Yesterday we finally visited the Worlds Oldest Jazz Club and saw with
our own eyes and heard with our own ears what many Detroiters already
saw and heard!
Ladies and Gentlemen...here is the Baker's Keyboard Lounge!
They first opened their doors in 1933 as a restaurant and piano bar
and by 1939 it strictly became a jazz and blues bar, and since then it
has hosted world-renowned Jazz and Blues musicians, such as Louis
Armstrong, , Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Tommy Flanagan, George
Shearing, Cab Calloway, Betty Carter, Gerry Mulligan, Barry Harris,
Donald Byrd, and Miles Davis have all performed at the club, and so
Rumor has it that even Liberace couldn't resist getting a look at the
Barbra Streisand performed at Baker's in 1961.
In 1987, Anita Baker filmed the music video for her track "Same Ole Love".
The current owners of the club did a wonderful good job preserving
the atmosphere and ambience of the old era of Bakers. It still can only sit 100
people, but it is very cozy and the people are fabulous, from the
musicians,who come to tables between their performances to greet the
guests, to the bouncers who are happy to see you when they come over,
but I am sure will be just as happy to throw you away if you
We were lucky to have the Tricia Moore Quartet perform for us and they
even sang the Happy Birthday song to our Birthday girl! (you know who you are)
Oh-almost forgot - this was the first time that we were referred to as
"White folks welcome to Bakers; feel like family here" instead of
referring to us as "Hey Russians what are you drinking today"?