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Tucson Jazz Festival: Restaurants, Bars & Venues Hosting Live Music & Specials

Updated January 31, 2024

The Tucson Jazz Festival invites you to explore the heart and soul of the annual eight-day-long event with their new restaurant partner program, TOPAZZ.

How does it work? Well, from Friday, January 12 – Saturday, January 20, participating restaurants from the many nooks of downtown Tucson have come on board to craft special Tucson Jazz Fest-inspired cocktails and dishes that capture the festival’s essence. Alongside these exclusive offerings, many locations will host live jazz performances, creating a down-to-earth blend of good food and great music.

Check out the list of participating restaurants and their live music schedules below, as we invite you to enjoy the genuine connection between robust flavors and the enlivening sounds of jazz during this special festival.

Visit to learn more about the festival and purchase tickets to other shows on the event calendar.

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The birth of a pizza at Anello (Photo by Anna Smirnova)


For the Tucson Jazz Festival, Anello, a 28-seat pizzeria located in the heart of the Warehouse Arts District, is featuring a special treat: an old-fashioned-styled mezcal paired with a cocoa husk syrup from local chocolatier Monsoon Chocolate. Additionally, the pizza special being offered during the event will be crafted based on the freshest local produce available that week. You won’t want to miss it.

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Arizona Sands Club

The inviting ambiance, coupled with breathtaking views of the Arizona Stadium and impeccable service makes the Sands Club an essential destination for those seeking to savor the essence of Tucson via the University of Arizona campus.

Arizona Sands Club members will be getting an exclusive treat on Friday, January 12, with live music by Joe Weinberg from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Paired perfectly with the musical set will be jazz-themed cocktails and a meal of  Al Pastor Grilled Salmon with cilantro rice, grilled pineapple, and charred elote.

Please note that this special is for Sands Club members only. For more information on memberships, call 520-621-8300.



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Green Cabbage & Potatoes at Bata (Photo credit: Natalie Moe)


The team at BATA invite their guests to embark on a journey of the Sonoran desert through their mission to source 90% of their ingredients from within 400 miles. Complementing the culinary experience, barbata offers the vibe of a European-inspired basement bar nestled just below the surface — literally — of BATA. Together, the concepts create a must-experience destination in downtown Tucson.

Stop by during Tucson Jazz Fest for exclusive access to their spin on a classic cocktail, the Love Bird, featuring Japanese vodka, fresh lemon, orange cordial, rhubarb liquor, and a refreshing hit of sparkling water. On Saturday, January 13, the Latté Brothers will perform from 5 – 7:30 p.m.

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Cartel Roasting Co.

Cartel redefines the art of coffee, offering an inviting minimalist ambiance where enthusiasts can revel in a true coffee experience. With an unwavering dedication to sourcing premium beans and a commitment to precision in every roast, their team ensures that each cup of coffee goes beyond the ordinary.

During the Tucson Jazz Festival, Cartel joins the fun with a special drink: The Mingus Standard. This unique cappuccino is crafted with house-made ginger orange syrup, a spritz of cardamom bitters, and garnished with candied orange peel.

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Surf and Turf (Photo courtesy of Charro Steak & del Ray on Facebook)

Charro Steak & Del Rey

Get ready to discover one heck of a culinary duo. Owned and operated by the Flores family of El Charro restaurants, the sister and neighboring concepts — Charro Steak & Del Rey — make it easier than ever to experience quality flavors of the sea and local meats with their ranch-to-table, eco-friendly approaches to surf and turf.

As the Tucson Jazz Festival rolls in, don’t miss the special Jazz-a-Ritas, crafted with Mark Wahlberg’s Flecha Azxui Tequila—an rhythmic blend of flavors to complement this year’s festivities.

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(Photo courtesy of Che's Lounge on Facebook)

Che’s Lounge

For over 16 years, Che’s Lounge has solidified its status as the ultimate dive bar and neighborhood hangout on Fourth Avenue, keeping its doors open until 2 a.m. daily and regularly hosting live music and events. Features such as outdoor patio seating, indoor arcade games, live art exhibits, and a classic jukebox, enhance the already vibing atmosphere.

For the Tucson Jazz Festival, Che’s Lounge presents a solid musical lineup, featuring the Colin McIlrath Trio on Sunday, January 14, from 5-7 p.m., and the Sun Chower Collective on Thursday, January 18, from 5-7 p.m., both with no cover charge.

