Tucson, AZ

New Jazz Club and Lounge Opening Downtown

Greyson F

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Live music isn’t hard to find here in the Old Pueblo. Whether you’re on the south side or the Catalina Foothills, live music can be had at a number of bars and restaurants throughout town. However, few of these locations offer up live jazz. The Chicago Bar on Speedway does offer up a few opportunities throughout the month for blues and occasionally jazz, but that’s few and far between. Thankfully, for jazz lovers, a new live venue is opening up, and it’s not difficult to get to. 

Hotel Congress has a number of hidden rooms and open spaces that are easy to miss. Many of these rooms can take on lives of their own when the lights go down and the music starts. For The Century Room, all of that is about to happen as live jazz kicks off next week on February 4.

A local jazz musician, Arthur Vint, a Tucson native who had spent 15 years performing throughout New York City, recently returned to town to teach jazz drums at the University of Arizona. After returning he realized the true lack of locations to perform jazz out in public. So, he teamed up with Richard and Shana Oseran, two partners in Hotel Congress, to create the new jazz joint.

Officially known as Borderlands Jazz Club & Mezcal Lounge, the new location inside Hotel Congress is already filling up its schedule with musical acts from around the country. For anyone who has been craving live music, especially jazz, February is going to be an exceptional month of performances. 

Several of the acts helping Hotel Congress usher in the Century Room include Homero Cerón Latin Jazz Quartet, Tim Kliphuis & Jimmy Grant, Susan Artemis Quartet, Howard Alden Trio, and Blue Trombone: The Music of JJ Johnson. These are those who are currently scheduled to perform this February, and the list is growing by the day. All tickets can be purchased at the venue, or directly through the Hotel Congress website

As is the case with most other spaces inside the historic hotel, The Century Room will feature a number of signature cocktails. Naturally, as the name of the jazz spot suggests, many of these cocktails will be mezcal forward. Although don’t worry, for anyone who isn’t a fan of mezcal or tequila, there are other options. This includes the Sonoran Sazerac, which highlights locally produced Whiskey Del Bac Dorado, and the Smoke & Mirrors, which uses Hotel Congress Vodka as the alcoholic starting point. 

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