Baker's Keyboard Lounge
Owner: Billy Jack |
The world's oldest jazz club, features big band and jazz jam sessions and a great soul food menu. Detroit jazz legend Kenn Cox is now on Wednesdays. Weekends look for local jazz greats like trumpeter Dwight Adams, saxophonist Donald Walden or for national touring artists. James Cater recorded a live CD which is now out.
It all began in May, 1934, when Chris Baker opened a beer and sandwich restaurant. His son Clarence Baker began to work for him at the age of 15. Five years later, Clarence took over the management of Baker's following his father's stroke in 1939. Baker's was located at the end of the bus line in a rural neighborhood, on Livernois at 8 mile, where cornfields were more common than houses. At that time he nor anyone knew that seven decades later it would claim to be the longest running jazz club anywhere in the world.