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CORBETT'S (Photo by SWOON Media)


CORBETT’S stands as a dynamic fusion of restaurant, pickleball destination, music venue, and beer garden—a Megazord of entertainment nestled in downtown Tucson, offering a hangout for families, college students, travelers, and beyond.

As part of the Tucson Jazz Festival, CORBETT’S introduces the Kinda Blue Cocktail, or you can opt for the Bottle n Board Wine Special featuring Protocolo red and white wines.

Performance Schedule:

  • Friday, January 12 – The Jazz Mantics perform 6 – 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 13 – Marco Rosano performs from noon – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 14, GuitarTrio: Mitchell, Osgood, Lund perform from noon – 3 p.m. and Glendon Gross Trio performs from 5 – 8 p.m.
Photo courtesy of The Coronet

The Coronet

At The Coronet, the driving force remains a deep love for food. Serving up meticulously sourced ingredients and a commitment to sustainability showcase the dedication of their staff, the collaborative genius of this team is evident on the plate and in the environment they create, where everyone is cared for as they savoring intentional food and drinks.

As part of the Tucson Jazz Festival, The Coronet hosts a lineup of soulful performances, including:

  • The Jed Paradis Trio on Thursday, January 11, in the main dining room
  • Golden Boots on Friday, January 12, on the patio
  • The Old Timey Session on Sunday, January 14, on the patio
  • Golden Boots will return on Thursday, January 18, on the Patio
  • Mambo Mambo – Naim Amor Trio on Friday, January 19, in the main dining room
  • Howe Gelb (a piano serenade) on Saturday, January 20, in the main dining room

Complementing the jazz-filled atmosphere is The Coronet’s exclusive drink special: The Coronet, featuring bourbon, mole simple, orange bitters, and cherry. Talk about elevating your senses!

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Crooked Tooth Brewing Company (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)

Crooked Tooth Brewing Company

Crooked Tooth‘s philosophy centers around the belief that the people you share a glass with are paramount to the brewing experience. Their beer serves as a vessel for shared memories and connections, transforming the taproom into more than just a place to enjoy craft beer—it’s a hub dedicated to allowing people to experience the joy of community over a pint.

As part of the Tucson Jazz Festival celebration, Crooked Tooth introduces two captivating specials: Smokin Jazz Part 1 features the Wiracocha Pal Santo Porter with Aztec chocolate bitters, vanilla, and a smoky finish, while Witch’s Brew Peach Sour entices with aromatic bitters, Amarena cherries, and mesquite simple syrup.

Performance Schedule: 

  • Friday, January 12 – Colin McIlrath Duo performs from 4:30 –  6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 13 – Zona Libre Quartet performs from 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 14 – Rob Boone Duo performs from 5 – 7 p.m.
Carne Seca Burrito at El Charro Cafe (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)

El Charro Café Downtown

With a history dating back to 1922, El Charro holds the title of the nation’s oldest Mexican restaurant in continuous operation by the same family. Steeped in tradition, this beloved establishment offers a menu that pays homage to authentic Sonoran cuisine, featuring timeless classics like carne seca and the iconic chimichanga.

As the Tucson Jazz Festival rolls in, don’t miss the special Jazz-a-Ritas, crafted with Mark Wahlberg’s Flecha Azxui Tequila—an rhythmic blend of flavors to complement this year’s festivities.


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Jalapeno Peppers at Elliott's on Congress (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)

Elliott’s on Congress

With its central location in downtown Tucson, Elliott’s on Congress stands as a welcoming destination for locals and visitors alike, offering a taste of Tucson’s evolving culinary scene with their contemporary American fare, all from the comfort of their stylish and inviting space.

As the Tucson Jazz Festival takes center stage, Elliott’s is unveiling some exclusive menu items to further elevate the experience, which will include:

  • The Bebop Burger featuring sautéed Cajun shrimp, a 1/3 pound burger, pepper jack cheese, and remoulade
  • Chet’s Cheesecake topped with lemon curd
  • The 12 Bar Blues, made with Elliott’s house-infused blueberry vodka, mint vodka, and lemon-lime soda
  • Thelonious Mule, made with house-infused mango vodka, ginger beer, and fresh lime

But the fun doesn’t stop there — you won’t want to miss the live jazz guitar performance by Ed Delucia on Tuesday, January 16, from 6 – 8:30 p.m.

