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While others of its kind have come and gone, Cafe 290 has become a regular stomping ground for fans of live jazz. Trumpeter Joe Gransden and his big band draw a standing-room crowd on the first and third Mondays of the month. Weekends bring Atlanta's top sax players, trumpeters, drummers and keyboardists, many of which perform with national artists. On Sunday, the most popular night, saxophonist Gary Harris leads an all-star jam session with open mic performances. A sports bar, wallpapered with snapshot photos from years past, is adjacent to the jazz club. But perhaps Cafe 290's biggest assets are its longtime bartenders. If you go, look for Maurice and Amanda at the jazz bar, and Jazz or Tommy on the sports side.
290 Hilderbrand Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30328
- Hours: Daily, 6:30pm - 2am