The history of how Andy’s Jazz Club came to be one of Chicago’s best known & most respected jazz venues started in the 1950’s as an oasis for the employees of the newspaper industry. “Andy’s Lounge” was created. Serving shots, beer and pub grub to the ample waves of pressmen from the newspaper industry as the focus until mid 1970’s when ownership of the venue changed hands to Scott Chisholm.
Mindful of the current clientele Chisholm neither changed the name nor the focus on catering to the newspaper industry. Ever keeping the venues vibe and the regulars in mind until opportunity walked in the door in early 1977. Traditional jazz promoter Penny Tyler & guitarist John Defauw entered “Andy’s” and presented an opportunity to showcase Chicago’s best Jazz artists at Andy’s with shows during the lunch hour. Chisholm had a strong feeling that the idea could be a fantastic match and “Andy’s” began its transformation into a marquee Jazz hang.
The first shows were presented with no stage, special lighting or much amplification with the fanfare being excellent and crowds began to build. Chisholm soon expanded the “Jazz at Noon” Friday sessions to include multiple days of the week and later into the evening spawning “Jazz at Five” & “Jazz at Nine” sets with music going well past midnight…Andy’s Jazz Club was off and running and in full swing!
Over the past 70 years, “Andy’s” has watched the neighborhood expand and grow into the trendy hub it is today. While the “Jazz at Noon” is no longer offered…”Jazz at Five” & “Jazz at Nine” are still very much ALIVE! Andy’s currently presents four 90 minute shows nightly with start times of 5pm, 7pm, 9:30pm & 11:30pm. Our musical lineup always staying true to our roots by featuring the top Chicago Jazz artists around. True Chicago roots planted by Scott Chisholm and continued on by his sons Chris, Jeff & Brandon whom run the venue nightly today.