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El Crisol (Photo Credit: Anna Smirnova)

Crisol Bar

Embark on a mezcal-infused adventure at Crisol Bar, where craft cocktails become a celebration of tradition and innovation. This Tucson gem beckons with a curated selection of libations and menu of small plates, all crafted to deliver a memorable experience rooted in the vibrant spirit of the region’s flavors and ingredients.

Swing by during the festival to indulge in the event-exclusive margarita, Moks Mood, and on Wednesday, January 17, from 7 – 9 p.m., get down with jazz trio, Naim Amor, as Crisol Bar becomes the perfect backdrop for an evening of jazz melodies.

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HUB Restaurant & Ice Creamery

HUB seamlessly fuses modern American cuisine and an upbeat atmosphere, making it a favorite for both residents and out-of-towners alike. The relatable menu includes hearty burgers and shareable dishes and you’ll want to be sure to leave room for their ice cream creations.

During the fest, HUB adds a jazz-inspired twist to their offerings with the soulful notes of Gumbo and Hurricanes, a duo that promises to elevate your taste buds and complement the festive atmosphere.

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Assorted Dishes (Photo courtesy of JoJo's)

JoJo’s Restaurant

The charming courtyard, laid-back Cantina vibe, and Southwest-inspired menu at Jojo’s sets quite the stage for dining adventures, brunches, and Happy Hours alike.

During the Jazz Festival, the team will unveil some special treats for visiting jazz enthusiasts, which will include:

  • Second Line Gumbo and Cornbread
  • Dizzy Juleps
  • The Burt Sazarac
  • The Ella Fitz-Spritz

The jazz-filled lineup includes:

  • Happy Hour performance at The Monsoon Room featuring Bobby Ronstadt on Friday, January 12
  • Late night show with the Glendon Gross Trio on Saturday, January 13, at 9:30 p.m.
  • Stage show with the Jazz Mantics on Thursday, January 18, from 6 – 9 p.m.
  • Brunch show with Steel Blue on Sunday, January 21, at 11 a.m.
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Le Macaron French Pastries

Le Macaron isn’t just a charming bakery; it’s a journey into the artistry of French pastry-making, right in the heart of Tucson. The aroma of freshly baked goods plus the cozy ambiance create the perfect setting for indulgence and enticing your senses with an abundance of flavors, flaky croissants, and other tempting treats.

We hope you’re ready to sweeten up your Jazz Fest experience because Le Macaron looks forward to introducing the following specials for event-goers to explore:

  • The Blue Note: A cassis macaron with fleur de sel and French vanilla chocolates (suggested drink pairing: Blue of London Tea)
  • The High Note: Two Champagne macarons and three boozy chocolates (suggested drink pairing: Double Espresso)
  • The Ella Scat: A cone with coconut chocolate chip and coffee gelato, topped with a raspberry macaron (suggested drink pairing: Izze Sparkling Juice)
  • The Macaron Standard: Salted caramel, vanilla chocolate pistachio, tiramisu, and Columbian coffee macarons plus three chocolates:  raspberry, fleur de sel, and caramel toffee (suggested drink pairing: vanilla latte)

They’ll also be hosting the following live jazz sets:

  • Friday, January 12 from 9 – 11:30 p.m.: After hours jazz duo featuring Eric Charles
  • Saturday, January 13, from 9 – 1130 p.m.: After hours show with Jonny Hines on keyboards
  • Thursday, January 18, from 7 – 9 p.m.: Connie Brannock sings jazz, featuring Matt Mitchell
  • Friday, January 19, from 9 – 11:30 p.m.:  After hours show with the Joe Weinberg Duo 


Photo Courtesy of Mojo Cuban Kitchen and Rum Bar

Mojo Cuban Kitchen and Rum Bar

Mojo captures the vibrant spirit of Havana in its bright and spacious setting, including a shady patio and rum-centric bar. From crispy empanadas to classic Cubanos and traditional dishes like ropa vieja, Mojo’s menu is sure to take you on a journey through Cuban cuisine.

