Seattle's Most Iconic Music Spots

Seattle is one of today's most dynamic cities. Its rich musical history must be explored in Seattle things to do. The innovative lifestyle here is fed be the spirit of grunge, hip hop and jazz musical contributions. Seattle's music history includes some important locations that were frequented by Quincy Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Ray Charles and Pearl Jam to name a few.

Jackson Street’s Jazz

Jackson Street was lined with nightclubs selling bootleg liquor that was hot as the jazz spilling out into the street at all times of the day and night. Ray Charles’, Quincy Jones’ and Ernestine Anderson’s careers were launched on these very streets. Leave your Seattle Inn and take a walking tour of the jazz scene in this historic district.

Black and Tan Club
404 ½ 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

BBOnline recommends a visit to the Black and Tan Club- Seattle’s oldest and most esteemed jazz club has served as the backdrop to performances by Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker and Ray Charles. At the onset of Worl War II it was Seattle's most popular and vibrant club. It's name is derived from the African American and Asian patrons that frequented the club in it's forty year existence.


Located under the shadow of the Space Needle, this neighborhood grew from an industrial district in the 1990s to a flourishing music mecca for Gen X rebels and dot come entrepreneurs. Today it is a hub for boutiques, nightclubs and restaurants. It’s a good location for any Seattle bed and breakfast.

Black Dog Forge
2316 2nd Avenue
Seattle, WA, 98121

This artisan blacksmith’s basement was the rehearsal grounds for Soundgarden and Pearl Jam. In fact, many of Pearl Jam's most famous live sets were performed here.

The Showbox
1426 First Avenue
Seattle, Washington, 98101

This nightspot boasts an astonishing array of performers since its 1939 inception. Jazz icon Duke Ellington and hometown legends Pearl Jam and the Ramones have blessed this stage.

Pioneer Square

Both tourists and locals are attracted to the rock inspired taverns, romantic restaurants and the area’s many art galleries and antique shops. This neighborhood doesn’t stop hopping after last call and it serves as an overflow from the nearby stadium.

New Orleans
114 First Avenue South
Seattle, WA, 98104

This club is housed in the venerable Lombardy Building. This structure was the very first building complete after Seattle’s great fire in 1889. John Coltrane’s “Live in Seattle” was recorded across the street at Penthouse. Witness Seattle’s longest running weekly jazz performance, now its twentieth year, on Wednesdays. The orchestra is led by multi-instrumentalist Floyd Sandifer.