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“Really great music, and good food at a very reasonable price.”
Review of The Blue Wisp Jazz Club - CLOSED

The Blue Wisp Jazz Club
Price range: US$7 - US$30
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Dining options: After-hours
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: Located on the corner of 7th & Race Street, Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.
Reviewed 11 December 2012

The food was good, and not really expensive. The music was terrific. $10 cover charge on the Saturday evening that my wife and I were there. The Jamie Ebersold Quartet was definitely worth the cover charge. But, if you want to have dinner, and entertainment "on the cheap", go from 6:00 to 8:00 on Saturday evening, have dinner, and listen to the "Young Lions" (local high-schoolers finding their jazz future). The "Young Lions" work for tips only, so take that into consideration (budget a little something for their tip). Service, unfortunately, was not great that evening. They seemed to be understaffed; I don't know if that's the norm, or not. But we plan to go back to hear the Blue Wisp's Big Band that performs every Wednesday evening. I'll let you know how the service is that night.

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Reviewed 13 October 2012

We ordered a cheese pasta plate (very large serving) and a blackened tuna. Main dishes and dessets were exquisite. We ate in the music area, with a live 4 members jazz band. Few people in the room (Tuesday night) excellent service, excellent music and excellent food. would definitely go back.

1  Thank MoneyPenny811
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Reviewed 27 September 2012

I attended a Fred Hersch concert at Blue Wisp's old location a while back and enjoyed it a great deal. Recently, I returned to the new location on a Wednesday night to hear their house big band. It was disappointing - bleating, muddy, and stodgy, rather than fun, improvisational, and interesting. Also, why was the pianist placed with his back to the audience? This odd placement meant the piano music was not reflected toward the audience.

I preferred the cozy atmosphere of the old club. The seating arrangement at the new location is as stiff and stodgy as the band. I might return, but not to hear the house band.

Thank EFFor
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Reviewed 10 September 2012 via mobile

Atmosphere is awesome?, however Joshua needs to learn less on the cranberry juice. I feel like my coo was nothing more than cranberry juice. Super disappointing

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Thank Mrs_Kathie_G
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Reviewed 19 July 2012

The Blue Wisp Jazz Club is a Cincinnati institution recently relocated and expanded, with a restaurant component added, not patronized nearly enough, and deserving of your (1) consideration followed by your (2) patronage. And it is very good, a most satisfying evening. We are not talking haute cuisine here, but the food within its diverse categories is excellent, ample, and a superiorily excellent value. The drinks are generous, and the service is enthusiastic, responsive, caring, fast, ......... what more can be said?

On to the music: that's what The Blue Wisp really is known for. It's mostly jazz of all kinds and styles, but we recently attended a wonderful program of young opera singers. How great to be dining and listening to top quality live music. Their collection of jazz CD's is also enormous, deep, and diverse.

There are two large rooms, one is the vast bar with lots of stools and large screen TV's, tables around the perimeter for diners, then there is the adjoining show room, very typical of jazz clubs from New York, Chicago, and San Francisco, low ceiling, can be made dark even with the windows out to the street, a good jazz room.

Overall, going to the Blue Wisp is fun, can be very romantic if you are so inclined, is casual, the food is very good. It's a big step up from the former location, it's a very good restaurant. We're going to go more often, why don't you?

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Thank essexofwessex
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