33 Years of Jazz Music in Philadelphia

Our Music

Chris’ Jazz Café is an institution in a city known for producing revered musical artists such as John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday and Ethel Waters. Founded in 1989, Chris’ Jazz Café is the longest continuously operating jazz club in the history of Philadelphia, attracting visitors from more than 160 countries and all 50 states.

This go-to jazz destination has hosted some of the biggest names in jazz, both international and national superstars, including the legendary Count Basie Orchestra, Junior Mance, Pat Martino, Joey DeFrancesco, Kevin Eubanks and many others.

One of the "100 Great Venues Around the World to Hear Jazz"
DownBeat magazine

2024 will mark the famous jazz spot’s 35th anniversary. With live performances five nights a week, the venue hosts 400 shows a year – that’s more than 15,000 performances over the past three decades!

Chris' Jazz Cafe is proud to be a 2024-2025 recipient of Live Music Society's Music in Action grant. These funds will be used to support our "Sisterhood of Jazz" series where we put the spotlight on the next generation of women in jazz.

Our Food

In addition to surprisingly affordable tickets and some of the greatest names in jazz to grace our stage, Chris’ is known for its unrivaled cuisine. The kitchen, led by Chef/Owner Mark DeNinno produces a superbly soulful Southern-influenced dinner menu. Everything is made from scratch, from the soups to the New Orleans Style Jambalaya — the top selling dish in the restaurant.

"What I have learned over the years is how to make the simplest of ingredients ethereal"
Mark DeNinno

Mark’s culinary depth & prowess is apparent in the masterful dishes he creates – you’re not going to find typical bar fare here. Guests will be pleasantly surprised by our delectable, seasonal menu selections.

Our Philosophy

We attribute our longevity to a simple principle: We take care of our guests and ensure that they have a good time. That’s why our customers return again and again.

Chris’ Jazz Café is an homage to art, celebrating the art of music, the culinary arts and the art of hospitality. Our goal every day is for our guests to love the music, savor the cuisine and enjoy one of the best live music experiences in Philadelphia.