30 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

2019 marks the famous jazz spot’s 30th anniversary. With live performances six nights a week, the venue hosts 500 shows a year – that’s more than 15,000 performances over the past three decades!

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 menu for lunch and dinner. Everything is made from scratch, from the soups to the New Orleans Style Jambalaya — the top selling dish in the restaurant. DeNinno started cooking at age 13 with stints at impressive kitchens.

"What I learned there is how to make the simplest of ingredients ethereal"

Mark DeNinno

Mark’s classic French culinary background is apparent in the masterful dishes he orchestrates, whether it’s the Shrimp and Crab Bayou Cake, nightly amuse bouche or a sous vide Chicken Fried Lobster Tail served over a house-made corn and scallion Belgian waffle finished with house-made lavender honey, or the Pan Seared Salmon, potato croquette with Pernod mussels jus – 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: take care of our guests and ensure that they have a good time. That’s why our customers return again and again.

"We want you to leave completely satisfied, and we want to know that we've nourished your soul through the food… and the music."

Mark DeNinno

Chris’ Jazz Café is an homage to art, celebrating the art of music, the culinary arts and the art of fine 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.