The stories behind the world’s oldest jazz club, Baker’s Keyboard Lounge – CW50 Detroit

Southfield (CW50) – At 20510 Livernois Street in Detroit is a jazz club that has opened its doors to some of the world’s most famous musicians since 1934, making it the oldest jazz club in the world.

Exterior of Baker’s Keyboard Lounge (Courtesy of Baker’s Keyboard Lounge)

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Some of the artists who have graced the historic Baker’s stage include: Ella Fitzgerald, Mile Davis and Nat “King” Cole to name a few.

Detroit’s jazz scene has always been one of the largest in the country, even if it doesn’t always get the national recognition it deserves. Even with the popularity of jazz waning decades ago, that has never stopped Baker’s from keeping its doors open to world-class artists and newcomers alike.

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Jackie Paige, host of Community Connect, and co-owner of Baker’s Keyboard Lounge

Hugh W. Smith, co-owner of Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, joins Jackie Paige on Community Connect to talk about the history of Baker’s and the importance of jazz music to the city of Detroit.

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