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Churchill Grounds

Atlanta’s jazz scene is alive and well, even without Churchill Grounds

Instead of mourning after the demise of Churchill Grounds, many of Atlanta's jazz musicians began playing music throughout the city. There are now 10 weekly jam sessions at venues inside the perimeter, placing Atlanta on comparable footing with more jazz-forward cities like Seattle.
Joe Gransden Cafe 290

Joe Gransden’s big band magic at Cafe 290

Twice a month, in a cramped bar in Sandy Springs, Joe Grandsen and his crew of more than a dozen musicians make big band magic.

You can’t replace this: The musical legacy of Dante’s Down the Hatch

At one o’clock today, Atlanta city councilman Michael Julian Bond will honor Dante’s Down the Hatch owner Dante Stephensen at city hall with a City of Atlanta proclamation in honor of the restaurateur and jazz promoter’s “contributions to Atlanta’s cultural and business life.” Bond, a regular at the now-shuttered Buckhead nightspot, followed in the footsteps of his civil rights icon father Julian Bond, who was a regular at the original Dante’s Underground Atlanta location in the 1970s. “Dante’s was an Atlanta tradition,” explains Bond. “Locals and tourists alike flocked this unique establishment to experience a taste of the city in a communal fashion. This proclamation is our small gesture to Mr. Stephensen for four decades of service to Atlanta.”

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