GLENDALE, AZ (Jaime's Local Love) -- A Valley couple with a love of jazz is living their retirement dream -- set to song. The opening of Westside Blues and Jazz was postponed due to the pandemic but now is in full swing. Westside Blues and Jazz is a full-service bar and live music venue in Glendale.
Owner-operators Paul Vincent Perez and Cindi Jackson want to build a vibrant jazz community in the Valley based on the conviction that jazz and blues are for everyone -- children, adults, seniors, and families.
Cindi and Paul have a longstanding relationship with the Valley's music and business scene; Cindi is the niece of a notable Valley saxophonist, and Paul is a music advocate and entrepreneur with multiple Valley-based businesses.
The nightclub features live performances every weekend by nationally recognized blues and jazz musicians like Francine Reed, Beth Lederman, Cros, We3 & The Sahnas Brothers, Bluesman Mike, Diana Lee, Alice Tatum, Nolaz Band, Sandra Bassett, Big Pete Pearson, Ike Ramalho, Ratio Band, Sugar Thieves, Chuck Hall, and Charles Lewis Quintet.
You can enjoy live music every Thursday, 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.), and Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m., – midnight (doors open at 6 p.m.). Things are also hopping Sunday afternoons, 2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (doors open at noon).