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Sweet Spot: Blues Alley

A Georgetown mainstay for live music

Jazz greats have ducked into a narrow Georgetown lane since 1965. Their destination? An 18th-century carriage house-turned supper club that claims to be America’s oldest continually operating such venue.

Opened by the late clarinetist Tommy Gwaltney, Blues Alley has showcased everyone from Dizzy Gillespie to Diana Krall. And here Eva Cassidy recorded her only live album, which went platinum after her untimely death. Performers influence the menu too: Consider Tony Bennett’s shrimp and artichoke hearts or Sarah Vaughan’s filet mignon.

Seated at candlelit tables close to the low stage, an attentive audience (no talking!) gets up close views of the hep cats.

Blues Alley
Blues Alley in Georgetown (©Brooke Sabin)