about listening to such lyrics from the alto filled sounds of a man crooning in a suit than when presented by a tatt-ed up, pants on the ground twenty-something rapper.  Hypocritical?  Probably.  But, it’s the truth.

Don’t be surprised if you don’t see this place at first glance.  As many times as we’ve gone up and down Peachtree and even gone into the Fox Theatre, we never even knew this place existed until our friend introduced us.  There are no flashy signs or bright notices to signal where the front door is, however, once you go, you’ll know and will want to re-visit.  Whether you go for a nice date night, just for some drinks or for an after dinner affair, we’re sure you’ll love this spot!

Live classic jazz!  That’s What’s Up!


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