Make your visit a night out on Friday, January 12, with a special jazz set by the Amilcar Guerva Trio from 5 – 7  p.m. plus access to an exclusive Jazz Fest menu — available only during the set — where you’ll get to build your own tasty experience with the following selection of Cuban creations for only $40:

Starter options: 

  • Shrimp ceviche – served with house made plantain chips
  • Mini mixto – choose two between Papa Rellena, croqueta, or empanada
  • Pineapple guacamole – served with house made plantain chips

Entree options: 

  • Bistec de Palomilla – marinated and grilled sirloin, thinly sliced, topped with crispy onions, and served with plantain fufu (mashed plantains with bacon)
    and black beans
  • Enchilado de Camarones – Cuban-style shrimp creole served with white rice and a side salad
  • Taste of Havana – sample of Ropa Vieja, Mojo Chicken, and Lechón Asado; served with rice, beans, and maduros

Dessert option:

  • Choice of dessert from Mojo’s bakery case

Guests are encouraged to make a reservation if interested in the dinner-and-a-show combo; however, standard service — along with the normal menu — will also be available during that time.


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The Monica

Rooted in scratch cooking and cherished family recipes, The Monica aims to bring a diverse range of flavors to your table. With a passionate team of chefs and food enthusiasts backing this Si Charro, a unique dining experience that reflects the rich culinary tapestry of Tucson is what you can expect visit after visit.

Don’t miss the special Jazz-a-Ritas, crafted with Mark Wahlberg’s Flecha Azxui Tequila—an rhythmic blend of flavors to complement this year’s festivities. And mark your calendars for Saturday, January 13, when the Jamar Harman No-Trouble Duo takes the stage from 5 – 7 p.m.

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Playground Bar & Lounge (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)

Playground Bar & Lounge

More than just a bar, Playground feels like an adult playground for the senses, boasting an array of craft cocktails, shareable bites, and an atmosphere that keeps people coming back. Whether you’re savoring their menu offerings or soaking in the eclectic vibes, their team aims to ensures each visit is immersive.

During Tucson Jazz Festival, Playground’s got some treats lined up to complement the vibe, which will include:

  • Ponce Piment Ponche, a concoction of Espelette pepper, pineapple, lime, and reposado tequila topped with ginger beer
  • Jumbo Prawn Cocktail, featuring marinated and grilled jumbo prawns, kiwi cilantro sauce, radish, charred limes, and smoked basil salt

Performance Schedule: 

  • Monday, January 15 – Freddy Jay Walker will be playing in the dining room from 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Monday, January 15 – Zona Libre will be playing on the Rooftop from 5 – 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 18 – Marco Rosano performs with Naim Amor in the dining room from 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Friday, January 19 – Blue Dream Trio performs from 7:30 – 10 p.m.
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(Photo courtesy of The Leo Kent Hotel)

St Cruz (at The Leo Kent Hotel)

St Cruz, nestled in The Leo Kent Hotel, unites modern elegance with a refined dining experience, smack dab in the middle of downtown Tucson.

Add some finesse to your St Cruz dining experience during Tucson Jazz Festival with their exclusive offerings, which include:

  • Cajun Shrimp Po Boy: A baguette filled with shrimp, hearty slaw with lemon vinaigrette, pickled vegetables, and sriracha aioli
  • Vieux Carré: A harmonious blend of rye whiskey, Cognac, sweet vermouth, Benedictine, and Peychaud’s Bitters

On Saturday, January 13 from 5 – 7 p.m., there’s going to be a Happy Hour performance with the Joe Weinberg Duo.

Interior of Revel Wine & Beer (Photo credit: Tucson Foodie)


REVEL creates a sophisticated yet inviting atmosphere for wine enthusiasts and casual patrons alike, making European style accessible. Indulge in wine-pairable treats like cheese, charcuterie, and chocolate for a chic night out.

As the Tucson Jazz Festival unfolds, the urban wine bar will unveil a special treat — the Bolani Wine, a tribute to the renowned Stefano Bollani.

Mark your calendars for their jazz nights, too, featuring:

  • The Rosano Brothers on Saturday, January 13, from 7 – 9 p.m.
  • Joel Weinberg & Marco Rosano on Saturday, January 20, from 5 – 7 p.m.
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The Royal Room (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)

The Royal Room

At The Royal Room, the atmosphere feels like a gathering of friends or…cousins. Explore a rotating selection of beers on tap, wine, seasonal craft cocktails, and a diverse array of options in the fridge to satisfy your thirst. Indulge in crowd-pleasing tater tots and DJ nights, and make the most of the daily Happy Hour from 4 – 7 p.m.

