Here’s Where to Listen to Jazz in Hampton


Since 1968 jazz music has played a large role in Hampton’s history. Jazz is a broad style of music characterized by complex harmony, syncopated rhythms, and a heavy emphasis on improvisation. A purely American invention, it is America’s only native art form. It was created by African Americans, whose experiences of struggle impacted various directions musically and socially. 

The first Hampton Jazz Festival came to Hampton to celebrate Hampton University’s 100th anniversary in 1968. This one-time celebration became a tradition for thousands of fans to meet in Hampton for a three-day celebration of music. With this strong jazz history, Hampton hosts many jazz events and performances at Hampton Roads Convention Center, restaurants, breweries, and more!  

Celebrate Hampton’s long history of jazz by attending one of the following events to enjoy a night of jazz: 

1619 Commemoration of the First Enslaved African Landing

The 1619 Commemoration of the First Enslaved African Landing will be held at Fort Monroe on August 21. The program will feature an Evolution of Freedom Concert with jazz performer Delfeayo Marsalis, at 1:30 pm. 

Come join us for an afternoon of activities as we commemorate 402 years of African American history. All events are free and open to the public.

Baker’s Wife Bar + Bistro

On Wednesday evenings, the sounds of jazz can be heard throughout Baker’s Wife Bistro + Bar as you enjoy your meal. If you love brunch, Baker’s Wife Bistro + Bar also has live jazz music during Sunday Brunch. Reservations are recommended. 

Noir: A Simply Panache Lounge

Noir is a private social club for diverse Hampton Roads professionals with style and flair who are looking for a fun and sophisticated nightlife. Featuring jazz music on the weekend, visit Noir for an exciting night with good company. Check their event calendar monthly for new listings! 

Good Shot Judy in Hampton

Good Shot Judy is a Virginia-based band specializing in classic vocal jazz entertainment, bringing the swing and the swagger. You can find them performing at the Vanguard, Downtown Hampton Live, and Peninsula Town Center’s Concerts on the green! 

8th Annual Jazz Legacy Foundation Gala Weekend 

In November, the Jazz Legacy Foundation is coming back to Hampton for an exciting weekend filled with jazz performances. From November 10-14, 2021 the Hampton Roads Convention Center will be filled with music, and live performances. Get your tickets today, you won’t want to miss this fun event.