As the Tucson Jazz Festival sweeps through, mark your calendar for Thursday, January 18, from 5 – 7 p.m., when Cynthia Hilts will set the stage for an elevating block of jazz evening of jazz.

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Tap & Bottle's 9th Anniversary in 2022 (Photo by Isaac Stockton)

Tap & Bottle – Downtown

Tap & Bottle’s downtown destination is more than just a bar; it’s a haven for those who appreciate a finely crafted brew and the community they share it with. An extensive selection of beers on tap and in the fridge ensures there’s something for everyone, and the fun-loving ambiance invites patrons to relax and savor their favorite pint or explore new and exciting options.

They’ve got a solid calendar of events, too, which will include the following jazz performances as part of Tucson Jazz Festival:

  • Matt Mitchell Duo on Friday, January 12, from  7 – 9 p.m.
  • The Heather Hardy Taste of Jazz on Thursday, January 18, from 7 – 9 p.m.
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Tucson Museum of Art

Beyond traditional exhibits, the Tucson Museum of Art is a sensory journey, offering a taste of the city’s artistic richness through galleries showcasing an array of artistic expressions. The Museum isn’t just a space; it’s an immersive experience, allowing you to absorb the spirit of the region through visual storytelling and the colors, textures, and narratives that make Tucson unique.

During this year’s Jazz Fest, plan to catch a special edition of SoundAze featuring the Marco Rosano Duo on Sunday, January 14, from 2 – 3 p.m.

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(Photo courtesy of Tucson Racquet & Fitness Club)

Tucson Racquet & Fitness Club

The Clubhouse at Tucson Racquet & Fitness Club makes for an evening of dining and socializing. Open for dinner on weekdays and lunch and dinner on weekends, the upper level with an outdoor deck acts as a sports bar-casual restaurant hybrid where guests can indulge in their favorite drinks and choose from a selection of ice-cold brews, including local favorites.

During the Tucson Jazz Festival, the menu will include specials like the TRC Jambalaya, TRC Bread Pudding with bourbon sauce, and the refreshing French 75 cocktail. Make it an evening on Saturday, January 19, from 4 – 6 p.m. with the soulful tunes of The Max Goldschmidt Trio.

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Urban Fresh (Photo credit: Hannah Hernandez)

Urban Fresh

With a wide range of options in a fast-casual environment, Urban Fresh, service is fast enough for a carryout lunch stop but inviting enough for an intentional meal on the patio. The menu at this plant-based restaurant includes options such as smoothies, hearty salads, and daily specials.

They’re upping the ante during Jazz Fest with the following daily specials:

  • Friday, January 12: Jambalaya
  • Tuesday, January 16: Hearts of Palm Po’Boy Sandwich
  • Wednesday, January 17: Tofu Etouffee
  • Thursday, January 18: Cajun Boil
  • Friday, January 19: Cajun Cabbage and Rice Stuffed Sweet Potato
  • Monday, January 23: BBQ Sandwich with Collard Greens and Mac and Cheese

Urban Fresh will also host a live lunch-time jazz set by Matt Mitchell on jazz guitar on Thursday, January 18, from 11a.m. – 1 p.m.


Birria Pizza at Zio Peppe (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)

Zio Peppe

The menu at Zio Peppe offers diners an exploration of handcrafted pasta dishes, wood-fired pizzas, and creations that reflect innovative spins on Italian classics. The selections of ingredients as well as the wines and beers on the menu are hand-picked and never sacrificing of quality and a care that can be felt during each visit.

Get a load of these Jazz Fest specials they’ll have on the menu:

  • Goodbye Porchetta Pie Hat” (a nod to Charles Mingus) – Roasted Belly Porchetta, Black Mole, Tamale Polenta, Pickled Red Onion
  • A Love Supreme (homage to John Coltrane, by way of Olamaie in Austin, TX) – Mezcal, crème de cassis, Cappelletti, lime, mole bitters

“Goodbye Porchetta Pie Hat” (a nod to Charles Mingus)
– Roasted Belly Porchetta, Black Mole, Tamale Polenta, Pickled Red Onion

A Love Supreme (homage to John Coltrane, by way of Olamaie in Austin, TX)
– Mezcal, crème de cassis, Cappelletti, lime, mole bitters

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